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dered a two-goal lead from goals by
Lionel Messi and Neymar to stumble
to a 2-2 draw at Sevilla yesterday,
letting Real Madrid pull within two
points of the Spanish league leader.
Messi and Neymar both scored
stunning strikes to give Barcelona a
commanding advantage just after the
half-hour mark at Sanchez Pizjuan
But Ever Banega pulled one back
against the run of play in the 38th,
and substitute Kevin Gameiro capped
a counterattack with six minutes to
play to keep Sevilla undefeated at home
in 32 straight games. Sevilla tightened
the title race with seven rounds
remaining while moving level on points
with fourth-place Valencia.
"We were clearly the better side in
the first half, playing great football
and controlling the match," said
Barcelona coach Luis Enrique.
Cristiano Ronaldo made sure Madrid
kept the pressure on the pacesetters
earlier Saturday by scoring his league-
leading 38th goal in a 3-0 win at home
However, he was outdone by Celta
Vigo s 19-year-old Santi Mina, who
found the net four times in a 6-1 dem-
olition of Rayo Vallecano as his team
moved into ninth.
Third-place Atletico Madrid also
dropped two points at Malaga in a 2-
2 draw, three days before the defending
league champions host Madrid in the
Champions League quarterfinals.
Near the bottom of the standings,
Almeria ended an eight-game winless
run by beating fellow struggler Grana-
da 3-0 for its first win under new
coach Sergi Barjuan.
Luis Enrique could not have asked
for a better start, with Barcelona scor-
ing and its possession-based style
defusing Sevilla s up-tempo attack.
Messi seemed to be well defended
as he dribbled into the area from the
right side in the 14th, but one quick
touch later he had the angle he needed
to use his left boot to curl a strike
around goalkeeper Sergio Rico.
Neymar soon followed in the 31st
with his first goal in eight games. His
strike was just as silky smooth as he
bent a free kick from the left edge of
the area just over the top of the wall
and so close to the near post that Rico
made no move to stop it.
And Barcelona looked close to get-
ting a third goal until Banega fired a
blistering strike from long range that
goalkeeper Claudio Bravo could only
push off his post and into the net.
While Messi and Neymar shone,
Luis Suarez missed three clear chances
to add to their goals. The best came
in the 50th when he sailed a shot over
the bar after Andres Iniesta had drawn
Rico off his line. (AP)
PARIS---Zlatan Ibrahimovic and
substitute Edinson Cavani both
scored twice yesterday as Paris Saint-
Germain won its first trophy of the
season by retaining the League Cup
with a 4-0 win over 10-man Bastia.
Ibrahimovic, who missed last sea-
son s final through injury, opened the
scoring from the penalty spot after
Sebastien Squillaci was sent off, and
doubled the lead just before halftime.
Cavani added more luster to the win
in the closing stages of the match
with a fine header and a cool finish
at the end of a counterattack.
PSG is chasing an unprecedented
quadruple, as Laurent Blanc side also
made it to the French Cup final and
leads the French league standings.
But it will be without Ibrahimovic
next week against Barcelona in the
first leg of the Champions League
quarterfinals and the Sweden striker
will miss also miss four matches of
the domestic season after receiving
another ban for his criticism of a ref-
Ibrahimovic has been in tremen-
dous form recently, scoring a hat trick
in the 4-1 win over Saint-Etienne in
the French Cup semifinals midweek
and bagging 13 goals in his last seven
appearances for club and country.
Once again, he was the man of the
match at the Stade de France.
With David Luiz and Thiago Motta
both out with injuries, Serge Aurier
returned to the PSG defense while
Adrien Rabiot was given a starting
role in midfield. In a tight start to
the game, PSG created the first chance
in the fourth minute when Ibrahi-
movic collected a long pass in the
box following a free kick from Eze-
quiel Lavezzi, but the tall Swede was
PSG had a penalty claim turn down
soon after when Gael Danic touched
the ball with his right arm inside the
box. But referee Benoit Bastien point-
ed to the spot in the 20th minute
after Squillaci brought Ezequiel
Lavezzi down, with the former Arse-
nal player receiving a straight red card
for his foul.
Second on PSG s all-time top scor-
ers list behind Pedro Pauleta with 104
goals, Ibrahimovic made no mistake
from the spot, sending keeper
Alphonse Areola the wrong way with
a shot in the top left corner.
Squillaci s red card forced Bastia
coach Ghislain Printant to change his
strategy, with Mathieu Peybernes
coming in for Danic. The move did
not make a big difference as PSG took
complete control of the match and
overwhelmed Bastia midfield.
a Spanish La
Eibar at the
Real won 3-0.
Zlatan, Cavani hit doubles as PSG
ease to French League Cup win
...Madrid cuts lead with win
2-2 at Sevilla
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