Barcelona moved up to second in La Liga after beating Sevilla to maintain their unbeaten start to the season. Raphinha was in the right place to score his first goal for Barcelona following his £60 million summer move from Leeds.
Before halftime, Robert Lewandowski took the ball on his chest and volleyed in his fifth goal of the season for the visitors. Erik Garcia, a former Manchester City defender, nodded in the third as Julen Lopetegui’s Sevilla remain winless.
Sevilla’s dreadful run against Barcelona continued, with the club winning just one of their last 31 league games against them, dating back to the 2007-08 season.
The home fans booed at the end, expressing their displeasure that their team had only one point from their first four league games.
After Lewandowski’s dinked effort was cleared off the line, former Leeds winger Raphinha set Barcelona on their way with an opportunistic header. The Brazil international came close to scoring a quick second, but his curling strike sailed narrowly wide.
Jules Kounde, who joined the club for £42 million this summer, could have scored in the first half but mistimed his header from six yards out.
But the France international did set up the next two goals, a superb, raking pass finished off by Lewandowski and a header in from Kounde’s nod back.
Barcelona is two points behind champions Real Madrid, who maintained their winning record with a 2-1 victory over Real Betis.
Xavi’s men return to action on Wednesday, when they face Viktoria Plzen in the first round of the Champions League.
Meanwhile, Sevilla were made to pay for missed opportunities, with Ivan Rakitic’s effort cleared off the line by Ronald Araujo and Youssef En-low Nesyri’s shot tipped wide by Marc-Andre ter Stegen.