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 Madrid22164257203752
2Barcelona23156263194451
3Sevilla23154446281849
4Atletico MadridAtletico23136443192445
5Real Sociedad2414283732544
6Villarreal23109430151539
7EibarEibar2310583631535
8Athletic Bilbao2310582828035
9Celta Vigo2210393636033
10Espanyol238873031-132
11AlavesAlaves237972228-630
12Las PalmasLas Palmas2477103236-428
13Malaga236893137-626
14Valencia2375113341-826
15Real Betis2266102235-1324
16Deportivo La CorunaDeportivo2247112635-919
17Leganes2346131639-2318
18Sporting GijonSporting Gijon2344152547-2216
19Granada2337132149-2816
20Osasuna2317152452-2810