Barcelona wins after Messi goals, Real Madrid stays top

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FC Barcelona vs Sevilla FC Live: In today's La Liga match, Barcelona meets Sevilla at Camp Nou, Barcelona.

Messi bagged a brace after Luis Suarez's overhead kick had given the hosts a 25th-minute lead.

Barcelona is closing in on La Liga leaders Real Madrid as they attained an emphatic 3-0 victory over fellow title rivals Sevilla.

It became much worse for the visitors just over two minutes later as Messi made it two, before adding his second and Barcelona's third just after the half-hour mark.

"I believe Luis Suarez, not only using the physical side of his match but his ability to shoot with a single touch in the carton, understanding where the goal is is excellent", Luis Enrique said.

There was nothing out of the ordinary for his first goal, and the 29-year-old celebrated in normal fashion, but there was something distinctly noticeable after his second.

Messi scored two and created the other for Luis Suarez - the league's two top goal scorers with 27 and 23, respectively - as the Catalan side once again demonstrated that their switch to a back three allows them to be much more unsafe in attack.

Lionel Messi was inspirational upon his return from suspension as Barcelona cruised to a 3-0 win over Sevilla to move back above Real Madrid at LaLiga's summit for a few hours at least. He missed the win at Granada last weekend through suspension, and began a four-game worldwide suspension just before Argentina's World Cup qualifier against Bolivia after insulting a linesman.

The Uruguayan was involved in the second three minutes later with a goal which was not as spectacular in the finish but was stunning in its creation. Barca were also on a 13-game unbeaten run against the Andalusians, who were without a win in five.

They face each other tonight in the Camp Nou and both sides know they need a win for varying reasons.

Keeping the pressure firmly on, the Catalans remain just two points behind Real Madrid, who also still have a game in hand, in their hunt for what they hope will be a sixth Spanish title in the last eight seasons. Sevilla slip down to fourth spot on 58 points, level with Atletico Madrid, who leapfrogged them on goal difference after beating Malaga 2-0 on Saturday. But despite early support from the Catalan club's supporters, this Sevilla slump has provided the flawless excuse for the Blaugrana board to rule him out.

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