Barca grab 1-0 win; Spain shocked by violence


AP

BARCELONA, Spain — Barcelona needed a stoppage-time goal by Sergio Busquets to secure a 1-0 win at Valencia on a day Spanish soccer was rocked by the death of a fan after a violent clash between rival supporters.

Elsewhere in Europe, the defending champions in England and Italy both earned victories.

Manchester City moved into second place in England with a win over Southampton, while Andrea Pirlo also netted an injury-time winner for Juventus.

Here’s a look at Sunday’s games in the main European leagues:

Spain Barcelona remained two points behind leader Real Madrid after Busquets blasted in a rebound in the final seconds of injury time at Mestalla Stadium.

Lionel Messi started Barcelona’s game-clinching move with a lobbed pass that Neymar header powerfully at goalkeeper Diego Alves, who did well to turn back the ball only for Busquets to drill it right back past him.

Messi appeared to be hit in the head by a water bottle thrown from the stands while his teammates piled on top of one another to celebrate the winning goal. The Argentine rubbed his head following the incident but was unhurt.

Third-place Atletico prevailed 2-0 over Deportivo in a game that finished shortly before Madrid’s Clinico San Carlos hospital announced that a man had died of injuries sustained after a fight erupted between rival groups early Sunday morning near its Vicente Calderon stadium. The man was identified only as a 43-year-old Deportivo fan.

Sevilla moved ahead of Valencia into fourth place after routing visitors Granada 5-1.

England City dislodged Southampton from second place with a 3-0 victory at the south-coast club in the Premier League, while Tottenham produced another comeback to beat Everton 2-1.

City was frustrated in the first half at St. Mary’s, but Yaya Toure, Frank Lampard and Gael Clichy eventually all found the net. The last two goals came with City down to 10 men following Eliaquim Mangala’s 74th-minute dismissal.

Tottenham is just two points from the Champions League places after beating Everton. Goals from Roberto Soldado and Christian Eriksen scored saw Tottenham come from behind to win 2-1 for the third time in four league games.