Real Madrid loses at Sevilla, Barca routs Getafe

Associated Press Modified: September 15, 2012 at 6:03 pm •  Published: September 15, 2012
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BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Sevilla struck early and held on to deal Real Madrid a 1-0 loss as the defending Spanish champions fell eight points behind pacesetter Barcelona on Saturday.

A short-handed Barcelona, meanwhile, routed Getafe 4-1 as Lionel Messi went on with half an hour to play and added to Adriano's opener with a pair of goals before David Villa netted to keep them perfect in league play.

Madrid, which has won just once in four rounds, was unsettled at the start at Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium and Piotr Trochowski capitalized to score from a corner two minutes in, breaking Sevilla's streak of seven straight defeats to Madrid.

Madrid coach Jose Mourinho was scathing of his players after their second league loss.

"We got what we deserved after a horrible game," said Mourinho, who will have to find some quick answers before their Champions League opener against Manchester City in just three days.

"My players' heads are not focused, for many of them football is not a priority. But I am the coach, and if there are heads that are not focused it is my fault.

"I am not worried about the points, my worry is that I don't have a team."

All eyes were on Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo to see if he would again refuse to celebrate his goals in a display of his unexplained displeasure with his club.

But Sevilla's defense made sure the Portugal forward never got the chance to show his "sadness" with another glum display.

Mourinho denied that Ronaldo's enigmatic comments in the last round about not being happy at Madrid, which have sparked speculation that he is seeking a new contract or even a transfer, had rattled his squad.

"No, I don't think so. This game wasn't very different from the other games," he said. "Therefore I don't think it has any relation with the rumor of the last two weeks."

Madrid was unnerved from the start and left Trochowski free to charge into the area and blast Ivan Rakitic's cross into the top of the net.



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