Barcelona squandered a two-goal lead from goals by Lionel Messi and Neymar to stumble to a 2-2 draw at Sevilla on Saturday, letting Real Madrid pull within two points of the Spanish league leader.

Messi and Neymar both scored stunning strikes to give Barcelona a commanding lead just after the half-hour mark at Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium.

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.

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 over Eibar.

Third-place Atletico Madrid also dropped two points at Malaga in an exciting 2-2 draw, three days before the defending league champions host Madrid in the Champions League quarterfinals.

Barcelona coach Luis Enrique could not have asked for a better start, with this stars scoring and Barcelona’s 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… see more

source: alarabiya. net