FC Barcelona registered a sixth successive victory in LaLiga after defeating Sevilla 1-0 at the Camp Nou on Sunday evening.
The Catalans made just one change from their El Clasico heroics against Real Madrid, with veteran Dani Alves recalled in the place of fellow defender Eric Garcia.
Barcelona looked for the breakthrough seven minutes after the start as Ferran Torres cut in from the left of the area before he curled wide with the defence back-tracking.
Julen Lopetegui’s men were stretched again five minutes later as a teasing cross from Ousmane Dembele found Frenkie De Jong, who headed over from close-range.
Much of the opening quarter saw the visitors adopt ten men behind the ball and allowed Barcelona limited space around the last third which forced the Catalans to play from the wings.
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Barca did found a clear opening in the area a minute before halftime and should’ve made it count, but goalkeeper Yassine Bounou smothered Dembele from Pedri’s chipped supply.
Rojiblancos were fired up in the second half and threatened when Erik Lamela’s snap shot from a pass by Lucas Ocampos forced a save from Marc-Andre Ter Stegen.
The match became balanced in the middle of the second half, but the Catalans went close to taking the lead when a header from Gerard Pique from a corner hit the upright.
Barcelona’s pressure play near the last 15 minutes were rewarded when Pedri burst into the area from a pass by Dembele to beat Bounou with a far corner finish.
With Gavi introduced for De Jong, Barca almost had a second through a first-time header in the area by Torres but Bounou produced a superb save from close-range.
The Rojiblancos looked to draw a late comeback with time running out, but the Blaugrana held on to see out the win and climbed to second spot in the process.