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Messi scores Barca winner

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Monday, February 25, 2013

MADRID - Barcelona stretched their advantage at the top of Spanish soccer's La Liga to 15 points as Lionel Messi extended his league-record scoring run to 15 straight games during a 2-1 win on Saturday over Sevilla.

The Catalans, who slumped to a shock Champions League loss at AC Milan mid-week, had to come from behind after Alberto Botia headed the visitors into a 42nd-minute lead.

The halftime scoreline forced Jordi Roura to introduce Cristian Tello for Alexis Sanchez and the Spanish Under-21 international had quite an impact as Barca turned the game around.

It was from the other side of the pitch that they found the equaliser as Dani Alves' perfect cross was headed home by David Villa seven minutes into the second period.

And Messi completed the turnaround as he scored for the 15th league game in a row as he turned in Tello's intelligent cut-back eight minutes later.