Jose Antonio Reyes proud of Sevilla performance against Barcelona

Sevilla Football Club

The 32-year-old played his part, as Sevilla battled from behind to earn a draw against Barcelona.

With the Andaluz side two goals down to La Liga leaders Barcelona, especially given the Catalan giants have won nine consecutive games in all competitions, few would have expected a comeback from Sevilla on Saturday.

The last time Sevilla were beaten on home turf in La Liga, at the Sánchez-Pizjuán, was precisely against Barcelona in February 2014. However, they weren't about to give up such a long-lasting record, or suffer defeat against their visitors again.

Messi and Neymar had Barcelona in the lead, with two sumptuously taken goals. Banega gave Sevilla hope before the interval though, with a shot from distance that Bravo really should have done better to save.

The second half was a tightly contested affair, but with just six minutes left on the clock, Gameiro fired in the finish, after a textbook and trademark counter from Sevilla.

Having played a key part in the comeback, leaving the bench to make an impact in the outcome, Jose Antonio Reyes told the official Sevilla FC website, just how proud he was of the team performance.

"Once again we've demonstrated we're a strong team, who never give a game up as a lost cause." Enthused the former Arsenal man.

Reyes also expressed the sense of satisfaction felt by himself and the Sevilla team, having earned a valiant point against the title favourites, explaining: "We've fought hard for the whole 90 minutes and in the end, we've earned our draw. That leaves us content."

Whilst admitting that Barcelona maintained their typical dominance of the ball, Reyes concluded: "Up until the goal from Banega, Barcelona had all the possession, but that goal put us entirely back into the game. When we got that goal, we stopped respecting Barcelona too much, and started pushing forward more ourselves."

The point is certainly more valuable to Sevilla, who remain firmly in the thick of the fight for a Champions League finish this season. However, for Barcelona this is certainly points lost, permitting Real Madrid to close the gap down to just two, having comfortably beaten Eibar on Saturday.

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