Barcelona defeated Sevilla and came within two points of La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid thanks to Lionel Messi’s goal and assist. Before teammate Sergino Dest hit the post, the Argentine fed Ousmane Dembele, who slotted home the opener.
Messi scored a late second to seal the win. Messi had a shot saved by Sevilla goalkeeper Bono, but a fortunate ricochet brought him past the keeper and into an empty net. He has now scored in eight consecutive La Liga games, totaling 12 goals in the process, his best run in two years.
Barca’s victory brought them within a point of Atleti, despite Diego Simeone’s side having two games in hand. Sevilla’s 10-game winning streak in domestic competitions comes to an end with this loss. Both teams will meet again in the Copa del Rey semi-final second leg on Wednesday. The first leg was won by Sevilla 2-0.
Source: BBC Sport