SEVILLE, Spain: Lionel Messi saved Barcelona’s unbeaten season on Saturday as the La Liga leaders scored twice in the last three minutes to snatch a 2-2 draw at Sevilla.Messi came off the bench with his group two objectives down at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan as Luis Suarez pulled one back in the 88th minute, prior to the Argentinian struck the equaliser a minute later.Barcelona had actually not lost a league game this term, or in 13 months, but finishes from Franco Vazquez and Luis Muriel sought to have sealed Sevilla a stunning victory.But Messi came up trumps again and he commemorated his objective, a flexing long-range strike into the bottom corner, by hurrying to the joyous training staff and replaces on the touchline.”If you have Messi and he does not play, it is clear that it has a lot of value,” coach Ernesto Valverde stated.
“He is a player that is definitive whenever he touches the ball.” Barcelona have actually now gone 37 consecutive league video games since losing to
Malaga in April in 2015 and stand one match away from equating to Genuine Sociedad
‘s record set in 1980. Messi had been neglected of the starting line-up due to a hamstring problem, with Valverde maybe keeping one eye on Wednesday’s Champions League quarter-final versus Roma. Valverde anticipates him to be available at the Camp Nou.”Today as a safety measure he has actually not started, but we think that on Wednesday he might be offered,” Valverde stated. “We will see how he reacts after today’s effort.
We think it will be great.” Messi still made the decisive intervention even if Barca’s draw indicates Atletico Madrid can cut the space at
the top to nine points by beating Deportivo La Coruna in the house on Sunday.”
We do not see the league won,”Valverde said.”For this reason the event of ours. We understand the spirit of the group and the significance of getting a draw here at this minute.
“Sevilla, meanwhile, are still 13 points adrift of the leading four, havng played a game more than Valencia, and must recover in time for their own Champions League
clash against Bayern Munich on Tuesday.They would have been deserving winners here and, in reality, could have been out of sight had Muriel and Vazquez ended up any variety of dangerous breaks in the second half. Messi came off the bench with his group 2 goals down at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan as Luis Suarez pulled one back in the 88th minute,
before the Argentinian struck the equaliser a minute later on.(AFP picture)”We are all a little angry in the dressing space but football resembles that,” Sevilla coach Vincenzo Montella
stated.”When you have chances to score you have to score and we had numerous chances to close the video game in the 2nd half. “Earlier, Gareth Bale made a strong case for a beginning spot against Juventus by scoring two times in Genuine Madrid’s 3-0 success over Las Palmas as Cristiano Ronaldo was rested.Bale’s double in Gran Canaria functioned as a prompt tip to coach Zinedine Zidane, with the trip to Turin for the very first leg of the Champions League quarter-finals to come on Tuesday.Karim Benzema had actually doubled Real’s lead before half-time as Los Blancos moved just one point behind second-placed Atletico. Las Palmas remain 18th, seven points adrift of safety.The only stress for Zidane was the sight of
Nacho hobbling off in the first half, with exactly what appeared to be a hamstring issue.”Everything is positive other than something, the injury of Nacho, “Zidane said. “He is not happy.
It is a concern but hopefully only little and the rest is all excellent.”Bale opened the scoring with a hallmark run and end up down the left before Benzema converted one penalty and then kindly handed over a 2nd, which the Welshman had actually earned himself.The question now is whether Zidane was appropriately satisfied to select Bale in Italy.”
We will see on Tuesday, I enjoy for his performance,” Zidane said.Girona’s hopes of Europa League credentials took a knock after they were held to a 1-1 draw by struggling Levante. Athletic Bilbao also drew 1-1 at house to
Celta Vigo.– AFP