Real Betis vs Barcelona Player Ratings as Ferran Torres Hat-trick Barca winner in dramatic La Liga clash

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The Former Man City striker netted three times to inspire the Blaugrana to a dramatic victory

Barcelona cruised through the first half, collapsed in the second but salvaged a last-gasp winner to stay in the La Liga title race in a messy clash with Real Betis. Ferran Torres’ brace – relying on expert set-up play from Lamine Yamal – was undone by a pair of quick-fire goals from Isco. But the Blaugrana had the last word, with Joao Felix grabbing the winner in the 90th minute to seal an eventual 4-2 victory.

Barcelona applied the pressure from the start and were good value for their opener. A lucky deflection fell to the feet of Pedri, who squared up to Torres and finished easily. Lamine Yamal had a shot in the 40th minute, but he hit the post after a wonderful cross down the wing.

Ferran Torres added his second shortly after the break, with Yamal playing a vital role. The winger started the game before seeing his effort hit the feet of Torres off the post – who couldn’t miss from close range.

Betis pulled one back when Ex Real Madrid star Isco volleyed into the roof of the net from 10 yards. He added a second shortly after, heading the ball past the outstretched Inaki Pena to equalise.

Both sides had their chances to win late on, but Barca were more convincing. Felix poked into the bottom corner to give his team the lead. Torres added a fourth in stoppage time from Yamal’s wonderful assist to complete his hat-trick and create an unassailable lead. Barca remain in title contention – for now.

Barcelona Player Ratings

Inaki Pena (6/10): Perhaps could have done better for the first goal, but was helpless for the second. Not really his fault, all said.

Jules Kounde (6/10): Made an important clearance off the line at 2-0. Betis didn’t have much joy down his side.

Ronald Araujo (6/10): Solid without being world class, but made a mess of things in the run-up to Isco’s first goal.

Pau Cubarsi (6/10): A solid first start in La Liga from the 16-year-old. Looked tired as the game worse on. Risky to give him minutes, despite injury shortages.

Alejandro Balde (5/10): Like most of the Blaugrana, impressive in the first half, but lacking in the second. Getting there, but isn’t quite reaching the heights of last year.

Frenkie de Jong (6/10): Covered ground effectively, had Isco on straps in the first half. But made a few mistakes in the second, and kept Isco onside for his second. As reliable as ever when he had it. Ended up playing centre-back, for some reason. A mixed performance.

Pedri (5/10): Provided a nice assist for Torres’ opening goal. More or less anonymous, otherwise. Still not quite fit.

Ilkay Gundogan (6/10): Did the dirty work to keep his side in control during the first half, was overwhelmed in the second — and his team suffered as a result.

Lamine Yamal (9/10): Went on a few outrageous marauding runs. Cracked one off the post. Assisted Torres’ third, and was important in the three others. He was a joy to watch, at times.

Robert Lewandowski (4/10): Immobile through the middle for long stretches. Deservedly removed after an hour.

Ferran Torres (9/10): Took his first goal well — even if it wasn’t a particularly difficult finish. Ditto for the second. Ran in circles in an attempt to bag a third, and finally got it — deservedly so. One of his best showings in a Barca shirt.

Subs

Vitor Roque (6/10): Given 30 minutes to impress, to mixed results. He put a half chance wide, and despite his running, never quite got involved enough.

Fermin Lopez (5/10): Ran a lot without offering much on the ball.

Joao Felix (7/10): Bagged the winner off the bench. Is he now the ultimate super sub?

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