Barcelona are threatening to end the La Liga title race by the end of September, as two goals from Lionel Messi helped them beat Getafe 4-1, while Real Madrid lost for the second time in four games 1-0 at Sevilla.
Barcelona have not missed a beat since Tito Vilanova replaced Pep Guardiola this summer as the Blaugrana have won their first four La Liga games.
Left-back Adriano scored for the second consecutive game before Messi doubled Barca‘s lead from the penalty spot. Messi knocked in the third from Martín Montoya’s centre then Pablo Sarabia’s deflected shot brought Getafe the third goal of a hectic six-minute spell. That served only as consolation goal though as David Villa added an injury time fourth.
Real Madrid are now eight points behind Barcelona after a stunning early goal from Piotr Trochowski was the difference as Sevilla won 1-0 at home. Jose Mourinho’s side was stunned in the opening two minutes, with Iker Casillas first spilling a shot and then Sevilla taking the lead from the resultant corner, as unmarked Piotr Trochowski’s scored on the half-volley.
Mourinho made three attacking changes in the second half, but his side struggled to find a way through midfield, with Sevilla always looking the more dangerous on the break to the final whistle.
Elsewhere, Malaga warned up for their Champions League debut this week by beating Levante 3-1 where new signing Javier Saviola scoring his first goal for the club, and Valencia overcame Celta Vigo 2-1.