Barcelona came out with a single point from its match against Sevilla at “Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan” by drawing them without goals at the opening of the 30th round of La Liga on Friday, which opens the way for Real Madrid to join him in the lead, provided the latter wins over Real Sociedad on Sunday.
Barcelona raised its score to 65 points, temporarily ahead of Real Madrid 3 points, while Seville owns 52 points in third place.
The negative tie is the second for the Catalan team this season after the Clasico match against Real Madrid ended on December 18 with the same result.
Barcelona played its third match after the League resumed within a week, the first after defeating Mallorca by a clean four and the second by beating Leganes, who finished last with two clean goals. However, criticism targeted the Blaugrana coach Quique Sitien, who took over in January, succeeding Ernesto Valverde, but despite his team taking the lead, he does not present the attractive offers that have long distinguished the Catalan team.
The surprise was for Sitien to remove French striker Antoine Griezmann from the starting lineup and involve Danish Martin Braithwaite in his place, while Uruguayan Luis Suarez participated essentially for the first time after returning from injury after a knee operation he underwent on January 12 during his team’s loss to Atletico Madrid in The semi-finals of the Spanish Super Cup held in Saudi Arabia.
On the other hand, and despite the good offers offered by Seville this season under the supervision of his coach, Julen Lopetegi, former Spain and Real Madrid coach, he lacks a real scorer in the lead, especially after the departure of his French striker Wissem Ben Yeder to Monaco.
The first opportunity for Seville was when the ball reached the French defender Jules Conde on the outskirts of the region, so he took control of it and hit it, crawling past the side of the post (13).
Then she condemned the control of Barcelona, but without the gravity of a goal against Seville until the referee counted a direct free kick by Argentine star Lionel Messi, and she passed the blocking wall, but Conde came in at the last minute to save his goal from a certain goal by scattering the ball with his head (23).
The owners of the land almost opened the score when the ball reached Dutchman Luke de Young, but he did not make good use of it in the lost time of the first half.
At the beginning of the second half, Lopetegui involved veteran Argentine playmaker Ever Banega instead of Oliver.
Seville improved in the second half, and Mounir El Haddadi, of Moroccan nationality, and Argentine Lucas Ocampos found good space in Barcelona’s defenses.
Germany’s Catalan team goalkeeper Marc Andre Ter Stegen brilliantly tackled Ocampus’s ball and pulled a corner kick away (63).
Czech Sevilla goalkeeper Thomas Vaklich saved two free kicks, taken by Messi when he pulled the two fingers away in the 68th and 73rd minutes.
Setien played his last offensive card by involving Griezmann instead of Chilean Arturo Vidal in the last 13 minutes. But once again, the danger came through Seville, whose left-back Sergio Regelon walked the ball a long distance before shooting a left ball that Ter Stegen saved (78).
Suarez missed the most dangerous opportunity for Barcelona in this half when he received from Jordi Alba, but he shot it on the fly over the crossbar from close range (88).
Barcelona constitutes the Seville knot, which he won only once in the last 13 games between them.
In two other games, Villarreal returned with a valuable victory over Granada, which boosted his chances of qualifying for the European championship (Europa League) next season, while Mallorca tied with Leganes 1-1.