The Associated PressMADRID (AP) — On the day Lionel Messi played his 600th match for Barcelona, Paco Alcacer got the job done for the Spanish league leaders, scoring in each half to beat Sevilla 2-1 on Saturday.
Barcelona’s 10th win in 11 matches kept the Catalan club four points in front of Valencia, which defeated Leganes for its seventh straight league victory.
Messi attracted a little extra attention by becoming the third Barcelona player to reach the 600-match milestone, behind captain Andres Iniesta (643) and Xavi Hernandez (767).
Meanwhile, Alcacer, who hadn’t been getting much playing time, scored the winner by redirecting a right-side cross by Ivan Rakitic on a rainy night at Camp Nou.
“We have to take advantage of the chances we get as a starter,” Alcacer said. “I got my chance.”
He opened the scoring from inside the area after a long pass by Luis Suarez from near the midfield line in the first half. Alcacer had scored only once in five games this season.
“I hope they will help give him more confidence,” Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said.
Guido Pizarro equalized for fifth-place Sevilla early in the second half with a firm header that bounced in front of the goal.
Messi, who made his club debut in 2004, had an average night by his standards. He had a goal called off for offside, and was uncommonly issued a yellow card in injury time.
Third-place Atletico Madrid, eight points off the lead, needed an injury-time goal to earn a win at Deportivo La Coruna 1-0.
Cavani hits milestone in PSG romp
PARIS (AP) — Edinson Cavani passed 100 league goals for Paris Saint-Germain as the unbeaten French leader romped over Angers 5-0 on Saturday.
PSG’s other goals came from budding teen star Kylian Mbappe, with two, and Germany winger Julian Draxler in a contest that showed PSG’s attacking might — even without Neymar.
Neymar’s countryman, Dani Alves, set up Mbappe in the fifth minute and Draxler in the 14th. Mbappe’s clever back heel allowed Cavani to sweep in his 100th league goal for the club in the 30th.
Draxler set up Cavani for the fourth goal and his 101st in just 144 games, with a pass from the right following a quick PSG counterattack an hour in. The typically hard-working Cavani started the move by winning the ball deep inside his own half.Speech