Xavi first loss as a Barca Manager after Betis defeat

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– Barcelona slumped to shock 1-0 defeat against Real Betis in LaLiga at Camp Nou on Saturday thanks to Juanmi’s late winner.

– The only goal of the game came on 79 minutes as Sergio Canales and Cristian Tello combined in a swift counterattack to set up Juanmi to coolly slot an effort past Barca goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

– Prior to the match Pedri was handed his Kopa Trophy and Alexia Putellas he Ballon d’Or Femenin award.

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– Barca boss Xavi gave a start to Philippe Coutinho in attack alongside Memphis Depay and Abde Ezzalzouli, but the hosts failed to create many chances.

– Gavi was forced off with a suspected head injury on 36 minutes for the hosts and was replaced by Riqui Puig.

– Alex Moreno went close to scoring for Betis just before half-time after evading Sergino Dest, but fired just wide.

– Barca upped the pressure in the second half as Ousmane Dembele, who replaced Coutinho on 59 minutes, twice went close.

– But Betis ensured they took the three points through Juanmi’s late goal to hand Xavi his first defeat as Barca boss.