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Summary

  1. Suarez scores second-half winner
  2. Messi equalised for Barca after Vitolo put Sevilla ahead
  3. Barcelona seek to recover from Champions League defeat at Man City
  4. Sevilla will move above Barca into second with a win
  5. Sampaoli's side have lost just just once in La Liga

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By Mike Whalley

All times stated are UK

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Sevilla 1-2 Barcelona

And with that, I shall make my exit. Thank you for your company. And thank you, thank you, thank you, for your song related puns. I enjoyed every single one of them. As Robbie Williams should have said at the end of No Regrets, I guess this text commentary is officially... dead.

Sevilla 1-2 Barcelona

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Here's how the table stands. Barcelona have reduced the gap between themselves and Real Madrid to two points going into the international break. Villarreal are up to third after beating Real Betis 2-0 in the 17:30 GMT game. Sevilla sit above Atletico Madrid because teams level on points in La Liga are separated by head-to-head record.

Sevilla 1-2 Barcelona

That was a cracking game. Barcelona were rocking in the first half, and could have been more than one goal behind before Lionel Messi's equaliser, just before the interval, gave them a life raft to cling to.

In the second half, Barcelona played much more aggressively, and perhaps Sevilla ran out of steam. Luis Suarez ended up with a winning goal, and could have had a couple more.

FULL-TIME

Sevilla 1-2 Barcelona

Television replays suggest that Umtiti had his arm wrapped around Correa's, in a way not normally seen outside a Morris dancing class. The defender got away with it, though, and Barcelona have secured a much-needed win.

Sevilla 1-2 Barcelona

Joaquin Correa, on as a late substitute, hurtles into the penalty area, seeking to save the game for Sevilla, he tumbles under Samuel Umtiti's challenge inside the area... referee tells him to get to his feet. Nothing given.

Sevilla 1-2 Barcelona

Barcelona centre-back Javier Mascherano goes into the book for a foul. It's a Sevilla free-kick, tossed in towards Vicente Iborra, but Barca's defence, which has been much better in the second half than the first, deals with the threat.

Sevilla 1-2 Barcelona

Three minutes of stoppage time to play. It's a shame this game has to end; it's been enthralling.

Sevilla 1-2 Barcelona

On the subject of bootless players, I seem to remember Paul Gascoigne scoring with his stockinged foot for Tottenham against Arsenal in a league game in 1988. Any others?

Luis Suarez, meanwhile, is booked after getting fed up with Daniel Carrico dragging him around by the shirt, and making his feelings known too strongly for the referee's liking.

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That is Denis Suarez's last contribution; he is off, and Rafinha is on for the final four minutes.

Sevilla 1-2 Barcelona

Anyway, Messi is back with us now, and has two boots again. Barcelona have a free-kick, as Daniel Carrico picks up a booking for tripping Luis Suarez. Messi, who probably could have taken it in his socks, chips towards Denis Suarez, who cannot connect cleanly, and the danger passes.

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Have Sevilla anything left? Lionel Messi, on the burst, loses a boot as his heel is clipped by the chasing Steven N'Zonzi, who gets a yellow card. Messi stays seated for some time, even after treatment, and then confusion reigns. The referee orders the Argentine must go to the touchline to put his boot back on, and as the dispute rumbles on, eventually shows a yellow card to Messi too. What a palaver.

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Ten minutes left. Barcelona are having more of the ball and more of the chances now. But there might still be a twist in this yet.

SUBSTITUTION

Sevilla 1-2 Barcelona

Samir Nasri's race is run. The on-loan Manchester City midfielder, who has played well on his return from injury, leaves the field, to be replaced by Vicente Iborra, who scored the winner in this fixture last season, but had a penalty saved by Claudio Bravo when they met at the Nou Camp in the Spanish Super Cup in August.

Sevilla 1-2 Barcelona

The pace of this game, still, is incredible. Barcelona attack again. Lionel Messi, down the right, slides a perfect ball to Luis Suarez, but goalkeeper Sergio Rico, doing the old 'dive any which way just to make yourself a big target' trick, gets something on the ball, and deflects it away. Suarez could have had a hat-trick in this second half. Still time, yet.

Sevilla 1-2 Barcelona

It could have been 1-3, but it could as easily have been 2-2. Marc-Andre ter Stegen, in Barcelona's goal, comes for a corner he has no hope of reaching, and Steven N'Zonzi climbs to head wide. Let off for Ter Stegen.

Sevilla 1-2 Barcelona

Oh, so nearly a second goal for Luis Suarez, which would surely have put the game to bed. The forward takes on Neymar's finely judged pass and rounds the goalkeeper. The angle is tight, but this is Suarez we're talking about... but no! It's just too tight, and the ball rolls across goal. Suarez then sees that Lionel Messi was in position for a tap-in if he could have cut the ball back. The Uruguay striker's grimace hardens.

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Ganso and Neymar started out as team-mates in their native Brazil with Santos - and line up on opposing sides in La Liga for the first time tonight. Ganso has a reputation as a classy playmaker, whose early career was affected by a run of bad injuries, but who has worked hard to quash criticism over a perceived lack of mobility. He used to call Neymar his little brother when they were team-mates, and the two remain good friends. "Ganso is a great person," Neymar said this week. Will they still be pals if the playmaker drags Sevilla back into this?

Sevilla 1-2 Barcelona

Sevilla need to find their pace again. Mariano charges forward, and is tripped in full flight by Lucas Digne, who is booked.

On the bench, Luis Enrique appears to be fiddling with an iPad. Perhaps he's Googling song titles.

A change for Sevilla. Franco Vazquez is off, and Ganso is on. Now let me tell you a little bit about Ganso...

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Gooner John: It's a bit of a Tight Fit, this game. If Barca win, the Lionel Sleeps Tonight.

If I was wearing a hat, John, I'd take it off to you.

GOAL - Sevilla 1-2 Barcelona

Luis Suarez

Barcelona have hit their stride in this second half. A moment ago, Lionel Messi turned brilliantly to escape five Sevilla players and create space on the edge of the penalty area. It looks set for a wonderful Messi goal, but he lifts his shot over.

Instead, he gets an assist, running at the home defenders and sliding a pass right for Luis Suarez, who is left feree to slot beneath Sergio Rico. Eight La Liga goals for the season for Suarez, and Barca have come from a goal down to lead.

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Seth Gogo Egoeh: If Vitolo was as half as clinical as Messi was in that first half, Sevilla would have been leading by at least two goals.

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Sublime stuff from Luis Suarez, reaching a long pass into the Sevilla penalty area with a backheeled volley towards Lionel Messi - who shoots for the top corner. Sergio Rico, in the home goal, is well positioned and flips the ball over for a corner, which is cleared.

Sevilla 1-1 Barcelona

Luis Suarez to Lionel Messi, as Barcelona try to beat Sevilla at their own game with a swift counter-attack. Neymar, just to his left, rather gets in the Argentine's way, and Adil Rami, the home centre-back, gets across to block the shot.

We've had another booking in the meantime, with Sevilla right-back Mariano cautioned for a foul. 

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Barcelona respond immediately. Neymar's ball across from the left rolls towards Ivan Rakitic, who pops at goal from the edge of the area. Sergio Rico, the Sevilla keeper, dives to his right to beat the shot away. More goals in this game? At the moment, the answer would appear to be: Yes.

Sevilla 1-1 Barcelona

Second half begins at the same pace as the first. Samir Nasri bursts down the left, exchanges passes with Luciano Vietto - who produces a lovely backheel return - and shoots at goal, but straight at Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

KICK-OFF

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Two interesting things about that Lionel Messi equaliser. 

1) Ivan Rakitic is standing in an offside position as Lionel Messi strikes from the edge of the penalty area. Is he interfering with play? He seems to be OK as he makes no move towards the ball or to distract the goalkeeper.

2) No Sevilla player, as far as I could see, protested as the ball went in.

We're back under way.

Sevilla 1-1 Barcelona

Lionel Messi, by the way, has now scored 27 times in 29 appearances against Sevilla. To quote Britney Spears: Oops, I did it again.

I don't think Britney's very impressed with that text entry.

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HALF-TIME

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Barcelona are fortunate to be level. Sevilla have been the better team.

YELLOW CARD

Sevilla 1-1 Barcelona

There's still time in what remains of a breathless first half for Barcelona's overworked right-back Sergi Roberto to collect the evening's third caution for dragging back Vitolo by the shirt.

GOAL - Sevilla 1-1 Barcelona

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Barcelona have to survive an edgy few moments, as Vitolo rolls wide with a decent chance to extend Sevilla's lead.

But they break seconds later, and for once, find a gap. Denis Suarez lays off to Neymar, then Lionel Messi collects the square pass on the edge of the area and strokes in his eighth league goal of the season - his 469th goal for Barcelona overall. Luis Enrique, who had been looking very agitated, may be a little calmer now.

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Sevilla 1-0 Barcelona

Barcelona enjoying a little more possession now. Sevilla are content to sit back and let them have the ball for now. Can Messi and his colleagues do any damage before half-time?

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Gareth Williams: Barca playing like they're Half The World Away but usually a Bittersweet Symphony before producing a Champagne Supernova moment!  

Sevilla 1-0 Barcelona

A strange incident during a Sevilla attack as Sergio Escudero chips in from the left, finding Pablo Sarabia unmarked by the penalty spot as Barca left-back Lucas Digne waves in vain for offside. Sarabia, rather than doing anything as conventional as controlling the ball and shooting, backheels a volley out towards the edge of the penalty area. Nothing more transpires from the attack.

Moments later, Luciano Vietto makes a good run across Javier Mascherano to reach Sarabia's low diagnoal pass into him, then turns into space and skims a shot across goal. Barca are rattled.

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The foul count rises steadily. Where there was flowing football in the early stages, now there is conflict. Franco Vazquez catches Denis Suarez with a trailing fist - seemingly accidentally - before Sergio Busquets and Javier Mascherano respond with a couple of crunching challenges of their own. You wouldn't want to be a hedgehog trying to cross the pitch right now.

YELLOW CARD

Sevilla 1-0 Barcelona

Neymar, in full flow for Barcelona, has his progress stopped in classic agricultural manner by Sevilla centre-back Adil Rami, who gets a flash of yellow as punishment.

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Andy White: Sevilla's goal a classic example of a 'Breakaway' as I am sure Kelly Clarkson would agree.

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Sevilla 1-0 Barcelona

Barcelona centre-back Samuel Umtiti is fuming after getting a crack on the shin from Pablo Sarabia. Then Denis Suarez is sent to the turf by Samir Nasri. Sevilla are certainly letting their opponents know they're around.

Sevilla 1-0 Barcelona

What's impressive about Sevilla is that they get players back quickly when they need to defend. Denis Suarez tries to fashion a Barcelona shot on the edge of the penalty area, but is crowded out. Luis Enrique, on the touchline, is a picture of frustration, clapping his hands and yelling, his brow furrowed.

Sevilla 1-0 Barcelona

Barcelona's defence, as John McEnerney pointed out a few moments ago, is not at its strongest tonight, with Gerard Pique, Jeremy Mathieu and Jordi Alba missing. Sevilla are really playing on that. Mascherano, Umtiti and co look ill-equipped to cope with the pace that Jorge Sampaoli's side have on the break.

GOAL - Sevilla 1-0 Barcelona

Vitolo

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Another speedy Sevilla break after Barca give the ball away. Vitolo gets another run at goal, leaving Sergi Roberto in his wake. The defender cannot catch the forward, who slots coolly under the advancing ter Stegen. 

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