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La Liga: Real Madrid lose again as Barcelona gain 8-point lead over arch-rivals

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Barcelona continued their winning streak in La Liga as they eased past Granada with a 4-1 scoreline on Saturday night. Meanwhile, champions Real Madrid succumbed to their second straight loss as Sevilla claimed all three points courtesy their solitary early goal.

Real Madrid were stunned right at the start as Piotr Trochowski scored the opener just 69 seconds into the game. Real failed to dominate the game and were rather fortunate to not see Gonzalo Higuain sent off for kicking at Fernando Navarro when he was brought down by the defender. Los Blancos struggled to find the net as Sevilla's defence kept the fumbling Madrid attack at bay to seal the victory at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.

Real Madrid sit in the 10th position, a whopping 8 points behind bitter rivals Barcelona, who recorded their fourth win in as many games this season as they beat Getafe 4-1. Messi came off the bench at the hour mark to seal the victory for the Catalans after Adriano opened the scoring in the 32nd minute. The Argentine star first scored from a spot kick in the 74th minute, then added another just four minutes later. Although Getafe did pull one back by forcing an own goal from Javier Mascherano, David Villa compounded their misery by coming off the bench to add a fourth goal in stoppage time.

Valencia claimed their first win of the season as they beat new boys Celta Vigo 2-1. Sofiane Feghouli opened the scoring for Valencia with a 4th minute goal. Danish international Michael Krohn-Dehli soon equalised but a second half header from Aly Cissokho sealed all three points for Valencia.

Meanwhile, Malaga continued their dominant run as they sit in the 2nd position in La Liga, just two points behind leaders Barcelona. Argentine striker Javier Saviola gave the financially troubled hosts the lead after converting from Isco's through ball. Levante equalized early in the second half with a long range effort from Michel. Malaga, however, pulled back the lead with Joaquin scoring from close range after being left unmarked by Levante's defence. Although the hosts were troubled by the sending off of Sergio Sanchez in the 87th minute, Francisco Portillo put the result beyond doubt after scoring from a volley just before the whistle blew for full-time.