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February 28, 2016

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Lionel Messi scored with an unstoppable free kick to help Barcelona come from behind to beat Sevilla 2-1 on Sunday, a record-equaling 34th game without loss that kept the champions on track to retain their Spanish league title.

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Sevilla's Victor "Vitolo" Machin struck first for the visitors in the 20th minute, but Messi curled home his free kick 11 minutes later before Gerard Pique put Barcelona ahead just after halftime.

Barcelona's 10th consecutive Liga win maintained its eight-point lead over second-place Atletico Madrid. Third-place Real Madrid, which lost 1-0 to Atletico on Saturday, fell 12 points behind the pacesetters with 12 rounds to go.

Barcelona equaled Madrid's record unbeaten streak in all competitions from 1988-89. Barcelona's last loss in any competition was at Sevilla on Oct. 3.

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