Barcelona saw off visitors Real Betis Saturday by the score of 3-1 to remain one point behind table leaders Atletico Madrid and keep the pressure on in the La Liga title race.
Lionel Messi was able to convert an early penalty, before the Catalans doubled their lead through an own goal. Messi capped off a brace in the second half after cleaning up a saved penalty, while Ruben Castro netted a consolation goal for the visitors.
It was not a normal match for La Blaugrana after a week full of drama, but taking three points is really all that mattered on Saturday. They will now turn their attention to the midweek Champions League meeting with Atletico Madrid in preparation for a massive clash at the Vicente Calderon.
In this article we will take a look at what we learned from Barcelona’s 3-1 victory and what the result means for both clubs.