With Messi back, Barcelona faces free-falling Sevilla

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Luis Suarez opened the scoring with an improvised bicycle kick before Lionel Messi added a second with a simple finish before firing home on the volley to kill off the tie before half-time.

Suarez then nicked the ball off Rico from behind and teed up his superstar strike partner, but the latter's lobbed effort was plucked out of the air by the goalkeeper.

Luis Suarez went down in the box under the challenge of Nicolas Pareja as he looked to play a one-two with Messi but the referee waved play on, unmoved by the Barcelona appeals.

Messi sat out the 4-1 win over Granada, but the Argentinian superstar hasn't played with the club since March 19.

The La Liga match between Barcelona and Sevilla will be broadcast live on BeIN Sports. He missed the win at Granada last weekend through suspension, and began a four-game global suspension just before Argentina's World Cup qualifier against Bolivia after insulting a linesman. Ivan Rakitic released Neymar down the left and after his cross came to Suarez at the back post, the former Liverpool man squared for Messi to slot home from six yards. The Argentine striker has scored 21 goals in the league against Sevilla, the same total as against another of his favourite opponents, Atl├ętico Madrid. Sevilla, who had Vitolo sent off in stoppage time, stay in fourth as their poor form continues.

"We have to start believing again", Sampaoli said.




But in its first match since a long worldwide break, Madrid faded in the second half and Alaves threatened to snatch a draw.

It will be Messi's first contest in almost two weeks when Barcelona resumes its pursuit of league leader Real Madrid at the Camp Nou.

Madrid have been victorious in four straight matches and has scored at least a goal in its last 50 games in all competitions.

Leganes may also make changes if coach Asier Garitano decides to target the weekend trip to play bottom of the table Osasuna, rather than look for a miracle against the league leaders; something which will of course only make Madrid's job on Wednesday that bit easier. "We have to consider that this is the way it's going to be nearly every three days and it'll only get worse".

Within the first half hour, Barca attained a three-goal lead, with Messi scoring two goals.

Messi drove to the right byline and cut the ball back for Suarez, who shrugged off Gabriel Mercado before volleying an overhead kick beyond Rico from close range.

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