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Xavi’s unbeaten start as Barca boss ended by Betis

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Barcelona were beaten 1-0 at home by Real Betis, bringing manager Xavi’s unbeaten start as boss of the club to an abrupt end.

Juanmi finished a swift Betis break in the 79th minute to send them third in the table, six points behind leaders Real Madrid but having played a game more.

Xavi, who replaced sacked Ronald Koeman, had won his opening two league games in charge, as well as drawing with Benfica in the Champions League.

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But the Catalan giants now sit seventh in La Liga, six points off the top four.

Barca could have equalised in added time when they pushed for a penalty after Ronald Araujo and Andres Guardado tangled in the box, only for it to be deemed a foul on the Betis player.

Betis then held on for their third successive win in La Liga and they now switch attention to a trip to Celtic in the Europa League on Thursday.

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