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Sevilla v Barcelona Live Commentary, 03/09/2022

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Raphinha (21)
R. Lewandowski (36)
Eric García (50)
Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán


That's all for today, goodbye!
Barcelona move into second place in the league standings following this win, while Sevilla drop to 17th. Both teams now turn their attention to the Champions League as Barcelona face Viktoria Plzen and Sevilla host Manchester City.
Although Sevilla started the game off much stronger than Barcelona, it was the away side who broke the deadlock. Their front three broke forward at an incredible pace and Lewandowski's shot was cleared off the line but Raphinha headed in the rebound. The Polish striker then scored in outstanding fashion as he controlled Kounde's lofted pass on his chest and volleyed home past Bono. Garcia then made it 3-0 early in the second half from a well-worked corner routine that saw Kounde head the ball towards Garcia for an easy tap-in. Barcelona could have won this by many more but Bono pulled off a few stunning saves and the attackers missed a few sitters.
90' + 3' Raphinha takes the free kick but his shot blazes over the crossbar.
90' + 2' Acuna fouls de Jong in a dangerous position just outside the box.
90' There will be a minimum of two added minutes.
Sergi Roberto
Yellow Card
89' Roberto makes a needless challenge in the opposition half as Dolberg was running towards his own goal. He receives a yellow card for the challenge.
87' Barcelona try to counter Sevilla to add more misery to the scoreline, but Fati loses control of the ball while galloping forward.
85' Barcelona are sitting deep and seeing this game through defensively. Sevilla are committing more numbers forward but cannot find the final pass.
83' Lamela wins the ball back in the attacking third from Roberto but his cross is overhit and Barcelona eventually clear.
80' CLOSE! de Jong almost scores from outside the box but his curling effort goes just wide of the post.
79' The home fans inside the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium have gone quiet after what was a very promising start for their team.
77' Sevilla are starting to force Barcelona towards their own box and leave themselves open to being countered.
R. Araujo
Yellow Card
75' Araujo enters the referee's book as he receives a yellow card after fouling Gomez on the right-wing.
Ansu Fati
R. Lewandowski
74' Lewandowski's game is over as Fati replaces him for the final 15 minutes.
73' TWO BIG MISSES! Lewandowski and de Jong both miss big chances to increase Barcelona's lead. Lewandowski was through on goal but Bono got a fingertip stop the striker's chip. de Jong then tried to score the rebound but was met promptly by Carmona on the line.
71' SAVE! Gomez forces ter Stegen into a save as his fierce shot from outside the box stings the goalkeeper's gloves.
P. Gómez
70' Gomez comes on for Isco as Sevilla look to add more pace to their attack.
69' Barcelona are playing this game at their own tempo now and controlling this game. The substitutions have not been working for Sevilla so far.
67' Sevilla players appeal half-heartedly for a penalty against Alba, but the referee waves it away.
José Ángel Carmona
Yellow Card
66' Carmona goes into the book for a reckless challenge on Torres.
G. Montiel
64' Suso replaces Montiel as Sevilla add an extra attacker in search of a comeback.
Jordi Alba
Alejandro Balde
64' Alba comes on for Barcelona at left-back, replacing Balde who was on a yellow card.
63' Torres replaces Dembele on the right-wing for Barcelona.
F. de Jong
63' De Jong replaces Pedri in the Barcelona midfield.
62' BIG SAVE! Bono makes a great save to stop Lewandowski from scoring again. Roberto puts in a pinpoint cross and the striker tries to flick it past Bono, but he saves well to his left.
60' Barcelona have won 60 per cent of their duels so far in the second half a controlled over 55 per cent of possession. Sevilla have a lot of work to do.
58' Raphinha does well to drive to the byline after a pass from Pedri and cuts the ball back to Dembele. The Frenchman goes for too much power and shoots way over the target.
57' Bono almost dribbles into danger after coming out to sweep the ball. Dembele tries to tackle him but the goalkeeper clears the ball just in time.
K. Dolberg
Y. En-Nesyri
56' Sevilla make a change in the striker position as Dolberg comes on for En Nesyri
Sergi Roberto
Eric García
54' Garcia seems to have picked up an injury and Roberto replaces him. Kounde is likely to move to central defence.
52' CHANCE! Sevilla have a huge chance to pull one back after the ball kindly falls to Rakitic, but ter Stegen saves well.
J. Koundé
50' Kounde makes a good run to the back post to meet Raphinha's cross. He cleverly heads the ball back across the goal for Garcia to score easily.
Eric García
50' GOALLLL!!!!! 3-0 GARCIA!!!! Garcia taps the ball home to make it 3-0 to Barcelona. Raphinha crosses the ball to Kounde at the back post. Rather than going for goal, the defender heads the ball across the six-yard box for Garcia to finish easily.
50' Barcelona are the opponent against whom Sevilla coach Julen Lopetegui has managed the most games in LaLiga without a win (7 – D3 L4).
48' Sevilla start the second half very much like the way they started the first. They are pressing high and forcing Barcelona into mistakes.
46' Sevilla get the second half underway!
José Ángel Carmona
N. Gudelj
46' Carmona replaces Gudelj going into the second half.
T. Delaney
Joan Jordán
46' Delaney replaces Jordan at half-time to add more energy to the midfield.
Lopetegui will be disappointed in his team's first half. They failed to capitalise on their early success and paid the price later on in the half. He will however be glad of the two late chances missed by Barcelona, knowing his side can still get something from this game.
Despite Sevilla starting the game off much stronger than Barcelona, it was the away side who broke the deadlock. Their front three broke forward at an incredible pace and Lewandowski's shot was cleared off the line but Raphinha headed in the rebound. The Polish striker then scored in outstanding fashion as he controlled Kounde's lofted pass on his chest and volleyed home past Bono. Kounde and Dembele both had good chances to increase the scoreline but missed their efforts.
45' + 2' Half time: Sevilla 0-2 Barcelona
45' + 1' ANOTHER CHANCE! Dembele and Lewandowski have a two-on-two chance right at the end of the half. Rather than pass to his striker, Dembele spins his defender and goes for goal himself. His lobbed shot goes wide of the post!
45' There will be a minimum of one additional minute played.
45' HUGE CHANCE! Kounde has an unbelievable chance to make it 3-0 to Barcelona after he gets on the end of a precise pass from Pedri. His header is mistimed and goes wide of the left post.
44' Araujo is back on the pitch following his treatment by the physios.
43' Araujo is receiving treatment on the pitch after a heavy challenge from Isco.
42' Gavi makes a brilliant sliding challenge to stop Isco from having an easy chance to have a shot at goal.
40' Barcelona are far more comfortable on the ball now following their second goal and are creating more goal-scoring opportunities.
38' Raphinha is played in by Dembele following an early intervention from Gavi. The winger tries to take the ball around Bono but his touch is too heavy and he loses possession.
J. Koundé
36' Kounde plays a brilliant lofted pass from right-back straight onto the chest of Lewandowski, and the striker does the rest. The Sevilla defenders could do nothing but watch.
R. Lewandowski
36' GOALLLLLLL!!!!! 2-0 LEWANDOWSKI!!!!! Barcelona double their lead through sheer brilliance. Kounde plays a lofted ball into the box for Lewandowski. The striker controls the ball on his chest and hits it on the volley to beat Bono in goal. World class finishing.
36' Both teams have won 12 duels in the first 36 minutes of the game. It has been a very physical half so far.
34' Dembele's free kick comes to nothing after it is slightly overhit and it cannot be reached by his teammates.
Joan Jordán
Yellow Card
33' Jordan concedes a free kick in a dangerous position after a foul on Lewandowski and receives a yellow card.
32' Barcelona are slowly growing more into the game and controlling more of the possession. Dembele and Raphinha are leading in quality.
30' Dembele's pace on the counter has been Barcelona's best asset so far. He runs at Fernando this time and turns him inside-out before firing over the crossbar.
Alejandro Balde
Yellow Card
28' Balde is the second Barcelona player to receive a yellow card after committing multiple fouls in the game.
27' Sevilla's lack of pace in their attacking line is clear to see. Isco and Lamela try to outrun Balde but the defender is too quick for both of them.
25' Balde wins a corner after his cross towards Raphinha is too powerful. The Brazilian takes the corner but it goes through everyone and out for a goal kick.
23' CLOSE! Raphinha tries to curl the ball into the top left corner from the right side of the box, but his effort is just over the bar!
21' GOALLLLL!!!! 1-0 RAPHINHA!!!! Barcelona take the lead through a brilliant counter attack. Gavi wins the ball back and allows Dembele to drive at a backpedaling defence. He puts through Lewandowski, his chipped effort is cleared by Fernando but Raphinha heads in the rebound.
19' SAVE! Isco plays an incredible through ball towards En Nesyri but his low shot is saved well by ter Stegen. The linesman says it is offside again but this one was very close.
17' Sevilla (65.2%) and Barcelona (64.6%) are the two teams with the highest average possession figure in LaLiga this season. The Azulgrana side is also the team that has made the most build up attacks in the competition in 2022/23 with 17, nine more than Sevilla (8).
15' Lamela goes on a good driving run and plays in Acuna, but his uncontested shot goes high and wide of the near post.
13' Jordan puts the ball in the back off the net but the linesman's flag is up for offside.
12' Ter Stegen is being forced into mistakes through Sevilla's press. The home side are playing very physical football, and the referee is allowing it.
10' Sevilla are starting this game with a very high tempo. They are pressing hard without the ball and playing quick passes when in possession.
O. Dembélé
Yellow Card
9' The referee shows a very early yellow card in this game as Dembele goes into the book for a clumsy challenge on Isco.
7' Isco and Acuna work together to stop Lewandowski from having a shot at goal. The striker complains but the referee waves play on.
5' CLOSE! Rakitic almost opens the scoring inside five minutes through his own work. He wins the ball back after intercepting Araujo's pass and plays a quick give and go with Isco He tries to poke the ball past ter Stegen, but Araujo clears the ball away.
3' Sevilla are controlling possession well in the opening moments of this game and are slowly progressing the ball forwards.
1' Pedri gets the game underway!
The players are making their way out of the tunnel and onto the pitch!
Since the start of the 2007/08 season, Sevilla have won just one of their 30 games against Barcelona in LaLiga (D8 L21), their lowest tally against the same opponent they have faced on at least three occasions in this period.
Lopetegui makes six changes to his starting lineup including Acuna, who returns from injury, and a first start for summer signing Isco. Xavi makes no alterations to his starting 11 from their last game.
SUBS: Jordi Alba, Andreas Christensen, Frenkie de Jong, Memphis Depay, Ansu Fati, Franck Kessie, Inaki Pena, Gerard Pique, Miralem Pjanic, Sergi Roberto, Arnau Tenas Urena, Ferran Torres
Barcelona (4-3-3): Marc-Andre ter Stegen; Ronald Araujo, Jules Kounde, Eric Garcia, Alejandro Balde; Gavi, Sergio Busquets, Pedri; Ousmane Dembele, Robert Lewandowski, Raphinha
SUBS: Jose Angel Carmona, Thomas Delaney, Marko Dmitrovic, Kasper Dolberg, Alberto Flores, Rafa Mir, Jesus Navas, Papu Gomez, Kike Salas, Suso, Alex Telles, Oliver Torres
Sevilla (4-3-3): Bono; Gonzalo Montiel, Nemanja Gudelj, Tanguy Nianzou, Marcos Acuna; Joan Jordan, Fernando, Ivan Rakitic; Erik Lamela, Youssef En Nesyri, Isco
A 4-0 victory against Real Valladolid propelled Barcelona into third place in the LaLiga standings, with a chance to go second if they win today. Robert Lewandowski has scored four goals in his last two league games for Barcelona.
Sevilla are still searching for their first win in the league this season after only picking up a point in their opening three games. A defeat for them today could see them end the day in the relegation zone.
Hello and welcome to the live commentary of the LaLiga clash between Sevilla and Barcelona.