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Lionel Messi suffers arm injury in Barcelona's win over Sevilla

Lionel Messi on the floor in pain holding his right arm
Lionel Messi was left in agony after landing awkwardly on his right arm

Lionel Messi will miss El Clasico after being ruled out for three weeks with a fractured arm as Barcelona beat Sevilla 4-2 to go top of La Liga.

The Argentine was left writhing in agony after landing heavily on his right arm after colliding with Franco Vazquez.

He was still in obvious discomfort as he left the field in the 26th minute.

Just moments earlier the Barcelona captain had scored a sublime goal to put Barcelona 2-0 up.

Messi had also set up Philippe Coutinho for the opener on two minutes.

Barcelona confirmed after the game that the 31-year-old suffered a "fracture of the radial bone in his right arm" and is set to miss the Champions League tie against Inter Milan in midweek and the clash with Real Madrid next Sunday.

Despite the injury to Messi, Barcelona extended their lead in the second half through a Luis Suarez penalty.

Pablo Sarabia's deflected long-range effort brought Sevilla back into the game before Barcelona had goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen to thank for a wonderful double stop to deny first Sarabia and then Wissam Ben Yedder.

Ivan Rakitic's fine volley made it 4-1 and although substitute Luis Muriel curled home an impressive effort of his own, Barcelona held on to secure their first win in five La Liga matches.

The result also puts them one point clear of Alaves at the top of the table before next week's huge game at the Nou Camp against rivals Real.

Messi injury overshadows Barca's return to form

While Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde will be relieved to see his side end their four-game winless run in La Liga, there will be concern for the fitness of star forward Messi.

The Argentine looked in scintillating form in the opening stages, setting up one goal before scoring a fine second to take his tally for the season to 12 in as many matches.

There is no blame attached to Vazquez as the Sevilla man competed fairly for the ball, but Messi's full bodyweight landed on his right arm.

The Barcelona physio applied heavy strapping, but Messi was replaced by Ousmane Dembele.

Valverde can take comfort from the form of Luis Suarez, who stepped up in Messi's absence to put in a commanding display and score his first goal in seven matches.

The former Liverpool striker was a menacing presence throughout and coolly converted a second half penalty to make it 3-0 after he was brought down in the box by goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik.

Line-ups

Barcelona

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1ter Stegen
  • 2Nélson Semedo
  • 3Piqué
  • 15Lenglet
  • 18Alba
  • 4Rakitic
  • 5Busquets
  • 8ArthurSubstituted forRobertoat 66'minutes
  • 10MessiSubstituted forDembéléat 26'minutes
  • 9SuárezSubstituted forEl Haddadiat 81'minutes
  • 7Coutinho

Substitutes

  • 11Dembélé
  • 12Rafinha
  • 13Cillessen
  • 19El Haddadi
  • 20Roberto
  • 22Vidal
  • 36Brandáriz

Sevilla

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1VaclikBooked at 62mins
  • 6Martins Carriço
  • 4KjaerSubstituted forMercadoat 54'minutes
  • 3Gómez
  • 16Navas
  • 17Sarabia
  • 10Banega
  • 22VázquezSubstituted forMesaat 69'minutes
  • 23Arana Lopes
  • 12André SilvaSubstituted forMurielat 78'minutes
  • 9Ben Yedder

Substitutes

  • 7Mesa
  • 8Nolito
  • 11Vidal
  • 13Soriano
  • 14Muriel
  • 21Promes
  • 25Mercado
Referee:
Juan Martínez Munuera
Attendance:
87,244

Match Stats

Home TeamBarcelonaAway TeamSevilla
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home23
Away19
Shots on Target
Home9
Away6
Corners
Home5
Away7
Fouls
Home10
Away16

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Barcelona 4, Sevilla 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Barcelona 4, Sevilla 2.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Ousmane Dembélé (Barcelona).

  4. Post update

    Éver Banega (Sevilla) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Munir El Haddadi (Barcelona) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Coutinho.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona).

  7. Post update

    Éver Banega (Sevilla) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Goal!

    Goal! Barcelona 4, Sevilla 2. Luis Muriel (Sevilla) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Wissam Ben Yedder following a fast break.

  9. Goal!

    Goal! Barcelona 4, Sevilla 1. Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner.

  10. Post update

    Sergi Roberto (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Roque Mesa (Sevilla).

  12. Post update

    Foul by Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona).

  13. Post update

    Sergi Gómez (Sevilla) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  14. Post update

    Hand ball by Pablo Sarabia (Sevilla).

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Roque Mesa (Sevilla) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Éver Banega (Sevilla) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Roque Mesa.

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. Wissam Ben Yedder (Sevilla) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Pablo Sarabia (Sevilla) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Luis Muriel (Sevilla) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Éver Banega.

  20. Post update

    Sergi Roberto (Barcelona) wins a free kick on the left wing.

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Scores, Results & Fixtures

Saturday 20th October 2018

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Barcelona953123111218
2Alavés9522128417
3Sevilla95132012816
4Atl Madrid9441105516
5Real Madrid9423139414
6Espanyol8422117414
7Levante94141415-113
8Real Valladolid833276112
9Real Betis833256-112
10Real Sociedad83231211111
11Celta Vigo92431313010
12Valencia917178-110
13Eibar8314912-310
14Villarreal923478-19
15Getafe823367-19
16Girona82331013-39
17Leganés9225813-58
18Ath Bilbao7142913-47
19Rayo Vallecano7124715-85
20Huesca8125718-115
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