Rival Watch: Celta win at Sevilla ahead of FC Barcelona's visit

Rival Watch: Celta win at Sevilla ahead of FC Barcelona's visit

Real Madrid and Villarreal also remain within two points of leaders Barça, but it's not a great weekend for Bayer Leverkusen or AS Roma

FC Barcelona’s 4-1 win over Levante means they stay top of La Liga with a one hundred per cent record, but three of the four sides that were just two points behind the Catalans also won this weekend.

[[DES_1]]And one of those is Celta, who Barça visit on Wednesday night at 8.30pm CET in what promises to be a cracking match between two sides that have both got their campaigns off to fantastic starts. The Galicians were mightily impressive as they won 2-1 at the Sánchez Pizjuan to leave Sevilla propping up the table in 20th position. Former Barça man Nolito opened the scoring for the visitors, and Wass added another after 28 minutes.

But there was worrying news for manager Eduardo Barizzo, with Chilean midfielder Tucu Hernández and Argentinian defender Gustavo Cabral both picking up injuries and in doubt for Wednesday’s match.

A Benzema goal after 54 minutes was enough to ensure that Real Madrid took three points from their game at home Granada, and Bruno Soriano (penalty), Mario and Baptistao got the goals as Villarreal beat Athletic Bilbao 3-1.

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Celta, Real Madrid and Villarreal all have ten points out of a possible twelve, but Eibar lost 2-0 at home to Atlético Madrid and drop to sixth, with their victors leap-frogging them up into fifth.

Bayer beaten again

Barça’s next Champions League opponents, Bayer Leverkusen, suffered their third consecutive defeat in the Bundesliga, 3-0 away to new leaders Borussia Dortmund. With just three goals from their first five games, the side that are at the Camp Nou on Tuesday week are down in 13th place in the German championship.

And AS Roma could only draw 2-2 at home to the surprise package in Serie A, Sassulo, with whom they remain tied in fourth place. Barça’s Group E opponents twice came from behind with goals from Francesco Totti (his 300th for the club) and Mohamed Salah, but their late surge in search of a winner went unrewarded.

Finally, in the Belarus Premier League, a solitary goal from Aleksandar Jevtić was enough for BATE Borisov to beat Torpedo Zhodino to go eleven points clear of second placed Dinamo Minsk, who play on Monday.

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