Barcelona: Víctor Valdés; Dani
Alves, Puyol (Adriano 65'), Piqué, Abidal; Xavi (Mascherano 59'),
Busquets, Iniesta; David Villa, Messi, Pedro (Bojan 59'). 4-3-3.
Sevilla: Javi Varas; Konko, Alexis, Cáceres, Luna; Perotti (Dabo 46'), Romaric, Renato, Diego Capel; Kanouté (Negredo 68'), Luis Fabiano (Zokora 46'). 4-4-2.
1-0. 04. Messi. Picked up loose ball inside area and forced shot past Cáceres.
2-0. 23. Villa. Picked up Messi pass and curled shot past Varas from wide out.
3-0. 53. Dan Alves. Poked shot past Varas after Romaric headed ball back
4-0. 64. Messi. Won ball off Diego Capel and ran through to shoot low into net.
5-0. 90. Villa. Controlled Busquets pass and fired shot back past keeper.
Yellow cards: Kanouté 20', Puyol 28', Alexis 28', Konko 41', 44' / red cards: Konko 44'.
Barcelona stay a point behind leaders Real Madrid after an impressive 5-0 win over Sevilla on Saturday evening. Guardiola lined up with his eight World Cup winners plus Messi, Alves and Abidal, and they produced the type of football which has been at times lacking this season. Within four minutes Messi had given them the lead after Javi Varas could only push out a shot from Pedro. And although Luis Fabiano and Diego Capel tried their luck, Barça went further ahead when Messi turned past two markers and played the ball out wide for David Villa to curl a shot past Varas.
A minute before half time the visitors were left with ten men after Konko picked up a second booking, and soon after the restart a poor headed back pass from Romaric allowed Dani Alves to nip in and score against his old club. Messi netted the fourth after winning the ball in midfield and releasing a low shot with five defenders trailing in his wake, and Villa completed the scoring in the last minute after picking up a pass from Busquets.