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2020-2021 LaLiga
  • Ousmane Dembélé (29')
  • Lionel Messi (85')

Messi stars as Barcelona go second in La Liga with Sevilla win

Barcelona avenged their first leg Copa del Rey defeat to Sevilla earlier in the month with a 2-0 win on Saturday in La Liga.

The two sides will meet again on Wednesday for the Cup's second leg -- with Barcelona losing 2-0 on aggregate -- but the points were all the Catalan's side on Saturday thanks to Ousmane Dembele and Lionel Messi.

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The win puts Barcelona into second position but a win for Real Madrid on Monday would see them leapfrog Ronald Koeman's side.

Barcelona took the lead on 29 minutes when Messi secured the ball on the halfway line and set Dembele off on a run.

The France international dodged around several Sevilla defenders before putting the ball through Bono's legs.

Sevilla didn't offer much in attack and Barcelona nearly doubled their lead on 60 minutes when Dembele's shot was blocked but found its way to Sergino Dest who rattled the ball off the post.

Barcelona had another attempt foiled eight minutes later when Messi directed a through ball into the box which Clement Lenglet headed into the goal but he was ruled offside and the goal was disallowed.

It was a frantic final 20 minutes with Sevilla also falling foul to a disallowed goal.

Youssef En-Nesyri found the back of the net but the referee ruled it wouldn't count as the ball hit his hand in the build up.

Messi secured Barcelona's win five minutes from the end with a right-footed shot from close range.

Spanish Primera División Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Atletico Madrid 36 +40 80
2 Real Madrid 36 +37 78
3 Barcelona 36 +47 76
4 Sevilla FC 36 +23 74
5 Real Sociedad 36 +17 56
6 Real Betis 36 -2 55
7 Villarreal 36 +13 55
8 Celta Vigo 36 -2 50
9 Athletic Bilbao 36 +7 46
10 Granada 36 -16 45
11 Osasuna 36 -9 44
12 Cádiz 36 -20 43
13 Levante 36 -10 40
14 Valencia 36 -6 39
15 Alavés 36 -22 35
16 Getafe 36 -16 34
17 Huesca 36 -18 33
18 Real Valladolid 36 -19 31
19 Elche 36 -25 30
20 Eibar 36 -19 30