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domingo, 6 de noviembre de 2016

Sevilla 1-2 Barcelona: Lionel Messi inspires comeback as Luis Suarez winner keeps Real Madrid in sight


  • Luis Suarez earned Luis Enrique's side a much-needed win in Andalusia 
  • Sevilla were worth their lead after Vitolo nipped in front of Sergi Roberto
  • Lionel Messi scored the 27th goal of his career against Sevilla to level
  • Argentine scored for seventh game in a row against favourite opponents
  • Barcelona cut the gap on leaders Real Madrid back to two points in La Liga 
Leo Messi was once again Sevilla's worse nightmare as he scored one and made one in Barcelona's 2-1 win at the Sanchez Pizjuan.
His goal was the 27th goal he has scored against Sevilla in 29 games and he then set up Luis Suarez to get the winner cancelling out Vitolo's opener.
Messi was booked in the second half when leaving the pitch too slowly to change a boot torn by a Steven N'Zonzi challenge and Barça survived a late penalty scare to take the three points.
Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez enjoy celebrating the turnaround against Sevilla on Sunday
Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez enjoy celebrating the turnaround against Sevilla on Sunday
Suarez was set up by Messi on the hour to blast his side in front at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan
Suarez was set up by Messi on the hour to blast his side in front at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan
Barcelona have moved back to just two points behind La Liga leaders Real Madrid
Barcelona have moved back to just two points behind La Liga leaders Real Madrid
Vitolo handed Sevilla the lead after a quarter of an hour as he escaped Sergi Roberto (right)
Vitolo handed Sevilla the lead after a quarter of an hour as he escaped Sergi Roberto (right)
Sevilla looked like handing more misery to Barcelona's boss Luis Enrique in the first half
Sevilla looked like handing more misery to Barcelona's boss Luis Enrique in the first half
Sevilla had started with all the power and confidence of a team who knew they could go above Barcelona with a win over them. Vitolo put them ahead on the quarter hour.
Franco Vazquez played a long diagonally forward to the Spain winger. It would never have reached him if Sergio Roberto had intercepted but the right-back failed to clear and Vitolo punished the mistake honing in on Marc Andre ter Stegen's goal and shooting past him.
On the half hour it should have been two but inexplicably Pablo Sarabia backheeled the ball away from goal when there was nothing but Ter Stegen between him and Sevilla's second goal.
Luciano Vietto had crossed from the left but Sarabia looked to assist when he should have scored and the chance was gone. 
Messi wheels away after having restored parity with just two minutes of the half remaining
Messi wheels away after having restored parity with just two minutes of the half remaining
Samir Nasri has looked impressive since joining Sevilla on loan and he looked to get on the ball
Samir Nasri has looked impressive since joining Sevilla on loan and he looked to get on the ball
Lionel Messi dragged Barcelona back into the contest with a trademark cool and accurate shot
Lionel Messi dragged Barcelona back into the contest with a trademark cool and accurate shot

MATCH FACTS 

Sevilla: Sergio Rico; Mariano, Rami, Carrico, Escudero; Nzonzi; Sarabia, Vitolo, Nasri (Iborra 78), Vázquez (Ganso 68), Vietto. 
Goal: Vitolo 15
Booked: Rami, Mariano, Carrico 
Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Sergi Roberto, Mascherano, Umtiti, Digne; Rakitic (Andre Gomes 72), Sergio Busquets, Denis (Rafinha 86); Messi, Suárez, Neymar.
Goal: Messi 43, Suarez 61 
Booked: Neymar, Digne, Messi, Sergi Roberto, Suarez, Mascherano 
Referee: Jaime Latre 
Vitolo then shot wide from another Sevilla chance and predictably the home side paid for the two misses when Messi scored two minutes before half time.
He started the move in his own half moving the ball on to Denis Suarez who had impressed in what had been a poor first period for Barcelona. 
He carried the ball forward with urgency and continued his run after laying the ball off to Neymar. 
The Brazilian dribbled infield waiting for the arrival of Messi who finished what he had started with a precise finish past Rami and Sevilla keeper Serio Rico.
The goal took the va-va out of Sevilla's voom. Nasri had pulled the strings in the first half playing just behind the tireless Vitolo, Vietto, Sarabia and Vazquez. 
But he had only just made the starting line-up after missing the midweek Champions League game through injury.
Vitolo celebrates his first goal of the season and it was no more than the hosts deserved
Vitolo celebrates his first goal of the season and it was no more than the hosts deserved
Barcelona's equaliser came against the run of play and had a touch of controversy about it
Barcelona's equaliser came against the run of play and had a touch of controversy about it
Sergio Rico was beaten to his right but Barca midfielder Ivan Rakitic was in an offside postion
Sergio Rico was beaten to his right but Barca midfielder Ivan Rakitic was in an offside postion
Barcelona had moved up a gear since scoring and on the hour they were ahead. Messi was again the catalyst although this time it was Suarez how finised the move. Messi swept forward feeding Suarez wide right. 
He fired past Rico for his eight goal of the season. Suarez had spent most of the game playing wide right carrying out the orders of coach Luis Enrique who wanted the Uruguayan to stop Sevilla's left-back Escudero from getting forward. 
That switch left Messi through the middle and from there he had turned the game on its head.
Sevilla coach Jorge Sampaoli responded by putting Ganso on for Vazquez and N'Zonzi could have equalized from a corner with 20 minutes left. 
It was another clinical finish from the Argentine on a night when he and his team-mates dug in
It was another clinical finish from the Argentine on a night when he and his team-mates dug in
Suarez produced his trademark celebration after scoring his 11th goal of the season
Suarez produced his trademark celebration after scoring his 11th goal of the season
Ter Stegen came for a corner and got nowhere near the ball. The former Stoke midfielder had dominated in the first half but his header lacked conviction and went wide.
Rico saved from Suarez to keep Sevilla in the game and finally Sampaoli took off passenger Nasri to bolster his midfield with Vicente Iborra. 
The change didn't affect Messi's ability to run Sevilla ragged and when N'Zonzi fouled him tearing his right boot in the process Messi stayed down to put the boot back on.
Sevilla's forward Luciano Vietto drags his shot wide with Javier Mascherano for company
Sevilla's forward Luciano Vietto drags his shot wide with Javier Mascherano for company
Sevilla goalkeeper Sergio Rico punches clear from a corner as the visitors grew into the game
Sevilla goalkeeper Sergio Rico punches clear from a corner as the visitors grew into the game
Barcelona boss Luis Enrique was looking to end a difficult week on a high in Andalusia
Barcelona boss Luis Enrique was looking to end a difficult week on a high in Andalusia
Once Messi realized he needed a new boot the referee asked him to leave the pitch and when he did so too slowly for the match official's liking he was yellow carded. He risked the card turning red when he threw the boot down and kicked it off the pitch as he walked to the touchline to change his footwear.
The card stayed yellow, Messi came back on, and Barcelona played out time to take all three points only after the referee had ignored Sevilla shouts for a penalty by Umtiti on Joaquin Correa. 
There was pushing and pulling from both defender and attacker but Sampaoli didn't see it that way confronting the linesman on the final whistle. 
Suarez points to Messi after the pair combined to put Barca in a position for a hard-fought win
Suarez points to Messi after the pair combined to put Barca in a position for a hard-fought win

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