Barcelona lost their first Primera Division match since Lionel Messi’s injury as they slipped to a 2-1 defeat toSevilla in a riveting game at the Sanchez Pizjuan on Saturday.
Michael Krohn-Delhi gave the hosts the lead after 52 minutes and Vicente Iborra increased the advantage six minutes later, capitalising on awful defending from the Catalans.
Neymar pulled one back for Luis Enrique’s side but, despite dominating the latter stages and hitting the woodwork three times over the course of the game, the champions could not find an equaliser and fell to a second straight away defeat.
Barcelona were ravaged by injuries going into this game, with Messi, Andres Iniesta, Rafinha, Thomas Vermaelen and Adriano all out, but Sevilla had a total of seven players missing, even though their manager Unai Emery remarked on the eve of the match that it was ”the perfect time” to face Barcelona.
A second-half equaliser from Piti rescued a point forGranada and deniedDeportivo La Coruna a third straight Primera Division win as the teams played out a 1-1 draw.
The forward’s 65th-minute strike cancelled out Fayal Fayr’s goal midway through the first half to give the Andalusians their first point in five matches, lifting them off the foot of the table for 24 hours at least.