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Barcelona's Sergi Roberto, left, and Sevilla's Grzegorz Krychowiak, right, vie for the ball during their La Liga
soccer match at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium, in Seville, Spain yesterday. AP PHOTO
Barcelona falls 2-1 to Sevilla in Spanish league
MADRID---Barcelona lost 2-1 at
struggling Sevilla yesterday, missing
the chance to take the provisional
lead in the Spanish league.
Striker Michael Krohn-Dehli scored
in the 52nd and set up Vicente Iborra s
goal in the 58th to give Sevilla its first
home win against Barcelona in eight
Neymar scored Barcelona s lone
goal by converting a 74th-minute
penalty kick. Barcelona struck the
post five times and was stopped by
an outstanding performance by Sevilla
goalkeeper Sergio Rico.
The defending champions played
with a depleted squad because of
injuries, including to key players such
as Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta.
Sevilla also arrived without many of
its regular starters because of injuries.
Barcelona remained with 15 points
from seven rounds, dropping from
second to third place in the standings
ahead of Sunday s games. Sevilla
moved to 10th place with the victory
in front of nearly 40,000 fans at its
Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium.
Sevilla had lost four of its first five
league games before earning its first
victory against Rayo Vallecano last
"We needed a victory like this,
especially against Barcelona," Rico
said. "We played better than they did.
The three points come at a good time,
we needed the result."
It was Barcelona s second loss in
the last three rounds, both coming
in away matches. It fell 4-1 to sec-
ond-place Celta Vigo last week.
A victory on Saturday would have
put the Catalan club in front of leader
Villarreal, which plays Sunday at win-
less Levante and will be looking for
a sixth successive league win.
"It hurts to lose a game like this,"
Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic said.
"We had many opportunities but they
scored in the first chance they had
and increased the lead in the second.
Sometimes it s like this. We have to
keep our heads up."
Barcelona hadn t lost at the Sanchez
Pizjuan since the 2006-07 season,
having won five of the last eight
games in Sevilla.
It played better and had most of
the chances throughout the match
on Saturday, but Sevilla got off to a
quick start in the second half and
took the lead with two goals in six
Krohn-Dehli scored from inside the
area after a low pass by Kevin Gameiro
and, shortly afterward, the Denmark
midfielder crossed in for Iborra to
head in the second.
Neymar pulled one back for
Barcelona with a low shot from the
penalty spot after Sandro s effort
deflected off the arm of defender
Benoit Tremoulinas inside the area.
Barcelona had an incredible scoring
chance in the 23rd, but it was denied
by the woodwork three times on the
Neymar s free kick struck the post
and ricocheted off the goalkeeper s
back before hitting the post again,
and the ball then rolled across the
entire face of goal on top of the line
without going in, curling away just
at the last minute. Luiz Suarez got to
the ball on the other side but his
angled shot also struck the post.
Suarez had a goal disallowed for
offside in the 22nd and struck the
crossbar in the 38th with a lobbed
effort over Rico. Sandro also hit the
woodwork from close range in the
Fifth-place Atletico Madrid and
fourth-place Real Madrid meet Sun-
day in an eagerly anticipated derby
match at Atletico s Vicente Calderon
...OVER IN FRANCE
Lacazette gives much-needed
win to Lyon in French league
PARIS---Lyon striker Alexandre
Lacazette scored his second league
goal this season to give his struggling
club a much-needed 1-0 win over in-
form Reims yesterday.
Lacazette, the French league s best
goal scorer last season, missed a
penalty when he hit the crossbar in
the 41st minute but made amends
before the interval with a low shot
into the corner.
Lyon forward Claudio Beauvue also
hit the crossbar in the 56th minute
from a corner before Lacazette had a
goal disallowed for an offside position
as Lyon managed only a second win
in seven matches in all competitions.
Lacazette s goal lifted the club to
fourth in the standings, level on points
with Reims but with a better goal dif-
Both clubs are five points behind
leader Paris Saint-Germain, which
hosts Marseille Sunday.
Following back to back losses
against Bordeaux in the league and
Valencia at home in the Champions
League midweek, Lyon put on a spir-
ited and offensive display that imme-
diately put the visitors on the back
Under heavy showers at the Stade
Gerland, Hubert Fournier s team cre-
ated three good chances within the
first 25 minutes before Lacazette
earned a penalty as he fought for the
ball with Jaba Kankava in the box.
But Lacazette, who has recently con-
fessed confidence struggles, missed
the target from the spot for the second
time this season.
Lacazette was clinical four minutes
later, though, when his strike took a
slight deflection off defender Franck
Signorino and went into the back of
the net to finish a swift counterattack
ignited by Sergi Darder s long ball.
Lacazette celebrated his first goal from
open play since last April by pretend-
ing to release an arrow from a bow
before his teammates jumped on him
Keeper Anthony Lopez ensured
Lyon remained within reasonable dis-
tance of PSG with a last-minute save
that denied Prince Oniangue s inspired
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