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February 9, 2014 8:00 PM GMT
Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán — Sevilla
Referee:‬ José Teixeira‎
Attendance:‬ 24949‎
 
15′ Alberto
 
Messi 44′
 
Messi 56′
 
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Sevilla 1-4 Barcelona: Classy Messi puts Catalans back on top

The hosts looked the better side for much of the soggy encounter, but the attacker took both his goals well to secure a crucial, if not, convincing victory

Lionel Messi Pedro Rodriguez Sevilla Barcelona La Liga 02092014
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Two goals from Lionel Messi helped Barcelona regain top spot in La Liga following a flattering victory over Sevilla on Sunday.

Atletico Madrid held pole position going into the weekend, but their defeat to Almeria on Saturday meant Barcelona only needed to win in Andalucia to retake the lead on goal difference, and they duly obliged in pouring rain, despite Sevilla's best efforts.

Alberto Moreno opened the scoring at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan when his 15th-minute shot was deflected in by Marc Bartra, but the hosts were unable to pull clear as they missed numerous chances.

Alexis Sanchez equalised with a clever header after 34 minutes, albeit from a seemingly offside position, and Messi put Barcelona ahead just before half-time with his first La Liga goal from open play since September 28 against Almeria.

Messi gave his side a two-goal cushion 11 minutes into the second half with another sumptuous finish and, although the hosts had their fair share of opportunities thereafter, Barca claimed all three points, with Cesc Fabregas adding a late fourth.

Although Barca had more of the early possession, Unai Emery’s seventh-placed side deserved their initial lead, provided by Moreno.

Ivan Rakitic brought the ball into the area from the right flank before combining well with Diogo Figueiras. The ball then dropped to Vitolo, whose nudged pass allowed Moreno to hit a fierce shot that flew in off Bartra.

Sevilla came agonisingly close to doubling their advantage seven minutes later as Carlos Bacca headed against Victor Valdes' right-hand post from a devilish Rakitic free-kick.

Rakitic also skewed wide after being fed into the area by Bacca and Sevilla were made to pay as the champions converted their first opportunity of the game.

Nico Pareja was harshly adjudged to have fouled Messi and, from the resulting free-kick, Alexis knocked the ball past Beto with the back of his head despite appearing to be offside.

Barca scored again before the break. Diogo missed a tackle near the halfway line and Pedro capitalised by charging forward before cutting the ball back to Messi, who rifled into the bottom-right corner after teeing himself up.

Sevilla continued to spurn clear chances early in the second half, Vitolo stroking wide when one-on-one with Valdes in the 51st minute before Kevin Gameiro shot straight at the goalkeeper when pouncing on a rebound.

Messi then effectively wrapped up the win for Barcelona as he collected an Andres Iniesta pass on the edge of the area and coolly caressed the ball into the bottom-left corner, well out of Beto’s reach.

Bacca held off Gerard Pique before firing into the side-netting as Sevilla sought a response, but Barcelona remained strong at the back and enhanced their flattering lead late on as substitute Fabregas cleverly dinked the ball over Beto after Alexis' cutback.


Sevilla

-
Beto
Goalkeeper
3.00
2
2.50
3
Daniel Carrico
Defender
39′
3.00
19
Nicolás Pareja
Defender
2.50
-
Alberto
Defender
15′
3.00
11
Ivan Rakitic
Midfielder
3.50
10
Iborra
Midfielder
64′
3.50
-
Vitolo
Striker
15′ 77′
3.00
-
C. Bacca
Striker
3.50
11
Kevin Gameiro
Striker
64′
2.50

FC Barcelona

4.00
1
3.00
2
Montoya
Defender
2.00
3
Piqué
Defender
3.00
15
Bartra
Defender
3.00
21
Adriano
Midfielder
3.00
6
Xavi
Midfielder
83′
3.50
8
2.50
17
Alex Song
Midfielder
20′
3.50
7
Pedro
Striker
44′ 59′ 73′
3.50
9
4.50
10
Messi
Striker
34′ 44′ 56′

Substitutes

13
Javi Varas
Goalkeeper
 - 
3
 - 
-
S. Cristóforo
Midfielder
 - 
15
3.00
29
Jairo
Striker
77′
 - 
-
3.00
21
Reyes
Striker
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
13
 - 
22
3.50
4
Cesc Fàbregas
Midfielder
73′ 88′
 - 
16
Busquets
Midfielder
83′
 - 
19
 - 
24
Sergi Roberto
Midfielder
89′
 - 
20
Tello
Striker

Coach/Manager

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3.00

Coach/Manager

 
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  • Penalty
  • Penalty Missed
  • Yellow Card
  • Assist
  • Penalty Save
  • Penalty Shootout Goal
  • Penalty Shootout Miss
  • Yellow Card / Red Card
  • Red Card
  • Substitution IN
  • Substitution OUT
  • Injury
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  • Goal.com Man of the Match
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Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
C. Ronaldo C. Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
28 6
Diego Costa Diego Costa
Striker
Atl. Madrid
27 5
Messi Messi
Striker
Barcelona
25 6
Karim Benzema Karim Benzema
Striker
Real Madrid
17 0
Alexis Sánchez Alexis Sánchez
Striker
Barcelona
17 0