Title nearly clinched in Seville
The last time Barca played at the Sanchez Pijuan turned out to be a memorable night as they virtually sealed their second league title with a 2-3 win in the penultimate game of last season.
With Real Madrid hard on the heels of Guardiola’s team, much of
the press in the Spanish capital had Barca’s visit to Seville marked down as the chance for a
slip up that might let their team get past the current champions and with Seville themselves
fighting hard for the final Champions League place, it looked like the game might be a tough test
indeed. Guardiola’s young team rose to the occasion though and showed maturity and class to
overcome their hosts.
Early Messi strike
From the off, the team showed that they were determined not to let up
and Messi put them ahead on 5 minutes, with Bojan making it two on 28 and Pedro seemingly putting
the game beyond Seville’s reach with a third in the second half with the hosts down to 10
Suffering at the end
Despite Barca’s wonderful performance, they found themselves
hanging on for the last 20 minutes of the game after Kanouté and Luis Fabiano hit back with two
quick strikes. But hang on they did, and the win meant that even though Madrid had won against
Bilbao, the league was Barca’s for the taking as they went into the final league game, when
they hammered Valladolid 4-0 at the Nou Camp to take the title.