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Celta de Vigo
September 14, 2013
• Camp Nou, Barcelona
Referee: César Muñiz Fernández
• Attendance: 76765
Dani Alves 36'
L. Messi 75'
A. Sánchez 90'+
I. Rakitić 80'
FULL TIME IN CAMP NOU. A grandstand finish sees Barcelona run out 3-2 winners over Sevilla in dramatic fashion thanks to goals from Dani Alves, Lionel Messi, and Alexis Sanchez. Unai Emery's men clawed their way back into the game with two strikes in the last 10 minutes from Rakitic and Coke, but the ever-resilient Barca won it at the death! I'm Martin Macdonald, thank you for joining us tonight!
90' + 4'
Yellow Card José Pinto Colorado
90' + 4'
Goal Alexis Sánchez
GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAL FOR BARCELONA!!! HEARTBREAK FOR SEVILLA!!! MESSI BURSTS TO THE BYLINE AND REVERSES A CROSS BACK INSIDE, AND ALEXIS SANCHES SQUEEZES A STRIKE INTO THE EMPTY NET!! 3-2! SENSATIONAL!
90' + 1'
MARRRIIIIIIINNN! HOW CLOSE WAS THAT?! The German skips inside form the left and curls a strike towards the far corner, but his attempt goes a whisker by the post!
Assist Ivan Rakitic
GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAL FOR SEVILLA!!! IT LOOKS LIKE THEY'VE EARNED A POINT!!! Rakitic whips in a corner kick to the back post and Coke guides a strike into the far corner from 12 yards out! 2-2! Unbelievable!
Sevilla really are probing for the equaliser here! Jairo manages to get to the byline and teases a wicked cross along goal, but there are no takers for the away side!
Yellow Card Adriano
ADRIANOOOOO! GREAT SAVE FROM BETO! The Brazilian looks to whip a right-footed strike into the far corner from 25 yards out but the Sevilla 'keeper is well-placed once again to turn the ball round the post!
Dare I say that Neymar needs to be more selfish in a Barca shirt?
Ohhhh, why not have a strike Neymar?! The Brazilian receives a pass to the inside-left channel from Messi and opts to return the ball back inside for the Argentine when the ball was begging to be struck at goal!
CAAAALAAAAA!!! The big Sevilla defender rises high inside the Barca box and bullets a header towards goal, but his attempt goes just over the bar!
A rare attacking appearance from Coke down the right-hand side sees Sevilla earn a corner kick. Don't forget, from their last corner the visitors managed to get the ball in the back of the net.
Goal Ivan Rakitic
GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAL FOR SEVILLA!!! A GLIMMER OF HOPE FOR THE VISITORS! Vitolo does superbly down the left to hold off the challenge of Mascherano and lay the ball back inside for Rakitic, who drills a strike under Valdes! 2-1! An interesting finish in store here!
It looks like Barcelona will just look to see out this match here. Busquets, Xavi, and Fabregas are all just playing small passes in the middle of the park. There's no need at all for them to rush forward.
Messi hasn't been up to his usual standards tonight, but did you ever bet against him getting on the scoresheet?
Goal Lionel Messi
GOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAL FOR BARCELONA!!! Fabregas stabs the ball out wide for Neymar who lashes a perfect cross along goal. Messi is on hand to guide the ball into the roof of the net past Beto! 2-0! Looks like game over!
Andrés Iniesta Luján
Barcelona counterattack and Xavi slides a pass down the right-hand side for Alexis, but the Chilean is stopped in his tracks by Alberto Moreno, but puts the ball out of play with a great challenge.
MESSSIIIII!!!! That was only inches over! The Argentine picks the the ball up from Iniesta and shifts the ball on to his right-foot before lashing a strike at goal. Luckily for Sevilla though, it just goes north of goal.
Unai Emery continues to ring the changes as on-loan Chelsea man, Marko Marin, is introduced in place of Cristoforo. A positive change from Sevilla.
The Camp Nou crowd are getting a little frustrated here. Alexis skips inside from the left wing and looks to lay the ball off for Busquets, but his pass is overhit and Sevilla manage to play out of defence.
Important challenge from Pique there. Alberto gets down the left for one of the first times in the match and looks to burst to the byline, but the Barca man comes in with a superb tackle to put the ball out for a throw-in.
Cala gets in the face of the referee in protest, and earns a yellow card. He's certainly within his rights to feel aggrieved there!
Yellow Card Cala
GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAL FOR SEVILLAAA!!!! WAIT! NO! FOUL! Rakitic floats in the corner kick and Cala nods the ball past Valdes, but the referee awards Barcelona a free kick. There's nothing at all that looked like a foul in there!
Second change from Martino and it's a like-for-like substitution down the right-hand side. Alexis Sanchez comes on for Cristian Tello.
The Camp Nou has been relatively subdued tonight. The only time the crowd get out there seats is when Messi or Neymar get on the ball, not much of an atmosphere.
Some dodgy defending at the back from Sevilla as Rakitic sends a bouncing ball back to Beto. Barcelona look to hunt down the 'keeper but he takes a good first touch and eventually clears up the park.
First change of the match from Sevilla as Stephane Mbia is replaced by Piotr Trochowski.
Tello has always space in the world down the right but seems a tad reluctant to stretch his legs and take on the defender. In the end he lays a pass inside that is easily cut out by the Sevilla defence.
Pique picks out Neymar with a superb crossfield pass and the Brazilian nods the ball forward before looking to latch on to it. It takes two defenders to stop him as Cala and Coke both see the ball out.
Neymarrrrr!! He goes close again! The former Santos man drifts in from that left wing and looks to curl a shot into the bottom right corner, but a number of Sevilla defenders look to block the strike, and they eventually clear.
Yellow Card Coke
Really important interception from Rakitic! Messi comes deep and teases a wonderful cross to the back post, but the Croatian is on hand to flick the ball from the foot of Pique for a corner kick.
Another glimpse of the outstanding Neymar in the opening stages of the second half as he does a fantastic stepover and bursts down the left-hand side. He's looking the most likely to grab Barcelona's second goal.
We are back under way!
Half time in Catalunya. Barcelona lead Sevilla 1-0 at the break thanks to a goal from Dani Alves. The hosts have been the better side in terms of possession, but Unai Emery's men are by no means out of this match, and should come out in the second period withe something to prove. Join us in 15 minutes for the remaining 45 minutes!
A sore one for Fernando Navarro here! The Sevilla defender catches a boot to the face from Neymar and looks to have a nasty gash on his eyebrow. He'll need to go off and get that treated.
That is SURELY a second yellow card for Mbia!! Neymar does him for pace and he blatantly shoves the Brazilian out of the park! The referee has bottled that, there's no way that's not a booking!
Extremely good defending from Coke. Neymar runs at pace towards the Sevilla right-back, but this time he doesn't fall for the trickery and remains solid to win back the ball. Much better.
Barcelona players are seething with the referee at the moment as Sevilla play on with Pique down injured. There didn't look too much in the challenge, and Emery's had the right to play on.
Goal Daniel Alves
GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAL FOR BARCELONAAAAA!!! Adriano clips a superb cross to the back post and Dani Alves drifts in unmarked to bullet a header into the bottom right corner! 1-0!
Yellow Card Jairo
That's a definite booking! Neymar looks to counterattack with pace through the middle but he is swiftly taken out by Jairo, who deservedly earns a yellow card.
MESSSIIIIII!!! That was inches wide! The Argentine whips the free kick towards the top right corner but his attempt just shaves the top of the bar! Beto was rooted to the spot!
Yellow Card Stéphane M'Bia
Mbia is booked for the challenge on the former Santos man.
Ohhhh scintillating play from Neymar!!! The Brazilian flicks the ball through the legs of Coke and glides down the left-hand side. He is eventually fouled by Mbia, and Barca get the free kick.
Sevilla enjoy a small period of sustained possession but they are undone by the pressing by Barcelona. Xavi hunts down Coke, who is forced to punt the ball out of play.
Very important clearance from Cala! Neymar looks to find Dani Alves with a clipped cross to the back post but the 23-year-old is positioned perfectly to hook the ball out of the penalty area.
The first few minutes looked fairly ominous for Sevilla, but they have done excellently to fight their way back into contention, and are looking pretty solid at the back now.
What a fantastic tackle from Cristoforo. Messi picks up the ball in a deep position and looks to gallop towards goal, but he is stopped in his tracks by the Sevilla man, who snatches the ball away from his feet.
Wonderful play from Barca here!! Neymar effortlessly skips past Coke before reversing a ball back inside for Tello, who lashes a left-footed strike at goal, but Beto manages to get down and see the attempt round the post.
Neymar and Messi link-up on the edge of the box and look to find an opening, but Sevilla eventually manage to squeeze the ball back to Beto, who rushes off his line to claim.
Extremely speculative effort from Adriano. The Brazilian receives the ball inside from Neymar and looks to smash a strike at goal, but his attempt goes high and wide beyond the Sevilla goal.
An early blow for Barca here as Alba is going to have to come off injured. He picked up a knock on the shin earlier in the match and he'll be replaced by Adriano at left-back.
Superb challenge by Pique! Vitolo looks to latch on to a pass down the right-hand side but the former Manchester United man claws the ball away and sees it back to Valdes.
Really good defending by Alberto Moreno. Tello looks to take him on down the right-hand side but he remains solid to usher the ball back inside and move play upfield for Sevilla.
First booking of the match goes to Vitolo as the Sevilla man hacks down Alba as the Barca left-back looks to break forward. Deserved yellow card.
Yellow Card Vitolo
And there is shock in the Barcelona dugout tonight. Tito Martino appears to have left behind his signature polo shirt in favour of a smart suit jacket. His suitcase has finally arrived from Argentina, it seems.
Xavi floats in the free kick to the back post and Beto opts to dramatically dive and palm the ball away. It looked like he could have caught that one.
Neymar skips inside from the left wing and looks to burst into the box, but he is cynically fouled by Coke just on the edge of the area. Free kick to Barca in a great position down the flank.
Saaaaaaave from Beto!!!! Neymar twists and turns inside the box and looks to find the far corner with a left-footed strike, but the Sevilla 'keeper manages to turn the ball round the post with his fingertips.
Ohhhh Stephane Mbia almost serves Beto short with a pass back to the Sevilla goalkeeper, but luckily for them, he manages just to clear the ball up the park! Almost a horror start!
We are under way in Catalunya!
Barcelona, on the other hand, have won all of their league games so far and currently sit second behind Atletico Madrid, who defeated Almeria last night.
Sevilla haven't enjoyed the best of starts to the season, having recorded just two draws against Levante and Malaga to put some points on the board.
The last time that Sevilla managed to notch up win against Barca, Dani Alves was actually on the scoresheet for Los Rojiblancos.
Barcelona are looking to protect a six-year unbeaten run againt Unai Emery's side, a record which stretches over 13 competitive matches.
The stats don't make particularly good reading for Sevilla fans...
Sevilla (4-2-3-1): Beto; Coke, Cala, Navarro, Alberto, Cristoforo; Mbia, Rakitic; Jairo, Vitolo, Gameiro.
Barcelona (4-3-3): Valdes; Alves, Pique, Mascherano, Alba; Busquets, Xavi, Iniesta; Tello, Messi, Neymar.
I'm Martin Macdonald, and I'll be taking you through the action!
Good evening folks, welcome to LIVE coverage of the Spanish Primera Division clash between Barcelona and Sevilla at Camp Nou!
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