Result: Barcelona 3-1 Sporting Gijon

Pep Guardiola
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Late goals from Seydou Keita and Xavi Hernandez give Barcelona a 3-1 win over Sporting Gijon at the Nou Camp.

Late goals from Seydou Keita and Xavi Hernandez have given Barcelona a 3-1 win over Sporting Gijon at the Nou Camp.

The hosts took a first-half lead when Andres Iniesta tapped in from Adriano's cross on 42 minutes.

However, Barca's night was made more difficult when Gerard Pique was shown a straight red card just minutes into the second half for a foul on Miguel de las Cuevas as the last man.

Gijon took advantage almost instantly as David Barral snuck in at the near post to convert Formose Mendy's low cross.

Pep Guardiola's side regained the lead with 12 minutes to play when Keita curled in from the edge of the area after he had collected Alexis Sanchez's pass.

The three points were sealed in the final five minutes thanks to Xavi's delicate chip over the goalkeeper.

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2Real Madrid326776
3Atletico Madrid333872
4Valencia323165
5Sevilla322163
6Villarreal331453
7Malaga32-346
8Athletic Bilbao33-446
9Celta Vigo32342
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11Rayo Vallecano32-2141
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19Granada32-3625
20Cordoba33-3120