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Luis Suarez and Ivan Rakitic: Double trouble for Real Betis

Luis Suarez and Ivan Rakitic: Double trouble for Real Betis

Suarez, clearly in pain, had to receive treatment on the sidelines and Barca later confirmed he had sprained his ankle and would undergo tests on Monday to determine how long he would be out.

Messi, who also hit the post just before the final whistle, leads the Spanish league with 29 goals and has scored 39 goals in 38 appearances in all competitions this season.

Messi produced another remarkable display for in LaLiga on Sunday evening to move Barca 10 points clear of Atletico Madrid in the title race. "It was a very good opportunity to increase the distance, we knew the Atletico Madrid result and we could not fail".

He said: "To be honest no, I don't remember the opposition fans giving me an ovation for a goal".

Suarez appeared to hurt his lower right leg late in the match.

All the rest of their opponents now sit 10th or lower.

There was barely a moment to pause for breath in the first half, both teams throwing players forward without restraint or, seemingly, regard for the spaces they left at the back. Messi said he had never received such a tribute from opposing fans. Messi sent his strike around the wall and into the top corner of the net, leaving Lopez little chance.

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"We played against a team that treats the ball well", Messi added.

He made amends just before half-time.

In the rare home loss, Messi joined Luis Suarez and Malcom in a front three, while Ivan Rakitic was sent off with the score at 3-3, with Betis' victor coming two minutes later.

Suarez looked to pick up where Messi left off at the start of the second half when he slammed an effort into the side-netting, but the Uruguayan appeared to be having an off night in front of goal and squandered another glorious chance on the hour mark when he rounded the keeper but could not squeeze the ball home from a tight angle.

There were four defenders ahead when he began his run from the halfway line but Suarez sped past one and between two more, each of them colliding into the other before being left sprawled on the ground.

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