Terrible defending costs Luis Enrique’s side as Michael Krohn-Dehli and Vicente Iborra sink La Liga champions
- Neymar’s early free-kick hit the near post before bouncing agonizingly across the line and to safety
- Luis Suarez missed his kick as he lost balance and fell over six yards out as the first half ended goalless
- Kevin Gameiro’s low ball across the face of goal was slotted home by Michael Krohn-Dehli after 52 minutes
- Sevilla doubled their lead six minutes later when Krohn-Dehli’s dinked cross was headed in by Vicente Iborra
- Neymar halved the deficit after 74 minutes as he squeezes home a penalty despite Sergio Rico diving the right way
- Suarez did well to work the ball back to Sandro Ramirez but the substitute’s shot hit the post with two minutes left
Barcelona were beaten 2-1 by Sevilla as Unai Emery ended an incredible 20-game run of never having beaten Barça.
Neymar scored a second half penalty on his 100th game for the club but Sevilla took the points thanks to goals from Michael Krohn-Dehli and Vicente Iborra.
Emery had coached Almeria, Valencia, Spartak Moscow and Sevilla to draws and defeats against Barcelona, finally he had a victory and Manchester City’s Champions League group opponents deserved their three points despite the story of the first half at the Sanchez Pizjuan being one of Barcelona’s failure to take their chances.
Sevilla have moved up into the top half of the table after recording only their second win of the season against Luis Enrique’s side
Barcelona striker Luis Suarez sees a good chance go begging in the first half against Sevilla at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan
The Sevilla players celebrate after Michael Krohn-Dehli had scored the opening goal early in the second-half for the hosts
Barcelona forward Neymar winces as another good chance goes begging for the visitors on another difficult away day for the Catalans
Spain and Barcelona defender Gerard Pique can’t quite believe how poor his side defended at the start of the second half in Sevilla
Ivan Rakitic is fouled by Grzegorz Krychowiak right in front of referee Jesus Gil Manzano and there were plenty of yellow cards
Neymar was denied by Sergio Rico and Munir El Hadaddi fired over from Sergi Busquet’s assist. Then Luis Suarez took too long to let fly after being teed-up brilliantly by Neymar who had spun away from Steven N’Zonzi.
The forwards were struggling to react quickly enough in front of goal but it was defender Gerard Pique who was most guilty of missing the chance to put Barça ahead.
Neymar hit the frame of the goal with a free-kick that then bobbled along the goal line like a stray balloon. It just needed a Barça boot to poke it home but inexplicably Pique, who was the man on the spot, watched it run from one post to the other without launching himself at the ball. Suarez came charging in at the far post but the chance was gone.
Suarez kept plugging away in the absence of Leo Messi, the team-mate he is having to drive to training until his knee injury improves. The Uruguayan was brought down by Timothée Kolodziejczak, who went into the book, and he stayed down for long enough for Barcelona fans to think the worst before eventually getting to his feet. The last thing Luis Enrique’s team needed was another injury.
Sevilla have had their chances too but only thanks to Barça’s poor defending. Bravo saved well from Kevin Gamiero and Jeremy Mathieu almost put past his own keeper with a diving header that went out for a corner.
Grzegorz Krychowiak went into the book for a foul on former Sevilla midfielder Rakitic and another one-time Sevilla player Dani Alves watched from the bench. The last time Sevilla had beaten Barça in this fixture the Brazilian was still playing for them.
They rolled back the years in the second half with two early goals. They got their noses in-front through Krohn-Dehli. Gameiro made the goal with a fantastic run from the halfway line. His power took him past Jordi Alba and he still had the poise to pick out the Dane who was unmarked at the far post to score.
Sevilla have moved up to 10th in La Liga
Luis Enrique reacts to his side’s 2-1 defeat
Sevilla (4-2-3-1): Rico, Tremoulinas (Mariano 89), Kolodziejczak, Andreolli, Coke, Krychowiak, Krohn-Dehli, Iborra (Reyes 70), Nzonzi, Vitolo, Gameiro (Llorente 72).
Subs unused: Soria, Cristoforo, Immobile, Konoplyanka.
Booked: Krychowiak, Andreolli, Kolodziejczak,Tremoulinas, Llorente.
Goals: Krohn-Dehli 52, Iborra 58
Barcelona (4-3-3): Bravo, Pique, Alba, Roberto, Mathieu (Dani Alves 60), Rakitic, Busquets, Mascherano, Suarez, Neymar, Munir (Ramirez 60).
Booked: Mathieu, Busquets, Alba
Goal: Neymar (pen) 74
Subs unused: Ter Stegen, Douglas, Bartra, Camara, Gumbau.
Referee: Jesus Gil Manzano
Brazilian Neymar was making his 100th appearance for Barcelona since joining from Santos in June 2013 but was closely marked
Former Blackburn and Stoke City midfielder Steven N’Zonzi tries to take the ball off Neymar on Saturday as the hosts survived early scares
Sevilla’s Vicente Iborra (top) jumps over Barcelona’s Javier Mascherano during the La Liga clash on Saturday in Andalusia
Neymar looks to release a team-mate with a ball over the top during a goalless first 45 minutes in Seville but it all unravelled later
The 23-year-old looks to shake off the challenge of Timothee Kolodziejczak during a hard-fought first half in which neither side scored
With Sevilla’s next attack they doubled their lead. This time Krohn-Dehli was the architect with a floated diagonal ball into the area. Gamiero tried to finish with an acrobatic over-head kick but made no contact. It didn’t matter because where Gamiero could not reach with his boot Iborra reached with his head, nodding the ball over Claudio Bravo.
Sevilla should have been home and dry but this Barça team does not give up. Sandro’s shot was blocked by Benoît Trémoulinas. He didn’t know too much about it but the ball had hit his arm and referee Jesus Gil-Manzano pointed to the spot. It was harsh. Neymar made sure it counted scoring to make it 2-1.
It was his 58th goal in those 100 matches – Ronaldinho only scored 44 with his first 100 – and the Brazilian continued to lead Barça in search of the equaliser but it never came. Luis Enrique now has a welcomed two-week break to recover some of his walking wounded. And Emery finally has his win over Barcelona.
Krychowiak looks to lay the ball off to a team-mate with Barca’s Sergio Busquets in close company as Sevilla grew into he game
Claudio Bravo makes a comfortable save having replaced Marc-Andre ter Stegen in goal for the visitors but he was to be breached
N’Zonzi tries to thread a pass through the Barcelona defence to a team-mate in a game that came to life in the second-half
Sevilla kept a close eye on Suarez given the Uruguayan recent goalscoring form for the Catalans as the home side raised their game
Sevilla manager Unai Emery has had a poor start to the season but his team’s performance against the defending champions was positive
Source: Daily Mail