Spanish La Liga: Real's troubles continue; Messi scores twice in Barca win

 

REAL Madrids troubled start to the season continued when the champions squandered the lead and crashed to a shock 2-1 defeat at city rivals Getafe yesterday to slip five points behind leaders Barcelona.

Jose Mourinhos side, who were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Valencia on match day one last weekend, looked comfortably in control when Gonzalo Higuain fired them ahead in the 27th minute at the Coliseum in Madrid.

But lowly Getafe levelled after 53 minutes when Juan Valera nodded past Iker Casillas from a free-kick. And 15 minutes from time substitute Adrian Colunga set up Abdelaziz Barrada to fire home the winner and seal a famous victory.

Lionel Messi had earlier saved an off-colour Barca from a first defeat when he struck twice in the second half in a 2-1 comeback victory at 10-man Osasuna.

Barca have six points from two games and top the table on goal difference from Rayo Vallecano, who also have six after their 2-1 win at Real Betis on Saturday.

Joseba Llorente gave Osasuna a shock 17th-minute lead when he hooked in at the far post. The game turned in the 76th minute when Messi stretched to poke in an Alexis Sanchez centre. Osasuna midfielder Patxi Punal was shown a straight red card for his furious protests. Messi grabbed the winner 10 minutes from time, stroking Jordi Alba’s low cross into the net.

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