Barca beat Celta to equal best La Liga start

Sun Nov 4, 2012 8:39am GMT

By Iain Rogers

MADRID (Reuters) - Barcelona equalled the La Liga record for the most points after 10 games and moved three clear of Atletico Madrid at the top of the table thanks to a 3-1 win at home to Celta Vigo on Saturday.

A resurgent David Villa netted himself and also created a goal for Jordi Alba after Adriano had opened the scoring at the Nou Camp as Tito Vilanova's unbeaten side moved on to 28 points, matching the previous best set by arch rivals Real Madrid.

However, Atletico's undefeated run ended when they lost 2-0 at Valencia after Roberto Soldado's stunning 20th-minute volley and a clever finish from substitute Nelson Valdez in the fifth minute of added time.

Valencia, who climbed to seventh on 14 points, finished with 10 men after Ricardo Costa was sent off late on for a second yellow card.

Champions Real, recovering from a shaky start to the campaign, climbed above Malaga into third thanks to a 4-0 home win over Real Zaragoza.

The club's Argentina team mates Gonzalo Higuain and Angel Di Maria and new signings Michael Essien and Luka Modric were all on the scorsheet.

Real, who looked far from their best despite the lopsided scoreline, have 20 points, eight behind Barca.

Malaga are on 18 after they suffered their first home defeat of the campaign when they lost 2-1 at home to Rayo Vallecano.   Continued...

Barcelona's Jordi Alba celebrates with team mate David Villa after scoring a goal against Celta Vigo during their Spanish First division soccer league match at Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona November 3, 2012. REUTERS/Albert Gea
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