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Villa strike gives Barcelona victory; Inter cruise past Bari

Barcelona's David Villa (L) is mobbed after scoring the winner against Sporting Gijon.
Barcelona's David Villa (L) is mobbed after scoring the winner against Sporting Gijon.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Spanish champions Barcelona beat Sporting Gijon 1-0 thanks to David Villa's goal
  • Valencia and Atletico Madrid draw 1-1 at the Mestalla
  • Inter Milan thump Bari 4-0 while AC Milan draw 1-1 with Lazio
  • Schalke grab their first win of the season beating Freiburg 2-1
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(CNN) -- A goal from striker David Villa handed Spanish champions Barcelona a deserved 1-0 victory against Sporting Gijon.

Villa struck four minutes after halftime from a tight angle inside the box after a ball from Brazilian full back Dani Alves.

Barcelona's win takes them to within one point of Real Madrid at the top of the La Liga table. Jose Mourinho's side are level on ten points with Valencia, who drew 1-1 with Atletico Madrid thanks to a late Aritz Aduriz strike.

Elsewhere, Sergio's goal was enough for Levante to claim three points at Almeria while Real Zaragoza and Hercules drew 0-0.

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In Italy, defending champions Inter Milan ran out 4-0 winners over Bari in the San Siro.

Two goals from Argentina striker Diego Milito and two penalties from Cameroon's Samuel Eto'o took Rafael Benitez's team top of the Serie A table.

Inter's city rivals AC Milan drew 1-1 at Lazio. Zlatan Ibrahimovic gave the Rossoneri a 66th minute lead but Sergio Floccari rescued a point for Lazio.

Ten-man Roma were beaten 2-1 at Brescia after defender Philippe Mexes was sent off while Genoa and Fiorentina drew 1-1.

Napoli lost 3-1 at home to Chievo, Bologna beat Udinese 2-1 while Cagliari and Sampdoria drew 0-0.

In Germany, Schalke finally recorded their first win of the season after beating Freiburg 2-1. Dutch striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar grabbed the decisive goal.

Lucas Barrios scored twice as Borussia Dortmund thumped Kaiserslautern 5-0, while a last minute penalty from Arturo Vidal helped Bayer Leverkusen to a 2-1 win over Eintracht Frankfurt.

Grafite grabbed two goals as Wolfsburg ran out 3-1 winners at Hamburg and Nurnberg beat Stuttgart 2-1 thanks to Javier Pinola's injury-time strike.

Newly-promoted St Pauli recorded their second win of the season after beating Borussia Monchengladbach 2-1.