Match ends, Barcelona 3, Real Betis 1.
Lionel Messi scored twice as Barcelona maintained their Spanish league title challenge with an unconvincing home win against bottom side Real Betis.
Messi put Barca ahead from the penalty spot after Alexis Sanchez was fouled by Betis defender Jordi.
Barca doubled their lead when Jordi diverted Sanchez's intended pass to Pedro past his own goalkeeper Adan.
Betis responded inside a minute through Ruben Castro before Messi converted after Adan saved his second spot-kick.
The final whistle at the Nou Camp was greeted with a sense of relief by the home supporters after a tumultuous week for the reigning La Liga champions.
The Catalan club's reputation had taken another blow after they were given a 14-month transfer ban - which they have appealed against - by Fifa.
But, back on the pitch, they moved back to within a point of leaders Atletico Madrid, who clinched a narrow 1-0 home win against Villarreal earlier on Saturday.
Third-placed Real Madrid remain two points behind Barca with a 4-0 win at Real Sociedad. later on Saturday.
- 13Pinto Colorado
- 22Alves da Silva
- 6HernándezSubstituted forSongat 88'minutes
- 8IniestaSubstituted forFábregasat 79'minutes
- 7PedroSubstituted forNeymarat 79'minutes
- 24Roberto Carnicer
- 25Olazábal Paredes
- 11Moreno Fuertes
- 17Pérez López
- 21ReyesBooked at 60mins
- 4AmayaBooked at 77mins
- 25Figueras Montel
- 18A N'Diaye
- 8Delgado Villar
- 6BaptistaoSubstituted forRodríguezat 82'minutes
- 22Mabwati GerardSubstituted forCastroat 61'minutes
- 7VadilloSubstituted forMolinaat 61'minutes
- 2Chica Torres
- 3Santos Junior
- Eduardo Prieto Iglesias
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Barcelona 3, Real Betis 1.
Attempt missed. Francesc Fábregas (Barcelona) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Lionel Messi following a fast break.
Offside, Barcelona. Francesc Fábregas tries a through ball, but Neymar is caught offside.
Neymar (Barcelona) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Alfred N'Diaye (Real Betis).
Substitution, Barcelona. Alexandre Song replaces Xavi.
Goal! Barcelona 3, Real Betis 1. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal following a set piece situation.
Penalty saved! Lionel Messi (Barcelona) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, left footed shot saved in the bottom right corner.
Penalty conceded by Antonio Amaya (Real Betis) with a hand ball in the penalty area.
Neymar (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Lorenzo Reyes (Real Betis).
Foul by Javier Mascherano (Barcelona).
Braian Rodríguez (Real Betis) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Substitution, Real Betis. Braian Rodríguez replaces Leo Baptistao.
Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Juan Carlos.
Foul by Dani Alves (Barcelona).
Rubén Castro (Real Betis) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Substitution, Barcelona. Neymar replaces Pedro.
Substitution, Barcelona. Francesc Fábregas replaces Andrés Iniesta.