A stunning 87th-minute goal from substitute Xavi set Barcelona on its way to a hard-fought 2-0 Primera Division victory over Granada at the Nou Camp.
The Catalan giant had looked to be on the verge of dropping its first points under new coach
But Xavi, a 53rd-minute replacement for
It was tough on Granada, whose goalkeeper Tono had been in inspired form throughout, and its dismay was complete in stoppage-time when
The win saw Barca maintain its 100 per cent start in La Liga, extending its early-season advantage over champion Real Madrid - which visits Rayo Vallecano tomorrow night - to 11 points.
Earlier in the day Junior Paulao's goal was enough for Real Betis to climb to third with a 1-0 victory - its third win in four games - against lowly Espanyol, which had midfielder Wakaso Mubarak sent off for a second bookable offence midway through the second half.
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Real Zaragoza recorded its first win over bottom-of-the-table Osasuna in five years with an entertaining 3-1 victory at La Romareda.
Helder Postiga had given the host an early lead with a neat finish after four minutes, but
The game swung back in Zaragoza's favour, though, moments before the break when David Timor put through his own net and Apono secured all three points from the penalty spot 19 minutes from time.
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