Spanish La Liga
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Sevilla 1-4 Barcelona

Lionel Messi scored twice as Barcelona returned to the top of La Liga after coming from behind to beat Sevilla.

Alberto Moreno's deflected strike gave the hosts the lead before an offside Alexis Sanchez levelled with a header.

Argentina forward Messi then scored either side of half-time, with a powerful shot from the edge of the area and a curled effort from similar range.

Substitute Cesc Fabregas sealed victory with a chip from close range as Sevilla rued a host of missed chances.

The win moved Barcelona top of La Liga on goal difference, with Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid level with them on 57 points.

They were far from their best in a match played in heavy rain and on a saturated pitch, as the hosts dominated for large periods and created the better opportunities.

But, while Ivan Rakitic, Denis Cheryshev and Vitolo were all guilty of bad misses for Sevilla, Barca produced a clinical display of finishing to secure just a second win from their past five La Liga matches.

Messi had not scored from open play in the league since September, having missed the end of 2013 with a hamstring injury, but showed signs of returning to his best form.

He was quiet in the opening stages, though, as Sevilla started strongly and took a deserved lead when Moreno's low shot from 18 yards deflected in off Marc Bartra.

Carlos Bacca then headed against the post for the hosts before Rakitic shot wide with just visiting goalkeeper Victor Valdes to beat.

Barcelona pulled level in controversial circumstances as Sanchez looked to be in an offside position when he flicked in Messi's free-kick.

Messi put the visitors ahead just before the break when he chipped Andres Iniesta's pass up to himself before firing into the corner.

Sevilla continued to create chances after the break but, with Valdes in good form, they were unable to take advantage as Barca took control.

And Messi brilliantly curled in his second from the edge of the area before Fabregas completed the scoring with a delicate chip after Sanchez's low cross.

Line-ups

Sevilla

  • 13Beto
  • 5FigueirasBooked at 70mins
  • 14Moreno
  • 6CarriçoBooked at 39mins
  • 2Fazio
  • 21Pareja
  • 18GameiroSubstituted forCheryshevat 64'minutesBooked at 71mins
  • 12IborraSubstituted forTrochowskiat 64'minutes
  • 9Bacca
  • 11Rakitic
  • 20Machín PérezSubstituted forSamperio Bustaraat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Varas Herrera
  • 3Navarro Corbacho
  • 8Cristóforo
  • 15Trochowski
  • 16Cheryshev
  • 17Samperio Bustara
  • 19Reyes

Barcelona

  • 1ValdésBooked at 68mins
  • 2Montoya
  • 21Adriano
  • 17SongBooked at 20mins
  • 15Bartra
  • 3Piqué
  • 6XaviSubstituted forBusquetsat 83'minutes
  • 8Iniesta
  • 10Messi
  • 9SánchezSubstituted forSergiat 89'minutes
  • 7PedroBooked at 59minsSubstituted forFábregasat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Fábregas
  • 13Pinto Colorado
  • 16Busquets
  • 19Afellay
  • 20Tello
  • 22Dani Alves
  • 24Sergi
Referee:
José Antonio Teixeira Vitienes
Attendance:
27,500

Match Stats

Home TeamSevillaAway TeamBarcelona
Possession
Home37%
Away63%
Shots
Home15
Away9
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home6
Away0
Fouls
Home22
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, FC Sevilla 1, Barcelona 4.

Full Time

Second Half ends, FC Sevilla 1, Barcelona 4.
Hand ball by Lionel Messi (Barcelona).
Attempt blocked. Piotr Trochowski (FC Sevilla) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Offside, Barcelona. Lionel Messi tries a through ball, but Andrés Iniesta is caught offside.
Francesc Fábregas (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Denis Cheryshev (FC Sevilla).
Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Diogo Figueiras (FC Sevilla).

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Sergi Roberto replaces Alexis Sánchez.

Goal!

Goal! FC Sevilla 1, Barcelona 4. Francesc Fábregas (Barcelona) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Alexis Sánchez.
Corner, FC Sevilla. Conceded by Alexandre Song.
Corner, FC Sevilla. Conceded by Adriano.

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Sergio Busquets replaces Xavi.
Attempt missed. Adriano (Barcelona) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Lionel Messi.
Corner, FC Sevilla. Conceded by Gerard Piqué.
Offside, FC Sevilla. Ivan Rakitic tries a through ball, but Denis Cheryshev is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, FC Sevilla. Jairo replaces Vitolo.
Corner, FC Sevilla. Conceded by Gerard Piqué.
Hand ball by Alexis Sánchez (Barcelona).
Attempt missed. Carlos Bacca (FC Sevilla) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Ivan Rakitic with a headed pass.

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Francesc Fábregas replaces Pedro.
Attempt missed. Denis Cheryshev (FC Sevilla) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Carlos Bacca.

Booking

Denis Cheryshev (FC Sevilla) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Denis Cheryshev (FC Sevilla).

Booking

Diogo Figueiras (FC Sevilla) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Pedro (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Diogo Figueiras (FC Sevilla).
Foul by Adriano (Barcelona).
Diogo Figueiras (FC Sevilla) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Booking

Víctor Valdés (Barcelona) is shown the yellow card.
Foul by Lionel Messi (Barcelona).
Nicolás Pareja (FC Sevilla) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Pedro (Barcelona) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Diogo Figueiras (FC Sevilla).

Substitution

Substitution, FC Sevilla. Denis Cheryshev replaces Kevin Gameiro.

Substitution

Substitution, FC Sevilla. Piotr Trochowski replaces Vicente Iborra.
Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Dangerous play by Kevin Gameiro (FC Sevilla).
Pedro (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Ivan Rakitic (FC Sevilla).

Booking

Pedro (Barcelona) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.
Hand ball by Pedro (Barcelona).
Foul by Alexis Sánchez (Barcelona).
Alberto Moreno (FC Sevilla) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Alexis Sánchez (Barcelona) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Lionel Messi following a fast break.

Goal!

Goal! FC Sevilla 1, Barcelona 3. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Andrés Iniesta.
Corner, FC Sevilla. Conceded by Alexandre Song.
Corner, FC Sevilla. Conceded by Víctor Valdés.
Attempt saved. Kevin Gameiro (FC Sevilla) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
Attempt saved. Carlos Bacca (FC Sevilla) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Alberto Moreno.
Attempt missed. Alexis Sánchez (Barcelona) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Xavi.
Attempt missed. Vitolo (FC Sevilla) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left following a fast break.
Foul by Marc Bartra (Barcelona).
Vitolo (FC Sevilla) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Xavi (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Daniel Carriço (FC Sevilla).
Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Kevin Gameiro (FC Sevilla).

Second Half

Second Half begins FC Sevilla 1, Barcelona 2.
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