Barça ends Sevilla’s unbeaten home runNovember 7, 2016
After going down a goal at the end of the first quarter hour, FC Barcelona came back with a late first half equaliser and went into the lead just after the hour mark. The result was Sevilla’s first home loss this season and sees them drop into fifth place.
Right from the start Sevilla applied pressure to the Catalans and after 15 minutes that paid off when Vitolo scored the opener off an assist by Sarabia. Despite their lead Sevilla didn’t back off and came close to scoring again on several occasions. It wasn’t really until the end of the first half that Barcelona seemed to put things together and finally Messi equalised with a couple of minutes remaining before the break.
The second half saw Barcelona turn the pressure up a notch as Rakitic and then Messi attacked the Sevilla goal, but some solid work by the Sevilla keeper kept the scores level. It wasn’t all going Barcelona’s way though and Ter Stegen was called into action too. But then Luis Suarez put the ball into the bottom right hand corner from an assist by Messi and the Catalans were finally ahead.
The end of the match got a little bad tempered and Messi was booked in the closing minutes after he took his time to put his boot back on after losing it in an encounter. The big surprise was how little stoppage time was given at the end of the 90 minutes. Five or six minutes seemed likely, but in the end the ref added just three minutes to the end.
1-0 Vitolo (min 15)
1-1 Messi (min 43)
1-2 Suárez (min 61)
It was a tough match for Barça, but the three points gained leaves them trailing Madrid by two points still. Meanwhile Villarreal are now third and three points behind FC Barcelona.
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