Barca beat Sevilla

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Updated: March 17, 2012

A Xavi free kick and an exquisite lob from Lionel Messi fired Barcelona to a 2-0 win at Sevilla that cut Real Madrid’s lead at the top of La Liga back to seven points on Saturday.

Xavi netted after 18 minutes and World Player of the Year Messi bagged his 31st of the league campaign soon after, but having carved a host of first-half chances Barca spent much of the second period on the rack.

Osasuna climbed to fifth with 29 points after grabbing a late equaliser to draw 1-1 at basement side Real Zaragoza.

Portugal striker Helder Postiga had struck from outside the area to give Zaragoza the lead with five minutes to go but three minutes later Osasuna defender Roversio headed in from a corner.

Zaragoza stayed 20th with 19 points, eight short of safety and five behind 19th-placed Sporting Gijon.

Sporting, whose 62-year-old coach Javier Clemente was celebrating his 500th game in La Liga, lost 2-1 at fellow strugglers Granada to first-half strikes from Carlos Martins and Guilherme Siqueira.

Real Sociedad’s Inigo Martinez put the ball in his own net to give Getafe a 1-0 home win.