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La Liga: Barcelona 4-2 Real Betis

[Monday, January 16, 2012 ]

Barcelona continued to chase Real Madrid at the top of the table, but they were made to work hard for a 4-2 home win over Real Betis.

The hosts were two goals in front inside the opening 13 minutes at the Camp Nou thanks to strikes from Xavi and Lionel Messi.

Betis grabbed one back in the 32nd minute through Rubén Castro before half-time substitute Roque Santa Cruz made it 2-2 in the 52nd minute, applying a superb finish to a counter-attack to sensationally draw Betis level.

The visitors had Mario sent off with 19 minutes remaining for a second booking before Alexis Sánchez restored the lead 15 minutes from time and Messi made sure of the points inside the final five minutes from the penalty spot.

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