Spanish La Liga
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Sevilla 2-1 Barcelona

Luis Suarez, Neymar
Barcelona played a game without Lionel Messi, Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta for the first time since May 2011

Barcelona lost to Sevilla as they suffered their second La Liga defeat of the season, despite Neymar's penalty.

The Brazil forward converted a 74th-minute penalty after Sevilla left-back Benoit Tremoulinas handled inside the penalty area but Barca could not level.

Striker Michael Krohn-Dehli put Sevilla ahead in the 52nd minute and he then set up midfielder Vicente Iborra to score for the hosts six minutes later.

Sevilla's victory was their first at home against Barca in seven years.

Barcelona have now lost consecutive away games in La Liga following their 4-1 defeat to Celta Vigo on 23 September.

Luis Enrique's side have 15 points from seven games, a point behind leaders Villarreal who are away to Levante on Sunday.

Also on Sunday fourth-placed Real Madrid, on 14 points, take on city rivals Atletico Madrid who are one place and two points below them.

Elsewhere on Saturday, Granada held Deportivo La Coruna to a 1-1 draw.

Is Barcelona's crown slipping?

The La Liga season may only be seven games old but there are signs that Barcelona's defence of their title might not be as straightforward as they hoped.

Barca are still serving a 14-month transfer ban imposed by Fifa after being found guilty of breaching rules on the transfer of players aged under 18.

They added defender Aleix Vidal and midfielder Arda Turan to their squad in the summer, but neither player is eligible to play until January.

Coach Enrique will hope they can inject fresh impetus into a side that perhaps feels a little stale without new blood.

Neymar
Neymar scored from the penalty spot on his 100th appearance for Barcelona

How much of a miss is Messi?

Barcelona are without Lionel Messi until the end of next month as he recovers from the knee ligament injury picked up in last weekend's 2-1 win over Las Palmas.

The Catalan club made hard work of their opponents on that occasion and had to come from behind to beat Bayer Leverkusen by the same scoreline in the Champions League during the week.

Against Sevilla the defending La Liga champions were a little unfortunate as they struck the post five times at the Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium.

Nevertheless Barca missed the Messi's brilliance and clinical finishing despite the presence of Uruguay forward Luis Suarez and Neymar.

Spanish football journalist Eduardo Alvarez told BBC World Service:
"Barcelona were not playing well before Messi got injured.
"But they've lost the best player in the world. It's up to Neymar and Suarez to take control of the team now."
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Line-ups

Sevilla

  • 1Rico
  • 23Andújar Moreno
  • 17AndreolliBooked at 22mins
  • 5KolodziejczakBooked at 33mins
  • 2TrémoulinasBooked at 73minsSubstituted forFerreira Filhoat 89'minutes
  • 4KrychowiakBooked at 19mins
  • 15N'Zonzi
  • 20Machín Pérez
  • 8IborraSubstituted forReyesat 70'minutes
  • 7Krohn-Dehli
  • 9GameiroSubstituted forLlorenteat 72'minutesBooked at 75mins

Substitutes

  • 10Reyes
  • 11Immobile
  • 14Cristóforo
  • 22Konoplyanka
  • 24Llorente
  • 25Ferreira Filho
  • 31Soria Solís

Barcelona

  • 13Bravo
  • 20Sergi
  • 3Piqué
  • 24MathieuBooked at 48minsSubstituted forDani Alvesat 60'minutes
  • 18AlbaBooked at 60mins
  • 4Rakitic
  • 14Mascherano
  • 5BusquetsBooked at 28mins
  • 17El HaddadiSubstituted forRamírezat 60'minutes
  • 9L Suárez
  • 11Neymar

Substitutes

  • 1ter Stegen
  • 2Pereira dos Santos
  • 6Dani Alves
  • 15Bartra
  • 19Ramírez
  • 27Cámara Mesa
  • 28Gumbau
Referee:
Jesús Gil Manzano
Attendance:
39,374

Match Stats

Home TeamSevillaAway TeamBarcelona
Possession
Home37%
Away63%
Shots
Home12
Away28
Shots on Target
Home5
Away9
Corners
Home7
Away9
Fouls
Home16
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Sevilla 2, Barcelona 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Sevilla 2, Barcelona 1.

Attempt missed. Neymar (Barcelona) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Ivan Rakitic.

Neymar (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Coke (Sevilla).

Foul by Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona).

Fernando Llorente (Sevilla) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Sandro Ramírez.

Foul by Sandro Ramírez (Barcelona).

Michael Krohn-Dehli (Sevilla) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Coke.

Substitution

Substitution, Sevilla. Mariano replaces Benoît Trémoulinas.

Offside, Sevilla. Michael Krohn-Dehli tries a through ball, but Reyes is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Luis Suárez (Barcelona) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jordi Alba.

Attempt blocked. Sergi Roberto (Barcelona) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ivan Rakitic.

Attempt blocked. Sandro Ramírez (Barcelona) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Luis Suárez (Barcelona) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Reyes.

Neymar (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Vitolo (Sevilla).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Benoît Trémoulinas (Sevilla) because of an injury.

Attempt saved. Sandro Ramírez (Barcelona) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Luis Suárez.

Foul by Neymar (Barcelona).

Coke (Sevilla) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Sergio Busquets (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Fernando Llorente (Sevilla).

Booking

Fernando Llorente (Sevilla) is shown the yellow card.

Neymar (Barcelona) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Michael Krohn-Dehli (Sevilla).

Sergi Roberto (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Coke (Sevilla).

Goal!

Goal! Sevilla 2, Barcelona 1. Neymar (Barcelona) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Booking

Benoît Trémoulinas (Sevilla) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

Penalty conceded by Benoît Trémoulinas (Sevilla) with a hand ball in the penalty area.

Attempt blocked. Sandro Ramírez (Barcelona) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Neymar.

Substitution

Substitution, Sevilla. Fernando Llorente replaces Kevin Gameiro.

Attempt missed. Gerard Piqué (Barcelona) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Neymar with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Coke.

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