Paco Alcacer enjoyed a rare outing for Barcelona by scoring twice in the club’s 2-1 La Liga win over Sevilla at the Nou Camp on Saturday.With second-placed Valencia having strolled to a 3-0 win over Leganes and third-placed Atletico Madrid downing Deportivo La Coruna 1-0 earlier in the day, Barcelona were determined to preserve their four-point lead at the top of the standings.Although all eyes were on Lionel Messi playing in his 600th game for Barca, it Alcacer who was on target for his side in the pouring rain in the Catalan capital.Making just his fourth La Liga appearance of the season, the striker netted a goal in each half to ensure leaders Barca stayed unbeaten after 11 games. They lead the standings with 31 points.Luis Suarez twice went close in the opening five minutes, while Ivan Rakitic whistled a volley wide as Barcelona started strongly. They were rewarded as Alcacer pounced on a Sergio Escudero error to run through and slot under the onrushing David Soria after 20 minutes.Sevilla enjoyed possession but rarely threatened the Barcelona goal before Guido Pizarro drew the visitors level in the 59th minute by nodding home from a corner.However, the joy was short-lived as Alcacer scored again five minutes later by poking home a Rakitic cross.Third-placed Atletico Madrid trail Barca by eight points. Real Madrid, who host Las Palmas on Sunday, are fourth while Sevilla stay fifth on 19 points.
Brighton and Hove Albion have already collected more points in their Premier League campaign than many expected and the players are learning more about what it takes to compete in the top flight every week, striker Glenn Murray has said.While many expected Brighton to be stuck in the relegation battle, the club’s 1-0 win over Swansea City on Saturday marked their fourth league win of the season and saw them climb to eighth place.”We have done very well. We have got more points than we probably thought we would have,” Murray told the Argus newspaper. “We have done it all while learning a lot about the league.”A lot of the squad are new to the Premier League and it is a slightly different way of football compared to the Championship.”It’s a whole different ball game. It’s about, more than anything, keeping the back door shut and hoping we can pick points up like we did here … week in and week out we are picking points up and there is a good feeling about the place.”Brighton next host 14th-placed Stoke City on November 20.