Celta Vigo subjected Barcelona to a demoralising 4-1 defeat at Balaidos tonight to end the treble winners’ 100% start to the Primera Division season.
Superb goals from Nolito and Iago Aspas helped the hosts into a deserved 2-0 half-time lead, before another from Aspas after the break fattened the advantage.
Neymar finally pulled one back for the Catalans, who were denied by Sergio Alvarez on a host of occasions, before John Guidetti restored the three-goal lead.
Karim Benzema scored twice as Real Madrid won 2-1 at Athletic Bilbao in La Liga on Wednesday evening.
Benzema opened the scoring in the 19th minute, but the sides were level 23 minutes from time when Sabin Merino headed past Keylor Navas at the far post.
Real Madrid’s French forward added his second just three minutes later, however, to secure three vital points for the visitors, who now top the table.