Spanish La Liga
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Barcelona 3-0 Sevilla

Lionel Messi
Messi was back in the side after serving a one-match ban

Lionel Messi scored twice as Barcelona brushed aside Sevilla to keep up the pressure on Real Madrid in the La Liga title race.

The hosts were in control from start to finish and opened the scoring through Luis Suarez's overhead volley.

Messi swept in a quick second from Suarez's cutback before making it 3-0 with a fierce volley.

Sevilla were reduced to 10 men in the 90th minute when Vitolo was sent for a second booking after a foul on Neymar.

Substitute Pablo Sarabia had Sevilla's two best chances with powerful long-range drives in the second half but the visitors never really looked like scoring.

Relive Barcelona's win against Sevilla

It was ultimately a routine win for Barcelona, who slowed the tempo after scoring their third, mindful of a packed April fixture list that includes the two legs of their Champions League quarter-final with Juventus.

The three points mean Luis Enrique's side remain second, two points behind Real Madrid, who beat Leganes 4-2 on Wednesday.

"Probably we have put in the best first-half performance of the season," said Enrique.

"I am happy because it is a positive victory over a great team and because of how we controlled the game."

Line-ups

Barcelona

  • 1ter Stegen
  • 14Mascherano
  • 3PiquéBooked at 15minsSubstituted forDigneat 77'minutes
  • 23Umtiti
  • 5BusquetsBooked at 71mins
  • 4RakiticBooked at 78minsSubstituted forAleñáat 80'minutesBooked at 84mins
  • 8Iniesta
  • 10Messi
  • 20Sergi
  • 9L SuárezSubstituted forAlcácerat 65'minutes
  • 11Neymar

Substitutes

  • 6D Suárez
  • 13Cillessen
  • 17Alcácer
  • 18Alba
  • 19Digne
  • 21André Gomes
  • 28Aleñá

Sevilla

  • 1Rico
  • 3Ferreira Filho
  • 24MercadoSubstituted forKranevitterat 45'minutes
  • 21Martín Pareja
  • 5Lenglet
  • 18Escudero
  • 20Machín PérezBooked at 90mins
  • 8IborraBooked at 38minsSubstituted forJoveticat 76'minutes
  • 15N'Zonzi
  • 10NasriSubstituted forSarabiaat 45'minutes
  • 11Correa

Substitutes

  • 4Kranevitter
  • 6Carrico Martins
  • 12Ben Yedder
  • 13Soria Solís
  • 16Jovetic
  • 17Sarabia
  • 22Vázquez
Referee:
Carlos Clos Gómez
Attendance:
83,980

Match Stats

Home TeamBarcelonaAway TeamSevilla
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home15
Away7
Shots on Target
Home7
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home16
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Barcelona 3, Sevilla 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Barcelona 3, Sevilla 0.

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Sergio Rico.

Attempt saved. Neymar (Barcelona) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Javier Mascherano.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Vitolo (Sevilla) for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Vitolo (Sevilla).

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

Foul by Vitolo (Sevilla).

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

Foul by Joaquín Correa (Sevilla).

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

Foul by Joaquín Correa (Sevilla).

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

Foul by Joaquín Correa (Sevilla).

Foul by Neymar (Barcelona).

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

Booking

Carles Aleñá (Barcelona) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Carles Aleñá (Barcelona).

Steven N'Zonzi (Sevilla) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Lionel Messi (Barcelona).

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

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

Foul by Matías Kranevitter (Sevilla).

Attempt missed. Stevan Jovetic (Sevilla) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Carles Aleñá replaces Ivan Rakitic.

Foul by Lucas Digne (Barcelona).

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

Booking

Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona).

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

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

Attempt saved. Paco Alcácer (Barcelona) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Andrés Iniesta with a through ball.

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Lucas Digne replaces Gerard Piqué.

Substitution

Substitution, Sevilla. Stevan Jovetic replaces Vicente Iborra.

Foul by Javier Mascherano (Barcelona).

Vicente Iborra (Sevilla) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Sevilla. Conceded by Samuel Umtiti.

Booking

Sergio Busquets (Barcelona) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Sergio Busquets (Barcelona).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Real Madrid29225278304871
2Barcelona30216388266269
3Atl Madrid30187555233261
4Sevilla30177652371558
5Villarreal30149742231951
6Ath Bilbao30155103933650
7Real Sociedad30154114341249
8Eibar2912894741644
9Espanyol30111094242043
10Celta Vigo28125114346-341
11Alavés301010102937-840
12Las Palmas2998124548-335
13Valencia2996144151-1033
14Real Betis3087153247-1531
15Malaga3079143447-1330
16Deportivo La Coruña30610143146-1528
17Leganés3069152546-2127
18Sporting Gijón3057183158-2722
19Granada3048182662-3620
20Osasuna3028203069-3914
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