Barcelona maintained their one-point lead at the summit of La Liga with an entertaining 4-2 home win over Sevilla on Saturday.
However, the scoring might have taken a distinctly different path were in not for Barca goalkeeper Marc-Ander ter Stegen, who once again proved his credentials as the-best-keeper-in-the-world-that-nobody-ever-mentions-when-discussing-the-best-goalkeepers-in-the-world.
The German thwarted Sevilla several times, including an immense double save on the hour, first clawing away an Andre Silva header before quickly righting himself and blocking the Portuguese striker’s follow-up too…
With Barca 3-1 up heading into the final ten minutes, Ter Stegen pulled another sublime double save out of the bag to keep Pablo Sarabia and Wissam Ben Yedder at bay…
While Barca’s first league win in five was most appreciated, the result was somewhat tainted by the fact that they lost Lionel Messi to a fractured arm inside the first half-an-hour.
The injury is certain to rule the Argentinian star out of the first El Clasico of the season at the Camp Nou next Sunday, meaning it will be the first such fixture to not feature Messi and/or Cristiano Ronaldo since 2007.