Barca rallies from two down to edge 10-man Sevilla
Sevilla, Spain (Sports Network) - David Villa scored three minutes into extra time as Barcelona overcame a two-goal deficit against 10-man Sevilla for a 3-2 win Saturday at the Sanchez Pizjuan in La Liga.
Cesc Fabregas scored consecutive goals around a red card to Gary Medel, as the visitors erased the early deficit and stole three points when substitute Villa found the winner at the death as Barca remained perfect through six matches.
Sevilla lost for the first time, as it slipped seven points off the pace.
Piotr Trochowski and Alvaro Negredo scored as Sevilla built a two-goal lead in the first 48 minutes, but Fabregas pulled the first goal back in the 53rd and tied the match with one minute left in normal time.
Trochowski bagged the opener off a turnover in midfield, and he finished from the left side of the area to the bottom right in the 26th. Negredo doubled the lead in the 48th with a finish to the left post.
But Fabregas pulled the first goal back minutes later, and Lionel Messi set up the two late goals to rescue full points for Barca. Messi put Fabregas into space for an easy finish following an uncalled handball on Barca that began the build up, and then found Villa in stoppage time for the winner.
Villa received a return pass from Messi to complete a nice give-and-go and was able to score past Sevilla goalkeeper Andres Palop.
Valencia 2, Real Zaragoza 0
Valencia, Spain - Sofiane Feghouli and Jonathan Viera scored and Valencia held on for a 2-0 win Saturday over Real Zaragoza at Mestalla in La Liga, despite having Feghouli sent off just after the hour mark.
Feghouli opened the scoring just 12 minutes into the match and Viera added the second goal 14 minutes after half. Feghouli was sent off in the 61st minute as Valencia went down a man, but Zaragoza failed to respond.
Valencia won for the second time in its last three matches, while Zaragoza has lost three of its last four games.
Malaga 4, Real Betis 0
Malaga, Spain - Joaquin and Javier Saviola scored in the first half as Malaga rolled to a 4-0 victory over 10-man Real Betis on Saturday in La Liga at the Estadio La Rosaleda to remain unbeaten.
Real Betis had Casto sent off just 10 minutes into the match, and Joaquin made the ensuing penalty kick to send Malaga on its way to its fourth win in six games this season.
Saviola doubled the lead inside the half hour, an own goal accounted for the third goal and Isco added a fourth as Malaga moved into second. Betis lost its second straight.
Real Sociedad 2, Athletic Bilbao 0
San Sebastian, Spain - Antoine Griezmann and Carlos Vela scored to lead Real Sociedad to a 2-0 win over Athletic Bilbao on Saturday at Anoeta in La Liga.
Griezmann opened the scoring in the 62nd minute and, after Fernando Amorebieta was sent off, Vela converted from the penalty spot to seal the third win this season for Sociedad.
Bilbao lost for the third time through six games and has just five points.