Barcelona are taking on Real Betis in the first game of their La Liga season and are headed for a routine victory at the Camp Nou.
La Blaugrana are two goals to the good at half-time but it could have been very different if it wasn’t for this simply heroic act from Javier Mascherano.
With Sergio Leon bearing down on the goal shortly before the break, the former Liverpool defender recovered brilliantly to make a magnificent last-ditch challenge.
Check it out below.
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Mascherano doing his robben bits pic.twitter.com/pYbXZCwTYW
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Immediately after this, Ernesto Valverde’s side went up the other end of the pitch and doubled their lead thanks to a well-worked Sergi Roberto goal.
With all the talks of crises and chaos at the famed club, a convincing win would go a long way to calming the fears of supporters.