Barça stun Sevilla late as Malaga, Valencia rise
Tito Vilanova's men appeared to be heading for defeat when Piotr Trochowski and Alvaro Negredo fired Sevilla into a deserved 2-0 lead, but Cesc Fabregas' brace pulled Barça level before substitute David Villa secured the win in added time.
Sevilla were not helped by the 72nd-minute dismissal of Gary Medel following a clash with Fabregas, with Barça's final two goals coming while the hosts were attempting to hold on with ten men.
The win leaves Barça four points clear of Malaga at the summit, and 11 clear of Real Madrid ahead of their arch-rivals' game with Deportivo La Coruna on Sunday. Barça face Real in El Clásico at the Camp Nou next weekend.
Malaga move into second
Malaga climbed up to second spot after thrashing ten-man Real Betis 4-0 at La Rosaleda. The visitors got off to nightmare start as goalkeeper Casto was sent off after just 11 minutes for bringing down Eliseu inside the area and Joaquin confidently stroked home the penalty.
Javier Saviola then continued his great form with the second just before the half-hour and the hosts' fine afternoon was rounded off in the final 20 minutes when Antonio Amaya could only direct Nacho Monreal's cross into his own net before Isco dinked in the fourth moments later.
Real Sociedad defeated Athletic Bilbao 2-0 in a scrappy game at Anoeta. Second-half goals from Antoine Griezmann and Carlos Vela earned Sociedad the victory, the second coming from the penalty spot in an incident that saw Athletic defender Fernando Amorebieta shown a second yellow card for handball.
Victory for Valencia
Valencia recorded only their second victory of the new season after easing past Real Zaragoza 2-0 at the Mestalla. Sofiane Feghouli opened the scoring for Los Che in the 12th minute and Jonathan Viera doubled the advantage just before the hour mark.
The dismissal of Feghouli moments later meant Valencia were left facing a nervy final half-hour, but Mauricio Pellegrino's men held on for a much-needed victory.