Sevilla 2 Barcelona 3: Fabregas and Villa rally back for Barca to snatch victory
22:34 GMT, 29 September 2012
Barcelona maintained their 100 per cent start to the new Primera Division campaign with a thrilling come-from-behind victory over 10-man Sevilla.
Tito Vilanova's men appeared to be heading for defeat when Piotr Trochowski and Alvaro Negredo fired Sevilla into a deserved 2-0 lead, but Cesc Fabregas' brace pulled Barca level before substitute David Villa secured the win in stoppage time.
Sevilla were not helped by the 72nd-minute dismissal of Gary Medel following a clash with Fabregas, with Barca's final two goals coming while the hosts were attempting to hold on with 10 men.
Comeback complete: David Villa (right) scored the winner for Barcelona
The win leaves Barca four points clear of Malaga at the summit, and 11 clear of Real Madrid ahead of their arch-rivals' game with Deportivo La Coruna tomorrow. Barca face Madrid in El Clasico at the Nou Camp next weekend.
Malaga climbed up to second spot after thrashing 10-man Andalusian rivals Real Betis 4-0 at La Rosaleda.
The visitors got off to nightmare start as goalkeeper Casto was sent off after just 11 minutes for bringing down Eliseu inside the area and Joaquin confidently stroked home the penalty.
Javier Saviola then continued his great form with the second just before the half-hour and the hosts' fine afternoon was rounded off in the final 20 minutes when Antonio Amaya could only direct Nacho Monreal's cross into his own net before Isco dinked in the fourth moments later.
In another derby match, this time in the Basque country, Real Sociedad defeated Athletic Bilbao 2-0 in a scrappy game at Anoeta.
It's not over yet: Lionel Messi (left) and Cesc Fabregas (right) looked dejected after going two goals down
Doubled up: Alvaro Negredo scored for Sevilla as the hosts looked set to steal a win
Second-half goals from Antoine Griezmann (62) and Carlos Vela (72) earned Sociedad the victory, the second coming from the penalty spot in an incident that saw Athletic defender Fernando Amorebieta shown a second yellow card for handball.
Today's other Primera Division match saw Valencia record only their second victory of the new season after easing past Real Zaragoza 2-0 at the Mestalla.
Sofiane Feghouli opened the scoring for Los Che in the 12th minute and Jonathan Viera doubled the advantage just before the hour mark.
The dismissal of Feghouli moments later meant Valencia were left facing a nervy final half-hour, but Mauricio Pellegrino's men held on for a much-needed victory.
Turnaround: Fabregas (right) scored two goals before Villa sealed the win
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