First Division - Day 13

Sevilla 0 - Barcelona 3

Sevilla: Palop; Mosquera, Squillaci (Renato 74'), Escudé, Fernando Navarro; De Mul (Diego Capel 53'), Maresca (Romaric 62'), Fazio, Adriano; Kanouté, Luis Fabiano. 4-4-2.
Barcelona: Víctor Valdés; Daniel Alves, Márquez, Piqué, Puyol; Xavi (Gudjohnsen 87'), Touré Yayá, Keita (Busquets 74'); Messi, Eto'o, Henry (Hleb 89'). 4-3-3.

Team changes: Sevilla: Escudé, De Mul, Maresca, Fazio for David Prieto, Jesús Navas, Duscher, Romaric / Barcelona: Márquez, Messi, Henry for Sylvinho, Bojan, Hleb.

0-1. 20. Eto'o. Latched on to loose ball inside area and fired shot past Palop.
0-2. 78. Messi. Knocked on Xavi's headed pass and volleyed shot wide of keeper.
0-3. 93. Messi. Picked up Hleb pass and rounded Palop to score from wide angle.

Yellow cards: Eto'o 30', Márquez 61', Piqué 75' / red cards: Luis Fabiano 86'.

Barcelona extended their lead at the top of the table to six points after beating Sevilla 0-3 on Saturday evening, their tenth away win in a row. Eto'o only needed a half chance to open the scoring, latching on to a loose ball in the area to beat Palop after Fernando Navarro had cut out Xavi's pass in the twentieth minute. Luis Fabiano had had a couple of efforts before that, and the Brazilian striker fired a shot across goal soon afterwards. Palop had to at his best to keep out Henry and Eto'o, but Kanouté should have scored when he fired at shot against the bar with the goal at his mercy, Luis Fabiano shooting straight at Valdés on the follow up.

The visitors took control after the break though, Palop making a string of saves from Henry, Alves and Messi. However with twelve minutes to go Xavi headed the ball on to Messi, who headed it forward and ran on towards goal. Everybody expected him to continue his run, but he twisted his body and volleyed a shot across Palop into the far corner of the net.

Barça wanted more though, and Eto'o was clearly upset with himself for missing his kick after Messi had set him up. The locals had hardly troubled Valdés since the break, and they were left a man short when a frustrated Luis Fabiano was sent off for elbowing Busquets in an off the ball incident, the Sevilla delegate dragging him off the pitch before the hot-headed striker made matters worse. And with the game in the third minute of injury time Messi drove in the final nail, running on to Hleb's pass and rounding Palop to score from a difficult angle.