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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TeamPGDPTS
1Real Madrid123530
2Barcelona122428
3Atletico Madrid121126
4Valencia121324
5Sevilla12323
6Malaga12321
7Celta Vigo12520
8Villarreal12318
9Athletic Bilbao12-315
10Getafe12-714
11Rayo Vallecano12-914
12Eibar12-613
13Levante12-1712
14Espanyol12-411
15Real Sociedad12-410
16Deportivo La Coruna12-910
17Granada11-1110
18Elche12-1210
19Almeria11-59
20Cordoba12-107