Pedri: Barcelona second after Messi-like goal from teenage wonder

19-year-old Pedri scored and scored the winning goal in a style similar to the typical goals scored by Lionel Messi for Barcelona before joining Paris St Germain last year.

The midfielder was surrounded by defenders just outside the box, but three swift moves crushed three opponents before eventually finding a gap and firing a precise shot past goalkeeper Yassine Bounou and into the far post.

Pedri lets Sevilla players spread out before shooting the winner home.

Barca are level on 57 points with Sevilla, who slipped to fourth place, and third-placed Atletico Madrid but with a game in hand after 29 games. Real Madrid are top with 69 out of 30.

Pedri’s goal in the 72nd minute broke the deadlock in a nervy game that could have gone either way as Sevilla made it difficult for Barca, dominating most of the first half and creating several scoring chances in the packed Camp Nou.

But coach Xavi Hernandez’s side took control as the second half progressed, with Bounou making at least four great stops from close-range Barca shots before Pedri worked his magic.

After his goal, Pedri is harassed by his teammates.

“Pedri is a superlative player,” Xavi told reporters.

“I always tell him to take his chances outside the box. It’s a player I have no comparison for, he’s unique with his talent as both a creator and a finisher.”

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Pedri praised his teammates and thanked the fans who ended the game with his name on it.

“It’s a crazy sensation listening to these fans, this stadium is amazing,” Pedri told reporters.

“Every time I saw a leg in front of me, I just dodged it. As soon as I made the last slip and shot, I knew I had it. I knew it was a goal.” Pedri: Barcelona second after Messi-like goal from teenage wonder

Jake Nichol

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