Barcelona slip to defeat

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Barcelona lost their first Primera Division match since Lionel Messi’s injury as they slipped to a 2-1 defeat to Sevilla in a riveting game at the Sanchez Pizjuan.

Michael Krohn-Delhi gave the hosts the lead after 52 minutes and Vicente Iborra increased the advantage six minutes later, capitalising on awful defending from the Catalans.

Neymar pulled one back for Luis Enrique’s side but, despite dominating the latter stages and hitting the woodwork three times over the course of the game, the champions could not find an equaliser and fell to a second straight away defeat.

Barcelona were ravaged by injuries going into this game, with Messi, Andres Iniesta, Rafinha, Thomas Vermaelen and Adriano all out, but Sevilla had a total of seven players missing, even though their manager Unai Emery remarked on the eve of the match that it was ”the perfect time” to face Barcelona.

A hat-trick from Brazilian striker Charles saw Malaga defy the second-half dismissal of Fernando Tissone to beat Real Sociedad 3-1 and get off the winning mark this season.

In a frantic opening spell, the home side were two goals ahead after just seven minutes thanks to Charles’ right boot, but the deficit was halved after 14 minutes by Imanol Agirretxe’s header.

A second yellow card for Tissone in the 72nd minute then paved the way for a Sociedad comeback, but instead it was Malaga who rallied and Charles completed his hat-trick with another right-footed strike a minute from time.

A second-half equaliser from Piti rescued a point for Granada and denied Deportivo La Coruna a third straight league win.

The forward’s 65th-minute strike cancelled out Fayal Fayr’s goal midway through the first half to give the Andalusians their first point in five matches, lifting them off the foot of the table for 24 hours at least.

A last-gasp winner from Alex Menendez saw Sporting Gijon beat Espanyol 2-1 and pick up their second win of the season.

The winger restored the visitors’ lead in stoppage time after Felipe Caicedo had cancelled out Alen Halilovic’s first-half wonder-goal, taking Sporting up to 10th place in the table, just one point behind the Catalans.

Eibar claimed their first league win since August 30 with a 2-0 result at Las Palmas.

Saul Berjon needed just seven minutes to give Eibar the lead and Borja Baston made sure of the points after 62 minutes with a shot into the bottom left corner.

On Friday night, Celta Vigo missed the chance to take over at the top after being held goalless at home by Getafe in an entertaining encounter at Balaidos.

Celta would moved up from fourth to first place with a three-point haul, but, incredibly in a match which produced scores of chances and saw the woodwork hit three times, neither they nor Getafe could find a breakthrough.

 

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