Sevilla vs Barcelona: Messi scores hat-trick in Barca's 4-2 win against Sevilla

Sevilla vs Barcelona: Messi scores hat-trick in Barca's 4-2 win against Sevilla

- Sevilla vs Barcelona ended in a six-goal thriller in favour of the Catalan side

- Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick while Luiz Suarez's late goal sealed the win

- Jesus Nava and Gabriel Mercado scored a goal each in the first half of the game

Sevilla vs Barcelona ended 4-2 in favour Ernesto Valverde's side in entertaining La Liga fixture play at the weekend.

Sevilla were looking to improve on their poor run of form in La Liga, winning just one match out of eight and were out to avenge their Copa del Rey quarter final defeat to Barca.

The home team started on a bright note as Quicy Promes forced a magnificent save from Marc-Andre Ter Stegen in the second minute but the ball was ruled offside.

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But in the 22nd minute, Sevilla deservedly got into the lead, from a swift counter-attacking move as Wissam Ben Yedde superbly set up Jesus Navas and the ball was put at the back of the net by the captain. 1-0 to Sevilla.

Four minutes later Barcelona responded as Ivan Rakitic's low cross was spectacularly volleyed home from Lionel Messi's favourite left-foot to make it 1-1.

Then, three minutes to half time Barca defence went to sleep as Pablo Sarabia delivered a low cross to Gabriel Mercado who finished in style to restore Sevilla's lead back to 2-1.

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Half time and Sevilla went into the break with a 2-1 lead but knew one-goal was not enough to relax against the Catalan giants.

Ousmane Dembele was introduced into the match for Arturo Vidal but the Frenchman should have scored in the 52nd minute when he received a pass from Luiz Suarez which got him wrong-footed.

It was Messi again who restored parity this time for his weaker right-foot as he curled in the ball into the net aftter he was given space and time in the box. It was 2-2.

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Messi had two chances within the space of three minute but his shots were tipped over by Sevilla goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik.

In the 85th minute, Messi completed his hat-trick as he chested down a cross before chipping the on rushing goalkeeper to make it 3-2.

Suarez put the icing on the cake courtesy of brilliant pass from Messi as the Uruguayan chipped the goalkeeper similar to the Argentine's goal to make it 4-2.

Barcelona held on to claim all three points and stretched their lead at the top of La Liga ahead of Atletico Madrid who have a game at hand to ten points. ( -> We have updated to serve you better.

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