Lionel Messi once again haunted Sevilla as his hat-trick secured a 4-2 win. The La Liga leader twice went behind only for its captain to drag it ahead as he took his personal tally to 36 goals against Sevilla in all competitions, before Luis Suarez netted a late fourth.
Barca continued to struggle against the Sevilla press and found itself behind again before the break. Ter Stegen was forced into a hasty clearance, Pablo Sarabia ran towards the byline and, as the visiting defence seemed to expect the ball to be going behind, Sarabia cut it back for Mercado to sweep home.Though Messi once again proved that he is the reason coach Ernesto Valverde’s side escaped so many match with three points.
The 31-year-old Argentina great has netted 22 times in as many La Liga appearances.