Sunday March 13, 2011 Day 28 Finished Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuan

Sevilla FC 1 - 1 FC Barcelona

  • Navas 49’
  • Bojan 30’

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  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Sevilla FC
    • FC Barcelona
    • 90+3' There goes the final whistle. A classic match and Sevilla were well worth their point. Barca now five points ahead of Real. Life in La Liga yet. Thanks for joining us this evening.
    • 90+1' Iniesta sees a shot knocked off the line by a white shirt. Almost the winner. What a finish. Medel clears the ball off the line.
    • 89' Three minutes to be added to this match.
    • 88' Keita is fouled by Caceres as Xavi throws in a free-kick. Pique goes up for it, but is guilty of foul play. Free-kick to Seville deep in their own box.
    • 87' Romaric is brought on to replace Negredo for Sevilla.
    • 86' Alves tries to join the party seconds after he takes a dive under pressure from Navarro. Blatant dive. Referee spotted that.
    • 85' Iniesta thumps a stunning shot off the bar from outside of the box with Varas beaten. What a finish to this game.
    • 84' Seydou Keita is on for David Villa for the visiting side.
    • 83' Guardiola is a bit animated out on the touchline as Barca prepare to shuffle their pack.
    • 82' Perotti pulls the hair of Bojan off the ball before offering a handshake. All a bit silly.
    • 81' Bojan smashes the ball across the face of the home goal. Messi almost get on the end of that cross. So close to the winner for Barca. Agonising for Messi.
    • 80' Sevilla playing a fine counter attacking game. Negredo plays in Kanoute before Abidal hacks it away.
    • 79' Stunning volley from Kanoute! Valdes saves from 25 yards at the second attempt. Sevilla have been superb in this second half.
    • 78' Barca trying to pick a hole in the home defence, but too predictable and Sevilla can get a few bodies forward.
    • 77' Navarro plays in Perotti. His cross is met by Kanoute, who screws the shot wide. That was a great chance for the second goal from 15 yards out. Barca struggling.
    • 76' Maxwell fouls Caceres and that is a free-kick to the visiting side.
    • 75' Adriano is given a big round of applause from the fans as he departs to be replaced by Maxwell. Obviously, remains a hero in these parts.
    • 74' Perotti races past Pique. Sets up Navas, but his shot is blocked by Valdes. Superb save. Had to make that stop.
    • 73' Every time Barca get on the ball, there is a mixture of boos and silence. The visitors fail to benefit from Bojan's run as his control lets him down inside the home area.
    • 72' Bojan goes to ground under the challenge of Navas in the area. Was a clumsy tackle. Lucky to avoid conceding a penalty there.
    • 71' Diego Perotti arrives to replace Capel for the home side.
    • 70' This has turned into a real contest after Barca's dominance in the first period. Bojan just knocks a cross out of the park. Poor cross.
    • 69' Messi picks out Xavi, but he can't find the space to get power on the volley. Saved by Varas.
    • 68' Capel is booked for trying to wrestle Iniesta to the ground. Barca back on the ball.
    • 67' Medel off the line from Messi's chipped shot over Varas. Nothing wrong with his knee there. Wonderful stuff from Messi.
    • 66' Medel races back to cut off the run by Bojan before getting the ball up the park. Sevilla fans like that commitment.
    • 65' Adriano again fails to provide the killer cross from Xavi's pass. Poor stuff from the wing-back. Sevilla have a goalkick.
    • 64' Messi plays a backheel to Iniesta on the edge of the box, but too obvious and Sevilla can clear the ball up the park.
    • 63' Alex is pulling Busquets, but for some reason Sevilla get the decision deep in their box. No signs yet of Barca winning this game.
    • 62' A booking for Navarro as he takes out Busquets. Stupid late tackle. Referee got that one spot on.
    • 61' Couple of yellow cards for Medel and Xavi for a bit of arguing off the ball.
    • 60' Guardiola huffing and puffing on that bench. He is looking extremely unhappy.
    • 59' Almost a second for Barca! Varas punches the ball away from Villa racing in. Lovely cross from Messi. Villa is penalised for high feet.
    • 58' The home fans in party mood. Fairly bouncing out there. Sevilla suddenly back in business. Rakitic overhits a pass that flies out of the park. Should have shot there.
    • 57' Bojan hits the target with a shot, but not asking any questions of Varas, who saves with some ease.
    • 56' Messi tries to play in Villa, but Varas was quick to spot the danger as he races from his line to collect the ball.
    • 55' Negredo penalised for a tackle on Messi that was perfectly good. Barca's rythmn has been disrupted by an energetic start to the second half by the home team.
    • 54' Negredo squanders a glorious chance. Capel nudges Busquets off the ball. Ball breaks to Negredo, but he lifts the shot well over the bar from the edge of the box. What a chance that was for Sevilla.
    • 53' Adriano and Capel compete for a 50-50 ball in the Barca box. Claims for a penalty, but nothing doing.
    • 52' Negredo goes for an overhead kick with Pique heading clear. Wide of the goal. Pique and Abidal all over the place.
    • 51' First goal of the season for Jesus Navas. What a time to get it. Barca should have been two or three goals ahead, but they are suddenly level at 1-1. Game on here again.
    • 50' GOAL FOR SEVILLA! Great run by Negredo. Escaped from Abidal and Valdes before chipping the ball over for Navas to head home. Super finish from five yards.
    • 49' Barca settling into their usual pattern of play. Messi still not moving about as freely as he would like.
    • 48' Navas under pressure to have a go at goal from 30 yards. Shot was always heading over from that range. Goalkick to Barca.
    • 47' Sevilla have brought on Freddie Kanoute for Zokora. A positive change.
    • 46' Messi back out for the second half. Good news. Maybe not for Sevilla, who get us off and running in the second period.
    • 45+1' Messi is in some pain in the Sevilla box. The whistle goes, but Messi is on the ground. He is needing some treatment. The right knee is the problem for Messi. He is back on his feet. Limping a bit, but at least he is up and walking again.
    • 44' Adriano misses the ball inside the Barca box, but Capel's control lets him down at the key moment. That was a glorious chance to find the equaliser. A minute to be added.
    • 43' Bojan has a go at the target from 30 yards out. Well over the bar.
    • 42' Great stop from Varas as Messi pinged the free-kick right through the wall. Awful defending by Sevilla. So close to the second goal.
    • 41' All turning into a routine evening for Barca as they win another free-kick. Navarro takes down Messi from behind on the edge of the area.
    • 40' Messi hits the bar! So unlucky! Great cross from Xavi. Messi rose highest, but the header comes back out with Varas beaten.
    • 39' Valdes punches the ball from the free-kick before Medel knocks the ball over and wide with Valdes off his line.
    • 38' Ardriano is going to be booked for a late chop on Capel. Silly tackle really. No need to make that tackle.
    • 37' Xavi to Messi to Iniesta. Villa then races in on the blind side from Iniesta's pass, but shoots wide of the goal. Lovely play again.
    • 36' Sevilla can't keep the ball longer than two minutes. Here come Barca. Medel takes down Bojan. Barca back on the ball.
    • 35' Barca up top 76% of posssession. Not a a bad stat for a side away from home. Messi tries to pressure the keeper, but Varas whacks it long.
    • 34' Caceres makes the intervention as Messi tries to play in Iniesta. All a bit desperate from Sevilla even at this stage of the match.
    • 33' Guardiola casting a few concerned glances at the side of the pitch. Must be happy with what he is witnessing. This is how football should be played.
    • 32' Messi was onside, but he fails to control Xavi's pass. That was a golden chance for the second. Sevilla all over the show at the back.
    • 31' Fazio heads out the cross from Ardriano. Sevilla finding out how Arsenal felt the other night. Super attacking stuff from the visitors.
    • 30' Fazio played Alves onside. No complaints. The home side pay the price for going to sleep. Barca are on the board. Goal was coming.
    • 29' GOAL FOR BARCA! Easy as you like as Alves races onto the pass from Iniesta before passing to Bojan, who just runs the ball into the empty net.
    • 28' Adriano caught offside in dashing too soon. Plenty of noise inside this stadium. 45,000 fans watching it. Barca yet to find the breakhrough.
    • 27' Zokora is now booked for raisiing his studs in a challenge with Busquets. All a bit messy at the moment rather than Messi.
    • 26' Alves needs a bit of treatment, but he limps back on seconds after Negredo catches Pique late.
    • 25' Caceres is booked for protesting to the referee. Having looked at it again, would have been harsh to give it but Alves did have a tug at his shirt.
    • 24' Alves tangles with Zokora from the free-kick. Appeals for a penalty from Sevilla, but the referee says no. Sevilla players are furious.
    • 23' Negredo fouled by Adriano and that is a free-kick to the home side.
    • 22' Capel trying to dash down a flank, but Adriano is watching him like a hawk. He knocks it out of play.
    • 21' Busquets fouls Navas and that is a free-kick to the home side.
    • 20' Navarro cuts out the pass from Messi. Sevilla guilty of giving the ball away too cheaply when they win it.
    • 19' Despite their struggles, Sevilla have managed the only shot at goal so far if we are discounting Messi's disallowed goal.
    • 18' Sevilla break the play up on the edge of the box after Messi and Villa combine. Should have got a shot away there earlier on.
    • 17' Barca keeping the ball. Bojan goes back to Xavi before Pique picks up the ball deep. And on we go.
    • 16' Fazio over to whack the ball away from Adriano after he had given Capel the slip. Xavi then knocks the ball off a white shirt. Another corner.
    • 15' Xavi picks out Alves, but he is just offside. Smart pass from Xavi. Just went too early.
    • 14' Varas off his line to whack the ball away from Bojan. Barca doing what Barca always do: dominating possession. Every player involved.
    • 13' Sevilla lost 2-0 to Athletic Bilbao last week. They are eighth in La Liga, but have a full house in for this one.
    • 12' Bojan is ready to come on for Barca. Pedro departs. Looks like a groin injury. Anyway, the change is made.
    • 11' Dani Alves is taken out by Navarro as Barca continue to push and probe.
    • 10' Barca already with an astonishing 74% of possession. That tells the story of the night so far.
    • 9' Rakitic goes for goal from distance. Well wide of the target. Worth a bash, but never threatening the goal.
    • 8' Ardriano out wide. Throws the cross into the area, but that is wide of the home goal. Poor delivery really.
    • 7' That was really soft. A superb strike by Messi, but it won't count. No 46th goal of the season for Messi. Busquets tangling with Alexis.
    • 6' Messi sticks the free-kick into the net with Varas failing to keep it out, but the referee has chopped it off for Busquets fouling off the ball.
    • 5' Messi's chip forward is handled by Fazio and the visiting side have a free-kick 25 yards out.
    • 4' Adriano takes out Capel late. No messing abou with that challenge. Barca showing they are up to the physical challenge.
    • 3' Barca just keeping the ball. Mesi tries to play in Pedro, but too much pace on the ball as Varas comes from his goal to collect.
    • 2' Busquets is chopped to the deck by Rakitic. Welcome to Seville! The home side certainly looking busy in the opening moments.
    • 1' Good evening and welcome to live coverage of Sevilla v Barcelona. We are off and running in this one.
  • Summary

    • 90+1' Iniesta sees a shot knocked off the line by a white shirt. Almost the winner. What a finish. Medel clears the ball off the line.
    • 85' Iniesta thumps a stunning shot off the bar from outside of the box with Varas beaten. What a finish to this game.
    • 81' Bojan smashes the ball across the face of the home goal. Messi almost get on the end of that cross. So close to the winner for Barca. Agonising for Messi.
    • 79' Stunning volley from Kanoute! Valdes saves from 25 yards at the second attempt. Sevilla have been superb in this second half.
    • 77' Navarro plays in Perotti. His cross is met by Kanoute, who screws the shot wide. That was a great chance for the second goal from 15 yards out. Barca struggling.
    • 74' Perotti races past Pique. Sets up Navas, but his shot is blocked by Valdes. Superb save. Had to make that stop.
    • 67' Medel off the line from Messi's chipped shot over Varas. Nothing wrong with his knee there. Wonderful stuff from Messi.
    • 59' Almost a second for Barca! Varas punches the ball away from Villa racing in. Lovely cross from Messi. Villa is penalised for high feet.
    • 54' Negredo squanders a glorious chance. Capel nudges Busquets off the ball. Ball breaks to Negredo, but he lifts the shot well over the bar from the edge of the box. What a chance that was for Sevilla.
    • 50' GOAL FOR SEVILLA! Great run by Negredo. Escaped from Abidal and Valdes before chipping the ball over for Navas to head home. Super finish from five yards.
    • 44' Adriano misses the ball inside the Barca box, but Capel's control lets him down at the key moment. That was a glorious chance to find the equaliser. A minute to be added.
    • 42' Great stop from Varas as Messi pinged the free-kick right through the wall. Awful defending by Sevilla. So close to the second goal.
    • 40' Messi hits the bar! So unlucky! Great cross from Xavi. Messi rose highest, but the header comes back out with Varas beaten.
    • 37' Xavi to Messi to Iniesta. Villa then races in on the blind side from Iniesta's pass, but shoots wide of the goal. Lovely play again.
    • 32' Messi was onside, but he fails to control Xavi's pass. That was a golden chance for the second. Sevilla all over the show at the back.
    • 29' GOAL FOR BARCA! Easy as you like as Alves races onto the pass from Iniesta before passing to Bojan, who just runs the ball into the empty net.
    • 6' Messi sticks the free-kick into the net with Varas failing to keep it out, but the referee has chopped it off for Busquets fouling off the ball.

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Line-up

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • J. Varas
      • M. Cáceres Yellow Card
      • F. Fazio
      • Alexis
      • F. Navarro Yellow Card
      • G. Medel Yellow Card
      • D. Zokora Yellow Card Substitution Out (45′)
      • J. Navas Goal
      • I. Rakitic
      • D. Capel Yellow Card Substitution Out (72′)
      • Á. Negredo Substitution Out (88′)

      Subs

      • F. Kanouté Substitution In45′
      • M. Dabo
      • D. Perotti Substitution In72′
      • Renato
      • Romaric Substitution In88′
      • Dani
      • Rodri
    • Starting line-up

      • Víctor Valdés
      • Dani Alves
      • G. Piqué
      • E. Abidal
      • A. Correia Yellow Card Substitution Out (75′)
      • S. Busquets
      • Xavi Yellow Card
      • A. Iniesta
      • Pedro Substitution Out (14′)
      • D. Villa Substitution Out (85′)
      • L. Messi

      Subs

      • J. Pinto
      • S. Keita Substitution In85′
      • G. Milito
      • I. Afellay
      • J. Mascherano
      • Maxwell Substitution In75′
      • Bojan Substitution In14′ Goal
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