Luis Suarez scored a sublime overhead kick as champions climbed to second in with a convincing win over Sevilla at the Nou Camp.

Ernesto Valverde’s side swept Julen Lopetegui’s visitors away with three goals in eight first-half minutes.

Suarez opened the scoring with an acrobatic finish after 27 minutes, before Arturo Vidal and Ousmane Dembele put the hosts in complete control.

completed the scoring with a delightful free-kick late on.

had 20-year-old debutant Ronald Araujo and Ousmane Dembele sent off in the closing stages, after Araujo brought down Javier Hernandez when last man – and Dembele was shown a second yellow card for dissent in the aftermath.

They move to within two points of leaders heading into the international break, after Zinedine Zidane’s side beat Granada 4-2 on Saturday.

Meanwhile, were held to a third goalless draw in four league matches against Real Valladolid earlier on Sunday.

Line-ups

Barcelona

  • 1ter Stegen
  • 20Roberto
  • 6TodiboSubstituted forat 73′minutesBooked at 87mins
  • 3Booked at 85mins
  • 2Booked at 39mins
  • 22VidalSubstituted forRakiticat 70′minutes
  • 21de Jong
  • 8ArthurSubstituted forBusquetsat 65′minutesBooked at 88mins
  • 10Messi
  • 9Booked at 64mins
  • 11Booked at 88mins

Substitutes

  • 4Rakitic
  • 5Busquets
  • 13Murara Neto
  • 17Griezmann
  • 18Alba
  • 31Fati
  • 33

Sevilla

  • 1Vaclik
  • 16Navas
  • 20Santos Silva
  • 6Booked at 34mins
  • 23Booked at 22mins
  • 10BanegaBooked at 90mins
  • 25Reges
  • 21TorresSubstituted forat 45′minutes
  • 5Ocampos
  • 19de JongSubstituted forat 65′minutes
  • 8NolitoSubstituted forEl Haddadiat 45′minutes

Substitutes

  • 11El Haddadi
  • 12
  • 13Bono
  • 14
  • 17Gudelj
  • 18Escudero
  • 24
Referee:
Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz
Attendance:
81,331

Match Stats

Home TeamBarcelonaAway TeamSevilla
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home15
Away16
Shots on Target
Home8
Away4
Corners
Home7
Away10
Fouls
Home10
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Barcelona 4, Sevilla 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Barcelona 4, Sevilla 0.

Foul by Frenkie de Jong (Barcelona).

Booking

Corner, Sevilla. Conceded by Frenkie de Jong.

Booking

Sergio Busquets (Barcelona) is shown the yellow card.

Dismissal

Dismissal

Chicharito (Sevilla) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. (Barcelona) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Frenkie de Jong.

Booking

Munir El Haddadi (Sevilla) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Chicharito (Sevilla) right footed shot from very close range misses to the left. Assisted by Munir El Haddadi.

Goal!

Goal! Barcelona 4, Sevilla 0. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) from a free kick with a left footed shot to the high centre of the goal.

Hand ball by Lucas Ocampos (Sevilla).

Munir El Haddadi (Sevilla) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Foul by Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona).

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Ivan Rakitic replaces Arturo Vidal.

Foul by Munir El Haddadi (Sevilla).

Attempt blocked. Munir El Haddadi (Sevilla) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Sevilla. Conceded by Sergi Roberto.

Substitution

Substitution, Sevilla. Chicharito replaces Luuk de Jong.

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Sergio Busquets replaces Arthur.

goal

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