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Sevilla 0-2 Barcelona: Lionel Messi takes Barcelona within two points of top spot

Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi is three goals clear of Luis Suarez in the race for the La Liga golden boot

Lionel Messi scored and created the other as Barcelona beat in-form Sevilla and went within two points of La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid.

Messi fed Ousmane Dembele to slot home the opener before team-mate Sergino Dest hit the post.

Barcelona defender Clement Lenglet had a header disallowed for offside - and then Sevilla's Youssef En-Nesyri also had one ruled out for offside.

Messi scrambled home a late second to clinch the game.

The Barca captain had a shot saved by Sevilla keeper Bono, with a lucky ricochet taking Messi past the keeper to score into an empty net.

That was his 38th goal against Sevilla, six more than he has managed against any other side.

He has now netted in eight La Liga games in a row - 12 goals in total during those matches - his best streak in two years.

Barca's winner took them within one result of Atleti, although Diego Simeone's leaders have two games in hand. Sevilla's defeat brings to an end a 10-game winning run in domestic competitions.

Both sides meet again on Wednesday in the Copa del Rey semi-final second leg. Sevilla won the first leg 2-0.

Line-ups

Sevilla

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 13Bono
  • 16Navas
  • 12Koundé
  • 20Santos SilvaBooked at 38minsSubstituted forRekikat 45'minutesBooked at 46mins
  • 18EscuderoBooked at 45mins
  • 8JordánBooked at 88mins
  • 25RegesBooked at 31mins
  • 24GómezSubstituted forFernández Saezat 45'minutes
  • 10RakiticSubstituted forRodríguezat 63'minutes
  • 11El HaddadiSubstituted forEn-Nesyriat 45'minutes
  • 9de JongSubstituted forTorresat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Vaclik
  • 2Gnagnon
  • 3Gómez
  • 4Rekik
  • 6Gudelj
  • 7Fernández Saez
  • 14Rodríguez
  • 15En-Nesyri
  • 17Vidal
  • 21Torres
  • 22Vázquez
  • 31Díaz

Barcelona

Formation 3-1-4-2

  • 1ter Stegen
  • 28Mingueza
  • 3PiquéSubstituted forAraujoat 67'minutesSubstituted forUmtitiat 82'minutes
  • 15Lenglet
  • 5Busquets
  • 2Dest
  • 21de Jong
  • 16GonzálezSubstituted forKourouma Kouroumaat 71'minutes
  • 18Alba
  • 10MessiBooked at 42mins
  • 11DembéléBooked at 82minsSubstituted forBraithwaiteat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Araujo
  • 7Griezmann
  • 9Braithwaite
  • 12Puig
  • 13Murara Neto
  • 17Machado Trincão
  • 19Fernandes Siqueira
  • 23Umtiti
  • 24Firpo
  • 26Peña
  • 27Kourouma Kourouma
Referee:
Alejandro José Hernández Hernández

Match Stats

Home TeamSevillaAway TeamBarcelona
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home4
Away9
Shots on Target
Home2
Away5
Corners
Home3
Away3
Fouls
Home20
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Sevilla 0, Barcelona 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Sevilla 0, Barcelona 2.

  3. Post update

    Clément Lenglet (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Youssef En-Nesyri (Sevilla).

  5. Booking

    Joan Jordán (Sevilla) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  6. Post update

    Lionel Messi (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Joan Jordán (Sevilla).

  8. Goal!

    Goal! Sevilla 0, Barcelona 2. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ilaix Moriba.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jesús Navas (Sevilla) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Fernando.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Barcelona. Samuel Umtiti replaces Ronald Araujo because of an injury.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Barcelona. Martin Braithwaite replaces Ousmane Dembélé.

  13. Booking

    Ousmane Dembélé (Barcelona) is shown the yellow card.

  14. Post update

    Hand ball by Youssef En-Nesyri (Sevilla).

  15. Post update

    Foul by Ousmane Dembélé (Barcelona).

  16. Post update

    Jesús Navas (Sevilla) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Offside, Barcelona. Lionel Messi tries a through ball, but Clément Lenglet is caught offside.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Sergio Escudero.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Sevilla. Conceded by Jordi Alba.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Sevilla. Conceded by Sergio Busquets.

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Scores, Results & Fixtures

Saturday 27th February 2021

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Atl Madrid23174245162955
2Barcelona25165455223353
3Real Madrid24164442192352
4Sevilla24153634181648
5Real Sociedad24118541202141
6Villarreal2481333325837
7Real Betis24113103238-636
8Levante2571173534132
9Ath Bilbao2486103428630
10Granada2486102941-1230
11Celta Vigo247892936-729
12Osasuna2577112333-1028
13Getafe2576122030-1027
14Valencia2569103035-527
15Cádiz2467112140-1925
16Eibar25410112028-822
17Alavés2557132039-1922
18Real Valladolid2449112235-1321
19Elche2349102034-1421
20Huesca25311112236-1420
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