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Barça and Rangers win

Published on 23 September 2007 at 7:22 PM
Barcelona defeated FC Sevilla and Rangers comfortably beat Aberdeen, however, Stuttgart suffered a heavy loss at the hands of Werder Bremen...
[IMG42469#L]Barcelona 2-1 FC Sevilla
What a week for Lionel Messi! Lyon's tormenter in the 3-0 Champions League loss on Wednesday was at it again on Saturday evening at the Nou Camp, at the expense of Sevilla. Another two goals from the Argentine permitted Franck Rijkaard's men to record their second Liga win of the campaign.
Of course, the Catalans didn't have it all their own way and had to wait until the final 15 minutes before opening the scoring. Thierry Henry's effort came back of the post and Messi was on hand to fire past Palop (73') before beating the Sevilla 'keeper again from the penalty spot after Geovani had been brought down (80').
The former Lyon striker Fredi Kanouté, got one goal back for the visitors in the final minute (90').
Thanks to the win Barcelona move provisionally second, one point behind Real, but having played one match more.
Ronaldinho didn't play. Officially, he's suffering from a calf strain, but apparently the Brazilian is not happy with seeing his private life all over the Spanish press.

Barcelona:Valdes, Abidal, Marquez, Milito, Zambrotta, Xavi, (Giovani 61), Deco, Iniesta, Touré (Oleguer 87), Henry, Messi (Krkic 89).

[IMG42471#L]Werder Brême 4-1 VfB Stuttgart
Against Werder, Stuttgart suffered a second defeat in one week, going down 4-1 after Wednesday's 2-1 loss to Glasgow Rangers. Surprised by a quick-fire double from Hugo Almeida (3', 4'), Armin Veh's side pulled a goal back through Gomez (13') before Sanogo (15') and Diego (89') extended the hosts lead.
VfB are currently 13th, two points clear of the relegation zone.

VfB Stuttgart: Schäfer, Magnin, Osorio (Farnerud 46), Tasci, Fernando Meira, Pardo (Da Silva 53), Bastürk (Marica 71), Hilbert, Khedira, Gomez, Cacau.

[IMG42470#L]Rangers 3-0 Aberdeen
Playing at home to Aberdeen, Rangers ran out comfortable 3-0 winners thanks to goals from McCulloch (46'), Naismith (65') and Boyd (88'). Walter Smith's side return to the top of teh standings after Celtic were beaten 3-2 by Hibs.

Rangers: McGregor, Hutton, Cuellar, Weir, Papac, Whittaker, Ferguson, Thomson (Faye 87), McCulloch, Naismith (Boyd 84), Cousin (Darcheville 70)