Enrique hails ‘dream’ first-half performance as Barcelona thrash Sevilla

Catalan giants beat Jorge Sampaoli’s men 3-0 on Wednesday to keep pressure on league leaders Real Madrid

Reuters April 06, 2017
Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates a goal against Sevilla on April 5, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS

BARCELONA: Barcelona coach Luis Enrique praised his team’s performance in the first-half against Sevilla, where the Catalan giants cruised to a 3-0 win with a mesmerising attacking display on Wednesday.

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.

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"It was the first-half performance we had dreamed of," said Enrique. "We took the game to them as much as possible.

“We had more of the ball, we scored three goals and had a lot of chances, which says a lot when you consider the quality of our opponents. Things changed in the second half but everything was under control."

Sevilla, who had Vitolo sent off for a second booking in the 90th minute, are fourth on the league table with 58 points.

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Suarez crashed in an emphatic overhead kick in the 25th minute after a surging run by Messi then teed up the Argentine to knock in the second three minutes later.

Messi then produced an instinctive volley for the third Barca goal in the 33rd, piling more pain on a Sevilla side who had serious title ambitions little more than a month ago but have fallen apart in recent weeks and failed to win any of their last six games in all competitions.

The Argentine also rattled the bar from outside the box early in the game and his brace took his tally to 29 goals in 30 games against Sevilla in all competitions.

Messi also leads the Liga scoring charts with 27 strikes, while Suarez has 24.


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