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No Neymar, no Luis Suarez, no problem.

Barcelona cruised to a comfortable 2-0 win against Real Betis on Sunday night to make a positive start to the new La Liga season.

Alin Tosca's own goal gave Barca a deserved lead in the 36th minute after some decent link-up play between Lionel Messi and Gerard Deulofeu.

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Deulofeu then assisted Sergi Roberto for a tap-in three minutes later to make it 2-0 and secure all three points.

It should have been more, though, with Messi hitting the woodwork no less than three times throughout the 90 minutes.

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The Argentine is chasing a staggering 350th goal in La Liga and literally did everything right - except find the back of the net.

Barca were rarely troubled at the back against Betis but because stronger opposition awaits, the Blaugrana must make at least two new signings before the transfer window closes.

Borussia Dortmund's Ousmane Dembele is reportedly close to joining for upwards of £100 million, while a deal for Nice midfielder Jean Seri is in place.

As for Philippe Coutinho, Barcelona gave Liverpool a deadline of 7pm Sunday night to make a decision but heard nothing back.

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It would appear, then, that the Brazilian will not be arriving at the Camp Nou this summer.

Barca are in need of some luck after a tough few weeks and it would appear they got some during Sunday's win.

Incredible footage has emerged from the Betis game showing referee Trujillo Suarez literally fouling one of the away side's players.

In the video below, Ivan Rakitic has the ball and is about to be shut down by Victor Camarasa, but the referee intervenes by standing on the Betis midfielder's foot and tripping him up.

THAT'S A FOUL, REF

Suarez's actions - albeit accidental - didn't go unnoticed by football fans, who found the incident both hilarious and shocking. Here's how Twitter reacted.

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Referees being accused of helping Barcelona is nothing new, of course, as evidenced by the aftermath of March's comeback against Paris Saint-Germain.

Suarez won a penalty for Barca in the final few minutes, but replays suggested there was minimal contact between the Uruguayan and Marquinhos.

And we all know what happened next. Neymar converted to make it 5-1 before Roberto scored a dramatic winner in the final few seconds.

The referee's trip on Camarasa in the Betis game looked accidental - but try telling that to Real Madrid fans.

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