Messi Makes History, but Barcelona Struggle: Takeaways from the Win at Betis

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Messi Makes History, but Barcelona Struggle: Takeaways from the Win at Betis
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Lionel Messi didn't take long to break Gerd Muller's calendar-year goal record, scoring his fifth straight brace in La Liga inside the first half-hour against Real Betis Sunday night.

The goal that broke the record, in particular, was a true beauty, with a strong run forward from Adriano and a cheeky back-heel assist from Iniesta to set up La Pulga.

But throughout the second half Barcelona faced one of their toughest tests yet in La Liga and can count themselves lucky to have escaped with a narrow victory.  

Post-match reports will surely focus on Messi's sensational achievement, but Barcelona would be wise to look ahead and take some lessons from the match.

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