Saturday March 17, 2012 Day 28 Finished Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuan

Sevilla FC 0 - 2 FC Barcelona

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  1. Messi and Xavi net in Barca win

    Messi and Xavi net in Barca win

    Barcelona cruised to a 2-0 win at Sevilla that cut Real Madrid's lead at the top of La Liga to seven points. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Sevilla FC
    • FC Barcelona
    • 90+3' Final whistle sounds. A dominant performance from the home side. A deserved 3-0 victory. Thanks for joining us.
    • 90+3' The final whistle sounds! A 2-0 win for Barcelona. They are seven points behind Real Madrid, who host Malaga tomorrow night.
    • 89' Three minutes to be added to this match.
    • 88' Messi slams the shot into the net. Drives the ball beyond Palop, but the offside flag has saved Sevilla. Looked a good goal, but the assistant referee decides otherwise.
    • 87' Messi bundled over again, but all a bit immaterial as Messi swipes the free-kick narrowly over the bar from 25 yards.
    • 86' Kanoute just fails to connect with the ball 10 yards out before Palop stands tall to make the save from Sanchez as he burst forward.
    • 85' Guardiola slams an empty water bottle into an official at the side without seeing him. Offers an apology. Meanwhile, Pedro's cross is plucked from the air by Palop.
    • 84' Barca on the ball. Looking to see out these final few moments. Seemed to have survived the best of Sevilla's attacks.
    • 83' Puyol arrives to take over from Adriano.
    • 82' Manu knocks a shot wide under pressure from Alves after Navas sprung offside trap. Sevilla again come up short in their bid for a goal.
    • 81' Pedro booked for failing to retreat back from the free-kick as Puyol prepares to come on.
    • 80' A change for Barca as Xavi departs to be replaced by Alexis Sanchez.
    • 79' Adriano booked for a foul on Navas. Five bookings now in this contest.
    • 78' Keita late on Escude. Free-kick to Sevilla deep in their own half.
    • 77' Guardiola out of his technical area. Trying to encourage his side to see out this match.
    • 76' Barca have struggled to emulate their efforts of the first period, but they will be happy enough if this finishes at 2-0.
    • 75' Messi smacks the shot straight into the wall before Alves drills an effort well over the bar.
    • 74' Medel has been booked for a late foul on Messi. Free-kick chance for Barca. 25 yards out.
    • 73' Perotti lifts a shot at goal from distance. Was never going to beat Valdes from that range. Easy take.
    • 72' Messi slips the ball through to Iniesta, but he misses the target. Should have been a third for Barca with Palop going to ground.
    • 71' Luna takes out Iniesta with a late tug on the playmaker.
    • 70' Barca looking to get on the offensive. Sevilla still battling for this leveller.
    • 69' Clash of heads involving Keita and Cala. Both men looking a bit dazed.
    • 68' Fabregas makes way for Seydou Keita as Barca shuffle their pack.
    • 67' Cala arrives to replace the injured Spahic for Sevilla.
    • 66' Barca back on the ball. Keeping possession before Sevilla break up the park. Mascherano tackles Manu. Corner to the home team.
    • 65' Manu so close to converting the cross from Navas. Delightful ball by Navas. Should have attacked that with his left, but opted to go with the right foot.
    • 64' Xavi on the run for Barca. Feeds Alves, but his cross is headed clear by the men in the white shirts.
    • 63' Change for Sevilla as Reyes departs to be replaced by Perotti.
    • 62' Alves looking for Xavi in the middle, but Palop hangs onto the cross. We remain with Barca holding a 2-0 lead.
    • 61' Barca suddenly beginning to regain their gait in this match. Sevilla may the price for failing to net when they had that spell of pressure.
    • 60' Alves with the ball across the face of goal before Iniesta sees a shot blocked.
    • 59' Mascherano whips the ball into the area at pace. Some cross, but no takers there. Messi just inches away from connecting.
    • 58' Alves dinks a ball into the middle, easy take for Palop. Nobody challenging.
    • 57' A change coming for Sevilla as Trochowski replaces Rakitic for the home team.
    • 56' Barca again try to get moving up the park. Iniesta can't cut a dash through the traffic as Palop comes out to collect.
    • 55' Valdes knocks the ball out of play after Pique caught Manu with a late hand in the face.
    • 54' Barca struggling to get any momentum into their play at the moment. Sevilla certainly looking a lot more sprightly in this half.
    • 53' José Antonio Reyes has yet to score in the league since returning to Sevilla (10 games). In total he has gone 24 games without a goal (since Jornada 37 last season).
    • 52' An offside flag goes up against Fabregas.
    • 51' Sevilla earn themselves another corner to be swung in by Reyes. Almost falls to Kanoute, but Barca survive that latest attack.
    • 50' Pique lumps the ball out of the park. Sevilla trying to find a way back into this match. Meanwhile, Alves is on the ground and in need of some treatment.
    • 49' Reyes claims he was brought down in the Barca box before Escude picks up a booking for barging the referee.
    • 48' Kanoute slides the ball across the face of goal for Manu, who is foiled by the alertness of Valdes. Strong goalkeeping.
    • 47' Barca on the move again at the outset of the second period as Adriano picks up, but good covering by Spahic to clear the danger.
    • 46' Players back on the pitch, and ready to go as Sevilla get the ball rolling for the second half.
    • 45+1' Palop spreads himself superbly to pull off the stop from Fabregas's shot before he punches clear seconds later. Phew! A 2-0 lead for Barca at the break.
    • 44' One minute to be added to the half.
    • 43' Looks like Barca are going to protect their 2-0 lead at the break. Iniesta thumps an effort at goal. Picked out of the air by Palop.
    • 42' Sevilla have recovered strongly, but Barca look so, so dangerous on the break. Busquets breaks up the attack from Manu.
    • 41' Kanoute manages to stagger beyond Pique at the other end, but Valdes is down quickly to pull off a fine stop. An exciting match. Play raging from end to end. Think Alves may have got a touch on it.
    • 40' Pedro gallops onto a long ball by Valdes. Slams the shot at goal, but Palop dives to make a solid stop. Almost a third for Barca.
    • 39' Rakitic knocks the ball away from Alves as Sevilla attempt to grab a goal that will bring them back into this match.
    • 38' Manu collects out wide. Decent delivery into the box, but headed clear by Pique before Kanoute knocks a volley wide seconds later.
    • 37' Kanoute asking the referee why Alves wasn't booked for bringing down Reyes.
    • 36' Poor stuff from the corner as Barca break up the play. Pique then takes a tumble to win a free-kick for the visitors, who continue with their passing patterns.
    • 35' Sevilla on the move towards the visiting goal as Navas knocks the cross of Adriano to earn a corner-kick.
    • 34' Navarro across to block the shot by Pedro. Barca working those neat one-twos. Lovely little combination stuff by Barca.
    • 33' The visitors trying to work their way through the middle before Escude smacks the ball out of the park.
    • 32' Manu sees a header crack back off the bar! Pique all over the place at the back. That is a real let-off for Barca.
    • 31' Sevilla looking a touch deflated. Little wonder. Not much they could do about that second goal.
    • 30' A win here for Barca will carry them to within seven points of Real Madrid before the leaders face Malaga tomorrow. A booking for Pique for chopping down Manu.
    • 29' 51 goals for the season now for Messi this term as Pedro brings out another save from Palop. Easy this time for the keeper.
    • 28' Barca really starting to motor here. Keeping the ball with so much ease. Space and technique simply leaving Sevilla all over the place.
    • 27' Palop scrambles across his goal to make the save from Xavi. Barca threatening to finish off Sevilla before the break.
    • 26' Barcelona have kept the most clean sheets in La Liga this season (13). They are on course for another here. A 2-0 lead.
    • 25' GOAL! Messi grabs the second goal. Stunning goal by the little genius. Goal number 231 for him. A special goal as he dinks the ball through Spahic's legs before lifting the ball over Palop. What a goal.
    • 24' Lovely little ball into the path of Pedro by Fabregas, but Sevilla read the danger well to mop up.
    • 23' Manu bounds beyond Pique, but his shot is beaten out by Valdes. Decent effort at goal by the home forward.
    • 22' Fabregas tried to pick out Pedro, but just too much pace on the pass. Palop then makes a mess of an attempted clearance. He is looking a bit nervy.
    • 21' Iniesta drives at the heart of the home defence, but can only smack his finish wide of the target. Good chance for a second for Barca.
    • 20' Palop managed to get a hand to it, but could not get enough on the ball to prevent it from looping high into the net. Here come Barca again...
    • 19' GOAL! Xavi scores for Barca with his ninth in the leage from the free-kick. Stunning goal from outside the area.
    • 18' Adriano races over the challenge of Spahic. Caught the Barca man a couple of seconds late. Spahic is booked for that effort.
    • 17' Messi with 13 goals in his last five appearances. That is an astonishing stat.
    • 16' A big crowd behind Sevilla tonight as Pique rolls the ball to Valdes, who smashes it long the park.
    • 15' Escude rises to power a header a couple of yards wide of the Barca goal. Best move of the game from Sevilla's point of view.
    • 14' Mascherano races back to make a vital tackle on Navas. Sevilla looking dangerous on the counter attack.
    • 13' Surging run by Alves. Tries to pick out Pedro, but just too much on the pass as the ball runs out of play for a goalkick to the home side.
    • 12' Fabregas plays a lovely ball into the path of Pedro. He prods the shot at goal, but Palop is out quickly to make the stop. Decent save.
    • 11' Pique takes out Manu with a late tackle. Sevilla with a free-kick. Fed in by Reyes, but picked out of the air by Valdes in the visiting goal.
    • 10' Navas can't keep the ball in play out wide as Barca regain possession deep in their own half.
    • 9' Navas taken out of the action late by Xavi. At last some respite for the home side in this contest.
    • 8' Strong challenge by Escude to win the ball from Pedro. Sevilla being forced back. Don't have much option right enough.
    • 7' Adriano's deflected shot from distance has Palop scrambling back. Just got a touch to it to swipe the ball over the bar. Almost the opening goal for the visitors.
    • 6' Spahic has to race back to make a vital tackle on Messi. Barca on the front foot early on. Looking very menacing it must be said.
    • 5' Barca again keep the ball with some purpose before Alves skips beyond Reyes. Cross not the best as the ball flies out of play for a goalkick to the home team.
    • 4' Busquets tries to get on the end of Messi's free-kick but the ball flies straight through to Palop in the home goal.
    • 3' Alves sees his cross blocked by Reyes. Navarro penalised for a late challenge on Reyes as Barca earn a free-kick.
    • 2' The pitch looks like a bowling green. Very suitable for Barca to keep the ball as Xaxi meanders up the park in possession.
    • 1' We are off and running in Seville. Barca on the ball early on. No surprise there.
    • 18.55 Sevilla manager Michel (Sevilla): "It is just as important for us to win as Barca. Barca know it won't be easy coming here."
    • 18.50 Teams: Sevilla: Palop; Luna, Spahic, Escudé, F.Navarro; Medel, Rakitic, J.Navas, M. del Moral, Reyes, Kanoute///Barcelona: Valdés, Piqué, Mascherano, Adriano, Alves, Busquets, Xavi, Iniesta, Pedro, Fábregas, Messi
    • 18.45 Good afternoon and welcome to LIVE coverage of Sevilla against Barcelona from La Liga.
  • Summary

    • 82' Manu knocks a shot wide under pressure from Alves after Navas sprung offside trap. Sevilla again come up short in their bid for a goal.
    • 72' Messi slips the ball through to Iniesta, but he misses the target. Should have been a third for Barca with Palop going to ground.
    • 65' Manu so close to converting the cross from Navas. Delightful ball by Navas. Should have attacked that with his left, but opted to go with the right foot.
    • 59' Mascherano whips the ball into the area at pace. Some cross, but no takers there. Messi just inches away from connecting.
    • 40' Pedro gallops onto a long ball by Valdes. Slams the shot at goal, but Palop dives to make a solid stop. Almost a third for Barca.
    • 38' Manu collects out wide. Decent delivery into the box, but headed clear by Pique before Kanoute knocks a volley wide seconds later.
    • 32' Manu sees a header crack back off the bar! Pique all over the place at the back. That is a real let-off for Barca.
    • 25' GOAL! Messi grabs the second goal. Stunning goal by the little genius. Goal number 231 for him. A special goal as he dinks the ball through Spahic's legs before lifting the ball over Palop. What a goal.
    • 23' Manu bounds beyond Pique, but his shot is beaten out by Valdes. Decent effort at goal by the home forward.
    • 21' Iniesta drives at the heart of the home defence, but can only smack his finish wide of the target. Good chance for a second for Barca.
    • 19' GOAL! Xavi scores for Barca with his ninth in the leage from the free-kick. Stunning goal from outside the area.
    • 15' Escude rises to power a header a couple of yards wide of the Barca goal. Best move of the game from Sevilla's point of view.
    • 12' Fabregas plays a lovely ball into the path of Pedro. He prods the shot at goal, but Palop is out quickly to make the stop. Decent save.
    • 7' Adriano's deflected shot from distance has Palop scrambling back. Just got a touch to it to swipe the ball over the bar. Almost the opening goal for the visitors.
    • 18.50 Teams: Sevilla: Palop; Luna, Spahic, Escudé, F.Navarro; Medel, Rakitic, J.Navas, M. del Moral, Reyes, Kanoute///Barcelona: Valdés, Piqué, Mascherano, Adriano, Alves, Busquets, Xavi, Iniesta, Pedro, Fábregas, Messi

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      Goalkeeper
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      Defenders
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      Yellow Card Substitution Out68′ 5 -
      Yellow Card 4.9 -
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      Midfielders
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      Substitution Out58′ 5.2 -
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      Substitution Out64′ 4.8 -
      Strikers
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      Subs
      Substitution In58′ 5.5 -
      Substitution In64′ 5.4 -
      Substitution In68′ 5.6 -
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      Goalkeeper
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      Defenders
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      Yellow Card 6.6 -
      6.9 -
      Yellow Card Substitution Out85′ 6.4 -
      Midfielders
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      Goal Substitution Out82′ 8.2 -
      7.8 -
      Strikers
      Yellow Card 6.5 -
      Substitution Out69′ 7.3 -
      Goal 8.2 -
      Subs
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      Substitution In69′ 6.1 -
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