Real Slump to defeat, Barca win

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Updated: August 27, 2012

Real Madrid’s troubled start to the season continued when the champions squandered the lead and slumped to a shock 2-1 defeat at city rivals Getafe in La Liga on Sunday to slip five points behind leaders Barcelona.

The rare reverse for Jose Mourinho’s side, who were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Valencia on matchday one last weekend, ended their 24-match unbeaten run in the league, their longest in 15 years.

Lionel Messi had earlier saved an off-colour Barca from a first defeat of the campaign when he struck twice in the second half in a 2-1 comeback victory at 10-man Osasuna.

Barca have six points from two games and top the table on goal difference from Rayo Vallecano, who also have six after their 2-1 win at Real Betis on Saturday.

Real, who lost a league match for the first time after leading at halftime in more than five years, have a solitary point and are down in 15th ahead of next weekend’s match at home to Granada.

In the days other games, Valencia and Deprotivo played out a thrilling 3-3 draw, a Pizzi penalty on the 76th minute for the visitors giving them a share of the points, while Granada and Sevilla played out a 1-1 draw.