|First Division - Day 15|
Barcelona 2 - Sevilla 1
Víctor Valdés; Belletti, Oleguer, Puyol, Sylvinho; Gabri (Van
Bronckhorst 69'), Edmilson, Iniesta; Messi (Larsson 62'), Eto'o, Ronaldinho.
Team changes: Barça: Belletti, Gabri, Iniesta for Márquez, Deco, Motta / Sevilla: Jordi for Daniel Alves.
Leaders Barcelona extended their winning run in all competitions to a record eleven games after coming back from a goal down to beat Sevilla 2-1. There was a festival atmosphere in the Nou Camp with Ronaldinho offering his "Golden Ball" award to the fans, and the Brazilian star almost scored the goal of the season when he hit the post directly from a corner in the opening minutes. Saviola was playing his first match in Barcelona since moving on loan to the Andalusian club, and he was warmly welcomed by the fans. The Argentine striker was in action early on to set up Kanouté only for a defender to clear, whilst at the other end his fellow countryman Messi got the ball in the net only for the referee to rule out the goal and book the youngster for using his hand.
However with Van Bommel, Xavi and Motta injured and Deco and Márquez suspended, Rijkaard's makeshift midfield were having problems getting past the best defence in the league. And with just over an hour gone they went behind when Adriano cut in to set up Saviola for him to shoot against the post, Kanouté turning in the rebound close to goal. But their joy only lasted a couple of minutes before a lapse of concentration allowed a corner from the left to reach Eto'o, and although he couldn't make most of it at first, he reacted quickly to head the ball in to the net from a yard out. Saviola went off to an ovation from the crowd, but a few minutes later Barça substitute Larsson laid the ball off for Ronaldinho to cut through the defence and steer a shot inside the post. The goal kept the Catalans at the top of the table, and the visitors went home with nothing.