Xavi’s side do the damage on the counterattack


Updated at 23:22


Raphinha, Lewandowski and Eric Garcia were on target in the three-goal win

Barcelona weathered an early storm to beat Sevilla 3-0 on Saturday as they continued their unbeaten start to the season.

Raphinha, Robert Lewandowski and Eric Garcia scored the goals as they scored 10 from 12 points this season, keeping them two behind leaders Real Madrid.

For Sevilla, their nightmarish start to the campaign continues. They have just one point in La Liga and welcome Manchester City to the Sanchez Pizjuan in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Xavi named an unchanged side from the squad that beat Real Valladolid last weekend, but it was Sevilla who started strongest.

Julen Lopetegui’s side pressed well on a delicate playing surface and Marc-Andre ter Stegen made good saves from Ivan Rakitic and En-Neysri.

However, this new Barca side are clinical and they showed Sevilla how to finish at the other end.

Raphinha opened the scoring in the 21st minute, heading home after Lewandowski’s shot was collected on the line after a break led by Ousmane Dembele.

Lewandowski then added the second 15 minutes later, controlling and finishing expertly after good work from Jules Kounde against his former side.

Kounde also created the third, directing a Raphinha cross towards the goal for Eric Garcia to score his first professional goal in the second half.

Barca could have added to the tally but ultimately had to settle for three.


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