Olympic Gold Medal Means More Than Barcelona Titles - Messi

Two goals from Lionel Messi and one from Luis Suarez in the space of eight minutes helped Barca keeping pressure on league leaders Real Madrid.

Barca have nine games to play in April and if they are going to win the league and get the better of title rivals Real Madrid, they need to be in top form when the sides meet at the Bernabeu on April 23.

Sevilla striker Victor "Vitolo" Machin was sent off in injury time after being shown a second yellow card for a foul on Neymar.

Messi bagged a brace after Luis Suarez's overhead kick had given the hosts a 25th-minute lead.

Thankfully for the Blaugrana, Lionel Messi, 29, has served his 1-game suspension and will be back in the lineup when Sevilla rolls into Camp Nou for this April 5 match.

Real Madrid players celebrate after scoring their fourth goal during the Spanish league football match.

"It was a bit of a unusual game", said Real coach Zinedine Zidane.

Messi produced an instinctive volley for Barca's third goal in the 33rd, piling more pain on a Sevilla side who had serious title ambitions just over a month ago but have fallen apart and failed to win in their last six games in all competitions. "There's a bit of bitterness for those 20 seconds in Turin, two instances in which we weren't lucky and which changed the situation".

Suarez made no such mistake as he caught Messi's deflected cross flush with an overhead kick to break the deadlock with his 31st goal of the season.

They have not won since March 2, a run of games that has also seen them dumped out of the Champions League by English champions Leicester. The United State Barca fans can also watch this match through beIN Sports, fubo TV and Live streaming online of beIN Sports Connect. Only he could score a goal like that!

Sevilla had two glorious chances to open the scoring when Steven N'Zonzi fired too close to Marc-Andre ter Stegen, before Vitolo headed over when unmarked inside the penalty area.

Of his hirsute half-century no less than 43 goals have come in Barcelona colours, including 27 Primera Division hits which put him in pole position to be crowned top scorer at the end of the season.

  • Julie Sanders