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Real Madrid cruised to three points in their opening La Liga fixture of the season, as a Ronaldo-less Madrid still netted three.
Lionel Messi hit the woodwork three times but didn't score. Luckily, Barcelona still had enough class to beat Real Betis 2-0.
Barca took a two-goal lead in the first half and held off Real Betis for a home win to kick off the new La Liga season.
Lionel Messi's 350th La Liga goal proved elusive as he hit the woodwork three times in Barcelona's 2-0 victory over Real Betis.
Lionel Messi hit the post three times as Barcelona opened their La Liga campaign with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Real Betis.
Barcelona's two first-half goals were enough to see off Real Betis and start the new La Liga campaign with three points.