Barcelona beat Sevilla 4-2 on Saturday evening to head back to the top of La Liga.
Having watched Alaves go top of the table on Friday evening and both Real and Atletico Madrid fail to win; Barca knew that a victory against the Andalusian’s would see them top.
Sevilla, who owned top spot heading into the international break – also had that potential, but they fell behind to two early goals at the Camp Nou.
First, Philippe Coutinho finished off a superb move as the Brazilian guided his right footed effort into the top right corner.
Lionel Messi was then on the scoresheet after being played in by strike partner Luis Suarez.
Messi, however, was forced off shortly after, landing awkwardly on his right arm, which was later confirmed as a fracture.
His replacement Ousmane Dembele made an instant impact, but the Frenchman failed to convert two more chances before the break.
The second half kicked off with Sevilla on top by Suarez was hauled down in the box and the Uruguayan made it 3-0.
Marc Andre ter-Stegen was determined not to concede in the game and the German stopper made two superb double saves to keep the visitors at bay.
That resolve however was broken after a Clement Lenglet own goal and Luis Muriel also struck, either side of an Ivan Rakitic volley.