Sevilla 2-2 Barcelona: Supersub Messi saves Barca’s skin

Sevilla 2-2 Barcelona: Supersub Messi saves Barca’s skin

April 1, 2018 Off By Campbell Finlayson

Lionel Messi came off the bench to play a huge part in Barcelona’s late show against a spirited Sevilla side.

Sevilla were up for this game right from the off, taking the game to a Barca side who struggled to get going and really should have been at least one goal in front in the opening half hour.

Joaquin Correa in particular was guilty of missing opportunities with two free headers put wide from the Sevilla winger.

However, Correa would set up the opener for Sevilla just after the hour mark when he squared the ball to Franco Vazquez who tapped home from eight yards out.

They made it two five minutes into the second half when Sergio Escudero’s shot was parried away by Marc Andre Ter Stegen but only as far as Luis Muriel who stroked home via the post.

Barcelona’s defence was being opened up time and time again and Jesus Navas should have consigned the Blaugrana to their first league defeat when he raced in on goal but after turning Ter Stegen his shot was cleared off the line by Gerard Pique before Vazquez fired into the side netting.

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Messi then came on and set up Jordi Alba but his cross-cum-shot couldn’t be turned home by Luis Suarez.

Navas then had another chance but Ter Stegen this time kept his half volley out before Ivan Rakitic hit the post at the other end.

Barca got one back on 88 minute when Philippe Coutinho’s corner found Suarez at the back post with the Uruguayan managing to scoop the ball into the roof of the net and then just 55 seconds later, Coutinho’s pass was cleverly left by Suarez to allow Messi to run onto the ball and curl an effort into the bottom corner from the edge of the area.

Vazquez went down under a challenge from Alba but no penalty was given and Sevilla had to settle for a point that sees them stay sixth.

Sevilla: Rico; Mercado (Layun, 46), Kjaer, Lenglet, Escudero; Nzonzi, Banega; Navas (Nolito, 81), Vazquez, Correa (Pizarro, 72); Muriel

Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Roberto, Pique, Umtiti, Alba; Paulinho (D. Suarez, 77), Rakitic, Iniesta (Alcacer, 81); Dembele (Messi, 58), L. Suarez, Coutinho