Messi forced off field with apparent arm injury

Barcelona maintained its grip on top spot in the La Liga table following an entertaining 4-2 win over Sevilla at the Camp Nou on Saturday.

Barcelona beat Sevilla when the two sides met in the Spanish Super Cup back in August, and they made the flawless when Coutinho took Messi's ball and curled a trademark shot past Tomas Vaclik into the top corner.

They sent a tweet to Messi after Barcelona confirmed the extent of his injury.

But he was unable to continue and Barca confirmed shortly after full-time that he had suffered a broken arm, ruling him out for three weeks.

While the result ended a run of four games without a league win for the Catalan club, the big talking point was Messi's injury, which means the No. 10 will miss the Champions League clash with Inter Milan this week, before the showdown with great rivals Real at Camp Nou next Sunday.


"It's evident that when he's there he [Messi] gives us security because he's the best in the world", said Pique.

'Julen has the support of all his players and together we will see how to turn this around'. "But it does not have to affect us".

Messi had also set up Philippe Coutinho for the opener on two minutes.

Rakitic added a late fourth with a controlled volley against his old club but Sevilla still had the final say, Muriel bending home a fine finish in stoppage-time.

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Lopetegui needs his team to rebound immediately with a winning streak, starting against Viktoria Plzen on Tuesday and at Barcelona. Team doctors expect Messi to also be unavailable for three other games, including a visit to Inter next month.

The Portuguese star was in the right place at the right time in the 18th minute, tapping home from two yards out when the ball fell to him after Genoa's defence failed to clear its lines and goalkeeper Ionut Radu couldn't get a handle on the ball. It was his last significant involvement. Sevilla coach Pablo Machin said aftwerwards.

He was replaced by Ousmane Dembele on Saturday.

Luis Suarez extended the lead on 63 minutes from the penalty.

The game seemed up but Marc-Andre ter Stegen had to make a brilliant double save to deny Sarabia and then Wissam Ben Yedder with his thigh. It could be the outcome in the two ties between them that might well decide which one goes through to the continental competition's next round as group winners and which will end up as runners-up.


As Real Madrid are proving in the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo, a striker's goals are hard to replace but so too is the aura.

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