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Real Madrid go atop La Liga

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BARCELONA, Spain (AP) – Luis Suarez’s home debut with Barcelona was spoiled by Celta Vigo as Joaquin Larrivey scored in the second half to deal the hosts a 1-0 loss that let Real Madrid take the overnight lead of the Spanish league today.

Barcelona’s second consecutive loss and first at home in the league since February came after Neymar and Lionel Messi each hit the woodwork twice.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s Madrid and defending champion Atletico Madrid had no such problems with finishing their scoring chances as they both rose above the slumping Catalan club.

Ronaldo put Madrid at the top of the standings, two points ahead of Barcelona, by scoring for a 12 straight game before setting up a second goal in a commanding 4-0 win at Granada.

Atletico climbed into second place, one point behind Madrid, after Antoine Griezmann scored his first two goals in league play this season to fuel a 4-2 win over visitors Cordoba.

Sevilla are two points behind Madrid before visiting Athletic Bilbao tomorrow.

Celta Vigo won at the Camp Nou for the first time in 73 years, and did so against their former coach Luis Enrique, who led the club to take over Barcelona after last season. Under his replacement, Eduardo Berizzo, sixth-place Celta have just one loss through ten rounds.

 

 

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