Wednesday 17 January 2018

Barca fight back to extend La Liga lead

Lionel Messi. Photo: Reuters
Lionel Messi. Photo: Reuters newsdesk

Barcelona extended their La Liga lead to eight points after coming from behind to defeat Sevilla 2-1 in the Camp Nou last night.

Vitolo gave the visitors a deserved early lead but Barcelona equalised on the half hour through a Lionel Messi free-kick, his 30th goal of the season.

Barcelona, now undefeated in 34 games, forged ahead after the break as Luis Suarez and Messi combined to tee up Gerard Pique, who coolly finished, to help collect three points.

Elsewhere, Juventus threw down the gauntlet to Serie A title rivals Napoli by pulling four points clear at the top with a convincing 2-0 victory over Inter Milan through second-half goals from Leonardo Bonucci and substitute Alvaro Morata (penalty).

The Scudetto favourites made it 14 wins in 16 games ahead of second-placed Napoli's trip to Fiorentina tonight, while in France, Ligue 1 champions PSG suffered a shock 2-1 reversal away to Lyon but still remain 23 points clear of Monaco at the top.

Meanwhile, Bayern Munich moved closer to their fourth consecutive Bundesliga title. Goals from Kingsley Coman and Robert Lewandowski ensured a 2-0 defeat of Wolfsburg.

Irish Independent

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