FC Barcelona’s season has not gone as planned so far. The Catalans were already seven points behind their eternal rivals Madrid before this day. In the match against Real Betis, of all people, a former Madrid player could further widen this deficit.
Even though the Catalans led 2-0, Betis came back with a double after the break. Isco, who almost landed at Union, received a punch from Ter Stegen’s representative, Inaki Pena, and sent the ball into the net at a speed of what seemed to be 200 km/h.
And three minutes later, the five-time Champions League winner rose again and acrobatically tipped the ball over Pena. Isco’s chants could be heard in the Betis stadium. Xavi probably won’t like the draw at all, as Real have already won their match in spectacular fashion. The Spanish coach’s first official act was to take Lewandowski off the field. Also a statement somewhere.