Barcelona maintained its 100 per cent start to the new Primera Division campaign with a thrilling come-from-behind 3-2 victory at 10-man Sevilla.
Sevilla was not helped by the 72nd-minute dismissal of
The win leaves Barca four points clear of Malaga at the summit, and 11 clear of Real Madrid ahead of its arch-rival's game with Deportivo La Coruna on Sunday evening (Monday morning AEST). Barca faces Madrid in El Clasico at the Nou Camp next weekend.
Malaga climbed up to second spot after thrashing 10-man Andalusian rival Real Betis 4-0 at La Rosaleda.
The visitor 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.
In another derby match, this time in the Basque country, Real Sociedad defeated Athletic Bilbao 2-0 in a scrappy game at Anoeta.
Second-half goals from Antoine Griezmann (62) and
The day's other Primera Division match saw Valencia record only its 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
The dismissal of Feghouli moments later meant Valencia was left facing a nervy final half-hour, but