Result: Sevilla 0-2 Barcelona

Lionel Messi
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Barcelona cut Real Madrid's lead at the top of La Liga to seven points with a 2-0 win at Sevilla.

Barcelona have cut Real Madrid's lead at the top of La Liga to seven points after a 2-0 win at Sevilla.

The visitors took the lead in the 18th minute when Xavi Hernandez curled a free kick past goalkeeper Andres Palop and into the top corner.

Pep Guardiola's side extended their advantage after 25 minutes as Lionel Messi scored his 51st goal of the season with a trademark dink over the keeper.

Madrid can restore their 10-point lead at the top of the table on Sunday when they host Malaga at the Santiago Bernabeu.

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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Real Madrid14104037122534
2Barcelona1484234151928
3Sevilla148332520527
4Atletico MadridAtletico1474328111725
5Athletic Bilbao147251816223
6Villarreal146531910923
7Real Sociedad137242214823
8EibarEibar146352017321
9Celta Vigo146352426-221
10Las PalmasLas Palmas135442421319
11Espanyol144731717019
12Malaga135442119219
13AlavesAlaves134451316-316
14Real Betis144371728-1115
15Leganes144281125-1414
16Valencia133281724-711
17Deportivo La CorunaDeportivo132471323-1010
18Sporting GijonSporting Gijon132381227-159
19Granada141581330-178
20Osasuna131481226-147
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