In the end, it was as comfortable a victory as Barcelona have had all season.
They started off strong, as Lionel Messi’s first shot of the game smacked off the crossbar inside the opening four minutes. They used their high-pressing well to cut off passing lanes for their opponents. Sevilla did have a chance to take the lead, as midfielder Steven N’Zonzi picked the ball off Javier Mascherano and shot a low drive, but was denied by Barca goalie Marc-Andre ter Stegen. That would be the only chance Jorge Sampaoli’s men had of scoring, as Barcelona dominated them throughout first 45 minutes.
The Catalans were in the oppositions’ 18-yard-box almost at will. Chance after chance came, and they’d eventually score as Luis Suarez opened the scoring with an amazing overhead kick.
Luis Suarez fantastic goal! pic.twitter.com/qEpSBnhUQJ
— Gerard Piqué (@Piquedente) April 5, 2017
But they didn’t stop there, as Messi got in on the act, scoring a brace before half-time. His second goal is worth taking a look at.
— Barcelona Worldwide (@BarcaWorldwide) April 5, 2017
The dominance of the first half can be summed up the following tweet here.
Onto the second half, where not much happened in truth. Sevilla tried their best but ultimately, they just didn’t have it and were soundly defeated. Barcelona took their foot off the pedal, knowing their strong first half wrapped up three vital points. Sevilla midfielder Vitolo was sent off after tripping up Neymar just before the game ended.
Messi and Suarez have now combined for an incredible 51 league goals, 27 for Messi, 24 for Suarez. The pair have scored more league goals than SIXTEEN other teams in the league, astonishing.
— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) April 5, 2017
The result has Sevilla going further downhill, winless in their last five league games. They have scored at least one goal or less in three of those five, goalscoring has dried up and is becoming a big hindrance to them. They go back home to face Deportivo on Saturday.
As for Barcelona, they stay second despite the win, two points Real Madrid as they defeated Leganes 4-2. They face an away trip to Malaga on Saturday, while Los Blancos at home against fierce rivals Atletico in what should be a cracking game. All eyes will be on the Sunday, April 23, when both Barcelona and Real Madrid face off at the Santiago Bernabeu, in a game that could decide the league. It all sounds so fitting.