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Barcelona 2-1 Sevilla

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi
Messi has scored six direct free-kick goals this season, more than any other La Liga player

Lionel Messi reached the 30-goal mark for the eighth consecutive season as he helped Spanish leaders Barcelona come back from behind to beat Sevilla.

Sixth-placed Sevilla, the last team to beat Barca back in early October, led when Vitolo volleyed in a left-wing cross at the far post.

Messi's sublime 20-yard free-kick levelled before he teed up Gerard Pique to sidefoot in the close-range winner.

Barca, who have not lost in 34 games, are now eight points clear in La Liga.

The Catalan side's fightback at the Nou Camp means they have equalled the longest unbeaten run of a La Liga team in all competitions, levelling Real Madrid's run in the 1988-89 season.

But more concerning for the Bernabeu club is the huge gap that has opened up between them and their arch-rivals Barca.

Zinedine Zidane's third-placed side are 12 points adrift of the leaders following Saturday's home derby defeat by Atletico Madrid.

Second-placed Atletico won 1-0 at the Bernabeu to remain Barca's nearest challengers.

Re-live Barca's record-equalling performance

Referee was a joke - Neville

Valencia's four-game winning run under Gary Neville came to a sudden halt as they were beaten 3-0 by visitors Athletic Bilbao.

Neville's team set a Europa League record with their 10-0 aggregate win against Rapid Vienna, while victories against Espanyol and Granada eased any fears of a relegation battle.

But, in an dress rehearsal of their last-16 Europa League tie, Athletic scored three goals in seven second-half minutes at Mestalla to move up to seventh.

Former England defender Neville was furious at two strong Valencia penalty appeals that were dismissed before the away side's opener.

"I thought the referee was a joke," said the ex-Manchester United captain.

"I've not blamed refs in every game, but his management of the game was awful. Some of the things he did were incredible."

Valencia manager Gary Neville
Valencia manager Gary Neville discusses his feelings with referee Gil Manzano during the Atletico defeat

Line-ups

Barcelona

  • 13Bravo
  • 22Vidal ParreuSubstituted forDani Alvesat 55'minutesBooked at 71mins
  • 3PiquéBooked at 90mins
  • 24Mathieu
  • 18Alba
  • 20SergiBooked at 74minsSubstituted forRakiticat 75'minutes
  • 5Busquets
  • 7TuranSubstituted forIniestaat 64'minutes
  • 10Messi
  • 9L Suárez
  • 11Neymar

Substitutes

  • 1ter Stegen
  • 4Rakitic
  • 6Dani Alves
  • 8Iniesta
  • 14Mascherano
  • 15Bartra
  • 17El Haddadi

Sevilla

  • 1Rico
  • 23Andújar Moreno
  • 3RamiBooked at 30mins
  • 5KolodziejczakBooked at 77mins
  • 2Trémoulinas
  • 15N'Zonzi
  • 14CristóforoSubstituted forKonoplyankaat 63'minutes
  • 20Machín Pérez
  • 8IborraSubstituted forMuñoz Muñozat 75'minutes
  • 7Krohn-Dehli
  • 9Gameiro

Substitutes

  • 6Carrico Martins
  • 10Reyes
  • 11Muñoz Muñoz
  • 17Figueiras
  • 18Escudero
  • 22Konoplyanka
  • 31Soria Solís
Referee:
Santiago Jaime Latre
Attendance:
77,837

Match Stats

Home TeamBarcelonaAway TeamSevilla
Possession
Home68%
Away32%
Shots
Home17
Away11
Shots on Target
Home8
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away7
Fouls
Home13
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Barcelona 2, Sevilla 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Barcelona 2, Sevilla 1.

Corner, Sevilla. Conceded by Ivan Rakitic.

Corner, Sevilla. Conceded by Ivan Rakitic.

Booking

Gerard Piqué (Barcelona) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Gerard Piqué (Barcelona).

Kevin Gameiro (Sevilla) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Offside, Barcelona. Ivan Rakitic tries a through ball, but Luis Suárez is caught offside.

Foul by Dani Alves (Barcelona).

Yevhen Konoplyanka (Sevilla) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Michael Krohn-Dehli (Sevilla) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Attempt missed. Steven N'Zonzi (Sevilla) header from very close range misses to the left. Assisted by Yevhen Konoplyanka with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Sevilla. Conceded by Jeremy Mathieu.

Booking

Timothée Kolodziejczak (Sevilla) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Timothée Kolodziejczak (Sevilla).

Attempt missed. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Neymar.

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Ivan Rakitic replaces Sergi Roberto.

Substitution

Substitution, Sevilla. Juan Muñoz replaces Vicente Iborra.

Booking

Sergi Roberto (Barcelona) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Sergi Roberto (Barcelona).

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

Attempt saved. Luis Suárez (Barcelona) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt saved. Coke (Sevilla) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Adil Rami with a headed pass.

Foul by Neymar (Barcelona).

Coke (Sevilla) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Booking

Dani Alves (Barcelona) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Dani Alves (Barcelona).

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

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

Foul by Vitolo (Sevilla).

Foul by Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona).

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

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

Foul by Steven N'Zonzi (Sevilla).

Corner, Sevilla. Conceded by Dani Alves.

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

Dangerous play by Vicente Iborra (Sevilla).

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Andrés Iniesta replaces Arda Turan.

Attempt missed. Steven N'Zonzi (Sevilla) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Vitolo.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 28th February 2016

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As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Barcelona26213269214866
2Atl Madrid26184436112558
3Real Madrid26166471254654
4Villarreal26157433181552
5Celta Vigo2612593944-541
6Sevilla2611873728941
7Ath Bilbao26115103835338
8Eibar26106104035536
9Real Sociedad2697103635134
10Dep La Coruña2661463332132
11Malaga2688102323032
12Valencia2671093029131
13Real Betis26610102136-1528
14Espanyol2684142650-2428
15Getafe2675142640-1426
16Rayo Vallecano2668123653-1726
17Las Palmas2666142540-1524
18Sporting Gijón2666143046-1624
19Granada2665152751-2423
20Levante2655162448-2420
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