Late goals preserve Barcelona's perfect start to La Liga season

Xavi Hernandez is congratulated by Cesc Fabregas (left) after scoring the opener against Granada in the Camp Nou.

Story highlights

  • Barcelona keep 100 per cent record in La Liga
  • Xavi Hernandez breaks deadlock in 2-0 win over Granada
  • Barca have early 11 point lead over Real Madrid in standings
  • Juventus top in Italy after 2-0 win over Chievo

Barcelona continued their storming start to the La Liga season with a fifth straight win but it needed two late goals to secure a 2-0 victory over Granada in the Camp Nou Saturday.

The visitors looked set to share the points with the Catalan giants until a brilliant 87th minute strike from substitute Xavi Hernandez broke the deadlock.

The midfield ace bent home a shot from outside the area via the underside of the crossbar.

Borja Gomez put through his own net in injury time from Lionel Messi's cross to add gloss to the scoreline for Tito Vilanova's men.

Granada keeper Tono had been in inspired form to deny the home side, who have built an 11 point lead over reigning champions Real Madrid.

Real Madrid visit Rayo Vallecano Sunday night looking for a win to cut the gap.

Earlier, Junior Paulao scored as Real Betis moved up to third with a 1-0 win over Espanyol, who had midfielder Wakaso Mubarak sent off for a second yellow card in the second half.

In Italy's Serie A, defending champions Juventus maintained their 100 per cent start to the season with a 2-0 win over Chievo.

Fabio Quagliarella scored both goals in the second half as Juve made it for wins from four.

Quagliarella had grabbed the equalizer for his side in the 2-2 draw at defending champions Chelsea in the Champions League in midweek.

      Football Focus

    • After 20 years, more than 300 goals and a host of major honors, Thierry Henry has called time on his glittering football career.
    • He might be struggling to score goals for Liverpool, but Mario Balotelli's cheeky tweet about the British monarch hit the spot during the World Cup.
    • bpr south african soccor senzo meyiwa death _00000402.jpg

      Football world mourns South African captain Senzo Meyiwa who was shot and killed during a botched robbery in a township near Johannesburg.
    • German alleged jihadist Kreshnik B (R) listens to his lawyer Mutlu Guenal (L) as he arrives at the higher regional court in Frankfurt. His face is pixelated for legal reasons.

      Once part of Germany's largest Jewish sports club, now he's the first ISIS suspect to stand trial in a country left shocked by his alleged radicalization.
    • One goal in eight matches for new club Liverpool, and dumped by the Italian national team -- Mario Balotelli has yet to shine on his English return.
    • Ched Evans smiles during the Wales training session ahead of their UEFA EURO 2012 qualifier against England on March 25, 2011 in Cardiff, Wales.

      Should a convicted rapist, who has served their time in prison, be allowed to resume their old job? What if that job was as a high-profile football player?
    • Norwegian 15-year-old Martin Odegaard is the youngest player ever to feature in a European Championships qualifying match.