Match Report: Seville vs Barcelona FC

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Everyone knew that Seville meant business and that it was going to be a very difficult game at the Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuan stadium. Seville’s goals came courtesy of Trochowski and Negredo and Barca’s came from Cesc Fabregás 2 and a last minute winner by David Villa.

There were a few tense moments, penalty shouts as well as a red card whereby Gary Medel got his marching orders. It was a hard fought game which ended in a controversial call that influenced the final result of the match.

The game started as expected with Seville wanting much of the ball but it was Barca who fired the first warning shot on 2 minutes with Pedro’s shot going high.

With ten minutes on the clock Messi nearly stole the ball from Palop to snatch a goal, it wasn’t to be though. That was followed by an almighty clash of heads from defenders Mascherano and Busquets. After being looked at on the pitch they seemed alright to carry on.

Alvaro Negredo had a shot on 13 minutes but it didn’t bother Valdés and went wide of the mark. Straight after, some beautiful play by Barca nearly ended in a goal after a great combo between Messi and Xavi. Palop had to be at his best to stop the Argentine’s shot.

The first 15 minutes belonged to Barca except for a few occasions where Seville failed to deliver. After 20 minutes Seville started to warn Barca that they would not be sitting this one out and a great shot by Rakitic that was stopped by Valdés. With 26 minutes on the clock, the first of Seville’s goals came courtesy of Trochowski. A mistake by Song let Seville in the back door and Valdés was left wondering.

The goal scorer had to go off on 38 minutes because of an injury and on came Manu Del Moral in his place. This was not good news for Seville. A bit more end to end stuff with some great football ended with the half time whistle being blown.

The second half got under way and it was time for Seville’s second of the night. After an error from Sergio Busquets who failed to pass to Messi which was robbed by Medel who found Negredo who went past a rather soft Alex Song and chipped Valdés to find the net – great goal that Messi would have been proud of!

On 53 minutes Cesc put Barca back in the game with a left footed shot that Palop was unable to do anything about. Alexis could have made it 2 apiece but his shot went just wide. After 60 minutes the rhythm of the game is tremendous with both teams giving their all.

Leo had a set piece on 60 minutes and Palop had to be at his best to stop it. His left-footed shot went to Palop’s left and the keeper got a hand on it to send it for a corner. On 67 minutes it was Xavi’s turn for a set piece but he hit the wall with his shot. Villa is seen warming up on the sidelines.

Christian Tello came on for Alexis on 71 minutes and that was Tito Vilanova’s first change of the game.

Disaster struck for Seville in the 72nd minute with Chilean Gary Medel being sent off. After a tackle, Cesc and Medel come face to face and Fabregás fakes a headbutt in which the ref  Mateu Lahoz gives the Seville centre-half his marching orders. Very unfair on Medel and this gave Barca the edge they needed to impose their strength on the game. Unsporting play by Fabregás for sure.

Thiago came on for Busquets in Tito’s second change on 76 minutes and for the last ten minutes of the match Villa gets the nod from Tito and off came Dani Alves to applause from his old fans.

With one minute to go Cesc gets his second of the evening and makes it 2-2. Barca’s superiority in numbers is beginning to show now. 90 minutes and there’s a handball by Thiago which is not given by Lahoz and the Seville coach is sent off for protesting – what a finish!

There was five minutes of extra time added and it was all going Barca’s way. On 93 minutes it was David Villa’s turn to  beat Seville keeper Andrés Palop and turn the tables on the home side. That made it 2-3 to the visitors and left two minutes on the clock.

It wasn’t to be Seville’s night in their home stadium and Barca added three more points to their lead over Real Madrid who play tonight against Deportivo La Coruna. Barca now extend their unbeaten record further.

Watch the highlights of Seville vs Barcelona below


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