Barcelona beat Sevilla, go second in La Liga: Records broken
Barcelona youngster Pedri scored a second-half goal to help his side beat Sevilla 1-0 in La Liga. With this win, Barca have rose to second in the league as they continue to make improvements under Xavi. After wins for Madrid giants Real and Atletico, this was a defining show against a resolute Sevilla outfit. Here are the key records scripted.
The first half ended goalless before Pedri showed composure on the edge of the box to get his shot into the bottom corner. Sevilla had a penalty shout in the first half but it was ruled out. Gerard Pique hit the post for Barca. However, he was fortunate not to be sent off late on, denying Jesus Corona who was clear on goal.
Barcelona claimed three points to extend their unbeaten run to 14 games. They are now 12 points behind leaders Real with a game in hand. Sevilla have dropped to fourth, starting the day on second. They are now behind Barcelona and Atletico Madrid on goal difference. Sevilla's 15-game run without defeat also came to an end.
Barcelona (GP14 W10 D4) are the side enjoying the best current unbeaten run in the Top 5 European Leagues. They have now won six successive games as well. This is their best run of victories since April 2021 under Ronald Koeman. Barca kept a clean sheet in three consecutive league games at Camp Nou (W3) for the first time since a since 2020.
Pedri has scored two goals in his last seven league games. As per Opta, this is as many as in his previous 34 league games. He also scored his first ever goal from outside the box for the Spanish side. Barca are now unbeaten in eight league games at Camp Nou ending the first half in a draw in the 21st century (W6 D2).
Real top La Liga proceedings with 69 points from 30 games. Barca are second, having claimed 57 points from 29 games. They are above Atletico Madrid and Sevilla. All these sides have 57 points each but are separated by goal difference.