Barca overcame a stubborn Sevilla side on Saturday to keep a grip on La Liga with a glorious 3-2 win at the Nou Camp.
There was lots of controversy and a goal disallowed by the referee coupled with a frantic last 30 minutes which saw the last 4 goals find the net.
Not a single Barca player contested the goal by Sevilla’s Cala but referee Muñiz had no hesitation in disallowing the goal. Tata Martino said after the match that it was a clear foul on Dani Alves but looking at the footage again, it was clear that the referee goofed up in favour of Barca. It’s a pure case of ‘you win some, you lose some’.
To be fair to Barca, you couldn’t say that the disallowed goal conditioned the game, even though Barca put the next two goals on the scoreboard courtesy of Dani Alves in the 36th minute, just before half time and Leo Messi in the 75th minute.
Then it was Sevilla’s turn to turn the tables and get a couple of goals. The first one came via Rakitic in the 80th minute quickly followed up by Coke in the 90th minute to make it 2 goals apiece.
The game wasn’t over yet and it was up to in-form Alexis Sánchez to finally put this great game to bed on 93 minutes.The Chilean came on in the 17th minute of the second half, substituting Cristian Tello, who didn’t have the best of games.
Neymar played well with Leo Messi and this was a great game of football. Unai Emery’s men may go away upset at the disallowed goal but Sevilla gave it their best shot and brought their ‘A game’ to the Nou Camp.
Meanwhile, Real Madrid only managed to draw against a decent Villareal side with Gareth Bale getting his first goal for the ‘whites’ courtesy of a great low cross by Caravajal from the right.
Barca are leaders with 12 points with Atletico Madrid right behind them on the same points. Villareal is third, on 10 points with Real Madrid also on 10 points, coming in fourth.