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Sevilla 2 Barcelona 3: Match report

Sevilla 2 Barcelona 3: Fabregas and Villa rally back for Barca to snatch victory

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UPDATED:

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

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

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

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

Turnaround: Fabregas (right) scored two goals before Villa sealed the win

Still the star: Lionel Messi did not score... for once

Still the star: Lionel Messi did not score… for once

Barcelona maintain perfect start but Real Madrid crash again

Barcelona maintain perfect start but Real Madrid crash again

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UPDATED:

22:42 GMT, 15 September 2012

Lionel Messi climbed off the bench to score twice while his fellow substitute David Villa was again on the mark as Barcelona continued their 100 per cent start to the new Primera Division season with a 4-1 victory over Getafe on Saturday.

Adriano capitalised on good work by Cesc Fabregas to notch a 32nd-minute opener before the visitors added three more goals in the final 16 minutes to seal their fourth win in four league outings.

Barcelona's Lionel Messi

Hard to handle: Barcelona's Lionel Messi

Messi doubled the lead from the penalty spot before the Argentina ace made it 3-0 four minutes later. Getafe pulled a goal back through Pablo Sarabia's deflected strike but Villa had the final word with a brilliant piece of finishing in stoppage time to complete the scoring.

Getafe came into the game on the back of victory over defending champions Real Madrid who sank to a successive defeat, losing 1-0 at Sevilla to fall eight points behind Barca.

Piotr Trochowski lashed home after 69 seconds and Madrid could not find a response, instead counting themselves lucky that not one but two of their players avoided red cards that could easily have been shown to Gonzalo Higuain and Angel Di Maria in separate incidents.

Madrid had scored 12 goals combined in their last two visits to Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, but only fleetingly threatened the goal here as they looked lost in their own uncertainties for long periods.

Perfect 10: Messi celebrates with after scoring

Perfect 10: Messi celebrates with after scoring

Valencia earned their first league victory at the fourth time of asking after easing past newly-promoted Celta Vigo 2-1 at the Mestalla.

Sofiane Feghouli gave Valencia an early lead and although Celta equalised soon after through Michael Krohn-Delhi, the hosts claimed the points thanks to Aly Cissokho's 50th-minute winner.

Valencia, who have finished third in each of the last three seasons, had only managed to pick up two points from a tough start to the campaign which included trips to big two Real and Barca.

Malaga maintained their unbeaten start to the league campaign with a comfortable 3-1 win over Levante thanks to goals from Javier Saviola, Joaquin and Francisco Portillo.

Not impressed: Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo and Sevilla's Fernando Navarro

Not impressed: Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo and Sevilla's Fernando Navarro

Saviola deservedly put the hosts in front after 26 minutes with a simple finish from Isco's fine through ball, but Levante were level a minute after half-time when Michel thundered in from outside the area.

However, Malaga's lead was restored 12 minutes later when Saviola's cute pass found Joaquin free inside the area and his calm finish gave Gustavo Munua no chance.

And, despite losing Sergio Sanchez to a second yellow card three minutes from time, Portillo sealed all three points with a controlled volley in the last action of the match.

Gloom: Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo (L) and coach Jose Mourinho

Gloom: Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo (L) and coach Jose Mourinho