Barcelona waved goodbye to their 100% record as they were held to a dull 1-1 draw at home to Sevilla on Sunday evening.
Ronald Koeman came into the match knowing that this would be the toughest of his tenure so far. The Catalan giants were looking to build on their 4-0 and 3-0 wins over Villarreal and Celta Vigo respectively.
The hosts soon found themselves behind when Luuk de Jong scored for Sevilla in the 8th minute.
The Dutchman pounced on a loose ball in the box after his namesake Frenkie’s failed clearance. The striker lashed a shot straight at the keeper but power took it beyond him. However, their lead didn’t last for long.
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Moments later a Messi pass over the top was intercepted by Navas, but the Spaniard’s touch took it into the path of Coutinho and the former Liverpool player slotted past Bono.
There wasn’t too much to shout about in a pretty dull match in the North-East of Spain, with Griezmann having the best chance of the first-half when he toe-poked wide, but overall the Frenchman was again pretty non-existent in the match.
Barca brought on fresh blood in the form of summer signings Trincao and Pedri but were almost behind when En-Nesyri’s cross hit Araújo and hit the bar.
A positive piece of news for Barca was Dest coming on to make his debut but they will be concerned as Alba was the man that was replaced due to an injury.
In the dying moments, Trincao had a shot that was saved well by Bono as both teams go into the international break tied on seven points.