Barca beat Betis, go second in La Liga

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Francisco Trincao struck a brilliant late winner for Barcelona as they came from behind on their travels to beat Real Betis 3-2.

Borja Iglesias sent the hosts ahead shortly before halftime but Lionel Messi, on as a substitute after the break, levelled in the 59th minute.

The Argentine, who was rested ahead of the Copa del Rey semi-final at Sevilla, played a part in Victor Ruiz's own goal, which sent Barcelona ahead, before Ruiz netted at the other end to level the score at two apiece.

However Trincao curled home from the edge of the area in the 87th minute to help Ronald Koeman's side win their sixth consecutive La Liga match and move above Real Madrid, on goal difference, into second on the La Liga table.

"I have to do my job, in attack and defence, I'm really happy for the team and the win," Portuguese forward Trincao said.

"We changed the attitude a bit (in the second half) and that was the most important thing."

Barca trail leaders Atletico Madrid by seven points and have played two more matches.

Earlier, Real Sociedad has thrashed Cadiz 4-1 while Athletic Bilbao drew 1-1 with Valencia.

Mikel Oyarzabal and Alexander Isak both hit braces for La Real, sixth on the table, although the victory was controversially influenced by the video assistant referee (VAR).

Oyarzabal opened the scoring after a penalty for a handball by Alvaro Negredo, awarded after VAR referral, while a penalty in Cadiz's favour was overturned.

At the end of the half Cadiz defender Marcos Mauro had a yellow card for a foul on Oyarzabal upgraded to red after another VAR check.

Isak snatched two in the second half with Negredo pulling one back for Cadiz.

"Fix VAR, for the good of football, for the good of the RFEF and for the good of everybody," wrote Cadiz president Manuel Vizcaino in an open letter to the Spanish FA (RFEF) after the game.

Also on Sunday, Gabriel Paulista pulled Valencia level with a fine header after Hugo Guillamon's own goal sent Athletic ahead in a mid-table draw, while Osasuna jumped Eibar and out of the relegation places with a 2-1 win.