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Barcelona extended their winning streak in La Liga khổng lồ six games & will finish the weekend in second place in the table thanks khổng lồ a hard-fought 1-0 win over Sevilla at Camp Nou. Barça were the better team all night but had lớn work very hard to break down a stubborn Sevilla defense, & took trang chủ all three points thanks lớn a magical winning goal by Pedri.

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FIRST HALF

Barça were good in the first half, with their usual brand of fast-paced attacking football under Xavi full of movement, quick passing & lots of shots on goal. The Blaugrana focused most of their attacks on the right wing, with Ousmane Dembélé heavily involved from the jump.

Sevilla mostly defended in a low block and tried to avoid major trouble, but their defense did not hold up too well và allowed quite a few good chances. Fortunately for the visitors, Barça’s attack was not at its scintillating best and wasted some really good opportunities with poor finishing and bad decision-making in the final third, and Sevilla goalkeeper Bono only had one big save to lớn make on a shot by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang just before the final whistle of the half.

At halftime, Barça were playing well và should have been ahead but left it all to lớn play for in the final period.

SECOND HALF

Sevilla made a very good start to the second half, sending more bodies forward và looking dangerous on the ball while also frustrating Barça’s attack with good defensive play. They never truly threatened the Barça goal but were the better team in the first 15 minutes of the period, and it felt as though they were ready khổng lồ cause more problems.

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But Barça didn’t let that happen và launched an absolute blitz on the visitors, with 15 minutes of truly breathtaking attacking football that completely suffocated Sevilla và left them on the ropes. Bono made three fantastic saves, Gerard Piqué hit the crossbar and Dembélé nearly scored a beautiful volley, & Barça took control of the game once again.

They still needed to lớn find a goal, however, & it came with đôi mươi minutes to go thanks khổng lồ their best player on the night: Pedri received the ball at the edge of the box, sat down two Sevilla defenders with a couple of nasty fakes and found the bottom corner with a perfect strike. It was a sensational goal, và Barça finally had the lead they’d worked so hard for.

Sevilla never gave up & brought the pressure late on with a change of formation & several players going forward, but the Barça defense was strong & Marc-André ter Stegen was never required to make a big save.

The final whistle eventually came, & Barça are now second in the table with a trò chơi in hand over both Sevilla & Atlético Madrid who are right behind them and level on points. It’s a huge win over a very good Sevilla side, and Barça’s incredible 2022 continues. So proud of this team.

Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Alves, Araujo, Piqué, Alba; F. De Jong (Gavi 74’), Busquets, Pedri; Dembélé (Nico 90+1’), Aubameyang (Memphis 81’), Ferran

Goal: Pedri (72’)

Sevilla: Bono; Navas (Montiel 78’), Koundé, Carlos, Rekik (Augustinsson 82’); Jordán, Gudelj (En-Nesyri 78’); Lamela (Corona 67’), Rakitic, Ocampos; Martial (Rafa Mir 82’)