Messi sets new La Liga scoring record in Sevilla ro
Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele scored memorable goals for Barcelona as Ernesto Valverde’s decision to drop Antoine Griezmann was vindicated in a 4-0 victory over Sevilla.
While their €120 million signing sat among the substitutes, Suarez’s acrobatic overhead kick got the La Liga champions off the mark, Arturo Vidal polished off a sublime passing move with the second and Dembele scored a solo effort to all but end the contest.
Lionel Messi wrapped up the win with a curling second-half free-kick and the synergy between Barcelona’s front three, which has not always clicked with Griezmann involved, will not have been lost on Valverde.
The match ended in unsavoury fashion for the Catalans, though, who saw debutant Ronald Araujo and Dembele sent off shortly before injury time.
Luuk de Jong received good service from Lucas Ocampos in the early stages but he fluffed three chances put Sevilla ahead before Suarez broke the deadlock with a moment of magic 27 minutes in.