- Dec 11, 2023
- May 3, 2023
Barcelona played against Sevilla in the ongoing La Liga 2023/24 following a 2-2 draw against Mallorca, who were reduced to a 10-man side. Xavi Hernandez’s men were third in the league behind Girola and Real Madrid. Both the clubs had a chance to get past Barcelona in the table with a win. The circumstances led to Xavi fielding a strong playing XI against Sevilla.
In the first half of the match, Barcelona dominated the play. The multiple times league winners had possession of the ball for the most part of the first half. A total of seven shots were attempted by Barcelona and three of them were on target. Joao Felix was the closest to getting a goal but in vain. Sevilla attempted six shots and two of them were on target. But no team could claim a goal in the first half.
A goalless first half led to an intriguing battle in the second half. Barcelona defended deep and forced Sevilla to attempt outside-the-box shots. Both the teams tried hard to get a goal. Despite several shots attempted, no goal was scored for a long time. Barcelona had 11 shots and 2 of them were on target. Sevilla had a shot on target from 6 attempts.
The moment of the game, rather an anticlimactic one, came in the form of an own goal from Sergio Ramos, which helped Barcelona to take the lead in the match. The little luck towards the dying moments of the game turned out to be crucial for Barcelona to claim a win against Sevilla. Joao Cancelo had the best outing for Barcelona, who had an eventful night throughout.
The win of Barcelona over Sevilla ensured that they climbed back to the top spot in the points table. Barca currently have 20 points from 8 matches, including 6 wins and a couple of draws. Girona and Real Madrid are second and third in the points table respectively. The two clubs have 19 and 18 points respectively from their 7 appearances in the tournament so far.