Messi and Ronaldo Watch: Real Madrid Fall to Sevilla, Barcelona Keep Winning

Michael CummingsWorld Football Lead WriterSeptember 17, 2012

Messi and Ronaldo Watch: Real Madrid Fall to Sevilla, Barcelona Keep Winning

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    Real Madrid lost again, Barcelona won again and Lionel Messi kept on scoring.

    It's early yet in the season, but for now, Messi and Barcelona are getting the better of Ronaldo and Real.

    Real lost to Sevilla in La Liga action over the weekend, while Barcelona won and Messi scored two more goals.

    Keep reading for all the latest details on the world's two best players.

Argentina Win Once, Draw Once

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    Lionel Messi's Argentina won once and drew once in their recent CONMEBOL qualifiers for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

    Messi curled a gorgeous free kick to score Argentina's third goal in a 3-1 victory at home to Paraguay on Sept. 7. Watch that goal here.

    Argentina then drew 1-1 at Peru on Tuesday. Messi played the full 90 minutes but did not score.

    Through 7-of-16 matches, Argentina lead South American qualifying with 14 points. The top four teams in the table qualify automatically for the World Cup, with the fifth-placed team heading to the playoffs.

    Argentina return to qualifying with a home match against Uruguay on Oct. 12.

Two Wins for Portugal

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    Portugal won twice recently in UEFA qualifying for the 2014 World Cup, beating Luxembourg and Azerbaijan. Paulo Bento's team sits level on points with Russia atop Group F, though Russia have a better goal differential.

    Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal's captain, scored a first-half equalizer against Luxembourg as Portugal came from behind to win 2-1 away on Sept. 7. Click here to see the goal.

    Ronaldo played the full 90 minutes but did not score in Portugal's 3-0 home win over Azerbaijan on Tuesday.

    Portugal return to World Cup qualifying Oct. 12, with an away match against Group F co-favorites Russia. A home date with Northern Ireland follows four days later.

Real Lose Again

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    Real Madrid slumped to their second defeat of the young La Liga season Saturday, losing 1-0 at Sevilla.

    Cristiano Ronaldo started and played the full 90 minutes. He drew blood late in the second half after suffering a foul in Sevilla's half. Video of the incident can be seen at left.

    Piotr Trochowski scored the winner for Sevilla in the second minute.

    Click here for Ronaldo's individual highlights from the match.

    Real trail Barcelona by eight points in the La Liga table. Up next for Jose Mourinho's team is a home date with Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday, followed by a trip to Rayo Vallecano on Sunday in league action.

Messi Scores Twice as Barca Win Again

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    Barcelona maintained their perfect start to the league season with a 4-1 victory at home to Getafe on Saturday. Tito Vilanova's team topped the Spanish table with 12 points from four matches. They are eight points ahead of Real Madrid.

    Lionel Messi scored twice in the match. He converted a penalty in the 74th minute (video at left) and added Barcelona's third (a tap-in, which can be seen here) four minutes later.

    Adriano and David Villa scored the other goals for Barcelona. Sarabia scored Getafe's only goal in the 80th minute.

    Barcelona host Spartak Moscow in the UEFA Champions League group stage on Wednesday before returning to league play for a home match against Granada on Saturday.

Year-to-Date Totals

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    Cristiano Ronaldo has scored four goals at the club level this season, two in the league and two in the Supercopa de España. He also has scored two international goals, giving him six total goals on the season.

    Lionel Messi has already scored eight goals in all competitions—including six in the league—this season for Barcelona. He has scored twice in international matches, giving him 10 goals on the season.