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Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán
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Setien's side extend their lead at the top of LaLiga by a point, but it means that Real Madrid can now draw level on points with them should they beat Real Sociedad on Sunday. As for Sevilla, they are five points better off than the chasing pack in pursuit of a top-four finish, with a trip to Villarreal on Monday next up for them.
Barcelona are held to a goalless draw by third-place Sevilla. The visitors tested Vaclik through a few Messi free-kicks, while Suarez missed a presentable opportunity, but Reguilon came closest to scoring the only goal with his near miss right at the end.
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FULL-TIME: SEVILLA 0-0 BARCELONA
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Ter Stegen comes up for a Barcelona corner. Messi swings it in and it goes all the way through to Arthur. Before he can send it back in the referee puts the whistle to his mouth to signal full-time!
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That chance for Reguilon is easily the best either side has created. Four of the five added minutes have been played at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan - it looks as though this one is going to finish goalless.
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HUGE CHANCE FOR SEVILLA! What a chance for Reguilon to snatch all three points! Vazquez's cross from the left is headed down by Alba straight into the path of the Sevilla full-back, who is unable to beat Ter Stegen with his shot from eight yards.
Play resumes, with Lenglet okay to continue. Banega gets away from Puig but is forced wide and his eventual cross is overhit.
Lenglet clashes heads with En-Nesyri when attempting to win the ball and comes out second best. There is a stoppage in play for the Barcelona defender to receive some treatment.
Rakitic is taken off with two minutes of normal time to go. Puig is on in his place.
CHANCE FOR SUAREZ! Alba plays in another low pass to the feet of Suarez, who is left free in the middle. His first-time shot is off target, though, with the ball spinning over the crossbar and into the empty stands.
The hosts are dealing with everything Barcelona throw at them, which is admittedly very little.
Sevilla keeper Vaclik pounces on a loose ball before Messi can react.
Ocampos, who grew into the game in the second half, is replaced by Vazquez for the closing stages.
A relatively quiet Messi tries a one-two with Rakitic but the return pass towards him is headed clear.
SHOT! Ocampos somehow gets away from Semedo but the angle is against him and the shot is a straightforward one for Ter Stegen to deal with.
Semedo turns in the box and looks for Suarez, but he is unable to find him. Barca are starting to get frustrated now due to the lack of space they have to operate in.
Messi's corner from the right drops under the crossbar, where Vaclik is waiting to collect. This has been a game of very few clear-cut chances, it is fair to say.
Barcelona's Antoine Griezmann has been involved in eight goals in his last five meetings against Sevilla in LaLiga (six goals and two assists), including a hat-trick at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan in February 2018 with Atletico Madrid.
Griezmann is brought on for Vidal for the final 15 minutes or so. Suarez will stay on for now.
Sevilla defend a Barcelona corner and hit their opponents on the counter. They have a man over but En-Nesyri's pass is intercepted by a sliding Alba - great defending!
MESSI DENIED! Messi came close from a couple of free-kicks in the first half. This latest set-piece effort from range is pretty decent, too, with Vaclik having to help it over the crossbar with his fingertips.
Alba and Messi exchange passes but the impressive Kounde does well to get across and thwart the attack.
The home team seem happy to sit back on a point now, with pretty much every player back behind the ball. Barcelona do not really look like scoring at the moment.
Gudelj replaces Jordan in central midfield in Sevilla's fourth change of the match.
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Lopetegui makes a double change with 20 minutes to play. En-Nesyri is on for De Jong in the first of those subs.
Sevilla, playing with wing-backs, have got five across the back as they look to keep out the likes of Messi and Suarez. How long will it be before Fati and/or Griezmann are introduced?
Messi has not quite been on top of his game today. He attempts a first-time pass towards Suarez but it is once again cut out.
Rakitic nearly finds Messi in the box but the Argentina international cannot make contact with his attempted header - it is a tad too high for him.
Braithwaite is replaced by Arthur in the first of Barcelona's changes.
Barca turn over possession and Messi is given a chance to charge towards goal. He plays it to Braithwaite on the left and the cross into the box is pretty terrible, much to the annoyance of Messi.
Half-time substitute Banega is cautioned for a challenge on Busquets.
Suso's outside-of-the-boot cross is cleared by Pique. The ball is eventually worked to Ocampos, whose shot from range after cutting inside is high and wide.
Suso is on for Munir in Sevilla's second change, likely meaning Ocampos swapping flanks.
Alba drills a cross into the feet of Suarez. The Barcelona striker stops the ball dead and gets a shot away with his second touch, but it is blocked by a Sevilla player.
ANOTHER SAVE! Setien must surely be tempted to turn to his bench because Barcelona are second best at the moment. Munir is played in behind down the left, races into the box and forces Ter Stegen into a second stop in the same number of minutes.
SAVE! Ter Stegen finally has something to do. Ocampos drills an angled shot on target and the Barcelona keeper gets a strong fist to the ball to keep it out.
Fati and Griezmann have been sent to warm up by Setien. Sevilla have seen more of the ball than their opponents over the last few minutes but, like in the first half, they are creating very little.
Sevilla appear to have tweaked formation for the second half, almost operating with wing-backs. Barcelona look to be playing more of a 4-4-2 than a 4-3-3, meanwhile, with the ineffective Braithwaite positioned wide.
Barcelona boss Quique Setien has lost four of his seven managerial LaLiga games against Sevilla (W2 D1), losing three of his four games at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan in the competition (W1).
Suarez is clattered into in another indication that Sevilla are happy to get tight to their opponents - a little too tight at times.
Pique and Alaba deal with a dangerous left-sided cross between them. Messi's attempted pass down the right, again from a deep position on the right, is cut out at the other end.
Messi drifts to the right and looks for Rakitic with his delivery. Vaclik races off his line and gets two hands to the ball.
RESTART! Sevilla get us back underway at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan. If it stays this way, Real Madrid can draw level on points with Barcelona later this weekend.
Torres is replaced by Banega in the only half-time substitution.
Sevilla have done well to keep Messi, one goal away from a landmark 700 in his career, fairly quiet so far. Barca boss Setien may be tempted to tweak things at the interval, with the likes of Griezmann, Arthur and Fati options to come off the bench.
An ill-tempered first half comes to an end with the sides goalless. Messi tested Vaclik from a couple of free-kicks and Suarez also came close to scoring, but Barcelona did not do enough to warrant a lead against a Sevilla side that improved as the half went on.
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HALF-TIME: SEVILLA 0-0 BARCELONA
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After all that pushing and shoving, Messi's floated free-kick is cleared and the referee blows for half-time.
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Fernando is also booked for pushing a Barcelona player as things start to boil over here.
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Messi avoids any action for shoving Carlos, but Busquets goes into the referee's book for his part in the ensuing melee.
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There is a flashpoint right at the end of the first half. Carlos goes in hard on Suarez and Messi is not happy with the challenge on his team-mate. He shoves Carlos in the chest and the Sevilla defender theatrically throws himself to the floor.
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De Jong chases down Kounde's long pass after getting between Alba and Lenglet. He is unable to get a shot away, however, and the offside flag eventually goes up.
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Three minutes have been added on at the end of a so-far goalless first half at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan.
Messi jinks past one man and it looks as though he is about to go on one of those mazy runs of his. However, Fernando stands his ground and Messi runs into a brick wall.
Reguilon pulls the ball back for Torres, whose cross into the middle is easily dealt with. It has been a pretty balanced first half on the whole as we approach the interval.
Setien's side have not got going at all since the cooling break. Despite being on top, though, Sevilla are not really asking any questions of Barca's defenders.
Pique catches Munir and fails to get any of the ball. The referee reaches into his pocket for the second time today.
Ocampos swings in a cross from the left and Lenglet gets his head to it first. The Argentina winger has switched flanks since the water break and is far more involved in the match.
The hosts wins a couple of corners, the second of which is calmly chested clear by Suarez at the near post. Sevilla are enjoying a rare spell on top, but have still yet to create anything of note.
Rakitic is shoved in the back by Fernando just inside the opposition box, but the referee waves away the weak penalty shout.
Sevilla are struggling to get Ocampos, their most dangerous player, involved in the match. He has managed just eight touches in the first half.
Play resumes following a two-minute stoppage for both sets of players to take on some fluids. Barca have been the better side so far, but they dropped off a bit in the minutes leading up to the cooling break.
Barcelona have had 70 per cent of the ball in the opening half an hour. With a third of the match played, the referee calls for the first cooling break.
Lenglet gives the ball away high up the pitch. De Jong gets away from the Barcelona defender and skips another challenge, but his attempted through-ball is deflected into the path of Ter Stegen.
Messi is being pounced on the second he picks up the ball. Reguilon takes one for the team by wiping out the Barca forward, earning the game's first caution in the process.
Rakitic drives the ball towards the bottom-left corner from range, missing the target by a yard or two. This is Barca's best spell of the game.
Messi has Vidal to his right and Braithwaite to his left. He decides to go it alone and is dispossessed.
MESSI AGAIN! A second free-kick in the space of two minutes from Messi. This latest attempt is also on target, but there is a lot of distance between him and Vaclik, and he is unable to get the better of the Sevilla keeper.
MESSI COMES CLOSE! Munir backs into Messi and Barcelona have a free-kick 20 yards from goal - perfect range for Messi. He lifts the ball over the wall and Kounde is well placed to head it off the line. Vaclik probably would have made the save had Kounde not been there, anyway.
Reguilon gets high up the pitch pretty much for the first time today. Semedo sticks with him and does well to win the ball without giving away a free-kick, even if the Sevilla full-back felt contact was made.
Barca forward Messi drops deep to collect the ball. He spreads it to Vidal and the visitors have players forward, but Rakitic elects to dummy a pass and Sevilla turn over possession.
Messi lifts the ball over Sevilla's defence and Alba gets on the end of it, but his first-time cross from the left is dealt with by Kounde.
Fernando was brought back into the side today and his task is almost exclusively to man mark Messi. He has not done too bad a job so far, with the Barcelona forward - one goal away from a milestone 700 - seeing little of the ball.
CLOSE! Rakitic heads an out-swinging Sevilla free-kick as far as Kounde 15 yards from goal. The defender rather scuffs the shot and it ends inches wide of the far post, with Ter Stegen at full stretch.
Sevilla look to get bodies forward quickly but Ocampos kicks the ball straight out of play - a terrible pass, that!
Messi and Suarez exchange passes in the opposition box for the first time today. Sevilla stand firm and another promising Barca attack comes to nothing.
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has scored 699 first-team goals in all competitions for club and country, netting 629 for Barcelona and 70 for Argentina. He has scored more goals against Sevilla (37) than any other side in all competitions.
Lenglet gets his head to a dangerous cross. That sparks a counter that comes to a disappointing end as Vidal's weak pass towards Suarez is cut out 20 yards from goal.
Barca have not taken long to find their rhythm. The visitors are patiently probing away in search of an early breakthrough goal in what is the toughest of their remaining matches.
SUAREZ SHOT! Semedo keeps the ball in play down the right and pulls it back to Suarez. The Barcelona striker works the shooting angle and curls one goalwards, but it is very central and Vaclik makes a routine save.
Sevilla are pressing their opponents high up the pitch early on. Ter Stegen is caught out and Navas tries to capitalise on a sloppy pass out, but his shot is blocked on the edge of the box.
KICK-OFF! Barcelona, aiming to extend their lead at the LaLiga summit to five points, get us up and running!
The teams are coming out onto the pitch at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan, with kick-off just moments away. This match will be played behind closed doors, as will every other LaLiga game for the foreseeable future.
Sevilla have lost seven of their last eight games against Barcelona in LaLiga, with the other match in that run finishing in a draw. Indeed, today's hosts have suffered more league losses to Barca than they have against any other side in their history (83 defeats in 151 games).
Barcelona show five changes from their midweek win over Leganes, including a couple of tweaks up top. Griezmann and Fati drop to the bench, with their places taken by Braithwaite and Suarez, the latter making his first start since January. Alba is preferred to Firpo after returning from suspension, while Semedo and Vidal are in for Sergi Roberto and Arthur.
Lopetegui has made three changes to Sevilla's starting line-up following their draw with Levante four days ago. Two of those alterations come in central midfield, where Torres and Fernando are recalled in place of Gudelj and Banega, while Escudero is replaced by Reguilon at left-back.
Subs: Chumi, Neto, Junior Firpo, Inaki Pena, Monchu, Ansu Fati, Riqui Puig, Kike Saverio, Arthur, Alex Collado, Antoine Griezmann, Ronald Araujo.
BARCELONA XI (4-3-3): Marc-Andre ter Stegen; Nelson Semedo, Gerard Pique, Clement Lenglet, Jordi Alba; Arturo Vidal, Sergio Busquets, Ivan Rakitic; Lionel Messi (c), Luis Suarez, Martin Braithwaite.
Subs: Rony Lopes, Youssef En-Nesyri, Yassine Bounou, Ever Banega, Jose Mena, Sergio Escudero, Franco Vazquez, Suso, Genaro Rodriguez, Sergi Gomez, Nemanja Gudelj, Pablo Perez.
SEVILLA XI (4-3-3): Tomas Vaclik; Jesus Navas (c), Jules Kounde, Diego Carlos, Sergio Reguilon; Joan Jordan, Fernando, Oliver Torres; Lucas Ocampos, Luuk de Jong, Munir El Haddadi.
Sevilla are third in the table after an impressive campaign to date, two points clear of Atletico Madrid in fourth and a further two ahead of the chasing pack. Julen Lopetegui's side beat rivals Real Betis 2-0 in their first game back last week, but they were denied by a late own goal in Monday's 1-1 draw with Levante
LaLiga leaders Barcelona have won back-to-back matches since returning to action last weekend, following up a 4-0 win at Real Mallorca with a 2-0 victory against Leganes in midweek. Second-place Real Madrid beat Valencia 3-0 on Thursday, but Barca still have a two-point lead at the top with nine games to go.
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the LaLiga clash between Sevilla and Barcelona at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan.