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Sevilla go home empty-handed from visit to Barcelona

SPORTYOU SPORTYOU 29/02/2016 sportyou
Sevilla go home empty-handed from visit to Barcelona © Getty Images Sevilla go home empty-handed from visit to Barcelona

Sevilla's great performance was not enough to take even a point from the Camp Nou (2-1). Barça, even on those nights when they do not manage to get their free-flowing football going, have more than enough quality to overcome even the best teams in La Liga. Unai Emery's side showed that they are one of them. And they also showed that that is not enough to be one of them.

Barça gave the visitors an early scare when they hit the woodwork two times in as many seconds. Messi took a corner that was almost a goal (scoring straight from a corner is one of the few that he still does not have in his personal album) but the ball hit the post and bounced outwards to Luis Suárez who smacked the rebound on to the crossbar, the thump made Sergio Rico's goal shake.

Sevilla were not scared by that and took the lead after a magnificent move down the left by Krohn-Dehli and Tremoulinas. The Frenchman picked out Vitolo on the far side, just inside the area, who volleyed home past Bravo.

Messi appealed for a penalty, but it was waved away, though he scored from a free-kick shortly afterwards. Sergio Rico in the Sevilla goal was unable to reach the Argentinean's shot, which whistled in close to the upright. Spurred on by the goal, Messi really got playing from then on, and Sevilla went on to the back foot.

Barça came out for the second half firing on all cylinders and looking for the game. First off there was a great chance for Neymar that Sergio Rico stopped. Straight after that, with barely two minutes gone, Piqué found himself in a centre-forward's position and scored what was to be the definitive goal.

Sevilla came close to equalising in another good move. This time, a great back-heel by Iborra fed in Gameiro and put him face-to-face with Bravo. The French forward chose to shoot rather then to square the ball to Vitolo, who was in a better position. Bravo got in the way of his shot. Emery's team refused to throw in the towel and left an excellent impression but were unable to prevent the Azulgranas from equalling another record: 34 games without losing, until now held solely by the 1988-89 Real Madrid side.

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