IMAGE: FC Barcelona’s Lionel (left) run with the ball past Sevilla FC’s Franco Vazquez during their La Liga match at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium in Seville on Sunday Photograph: Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images A mesmeric Lionel Messi helped Barcelona to come from behind and beat Sevilla 2-1 in a thrilling encounter on Sunday as the champions kept the pressure on La Liga leaders Real Madrid, who saw off Leganes 3-0 thanks to a double from Gareth Bale.Barca were put under immense pressure from kick-off and fell behind to Vitolo’s 15th minute strike. Messi levelled just before halftime following a slew of missed chances from the hosts. After the break, Barcelona took control and Luis Suarez fired in the winner in the 61st minute. Barca stay two points behind Real, who lead the standings with 27 points. Villarreal beat Real Betis 2-0 to moved up to third, three points behind Barca. Fifth-placed Sevilla, on 21 points, trail Atletico Madrid on goal difference. Sunday’s meeting between Jorge Sampaoli’s relentless Sevilla and a Barcelona side smarting from defeat at Manchester City promised a lot and lived up to the hype as a breathtaking end-to-end encounter ensued. Sevilla opened the scoring as Luciano Vietto’s through… Read full this story
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