Spanish La Liga

Sevilla 1-4 Barcelona

By Andy CryerBBC Sport
Lionel Messi, Cesc Fabregas and Andres Iniesta

Lionel Messi scored twice as Barcelona returned to the top of La Liga after coming from behind to beat Sevilla.

Alberto Moreno's deflected strike gave the hosts the lead before an offside Alexis Sanchez levelled with a header.

Argentina forward Messi then scored either side of half-time, with a powerful shot from the edge of the area and a curled effort from similar range.

Substitute Cesc Fabregas sealed victory with a chip from close range as Sevilla rued a host of missed chances.

The win moved Barcelona top of La Liga on goal difference, with Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid level with them on 57 points.

They were far from their best in a match played in heavy rain and on a saturated pitch, as the hosts dominated for large periods and created the better opportunities.

But, while Ivan Rakitic, Denis Cheryshev and Vitolo were all guilty of bad misses for Sevilla, Barca produced a clinical display of finishing to secure just a second win from their past five La Liga matches.

Messi had not scored from open play in the league since September, having missed the end of 2013 with a hamstring injury, but showed signs of returning to his best form.

He was quiet in the opening stages, though, as Sevilla started strongly and took a deserved lead when Moreno's low shot from 18 yards deflected in off Marc Bartra.

Lionel Messi

Carlos Bacca then headed against the post for the hosts before Rakitic shot wide with just visiting goalkeeper Victor Valdes to beat.

Barcelona pulled level in controversial circumstances as Sanchez looked to be in an offside position when he flicked in Messi's free-kick.

Messi put the visitors ahead just before the break when he chipped Andres Iniesta's pass up to himself before firing into the corner.

Sevilla continued to create chances after the break but, with Valdes in good form, they were unable to take advantage as Barca took control.

And Messi brilliantly curled in his second from the edge of the area before Fabregas completed the scoring with a delicate chip after Sanchez's low cross.



Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 13Beto
  • 5FigueirasBooked at 70mins
  • 14Moreno
  • 6CarriçoBooked at 39mins
  • 2Fazio
  • 21Pareja
  • 18GameiroSubstituted forCheryshevat 64'minutesBooked at 71mins
  • 12IborraSubstituted forTrochowskiat 64'minutes
  • 9Bacca
  • 11Rakitic
  • 20Machín PérezSubstituted forSamperio Bustaraat 77'minutes


  • 1Varas Herrera
  • 3Navarro Corbacho
  • 8Cristóforo
  • 15Trochowski
  • 16Cheryshev
  • 17Samperio Bustara
  • 19Reyes


Formation 4-3-3

  • 1ValdésBooked at 68mins
  • 2Montoya
  • 21Correia
  • 17SongBooked at 20mins
  • 15Bartra
  • 3Piqué
  • 6HernándezSubstituted forBusquetsat 83'minutes
  • 8Iniesta
  • 10Messi
  • 9SánchezSubstituted forRoberto Carnicerat 89'minutes
  • 7PedroBooked at 59minsSubstituted forFábregasat 73'minutes


  • 4Fábregas
  • 13Pinto Colorado
  • 16Busquets
  • 19Afellay
  • 20Tello
  • 22Alves da Silva
  • 24Roberto Carnicer
José Antonio Teixeira Vitienes

Match Stats

Home TeamSevillaAway TeamBarcelona
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, FC Sevilla 1, Barcelona 4.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, FC Sevilla 1, Barcelona 4.

  3. Post update

    Hand ball by Lionel Messi (Barcelona).

  4. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Piotr Trochowski (FC Sevilla) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  5. Post update

    Offside, Barcelona. Lionel Messi tries a through ball, but Andrés Iniesta is caught offside.

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Foul by Denis Cheryshev (FC Sevilla).

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

    Foul by Diogo Figueiras (FC Sevilla).

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Barcelona. Sergi Roberto replaces Alexis Sánchez.

  11. Goal!

    Goal! FC Sevilla 1, Barcelona 4. Francesc Fábregas (Barcelona) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Alexis Sánchez.

  12. Post update

    Corner, FC Sevilla. Conceded by Alexandre Song.

  13. Post update

    Corner, FC Sevilla. Conceded by Adriano.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Barcelona. Sergio Busquets replaces Xavi.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Adriano (Barcelona) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Lionel Messi.

  16. Post update

    Corner, FC Sevilla. Conceded by Gerard Piqué.

  17. Post update

    Offside, FC Sevilla. Ivan Rakitic tries a through ball, but Denis Cheryshev is caught offside.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, FC Sevilla. Jairo replaces Vitolo.

  19. Post update

    Corner, FC Sevilla. Conceded by Gerard Piqué.

  20. Post update

    Hand ball by Alexis Sánchez (Barcelona).

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 9th February 2014

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