MADRID, Oct. 26 (Xinhua) -- FC Barcelona defeated Real Madrid 2-1 in the Camp Nou Stadium in the first Clasico of the season on Saturday night.
A tight and tactical game was decided by goals from Neymar, who was set up by Andres Iniesta after 18 minutes, while Alexis Sanchez looked to have assured the points with a delightful chipped goal with just 12 minutes left in the game.
Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti will be criticized for experimenting with Sergio Ramos in central midfield and starting the game without a specialized striker and when he replaced Ramos with Asier Illaramendi and the disappointing Gareth Bale with Karim Benzema his side improved drastically and were unlucky not to have been level before Alexis' goal as Ronaldo looked to have a good penalty appeal turned down and Benzema rattled the crossbar from 25 yards.
Jese Rodriguez scored a consolation goal in the 91st minute after a swift break, but Barca used their experience to kill the game off near the Madrid corner flag with little football played in the last two minutes.
The day began with a surprise as Celta Vigo ended a run of defeats which had seen them drop into the relegation zone with an impressive win away to Malaga.
Alex Lopez opened the scoring for the visitors after just five minutes and Augusto Fernandez made it 0-2 after 23 minutes. Lopez's second of the afternoon made it 0-3 after the break before Nolito added a fourth to send the Malaga fans streaming for the exits with 20 minutes remaining, which at least meant they missed Charles netting Celta's fifth.
Manuel Iturra's 25th goal gave Granada a vital 1-0 win away to Elche, a result which could have saved the job of under-pressure Granada coach Lucas Alcaraz.
The day ended with Levante ending a seven-month without a home win as they defeated Espanyol 3-0. Nabil El Zhar opened the scoring from the penalty spot after a foul that was clearly outside of the penalty area after 26 minutes. Baba Diawara doubled the lead with a firm header two minutes later and then set El Zhar up for a powerful shot which added a third just five minutes after halftime.