Barcelona are on the verge of winning La Liga after a Lionel Messi-inspired comeback helped the Catalan club beat Real Betis 4-2 last night.
Things looked bleak for Tito Vilanova’s side days after their Champions League humiliation against Bayern Munich as Betis took a surprise 2-1 lead thanks to efforts from Dorlan Pabon and Ruben Perez, either side of an Alexis Sanchez strike.
Messi was on hand to spare his side’s blushes however, emerging from the bench to guide his side to victory and within touching distance of reclaiming the league title.
The Argentinian forward, who has been struggling with a hamstring injury since March, came on to replace David Villa after the Spaniard had pulled the scores level, marked his arrival with a fine free-kick to make it 3-2, before tapping home following a slick move involving Sanchez and Andres Iniesta.
Messi’s goals mean he now has 60 for the season, including 46 in La Liga.
The win, which came after Real Madrid’s 4-3 victory over Real Valladolid, means Barca sit 11 points clear with four games to go.
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