Mon, Oct 07, 2019 8:08

Barca take 4-0 lead against Sevilla at Camp Nou


Luis Suarez, Arturo Vidal, Ousmane Dembele and Lionel Messi thrashed the visitors with a big margin.


Barcelona, defending La Liga champion, took 4-0 goals to lead against Sevilla at home ground Camp Nou in the first half on Sunday night.

Luis Suarez, Arturo Vidal, Ousmane Dembele and Lionel Messi thrashed the visitors with a big margin.

Suarez broke the visitors' defence at 27th minute. The Uruguayan was in space in Sevilla's box and curls a fantastic overhead kick into the net.

Second goals came from Vidal’s leg at 32nd minute. Barca are just too good as tiki-taka it on the edge of the box. Arthur curls a right-footed effort towards goal which Vidal steers into the net first-time. VAR takes a look but Navas is playing Vidal onside.

Ousmane Dembele make the score 3-0 at 35th minute, once again assist from Arthur, Dembele coolly jinks to the centre of the box and fires past Vaclik into the bottom right corner. Sevilla are embarrassingly brittle.

And on 78th minute, skipper Messi curls a delicious free-kick over the wall towards goal. Vaclik gets a hand to it but can't keep it out.

It was Messi’s 37th career goal against the Andalusians in all competitions - he's scored more against them than any other team.

Barca get a free-kick in a dangerous position. Ocampos slips and accidentally blocks Suarez's ball with his hand.

The two sides were out on the Camp Nou pitch as Cant del Barca rings out. Barca are in their famous blue and red home kit, while Sevilla are wearing their clean white away strip.

On paper, this looks like a routine Barca win. Barca have lost just one of their last 58 league games at Camp Nou, and no side has defeated Sevilla more in LaLiga history than they have.

Sevilla haven't won any of their last 16 league visits to this ground, conceding an average of 2.8 goals per game.

Barca made three changes from the team that beat Inter 2-1 in the Champions League in mid-week.

Todibo replaces the suspended Lenglet, while Vidal comes in for Busquets and Dembele starts ahead of Griezmann.

Sevilla change their entire team from their 1-0 victory over APOEL in the Europa League just three days ago. The goalscorer in that game, Hernandez, is on the bench.

SUBS: Jules Kounde, Joan Jordan, Munir El Haddadi, Nemanja Gudelj, Javier Hernandez, Yassine Bounou, Sergio Escudero.

SEVILLA (4-3-3): Tomas Vaclik; Jesus Navas (c), Diego Carlos, Daniel Carrico, Sergio Reguilon; Ever Benega, Fernando, Oliver Torres; Lucas Ocampos, Luuk de Jong, Nolito.

SUBS: Sergio Busquets, Neto, Antoine Griezmann, Jordi Alba, Ronald Araujo, Ansu Fati, Ivan Rakitic.

BARCELONA (4-3-3): Marc-Andre ter Stegen; Sergi Roberto, Jean-Clair Todibo, Gerard Pique, Nelson Semedo; Arthur, Frenkie de Jong, Arturo Vidal; Lionel Messi (c), Luis Suarez, Ousmane Dembele.

Barca's opponents today are Sevilla, who sit just behind the Catalans in the table on goal difference. Julen Lopetegui's side have flip-flopped funnily in recent weeks, losing then winning 3-2 thrillers against Eibar and Real Sociedad.

Barca have not had the greatest start to their league campaign so far. However, two wins in a week over Villarreal and Getafe have moved them up the table to 4th.

With Messi fit again and the chance of moving two points behind leaders Real Madrid, things are starting to get back on track.

Hello and welcome to our live text commentary of this La Liga clash between Barcelona and Sevilla at Camp Nou, Barcelona.