Two majestic late goals in the space of one minute from Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi secured Barcelona the most improbable draw on Saturday as Sevilla by one means or another wasted a two-goal lead at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.
It was a crucial tie that dependably resembled a mouthwatering encounter thus it proved as the two sides played through thick and thin notwithstanding their forthcoming Champions League quarter-final tie.
Lionel Messi was regarded not sufficiently fit to start the game amid his hamstring issue but he had the last laugh when he secures a hard-fought draw for the Blaugrana.
Barca were the first to threaten as Luis Suarez twice went close, but as the game went on Sevilla immediately wrestled control. The hosts looked a yard faster, an inch taller and considerably more grounded than their rivals for a long period as they dominated the game
Correa was given to an extreme degree an excessive amount of room and time down the left and he teed-up Vazquez, who had some way or another been left unmarked six yards and he wrapped up turning a scruffy strike home beyond Ter Stegen glove.
That goal gave Sevilla the preferred advantage in the first half and they multiplied their leverage soon after the start of the second half.
With 50 minutes on the clock, Marc-Andre Ter Stegen did splendidly to save Sergio Escudero’s fierce effort with his chest, but the free ball dropped for Muriel and he had the sound judgment to take a touch before rolling the ball into the side of the net to make it 2-0.
By then there just looked like being one champ and the hosts were a consistent danger on the counter-assault.
Jesus Navas ought to have improved the situation when he was sent dashing clear just before the hour mark but he devised to neither one of the shoots not pass and the move finished with Vazquez smashing and effort into the side-netting.
– Stunning Comeback –
At last, the Andalusians were made to pay for their profligacy before goal as Barca delivered a stunning comeback.
One minute after Ivan Rakitic had seen a flicked header cut the post and with only two minutes of normal time remaining Barca were given a life saver as Suarez volleyed home at the far post after a corner was flicked into his way.
Floated by that goal Barca found a leveler within 60 seconds. Philippe Coutinho pulled the ball back to Messi on the edge of the box and his first-time effort was excessively exact for Sergio Rico as it snuck past Sevilla shot-stopper to claim the Blaugrana’s a share of the spoils
The draw keeps up Barca’s unbeaten record in La Liga, but Atletico Madrid could close the gap between the two sides to 11 points on Sunday.
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