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La Liga 2021-22: Barcelona lose to Real Betis 1-0 before critical Bayern trip

Striker Juanmi finished off a well-orchestrated counter-attack to take Betis' winner in the 79th minute at Camp Nou on Saturday night

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Barcelona Published on: December 05, 2021 14:36 IST
Real Betis' midfielder Cristian Tello (second from left), and teammates Sergio Canales (centre) Andr
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Real Betis' midfielder Cristian Tello (second from left), and teammates Sergio Canales (centre) Andres Guardado celebrate after Juanmi's goal against Barcelona at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on Saturday night.

Highlights

  • Barcelona lost their first match under manager and club legend Xavi Hernandez
  • The defeat left the team in seventh place and in danger of falling further behind leader Real Madrid
  • Barcelona visit Bayern on Wednesday needing win to ensure their place in the Champions League RO16

Barcelona lost their first match under Xavi Hernández when it fell to Real Betis 1-0 at home just before their critical trip to Bayern Munich.

Striker Juanmi Jiménez finished off a well-orchestrated counterattack to take Betis' winner in the 79th minute at Camp Nou on Saturday night. Barcelona had won twice and drawn once since Xavi took over as coach from Ronald Koeman. The defeat left the team in seventh place and in danger of falling even further behind leader Real Madrid, which played at Real Sociedad later.

Barcelona visits Bayern on Wednesday needing a win to ensure its place in the Champions League round of 16. Bayern, which is already qualified as the group winner, beat Barcelona 3-0 in their first meeting this season.

If it loses, Barcelona would need Benfica to not beat Dynamo Kyiv to avoid elimination.

Before kickoff, Barcelona player Alexia Putellas presented the 65,000-plus fans her Ballón d'Or for the world's best women's player.

Barcelona lost teen talent Gavi Páez in the 34th when he needed to be carted off after apparently feeling dizzy following the powerful impact of a ball to his head.

Manuel Pellegrini’s Betis rose into third place, right behind crosstown rival Sevilla, which beat Villarreal 1-0 thanks to a goal from Lucas Ocampos.

Sevilla and Villareal also have key Champions League matches this week. Sevilla must win at Salzburg to move on, while Villarreal plays Atalanta needing a draw to advance.

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