Lionel Messi got here off the bench to protect FC Barcelona’s unbeaten run in La Liga with a sensational late equaliser in an exhilarating 2-2 draw at Sevilla on Saturday because the runaway leaders got here again from two targets down within the area of a minute.
Franco Vazquez opened the scoring from shut vary within the 36th minute and Colombia worldwide Luis Muriel doubled the house facet’s lead by smashing in on the rebound 5 minutes into the second half.
Messi had started the sport on the bench resulting from continued muscle discomfort which induced him to overlook Argentina’s friendlies towards Italy and Spain and the league’s high scorer was referred to as into motion within the 58th minute, changing Ousmane Dembele.
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Barca have been immediately lifted by the Argentine’s arrival and Luis Suarez rattled the close to submit however Sevilla continued to pour ahead and Vazquez and Muriel missed clear possibilities to place the sport to mattress.
They paid pricey for his or her wastefulness as Suarez pulled one again for Barca with an acrobatic end within the 88th minute following a nook and Messi whipped within the equaliser within the 89th with a venomous left-foot strike.
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The purpose stretched the Catalans’ unbeaten league run to 37 video games and in the event that they keep away from defeat subsequent week at house to Leganes they are going to equal Actual Sociedad’s Liga file of 38 video games with out defeat, which has stood since 1980.
Barca high the standings on 76 factors but when second-placed Atletico Madrid beat Deportivo La Coruna on Sunday their benefit on the high shall be lower to 9. Champions Actual Madrid are third on 62 after beating Las Palmas Three-Zero.