Result: Sevilla 0-2 Barcelona

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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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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Barcelona362745104297585
2Atletico MadridAtletico36274560164485
3Real Madrid362664105327384
4Villarreal351710842311161
5Celta Vigo35169104955-657
6Athletic Bilbao351671253431055
7Sevilla351410114942752
8Las PalmasLas Palmas36128164448-444
9Valencia351111134442244
10Malaga351012133132-142
11EibarEibar36119164656-1042
12Real Sociedad36119164247-542
13Real Betis361011153150-1941
14Deportivo La CorunaDeportivo35718104357-1439
15Espanyol35107183567-3237
16Rayo Vallecano36811174870-2235
17Sporting GijonSporting Gijon3698193761-2435
18Granada36810184165-2434
19Getafe3588193364-3132
20Levante3578203363-3029
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