Above all else, after performances in the last few years, Sevilla were asked to compete, to test Barcelona at their own stadium. And in the first thirty minutes, Sevilla did just that, playing like they had done in their opening away games this season. The team were not distracted by playing at the Camp Nou, they pressed, got high up the pitch and into Barcelona's box, making Ter Stegen work hard. However, unlike the Nervionenses, Barcelona had their first chance on 27 minutes, and Luis Suárez scored an overhead kick. From then on, all of Sevilla's hard work was washed away by Valverde's men. Another defeat at a stadium where Sevilla have not won a league match for 17 years.
As soon as the game started, Sevilla surprised their opponents. Messi barely had a touch of the ball in the opening minutes, when De Jong forced Ter Stegen into making a save inside eleven minutes, after a cross from Navas. Seconds later, Fernando had Ter Stegen beaten with a header, but it went just over the bar. De Jong then had another clear chance at the far post, but his left-footed shot was wide of the mark. Meanwhile, Barcelona were playing on the counter but without testing Vaclík. A 3-0 lead for Barcelona at half time was unimaginable, but after De Jong headed wide again, this time with too much power, Barcelona then landed a hammer blow.
After Sevilla dominated for 27 minutes, their hard work was immediately undone
Semedo crossed from the left and Suárez converted with an overhead kick at the far post, right into the bottom corner, which was impossible for Vaclík to save. Sevilla did not even have time to respond, as barely five minutes later, Vidal was played clean through and lifted his shot over the Sevilla goalkeeper. Sevilla were in shock, and Dembelé extended the lead ten minutes before half time with a placed shot into the bottom corner. There was glimpses of a reaction just before half time, but once again there was no luck on our side. Above all, as a chance from Ocampos flashed just past Ter Stegen's right-hand post.