Thiago Alcántara came onto the pitch on the 74th minute for Segio Busquets, and he finished the match 16 minutes later with pain in his left knee. First tests indicate that the medial collateral ligament in his left knee is affected. This Sunday the player will undergo further tests to determine the extent of the injury.
Fabregas(2) and an injury time winner from David Villa saw Barça come away with a valuable win from the Sanchez Pijuan. Two down at the start of the second half and still losing with just a couple of minutes on the clock, Barça looked to be staring their first league defeat of the season in the face before Cesc levelled and then David Villa fired home the winner in injury time for a fantastic win against a dangerous Seville team who played out the last 20 minutes with ten men after Medel was sent off.
Trochowski puts Seville ahead
Barça were in charge from the off, with crisp passing and plenty of chances – Pedro and Messi both getting the chance to open the scoring in the first quarter of an hour- whilst Seville, with Spahic massive at the back, looking to hit the visitors on the break. That looked like their only route to a goal and on 25 minutes Trochowski rounded off a break with the opener after an attempted clearance from Mascherano dropped to him and he hit a low shot past Valdes.
Negredo and Navas looking sharp
1-0 was hardly a fair reflection of the first half hour of the game, but Seville were boosted by the goal and began to match Barça, with Negredo and Navas looking sharp as Seville’s hard work and intensity was also helped by some permissive refereeing.
From 1-0 to 2-1
At the start of the second half, Barça lost a ball in midfield and Negredo powered through the centre before chipping over Valdes to double Seville’s lead. Barça refused to give the game up though and a minute later Pedro shot just wide coming in from the right. Three minutes after that, Cesc got his first of the night with a brilliantly struck drive from the edge of the area and Barça were back in the match.
Barça were now in the driving seat and with Tello coming on they concentrated much of their attacking intent down the left hand side of the attack, with the Barça B youngster, Alba and Pedro all creating chances. The visitors’ dominance increased after Medel was shown red on 70 minutes for striking Cesc on the head.
Cesc and Villa strike late
But for all their chances and dominance the goal wouldn’t come for Barça– until Cesc was put in by Messi with just a couple of minutes left and the Argentinean then supplied David Villa who fired high and hard into the net on 93 minutes for a breathtaking finish for a victory that stretches their winning start to six games and lays down a marker for all their rivals for the title.
The team led by Eusebio Sacristán was unable to beat Las Palmas in a match where the pitch slowly deteriorated into a pseudo-swimming pool. Barça B dominated the first half and went to the break with a one-goal advantage thanks to a strike from Gerard Deulofeu. In the second half, however, the water-saturated pitch didn’t allow Barça B to play to its strengths. Las Palmas took advantage of the situation and drew level thanks to a goal from Chrisantus. The Azulgrana enjoyed the last chance of the game with a free kick just outside the visiting team’s area (min. 93), but Araujo sent the ball over the crossbar.
Match report to be posted shortly.
Falcao in scoring form
Atlético’s 2-4 win in Wednesday’s re-arranged game at Betis leaves them a couple of points behind Barça, though the four goals mean they have actually scored one more than Tito Villanova’s team, with Falcao topping the goalscorers’ chart with seven to Messi’s six-goal tally so far. On Sunday they visit El Prat- Cornellà to take on Espanyol, who have still to win and sit second from bottom with just a single point – though boss Mauricio Pochettino insists: “when results go badly, the manager is always the first to come under pressure and I accept that, but I have full confidence in my players. We just have to stay strong and have a cool head”.
Málaga look to keep up the pace
Málaga are a further two points off the pace and on Saturday they entertain Betis, who are sixth, despite their midweek defeat. Malaga manager Manuel Pellegrini warned his players: “Betis are a top team and have stayed true to their philosophy – Pepe Mel has done a great job”. Campbell and Perquis were both sent off against Atletico and will miss the game for Betis. Third place Mallorca – who are level on points with Málaga – travel to Getafe on Monday night.
Basque derby in Donosti
The Basque derby at Anoeta on Saturday sees both Real Sociedad and Bilbao in need of points, whilst Valencia – sandwiched between the two Basque clubs in 15th kick off the weekends’ games with a home match against Zaragoza without injured central defender Ricardo Costa, though with the chance of Gago returning to the starting line up. On Sunday, Real Madrid will begin a big week – taking on Deportivo at the Bernabeu before the midweek trip to Ajax and next weekend’s game at the Camp Nou, whilst at the bottom, Osasuna will be looking for their first win when they play Levante in Pamplona.
In the weekend’s other games, Granada host Celta at noon on Sunday and Rayo visit Valladolid.
Tito Vilanova won’t be able to call on Adriano, Iniesta, Piqué and Puyol, all of whom are injured, this evening. Fontàs and Dos Santos were not named to the manager’s 18-man squad
The intense rain in Catalonia marked FC Barcelona’s journey to Seville this Saturday morning. The first team players, who will face Sevilla FC at the Sánchez Pizjuán at 22.00, landed in the Andalusian capital 40 minutes behind schedule due to the inclement weather.
18 footballers named to the squad
Tito Vilanova has named 18 players to the squad for this evening’s La Liga match. The ex-Sevilla player Adriano will miss the match due to injury, as will Iniesta, Piqué, Puyol, Cuenca, Muniesa and Abidal. In addition to the injured players, Andreu Fontàs and Jonathan dos Santos, both of whom were not named to the team by the manager, will also miss the match.
The directors Toni Freixa, Susana Monje, Pilar Guinovart and Josep Ramon Vidal–Abarca, and football director, Andoni Zubizarreta accompanied the first team to Seville.