The game started quickly, with both teams creating early chances, but neither side could find the back of the net. Eventually, it was Torres who broke the deadlock for Xavi’s team midway through the first half, tapping in a cross from Pedri. Barcelona gained momentum from the goal, and Yamal came close to doubling their lead with a shot from outside the box that hit the post.
Just before halftime, Barcelona thought they had a two-goal advantage when Lewandowski scored from a square pass, but the goal was disallowed due to offside. However, three minutes into the second half, Torres scored again with a tap-in from a rebound, completing his brace after Yamal’s shot also hit the post. Real Betis got fired up after that and Isco managed to reduce the deficit just before the hour mark with a powerful half-volley that went into the top corner.
Betis continued to push forward and Isco scored again shortly after, this time from a lofted pass by Luiz Henrique. The goal was initially disallowed but was later given after VAR intervention. Xavi made changes to his team, bringing on Roque for Lewandowski and Felix for Cubarsi, as he looked to regain control of the match.
The substitutions paid off as Felix scored in the last minute with a strike from the box using the outside of his boot, after a low cross from Torres. As Betis pushed more players forward in search of an equalizer, Torres sealed the victory for Barcelona in stoppage time with a lob over the goalkeeper, completing his hat-trick and making it 4-2.