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Sevilla vs Barcelona live blog, full-time: Lionel Messi hat-trick gives Barça three giant points

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Follow along as Barça play a HUGE game in Seville!

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FULL-TIME, Sevilla 2-4 Barcelona: This was a spectacular game for neutrals, and Barça fans are really grateful to have the greatest player on the planet playing for their team. Thank you for existing, Messi. You are incredible.


GOAL!!!!!! Sevilla 2-4 Barcelona (Suárez 90’+3): THE WIN IS CONFIRMED!!!! Messi plays a ridiculous pass over the top to Luis Suárez, who also gets to chip the keeper and joins the scoring party. What a second half!!!!


GOAL!!!!!!!!! Sevilla 2-3 Barcelona (Messi 85’): BARÇA COMPLETE THE COMEBACK!!!! Carles Aleñá has his shot blocked, but the ball finds Messi all alone in the box and the captain chips the keeper to put Barça ahead with five minutes to play. COME ON!!!!


GOAL!!!!!!!! Sevilla 2-2 Barcelona (Messi 67’): BARÇA EQUALIZE AGAIN!!!! Ousmane Dembélé finds Messi at the edge of the box, and the best player in the world scores another insane goal, this time using his weaker right foot to place a gorgeous shot into the top corner. WHAT. A. GOAL.


SECOND HALF KICKOFF! Sevilla 2-1 Barcelona: Come on, boys! Let’s make the comeback!


HALFTIME, Sevilla 2-1 Barcelona: Really frustrating first half. We’re playing badly and Sevilla are scoring with ease. We just don’t look like a good team at all.


GOAL, Sevilla 2-1 Barcelona (Mercado 42’): Sevilla are back in the lead. Navas finds Pablo Sarabia, who crosses it to Gabriel Mercado for an easy finish. Again, too easy.


GOAL!!!!!!!!! Sevilla 1-1 Barcelona (Messi 26’): BARÇA EQUALIZE AND WHAT A GOAL IT IS!!! After a nice stretch of possession, the ball finds Ivan Rakitic on the left wing and the Croatian puts a beautiful cross into the path of Lionel Messi, who takes it first time on the volley and scores what people in Spain call a golazo. WHAT. A. STRIKE.


GOAL, Sevilla 1-0 Barcelona (Navas 22’): Barça lose the ball, Sevilla go on the counter attack and Jesús Navas scores. It sounds too simple, and it really was.


KICKOFF! Sevilla 0-0 Barcelona: Come on, boys! Please don’t give me a heart attack.


LINEUPS

BARCELONA

Starting XI: Ter Stegen | Semedo, Piqué, Umtiti, Alba | Rakitic, Busquets, Vidal | Messi, Suárez, Coutinho (4-3-3)

Bench: Iñaki Peña, Murillo, Lenglet, Roberto, Aleñá, Dembélé, Malcom

SEVILLA

Starting XI: Vaclik | Mercado, Kjaer, Gómez | Navas, Sarabia, Banega, Rog, Wöber | Promes, Ben Yedder (3-5-2)

Bench: Soriano, Amadou, Arana, Roque Mesa, Vázquez, Munir, André Silva


WELCOME TO SEVILLE!!! The Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium is the site of a gigantic La Liga clash between Sevilla and Barcelona. The Blaugrana need to win to stay seven points clear at the top of the table, but it won’t be easy against a really good team that is historically tough to beat at their own home. This will be tough, and you can join us to follow and comment all the action. LET’S LIVE BLOG!

(Note: the comments will be open only when the team news come out, because our commenter people love commenting and sometimes there are too many comments in the comments section)


MATCH INFO

Competition/Round: 2018-19 La Liga, Matchday 25

Date/Time: Saturday, February 23, 2019, 4.15pm CET/WAT (Barcelona & Nigeria), 3.15pm GMT (UK), 10.15am ET, 7.15am PT (USA), 8.45pm IST (India)

Venue: Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán, Seville, Spain

Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (OH BOY)

HOW TO WATCH, STREAM LA LIGA

How to watch on TV: beIN SPORTS (USA, Canada, Spain), SuperSport 7 (Nigeria), SONY TEN 2 (India), others

How to stream: beIN SPORTS CONNECT (USA, Canada, Spain), others


Matchday Thread Rules

We don’t have a lot of rules here, but there are a few things to keep in mind when joining our matchday threads:

Even if the referee sucks or we lose the game, no swearing. It’s just unnecessary. Also, don’t discuss illegal streaming links. Those who do it will be warned, and those who post links will be instantly banned. Finally, be nice to each other. This is a Barcelona community and we don’t need to offend one another.

Have fun with the game! Forever and ever, no matter the competition, VISCA EL BARÇA!