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FC Barcelona's Luis
duels for the ball
against Celta de
Blanco during a
Spanish La Liga
football match at
the Camp Nou
Barcelona lost 1-0.
BARCELONA---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 Span-
ish league yesterday.
Barcelona s second consecutive loss and first
at home in the league since February came after
Neymar and Lionel Messi each hit the woodwork
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
Sevilla is two points behind Madrid before visiting
Athletic Bilbao today. Celta Vigo won at the Camp Nou
for the first time in 73 years, and did so against its former
coach Luis Enrique, who led the club to take over Barcelona
after last season. Under his replacement, Eduardo Berizzo,
sixth-place Celta has just one loss through 10 rounds.
"We played a bad game," said Barcelona defender Javier
Mascherano. "We weren t comfortable at any point.
Beyond creating chances, we weren t able to play our
game. It s worrying."
Suarez returned to Camp Nou following his debut
from a four-month biting ban last week at the Santiago
Bernabeu. But again he was limited to promising flashes,
while Messi was frustrated in his attempt to get the
elusive goal he needs to match the league s all-time
scoring record. Neymar curled the ball off the crossbar
in the 11th minute and again hit the bar from close range
in the 47th after a cross from Jordi Alba.
Messi was stopped by goalkeeper Sergio Alvarez in the
30th before defender Jonathan Castro slid to knock
another of his shots off the goal frame.
Larrivey netted the 55th-minute winner by slotting
home an audacious back-heeled pass from Manuel "Noli-
to" Agudo. It was the striker s seventh goal of the season,
equaling Messi s mark. Celta clung to the lead as Messi
sent his free kick off the corner of the frame in the 80th
before Alvarez made a one-handed save to deny Suarez
in the 84th. Malaga topped Real Sociedad 1-0 in the late
Barcelona loses to 1-0
Celta, Madrid takes lead
MILAN---Defending champion Juventus took
advantage of Roma s loss at Napoli to move three
points clear at the top of Serie A with a 2-0 win
at Empoli yesterday.
Andrea Pirlo broke the deadlock with a trademark
free kick on the hour mark and Alvaro Morata sealed
the result on the day Juventus celebrated the 117th
anniversary of its foundation.
It was the 35-year-old Pirlo s first goal of the season
following a spell on the sidelines with injury.
Empoli also had Lorenzo Tonelli sent off in stoppage
time for bringing down Carlos Tevez as the Juventus
striker was clear on goal.
Earlier, Gonzalo Higuain scored again to help Napoli
beat title hopeful Roma 2-0 amid high tension at the
Stadio San Paolo. Higuain, who hadn t scored in the
opening seven rounds, netted his fifth goal in six days
as Napoli got off to a blistering start.
The Argentine turned provider to help Jose Callejon
seal the result late on.
Napoli moved provisionally third ahead of the rest
of the weekend s fixtures.
Elsewhere, Paolo De Ceglie scored his first career
brace to hand bottom club Parma a surprise 2-0 win
against Inter Milan, which will increase the pressure
on Nerazzurri coach Walter Mazzarri.
Parma had lost its previous six matches to equal its
worst ever run in the top flight.
Juventus knew it had a chance to restore its three-
point advantage after being caught by Roma midweek
when it lost 1-0 at Genoa in its first defeat of the sea-
With that in mind, Juventus was surprisingly sluggish
in the first half although Sebastian Giovinco---who
spent a season on loan at Empoli---had two decent
opportunities blocked in the opening 10 minutes.
Juventus stepped up a gear after the restart and had
a series of chances before free kick specialist Pirlo
broke the deadlock with a precise effort over the wall
and into the bottom left corner. (AP)
Juventus tops Empoli 2-0
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