Barcelona kick off against Sevilla with the knowledge La Liga champions, Atletico Madrid, won their week 12 fixture earlier against Malaga 3-1. Real Madrid also brushed aside recently promoted Eibar 4-0 with Cristiano Ronaldo netting a brace, extending his goal tally to 20 in 11 La Liga games.
All of this puts pressure on Barcelona who were in jittery form just before the international break. Furthermore, Sevilla are capable of defeating them; in fact, a victory for the visitors would see them leapfrog Barcelona today.
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Secondly, Sevilla have two Barcelona youngsters on-loan available to play today: Denis Suarez (who starts) and Gerard Deulofeu (bench). Add in former Sevilla stars like Ivan Rakitic and Daniel Alves are starting today, Sevilla have all the motive to prove their doubters wrong and score an upset.
9th min: From 18 yards Lionel Messi curls an effort but Beto clasps the ball into his palms. Messi is one goal away from equalling the all-time La Liga goalscoring record (251), but he has astonishingly failed to score in his last three matches. Is this the game he breaks the record?
12th min: Barcelona and the fans are really up for this! Jordi Alba makes a break after a neat passage of play and cuts back from the left wing to Luis Suarez who finds Neymar in the box, although the striker has his shot immediately blocked.
21 min: GOAL! GOAL! GOAL! The crowd goes wild and erupts with Lionel Messi's name echoing around the Nou Camp. You can't keep a good man down for long and at long last, Lionel Messi is now the joint top goalscorer in La Liga history with 251 goals. The goal was equally as special as the moment was as Messi bent in a free-kick from the centre of the D from 18 yards.
35th min: After several fouls, the referee takes down Coke's name as the right back hacks down Neymar from the back. The yellow card was Coke's 5th and warrants a one game suspension. The resulting free-kick by Xavi was poor and Beto gobbles it up.
40th min: Bemusement is high at the Nou Camp as Lionel Messi and now Ivan Rakitic are fouled by late and professional challenges respectfully, yet no foul was given for the first and no yellow for the second.
44th min: Sevilla are defending like a pack of rabid dogs with a slab of meat in sight. Barcelona's passing game leads up to Jordi Alba breaking into the box and nudging his attempt beyond Beto and into an empty net, that is until a defender beats Luis Suarez to the ball and clears it for a corner.
From the corner, Neymar has a great chance saved by the legs of Beto.
45+1 min: The referee blows for the end of the 1st half and a dominant Barcelona will be wondering how it is only 1-0. Sevilla will just be glad to get inside and regroup. On this display, Sevilla certainly aren't La Liga challengers.
Here are some stats from the 1st half:
Barcelona 6-0 Sevilla
Barcelona 4-0 Sevilla
Barcelona 3-1 Sevilla
Barcelona 2-13 Sevilla
Barcelona 71% - 29% Sevilla
47 min: GOAL! After many forward forays, Jordi Alba has finally stuck it in the back of the net, unfortunately, it was the wrong one. Vitolo dribbles down the left wing and whips in a cross that is deflected in by the left back. Barcelona 1-1 Sevilla. Game on!
A double round of applause sounds off as Gerard Deulofeu comes in for Vidal.
65th min: GOAL! Former Sevilla player and captain, Ivan Rakitic, scores the third for Barcelona but understandable is muted with his celebrations. Luis Suarez has yet to score in a Barcelona shirt but he has provided many assists. His latest was to cross on the right wing for Rakitic, who despite Beto's best efforts, headed into the goal.
67th min: Luis Suarez is lighting up the Nou Camp now. A series of 1-2s end with Suarez dinking the ball over the Sevilla defence for Alba who tries an audacious volley but mis-hits and the ball sails wide.
72nd min: GOOOOOOOAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! He's done it! He's done it! Lionel Messi has gone past Telmo Zarra to become the outright La Liga top goalscorer with 252 goals. Messi started the attack with a dribble, played it into Neymar who cutback at the far post for Messi who got to the ball just before Suarez did.
76th min: Xavi is off for Rafinha.
78th min: GOAL! Lionel Messi has scored his hat-trick, his first for over 20 games. He drifted in from the right, evaded many tackles, played a 1-2 with Neymar, advanced it the box and slotted it past Beto.
81st min: Adriano replaces Jordi Alba and that completes the amount of subs Barcelona can make.
The referee calls for the full time whistle and Barcelona have ran out 5-1 winners. The result sees Barcelona leap over Atletico Madrid and back into second - two points behind Real Madrid. As for Sevilla, they stay 5th but are still in touch with the top four. However, on this display, they are far from championship contenders.
We began the day with Lionel Messi needing two goals to surpass Telmo Zarra's record of 251 La Liga goals. Lionel Messi is now La Liga's top goalscorer with 253 goals, lets see what other records he owns:
Barcelona's top goalscorer: 367
Most goals in a season: 68
Most Ballon d'Ors: 4
Most European Cup top scorer awards: 4 (with Gerd Muller)
Most La Liga hat-tricks in a season: 8
Most goals in Club World Cup: 4 (held jointly with Denilson)
Most goals in a calendar year: 91
Most goals in a La Liga season: 50
Most consecutive La Liga matches scored in: 10
Most goals in a single European Cup game: 5 (held jointly with Luiz Adriano of Shakhtar Donetsk)
Most goals in El Clasico: 21