Barcelona: Víctor Valdés; Dani
Alves, Mascherano, Abidal, Adriano; Thiago (Cesc Fàbregas 74'), Xavi
(Busquets 88'), Keita (Pedro 62'); Iniesta, Messi, David Villa. 4-3-3.
Sevilla: Javi Varas; Cáceres, Fazio, Escudé, Fernando Navarro; Medel, Campaña (Ivan Rakitic 70'); Jesús Navas, Trochowski (Coke 62'), Armenteros; Manu del Moral (Kanouté 67'). 4-2-3-1.
Yellow cards: Jesús Navas 41', Mascherano 45', Javi Varas 55', Medel 65', Iniesta 75', Fazio 92', Kanouté 93', Fernando Navarro 96', 97' / red cards: Kanouté 94', Fernando Navarro 97'.
Last week's leaders Barcelona drop below Real Madrid in the table after they were held to a 0-0 draw in the Nou Camp by Sevilla on Saturday night. In one of the most thrilling (and one-sided) scoreless draws in a long time, Javi Varas and his back four put up a numantine defence to keep their unbeaten record intact. The visiting keeper made a series of fist class saves from Iniesta, Villa and a deflected effort from Messi before the break, and Iniesta, Messi and his own defender Escudé after the restart. Valdés, who beat his own record of games without letting in a goal, only had a save or two to make from Jesús Navas early on, but otherwise he was just another spectator. Things boiled up though in the second minute of injury time, when referee Iturralde González awarded a penalty to the locals after Fazio brought down Iniesta. In the ensuing fracas, Kanouté and Navarro were sent off, but Varas kept his cool to save Messi's spot kick. This was always going to be his night.