Real, Barca register wins in La Liga opener

21 August, 2017, 20:27 | Author: Nora May

Nonetheless, this was a complete display from Barcelona after a hard week for the city, with tributes to the victims of the Las Ramblas terror attack victims made before kick off.

There was a solemn feeling at the Nou Camp before and during the game with only 56,480 supporters at the 99,000-capacity arena.

The Catalans were well beaten by Los Blancos, 5-1 over two legs, but will now turn their attentions to La Liga and the visit of the Andalusian side.

"Freedom of expression is what Catalonia is all about", Catalan artist Joan Miró once said, and that spirit was very much in evidence.

In other hand, the Real Betis are ready to play against to the Barcelona on their first La Liga match under the guidelines of their new manager Quique Setien.

Barca's archrival Real Madrid tweeted a photo of their team holding a moment of silence at their training camp Friday, as did Spanish clubs Espanyol (which is based in Barcelona), Levante, Granada, Real Mallorca, and Girona.

Names will be dropped from the back of the tops, replaced by "Barcelona", with the hashtag '£TotsSomBarcelona' ('We Are All Barcelona') on the front.

The English Football League has also announced that all 72 teams playing this weekends will be joining in by wearing black armbands.

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"We have to stand up to these circumstances and the best way is by moving forward".

Not many teams go to the Nou Camp and win - and the majority of those that do need a bit of luck on their side along the way.

Earlier, hundreds gathered at Barcelona's famous Sagrada Familia church to mourn those killed.

At midday, Barca and Betis officials delivered a floral tribute at Las Ramblas, where the van plowed through the crowds on Thursday.

Messi writes: 'I want to send my condolences and all my support to the family and friends of the victims of the awful attack on our beloved Barcelona, as well as totally rejecting all forms of violence.

"We are not going to give up".

The first came courtesy of an own goal by Beticos left-back Alin Tosca, who edged Gerard Deulofeu's cross past goalkeeper Antonio Adan, and the second from midfielder Sergi Roberto, who was on hand to turn the former Everton winger's cross into a gaping net.



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