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Barca sink Sevilla to keep title chase alive

Sunday, 2021-02-28 10:14:12
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Soccer Football - La Liga Santander - Sevilla v FC Barcelona - Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, Seville, Spain - February 27, 2021 Barcelona's Lionel Messi scores their second goal. (Reuters)
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Barcelona forwards Ousmane Dembele and Lionel Messi fired the Catalans to a confidence-boosting 2-0 win at in-form Sevilla on Saturday to keep the pressure on La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid.

* Lazio's European ambitions took a knock on Saturday (Feb 27) with a 2-0 defeat at Bologna in Serie A, days after losing to Bayern Munich in the Champions League

* Bundesliga top scorer Robert Lewandowski and Serge Gnabry both struck twice as Bayern Munich crushed Cologne 5-1 in the Bundesliga on Saturday to earn their first win in three league games and go five points clear at the top.

* Borussia Dortmund scored three second-half goals to ease past struggling Arminia Bielefeld 3-0 on Saturday, claiming their second straight win in the Bundesliga and climbing back into fifth place.

* RB Leipzig's Alexander Sorloth headed in a stoppage-time winner as they battled back from two goals down to beat visitors Borussia Moenchengladbach 3-2 in the German Bundesliga on Saturday and stay two points behind leaders Bayern Munich.

* Manchester City moved 13 points clear at the top of the Premier League table after a 2-1 win over West Ham United on Saturday (Feb 27): their 20th straight win in all competitions.

* West Bromwich Albion secured a 1-0 home Premier League win over Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday as the visitors missed two penalties and were denied a goal by the Video Assistant Referee (VAR).

* Paris St Germain's Kylian Mbappe bagged a double as they hammered bottom side Dijon 4-0 away to cut Lille's Ligue 1 lead to one point on Saturday.

* Injury-hit strugglers Newcastle United were held to a 1-1 home draw by Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League on Saturday after Jamaal Lascelles' opener for the Magpies was cancelled out by a Ruben Neves header.

* Lacklustre Juventus were held to a 1-1 draw by Hellas Verona after Cristiano Ronaldo’s opener was cancelled out by a towering header from Antonin Barak in Serie A on Saturday.

* French Open champion Iga Swiatek breezed past second seed Belinda Bencic 6-2 6-2 in the Adelaide International final on Saturday to claim the second title of her career. The 19-year-old Pole shot out of relative obscurity last year when she became the youngest woman to win the Roland Garros title since Monica Seles in 1992.