Barcelona 2 Sevilla 1
At a rain-soaked Camp Nou, Paco Alacaer was the hero of the night scoring the two goals that gave Barcelona a win against a valiant Sevilla side who pushed Barcelona all the way.
With Lionel Messi making his 600th appearance in a Barcelona shirt, the Argentine couldn`t get on the score-sheet and, in fact, was to pick up the only yellow card shown during the game, the closest the Argentine came to scoring was when a low drive was palmed away by the Sevilla keeper, David Soria.
Barcelona started the game in bright fashion and the only surprise was that it took as long as twenty-three minutes for the first goal of the game to be scored.
The opening goal, scored by Alcacer, came about after the young striker latched on to a long pass from Luis Suarez to find the net.
Going into the half-time break a goal to the good, Sevilla were to get on level terms just before the hour mark when Guido Pizaro headed home to silence the crowd inside the Camp Nou.
Thankfully, Barcelona were to regain the lead just six minutes later when Alcacer was on hand to prod home a cross from Ivan Rakitic.
As for other chances in the game, Gerard Pique had a wonderful opportunity to score but his shot cannoned to safety off the cross-bar whilst Pizarro could have scored a second goal for Seville but headed over when well placed.
Other scares for the home defence came courtesy of Luis Muriel who twice saw long-range efforts go narrowly wide of Marc-Andre ter Stegen`s goal.
The win leaves Barcelona on top of the La Liga table, four points ahead of their closest rivals, with Valencia second.