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Sevilla 2-2 Barcelona

Luis Suarez celebrates his goal that brought the score back to 2-1 against Sevilla
Luis Suarez celebrates his goal that brought the score back to 2-1

Substitute Lionel Messi scored a sublime 89th-minute equaliser as leaders Barcelona came from 2-0 down to preserve their unbeaten La Liga record.

Sevilla looked set to inflict a first league defeat on Barca for 11 months after goals by Franco Vazquez and Luis Muriel.

Luis Suarez pulled a goal back from close range in the 88th minute before Messi equalised moments later.

Barca's leading scorer curled home his 26th league goal from outside the area.

Messi had missed both of Argentina's friendlies during the international break because of a hamstring injury and was left out of the starting line-up for this game.

Barcelona are 12 points clear at the top of the table although Atletico Madrid will cut the gap to nine if they beat Deportivo La Coruna on Sunday (19:45 BST).

Sevilla, who are sixth in the table, wasted a string of chances to seal victory when 2-0 up.

They have not beaten Barcelona since October 2015 although they will get another chance to overcome Ernesto Valverde's side when the teams meet in the Copa del Rey final on 21 April.

The teams could also still meet in the Champions League.

Barcelona are chasing a European and domestic treble and host Roma in the Champions League quarter-final on Wednesday, while Sevilla entertain Bayern Munich the day before.

Line-ups

Sevilla

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1RicoBooked at 44mins
  • 25MercadoBooked at 34minsSubstituted forLayúnat 45'minutes
  • 4Kjaer
  • 5Lenglet
  • 18Escudero
  • 15N'Zonzi
  • 10Banega
  • 16NavasSubstituted forNolitoat 81'minutes
  • 22Vázquez
  • 11CorreaSubstituted forPizarroat 72'minutes
  • 20Muriel

Substitutes

  • 3Layún
  • 6Martins Carriço
  • 8Arana Lopes
  • 9Ben Yedder
  • 13Soria
  • 14Pizarro
  • 24Nolito

Barcelona

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1ter Stegen
  • 20Roberto
  • 3Piqué
  • 23Umtiti
  • 18Alba
  • 15PaulinhoSubstituted forD Suárezat 77'minutes
  • 4Rakitic
  • 8IniestaSubstituted forAlcácerat 81'minutes
  • 11DembéléSubstituted forMessiat 58'minutes
  • 9Suárez
  • 14Coutinho

Substitutes

  • 2Nélson Semedo
  • 6D Suárez
  • 10Messi
  • 13Cillessen
  • 17Alcácer
  • 21André Gomes
  • 25Vermaelen
Referee:
José Luis González González
Attendance:
37,638

Match Stats

Home TeamSevillaAway TeamBarcelona
Possession
Home40%
Away60%
Shots
Home21
Away20
Shots on Target
Home6
Away9
Corners
Home5
Away9
Fouls
Home11
Away7

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Sevilla 2, Barcelona 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Sevilla 2, Barcelona 2.

  3. Post update

    Offside, Barcelona. Denis Suárez tries a through ball, but Philippe Coutinho is caught offside.

  4. Post update

    Offside, Sevilla. Éver Banega tries a through ball, but Nolito is caught offside.

  5. Goal!

    Goal! Sevilla 2, Barcelona 2. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Philippe Coutinho.

  6. Goal!

    Goal! Sevilla 2, Barcelona 1. Luis Suárez (Barcelona) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the top left corner following a corner.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Guido Pizarro.

  8. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Denis Suárez with a cross.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Sergio Rico.

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jordi Alba.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Sevilla. Conceded by Gerard Piqué.

  13. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Luis Muriel (Sevilla) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Nolito.

  14. Post update

    Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Guido Pizarro (Sevilla).

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Sevilla. Nolito replaces Jesús Navas because of an injury.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Barcelona. Paco Alcácer replaces Andrés Iniesta.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jesús Navas (Sevilla) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Éver Banega.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jesús Navas (Sevilla) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Barcelona. Denis Suárez replaces Paulinho.

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Scores, Results & Fixtures

Saturday 31st March 2018

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Barcelona30237076156176
2Atl Madrid29197349143564
3Real Madrid30196576334363
4Valencia29185657312659
5Villarreal29145104033747
6Sevilla30144123946-746
7Girona30128104443144
8Real Betis29134124953-443
9Celta Vigo30117124643340
10Getafe29109103527839
11Eibar29116123643-739
12Ath Bilbao30812103034-436
13Leganés29106132535-1036
14Espanyol29811102637-1135
15Real Sociedad2996145152-133
16Alavés29101182645-1931
17Levante30513122644-1828
18Las Palmas3056192161-4021
19Dep La Coruña2948172660-3420
20Malaga2935211645-2914
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