Published: Sun, October 21, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

Barcelona vs Sevilla, LIVE score and updates from La Liga title clash

Barcelona vs Sevilla, LIVE score and updates from La Liga title clash

Messi was injured when he fell awkwardly in the first half of Saturday's 4-2 win over Sevilla at the Nou Camp, and the Argentinian now faces three weeks out.

But Messi had to be substituted having hurt his right arm in an awkward fall and he could miss Wednesday evening's (Thursday morning AEDT) UEFA Champions League game against Inter Milan, as well as next Sunday afternoon's (Monday morning AEDT) showdown with rivals Real Madrid.

Indeed, Messi isolated Sevilla centre-back Sergi Gomez in a unsafe position before shifting the ball to one side and finding the bottom corner with an excellent strike. Trying to cushion his landing, his right elbow bent badly. He was clearly in agony and after 10 minutes of attempted treatment on the sidelines, he was replaced in the 26th minute by Ousmane Dembele.

Barcelona took the lead in just the second minute of the match when Messi's clever pass found Philippe Coutinho and the Brazilian curled the ball into the top corner of the net.

Messi injury overshadows Barca's return to form While Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde will be relieved to see his side end their four-game winless run in La Liga, there will be concern for the fitness of star forward Messi.

Rakitic added a late fourth with a controlled volley against his old club but Sevilla still had the final say, Muriel bending home a fine finish in added time.

After joining Real Madrid for a then-world-record fee in 2009, Cristiano Ronaldo played in all 18 La Liga matches against Barcelona, scoring nine goals.

Before the clasico, Madrid hosts Viktoria Plzen on Tuesday in the Champions League to try to rebound from a 1-0 loss at CSKA Moscow.

Despite the injury to Messi, Barcelona extended their lead in the second half through a Luis Suarez penalty.

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