Two awesome goals from Paco Alcacer ensured that FC Barcelona stamped Lionel Messi‘s 600th appearance for the club with a win as they saw off stubborn Sevilla 2-1 to keep up their four-point lead at the top of La Liga table.
Heading into the game, most would agree that the details weren’t on Sevilla’s side, with the Andalusians having just won three games at the Camp Nou since it opened in 1957.
It was anything but difficult to perceive any reason why right off the bat as Barca laid attack to the Sevilla goal. Messi was intensely involved right off the bat, seeing a low effort from just inside the box unconvincingly palmed away by David Soria, before teeing up Sergio Busquets for a free effort at goal from six yards, just for the rangy defensive midfielder to see his effort obstructed hanging in the balance.
Alcacer, who had not started a league game since the start of the season, exploited a missed clearance to give Barcelona the lead halfway through the first half.
However, Guido Pizarro was able to balance the scoreline to 1-1 for the visiting side with a header following a corner just before the hour mark.
Be that as it may, Barca were back on top six minutes after, as Alcacer jabbed the ball home from short range for his second goal of the night – seconds before coming off for Gerard Deulofeu.
Lionel Messi was booked for dissent in stoppage time while marking his 600th appearance for Barcelona in the win, which enabled the club to keep up their four-point lead in La Liga.