FULL-TIME, Sevilla 2-2 Barcelona: We were awful on the night, but sometimes you just need your star players to stop you from losing. Messi, Suárez, I FREAKING LOVE YOU GUYS!
GOALS! Sevilla 2-2 Barcelona (Suárez, 88’; Messi, 89’): ARE YOU KIDDING ME????????????? LUIS SUÁREZ AND LIONEL MESSI SCORE TWO GOALS IN ONE MINUTE AND BARÇA HAVE EQUALIZED AGAINST SEVILLA! WHAT AN INCREDIBLE MOMENT AT THE PIZJUÁN! UNBELIEVABLE STUFF! WOW! WOW! WOW!
GOAL, Sevilla 2-0 Barcelona (Muriel, 50’): Terrible start to the second half with another defenseive breakdown. Sevilla find a way through the Barça defense with ease, and after Ter Stegen saves a shot from Escudero the ball finds Luis Muriel who then finds the bottom corner. It’s now two for the hosts, and it’s hard to see Barça getting back in this one.
HALF-TIME, Sevilla 1-0 Barcelona: Sevilla absolutely deserve to be in front. They were extremely better than Barça, they created better chances, they defended better, and they used the home crowd to their favor. Barça have a lot to do to get the win in the second half. A LOT.
GOAL, Sevilla 1-0 Barcelona (Vázquez, 36’): Barça are missing Lionel Messi and that shows. There is no creativity on the side, and the closest Barça have come to dangerous chances were on set pieces. Sevilla attacked for the whole first half and deservedly got a goal thanks to a great individual play from Joaquín Correa and a tap-in from Franco Vázquez, who somehow found himself in the six-yard box between the two Barça center-backs.
KICKOFF! Sevilla 0-0 Barcelona: Don’t give me a heart attack, boys.
Starting XI: Rico; Mercado, Kjaer, Lenglet, Escudero; Vázquez, N’Zonzi, Banega; Navas, Muriel, Correa
Substitutes: Soria, Layún, Carriço, Arana, Pizarro, Nolito, Ben Yedder
Starting XI: Ter Stegen; Roberto, Piqué, Umtiti, Alba; Paulinho, Rakitic, Iniesta; Dembélé, Suárez, Coutinho
Substitutes: Cillessen, Semedo, Vermaelen, Denis, Gomes, Messi, Alcácer
It’s La Liga day! The international break is FINALLY over, and Barcelona are back in action with a very tough league game away to Sevilla. The Rojiblancos are fighting for European places and always make their games against Barça incredibly difficult, especially at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán.
This will surely be another difficult night for Ernesto Valverde’s men, and maybe it’ll be even tougher if the players get just a little distracted by the Champions League match against AS Roma coming up soon. That game is in the future, and tonight is the only thing that should matter. We’ll see if the players show that attitude and give us a good performance and a good win.
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Competition/Round: 2017-18 La Liga, Matchday 30
Date/Time: Saturday, March 31st, 2018, 8.45pm CET/WAT (Barcelona & Nigeria), 7.45pm GMT (UK), 2.45pm EST, 11.45am PST (USA), 12.15am IST (India, next day)
Venue: Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán, Seville, Spain
Referee: José Luis González González
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