Classy Barca run riot against Sevilla

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Madrid: Barcelona are back in form and La Liga’s big three are back at the top of the ta­ble af­ter the de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons put on a fin­ish­ing mas­ter­class to thrash Sevilla 4-0 on Sun­day.

Lionel Messi scored his first goal of the sea­son by curl­ing in a bril­liant free-kick at Camp Nou af­ter three goals in eight min­utes from Luis Suarez, Ar­turo Vi­dal and Ous­mane Dem­bele had al­ready put Sevilla out of sight.

Suarez launched the flurry, his stun­ning left-footed bi­cy­cle kick ar­guably even bet­ter than the vol­ley he scored in the Cham­pi­ons League win over In­ter Mi­lan on Wed­nes­day.

Vi­dal then fin­ished a su­perb pass­ing move that in­volved all 11 Barca play­ers and Dem­bele pow­ered through to make it three be­fore Messi added a fourth in the se­cond half. had opened the scor­ing in the fourth minute at the San Siro.

An­other Ar­gen­tine for­ward Lau­taro Martinez pulled In­ter Mi­lan level from the spot on 18 min­utes, but coach An­to­nio Conte lost in his first meet­ing against his for­mer club since leav­ing Juve to take over the Italy na­tional team in 2014.

Ju­ven­tus moved one point ahead of In­ter af­ter seven games as they tar­get a ninth con­sec­u­tive ti­tle.

United short on con­fi­dence, con­cedes Sol­sk­jaer:

Ole Gun­nar Sol­sk­jaer ad­mit­ted Manch­ester United are suf­fer­ing a con­fi­dence cri­sis af­ter Matty Longstaff marked his Pre­mier League de­but with the su­perb strike that gave New­cas­tle a shock 1-0 win on Sun­day. “We’re dis­ap­pointed. We did lack quite a few key play­ers but that’s no ex­cuse,” Sol­sk­jaer said. “Some of the boys lack a lit­tle bit of com­po­sure and we don’t cre­ate enough chances to win a game of foot­ball. The first half was the slop­pi­est we’ve been. In the se­cond half we dom­i­nated but we didn’t cre­ate.”

Lam­pard calls on Chelsea to im­prove:

Frank Lam­pard in­sisted Chelsea are not the fin­ished ar­ti­cle yet af­ter Tammy Abra­ham and Ma­son Mount cel­e­brated their Eng­land callups by in­spir­ing a 4-1 rout of strug­gling Southamp­ton. “I am happy we are in and around the top group. Ob­vi­ously Liver­pool are out on their own at the minute, but at this early stage we are in a nice po­si­tion,” Lam­pard said. “This should give us de­ter­mi­na­tion to go away (for in­ter­na­tional duty) and come back in the same vein be­cause the minute you re­lax in this league it can all change very quickly.”

Salah es­capes with twisted an­kle:

Mo­hamed Salah sus­tained a twisted an­kle in Liver­pool’s late vic­tory over Le­ices­ter ac­cord­ing to re­ports on Mon­day, but the Egyp­tian could still re­turn for the Pre­mier League lead­ers’ clash at Manch­ester United on Oc­to­ber 20. Salah hob­bled off in added time dur­ing the 2-1win over the Foxes on Satur­day af­ter be­ing caught on the left an­kle by a lunge from Hamza Choud­hury.

Lloris out for the rest of the year, says Deschamps:

Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur goal­keeper Hugo Lloris will “al­most cer­tainly” be out of ac­tion for the rest of the year af­ter his hor­ror in­jury at the week­end, France coach Di­dier Deschamps said on Mon­day. “It is dif­fi­cult to say ex­actly how long he will not be avail­able,” said Deschamps. France face Al­ba­nia and Moldova in Novem­ber.

AFP

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