Barcelona played their expensive reserves against newly promoted Alaves and were dealt an embarrassing home defeat in the biggest sho...
Barcelona played their expensive reserves against newly promoted Alaves and were dealt an embarrassing home defeat in the biggest shock of the season so far.
Last season’s second division champions beat the title holders 2-1 with Neymar’s newly-dyed bleached blond hair the brightest thing about Luis Enrique’s side.
He had left Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi, Jordi Alba and Andrés Iniesta on the bench and Gerard Pique and Sergio Roberto in the stands.
Alavestook the lead in the 39th minute when Kiko slipped away from Denis Suarez on the sideline and played in a cross for Deyverson to fire home ahead of Javier Mascherano.
Barcelona were level within the first minute of the second half as Jeremy Mathieu headed home from a corner, and Messi came on at the hour mark in pursuit of a winner.
But within four minutes, Mascherano gifted Alaves the lead again with a mis-hit in the box, Ibai Gomez pouncing on the error to score.
Barcelona manager Luis Enrique immediately put on Iniesta and Suarez to try to salvage the game, but Alaves secured a famous win after Messi put a shot just wide of the post at the final whistle.
The Portugal forward returned to the side after his summer break after winning Euro 2016 and slid home from close range to open the scoring.
He then provided a fine scooped assist for Danilo to double the lead before Sergio Ramos' fine header ensured they went into the half-time break three goals up.
Within the hour, Pepe had made it 4-0 and Luka Modric hit another to finish the game off with a low shot from outside the box, though Oriol Riera got one back shortly after and although Kiko Casilla saved a late penalty, David Garcia added another consolation before Tano was sent off.
Atletico Madrid picked up their first win of the La Liga season, hammering Celta Vigo 4-0.
Coach Diego Simeone had spoken of his frustration at his side's somewhat slow start to the campaign, drawing both of their games prior to this one.
After a goalless first half at the Estadio de Balaidos it looked as though that record may continue, but second-half goals from Koke and Angel Correa, and a brace from Antoine Griezmann, got the job done in a 4-0 rout.