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Barca leapfrogs Sevilla with Pedri masterpiece

Barca leapfrogs Sevilla with Pedri masterpiece

CLIMB. Pedri and Barcelona notch their 16th win in 29 games to leap to second place in La Liga.

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Pedri creates and scores the winner in a similar style to the trademark goals of Lionel Messi scored for Barcelona before leaving for Paris St Germain

Barcelona’s teenage sensation Pedri scored a magnificent goal in the second half to secure a 1-0 win over fading Sevilla on Sunday, April 3 (Monday, April 4, Manila time), as it climbed above its opponents into second spot in LaLiga after extending its winning streak to six games.

The 19-year-old Pedri created and scored the winner in a similar style to the trademark goals Lionel Messi scored for Barcelona before leaving to join Paris St Germain last year.

The midfielder was surrounded by defenders just outside the box but with three quick moves, he left three opponents on the ground before finally finding a gap and rifling a precise shot past goalkeeper Yassine Bounou and inside the far post.

Barca is level at 57 points with Sevilla, who slipped to fourth, and third-placed Atletico Madrid but with a game in hand having played 29 matches. Real Madrid are top with 69 from 30.

Pedri’s goal in the 72nd minute broke the deadlock in a nervy game that could have gone either way as Sevilla made it difficult for Barca, dominating the majority of the first half and creating several opportunities to score at a packed Camp Nou.

But coach Xavi Hernandez’s side took control as the second half wore on, with Bounou making at least four great stops from Barca strikes from close range, before Pedri worked his magic.

“Pedri is a superlative player,” Xavi told reporters.

“I always tell him to take his chances from outside the box. It’s a player that I don’t have a comparison for, he is unique with his talent both as a creator and as a finisher.”

Pedri praised his teammates and thanked the fans who ended the match chanting his name.

“It’s a crazy sensation listening to these fans, this stadium is amazing,” Pedri told reporters.

“Every time I saw a leg in front of me I just jinked. When I made the last jink and shot, I knew I had it. I knew it was a goal.” –

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