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Barca on top after Gijon win, Higuain shines for Real

Defending champions Barcelona went top of La Liga with a laboured 1-0 win at rock-bottom Sporting Gijon while Gonzalo Higuain blasted a hat-trick in Real Madrid's 4-0 cruise at Espanyol.

sports Updated: Oct 04, 2011 00:44 IST

Defending champions Barcelona went top of La Liga with a laboured 1-0 win at rock-bottom Sporting Gijon while Gonzalo Higuain blasted a hat-trick in Real Madrid's 4-0 cruise at Espanyol.

An injury-plagued Barcelona moved into first place with 14 points as Adriano gave them their first away win of the season yesterday. Adriano grabbed the only goal after 11 minutes, knocking in a rebound after a Xavi Hernandez shot came back off a post.

Unfashionable Levante are tucked just behind on goal difference after a 1-0 win against Real Betis, while Real are a point further back in third spot ahead of Malaga and Valencia who also have 13 points.

Real had a stuttering start to the season but have now bounced back from one point in two games with back-to-back wins. "I had to work hard to get back to playing again," Higuain said.

Nothing to worry about, says Allegri
Milan: AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri insisted there was nothing to worry about despite a 2-0 defeat at Juventus leaving his side 15th in Serie A.

Although the season is only five matches old, champions Milan have managed just one victory in the league and are two points above the relegation zone.

"We didn't play well tonight but that's to Juventus's credit. There's nothing to worry about, we just need to improve," he said.