FC Barcelona took three points in Seville with every effort. The Catalans needed Lionel Messi and Trincão to master Real Betis: 2-3.
Ronald Koeman, the trainer of Barcelona, decided to give Messi and Frenkie de Jong peace during the difficult away game at Betis. That plan fell into the water after ten minutes when De Jong had to replace the injured Ronald Araújo and, to an excess of disaster, the green whites managed to get ahead of the head start. Borja Iglesias finished a counter: 1-0.
Without Messi, the Catalans played a lot of football and after 57 minutes Koeman was able to bring the Argentine star after all. That yielded immediate results. Within two minutes Messi fired the equator against the ropes (1-1) and a little later the pressure of Antoine Griezmann caused Victor Ruiz to score his own goal.
Anyone who thought that the 2-1 lead brought Barcelona into safe haven, came out cheated. Ruiz made up for his mistake by setting the 2-2 fifteen minutes before time and an exciting last quarter of an hour broke up. Both teams were given opportunities, but it was the substitute Trincão who pulled the trigger. The young Portuguese found the goal in minute 87 via the bottom of the bar and decided the match.
As a result, Barcelona remains second and reduces the backlog of the leader Atlético Madrid to seven points. That team has two more games left.