Barcelona Beats Sevilla (3-0)

Moments of Barcelona magic have become commonplace at Camp Nou, but that shouldn't make them any less impressive.

Messi swept in a quick second from Suarez's cutback before making it 3-0 with a fierce volley.

Lionel Messi returned from suspension to inspire Barcelona to a comfortable 3-0 win over Sevilla on Wednesday, the Argentine magician grabbing a first-half brace and an assist as La Blaugrana kept the pressure on Real Madrid in the La Liga title race.

Ahead of a mammoth 18-day period that sees the Galacticos go up against Atletico Madrid and Barcelona in La Liga, and Bayern Munich in the Champions League, Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane gambled on the strength of his squad and was duly rewarded at Butarque.

Barca Playing 11 vs Sevilla FC: Ter Stegen; Mascherano, Pique, Umtiti; Roberto, Busquets, Rakitic; Iniesta; Messi, Suarez, Neymar.

It comes with risks, of course.

That double brought him up to 51, a strike-rate of more than a goal a game. The midfielder could only side-foot straight at Marc-Andre ter Stegen's legs from point-blank range.

However, Sampaoli was left to rue another night of missed chances as a three-goal blitz in eight first-half minutes secured the three points for the hosts before half time. Or do you think they blew it?

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Messi and Suarez have now combined for an incredible 51 league goals, 27 for Messi, 24 for Suarez. Neymar was also involved, squaring for Suarez, who was able to pick out Messi when others may have been tempted to shoot.

Vitolo should have done better from a 23rd minute free-kick but he headed well over from the edge of the six-yard area from a good Nasri ball over the top.

Sampaoli felt his side improved after the break, but the damage had already been done.

Vitolo was sent off in stoppage time as Sevilla's frustration - at themselves more than anything - boiled over.

It looks like Barcelona will play in a 3-4-3, a formation Luis Enrique has taken a liking to recently in the absence of Aleix Vidal.

Messi was quick to play down any criticism he has received as an global player by adding: "The criticism I receive is not something I care about because I know about the things that happened". He missed the win at Granada last weekend through suspension, and began a four-game global suspension just before Argentina's World Cup qualifier against Bolivia after insulting a linesman. Against Sevilla, therefore, he was well-rested and raring to go. Primarily, Messi is based just behind Suarez but has the freedom to move around, and often does.

Luis Suarez fantastic goal!

Both his goals, though, came in the box. His second goal is worth taking a look at.

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