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Barcelona 6-2 Real Betis

Luis Suarez
Luis Suarez won last season's Spanish golden boot

Luis Suarez scored a hat-trick on the opening day of La Liga as champions Barcelona thrashed Real Betis.

Arda Turan opened the scoring for Barca from close range, before Ruben Castro levelled from a free-kick.

Lionel Messi slammed home an excellent 22-yard strike before Suarez swept home from the edge of the box.

Suarez scored the fourth, Messi drove home from distance and Suarez curled home a free-kick for his third, before Castro added a late consolation.

Uruguay striker Suarez, last season's La Liga top scorer with 40 goals, has now scored 17 goals in his past six league games.

It was Barcelona's third game of the season, having beaten Sevilla 2-0 and 3-0 in the two legs of the Spanish Super Cup.

After the match, Barca confirmed "the beginning of an agreement with Manchester City for Claudio Bravo", the 33-year-old keeper who played against Gus Poyet's Betis.

Real Madrid get their season under way at Real Sociedad on Sunday (19:15 BST), with Atletico Madrid hosting Alaves two hours later.

Suarez continues scarcely believable form

Suarez was absolutely integral to Barcelona winning the title last season, scoring 14 goals in their final five La Liga games - all wins - including a hat-trick on the final-day 3-0 victory against Granada.

Real Madrid would have been champions had Barca dropped points in any of those games.

And the former Liverpool striker started off this season's league campaign in similar fashion, with three good finishes, including an excellent free-kick.

Suarez's past six La Liga games
4 v Deportivo La Coruna (8-0)
4 v Sporting Gijon (6-0)
1 v Real Betis (2-0)
2 v Espanyol (5-0)
3 v Granada (3-0)
3 v Real Betis (6-2)

Turan making most of Neymar absence

Barcelona celebrate
Turan is enjoying life up front with Suarez and Messi

While Suarez and Messi's goalscoring heroics have come to be expected, Turan has been making the most of his opportunity to play up front with them.

With Neymar playing at the Olympics for Brazil, the former Atletico Madrid player has been in the front three this season.

The Turkey international, who was frequently a substitute or midfielder last season, was strongly linked with a move away in the summer, with reports Barca wanted to sell him.

But he stayed and has now scored three goals in his past two games, more than in his previous 27 matches for the club. He also had a goal rightly disallowed for offside.

With Brazil playing Germany in the Olympic final on Saturday (21:30 BST), Turan could have a run in the team if Neymar needs a rest on his return.

Line-ups

Barcelona

  • 13Bravo
  • 20Roberto Carnicer
  • 3Piqué
  • 23Umtiti
  • 18AlbaSubstituted forDigneat 76'minutes
  • 4Rakitic
  • 5Busquets
  • 6D SuárezSubstituted forEl Haddadiat 70'minutes
  • 10Messi
  • 9SuárezBooked at 62mins
  • 7Turan

Substitutes

  • 2Pereira dos Santos
  • 16Samper
  • 17El Haddadi
  • 19Digne
  • 22Vidal Parreu
  • 25Masip
  • 27Kaptoum

Real Betis

  • 13Adán
  • 16CejudoBooked at 45mins
  • 4González Cabrera
  • 23Mandi
  • 20Pezzella
  • 14Durmisi
  • 8MartinSubstituted forCeballosat 36'minutesBooked at 68mins
  • 5dos Santos AraujoSubstituted forRuiz Peñaat 59'minutes
  • 6GutiérrezSubstituted forMusondaat 55'minutes
  • 9Sanabria
  • 24CastroBooked at 77mins

Substitutes

  • 1Giménez Hernández
  • 7Musonda
  • 10Ceballos
  • 17Sánchez Rodríguez
  • 19Alegría Moreno
  • 21Ruiz Peña
  • 28Ramírez Suárez
Referee:
Alberto Undiano Mallenco
Attendance:
65,731

Match Stats

Home TeamBarcelonaAway TeamReal Betis
Possession
Home73%
Away27%
Shots
Home30
Away6
Shots on Target
Home12
Away2
Corners
Home10
Away2
Fouls
Home17
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Barcelona 6, Real Betis 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Barcelona 6, Real Betis 2.

Attempt missed. Dani Ceballos (Real Betis) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Rubén Castro.

Hand ball by Lucas Digne (Barcelona).

Attempt blocked. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sergi Roberto with a cross.

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Aissa Mandi.

Attempt blocked. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Sergio Busquets (Barcelona) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ivan Rakitic.

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Antonio Adán.

Attempt saved. Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Lucas Digne.

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Antonio Adán.

Attempt saved. Lucas Digne (Barcelona) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Lionel Messi with a through ball.

Foul by Lucas Digne (Barcelona).

Charly Musonda (Real Betis) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Goal!

Goal! Barcelona 6, Real Betis 2. Rubén Castro (Real Betis) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner following a set piece situation.

Attempt blocked. Rubén Castro (Real Betis) header from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Álvaro Cejudo with a cross.

Foul by Samuel Umtiti (Barcelona).

Rubén Castro (Real Betis) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Goal!

Goal! Barcelona 6, Real Betis 1. Luis Suárez (Barcelona) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the top left corner.

Luis Suárez (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Fabián (Real Betis).

Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Dani Ceballos (Real Betis).

Luis Suárez (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Aissa Mandi (Real Betis).

Arda Turan (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Fabián (Real Betis).

Booking

Rubén Castro (Real Betis) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Rubén Castro (Real Betis).

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Lucas Digne replaces Jordi Alba.

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Antonio Adán.

Attempt saved. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Munir El Haddadi.

Attempt missed. Gerard Piqué (Barcelona) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ivan Rakitic with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Charly Musonda.

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Munir El Haddadi replaces Denis Suárez.

Hand ball by Álvaro Cejudo (Real Betis).

Booking

Dani Ceballos (Real Betis) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Samuel Umtiti (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dani Ceballos (Real Betis).

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Saturday 20th August 2016

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Barcelona11006243
2Sevilla11006423
3Dep La Coruña11002113
4Granada10101101
5Malaga10101101
6Osasuna10101101
7Villarreal10101101
8Alavés00000000
9Ath Bilbao00000000
10Atl Madrid00000000
11Celta Vigo00000000
12Las Palmas00000000
13Leganés00000000
14Real Madrid00000000
15Real Sociedad00000000
16Sporting Gijón00000000
17Valencia00000000
18Eibar100112-10
19Espanyol100146-20
20Real Betis100126-40
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