Lionel Messi scored twice as Barcelona brushed aside Sevilla to keep up the pressure on Real Madrid in the La Liga title race.
The hosts were in control from start to finish and opened the scoring through Luis Suarez’s incredible overhead volley.
Messi swept in a quick second from Suarez’s cutback after a brilliant counter attack before making it 3-0 with a fierce volley.
Sevilla were reduced to 10 men in the 90th minute when Vitolo was sent for a second booking after a foul on Neymar.
Substitute Pablo Sarabia had Sevilla’s two best chances with powerful long-range drives in the second half but the visitors never really looked like scoring.
It was ultimately a routine win for Barcelona, who slowed the tempo after scoring their third, mindful of a packed April fixture list that includes the two legs of their Champions League quarter-final with Juventus.
The three points mean Luis Enrique’s side remain second, two points behind Real Madrid, who beat Leganes 4-2 on Wednesday.
“Probably we have put in the best first-half performance of the season. I am happy because it is a positive victory over a great team and because of how we controlled the game.”, Enrique said after the win.