The Straits Times
Published on Sep 30, 2012

Last-minute Barcelona defeat 10-man Sevilla 3-2


MADRID (AFP) - Barcelona struck twice in the final minutes to complete a controversial fightback as they beat 10-man Sevilla 3-2 to go eleven points clear of bitter rivals Real Madrid on Saturday.

Piotr Trochowski put Sevilla ahead after 26 minutes and when Alvaro Negredo doubled the advantage after the break it looked as though the Andalusian side would achieve a remarkable double over the top two, having beaten Real a fortnight ago.

However, Barca fought back with Cesc Fabregas reducing the arrears after 53 minutes and then the talking point of the night was the dismissal of Gary Medel for a clash with Fabregas which led to him being red-carded with 18 minutes to go.

Barca pressed forward and it was Fabregras who equalised with a minute to go before substitute David Villa got the winner in the fourth minute of injury time.