Late goals preserve Barcelona's perfect start to La Liga season
September 22, 2012 -- Updated 2358 GMT (0758 HKT)
Xavi Hernandez is congratulated by Cesc Fabregas (left) after scoring the opener against Granada in the Camp Nou.
- Barcelona keep 100 per cent record in La Liga
- Xavi Hernandez breaks deadlock in 2-0 win over Granada
- Barca have early 11 point lead over Real Madrid in standings
- Juventus top in Italy after 2-0 win over Chievo
(CNN) -- Barcelona continued their storming start to the La Liga season with a fifth straight win but it needed two late goals to secure a 2-0 victory over Granada in the Camp Nou Saturday.
The visitors looked set to share the points with the Catalan giants until a brilliant 87th minute strike from substitute Xavi Hernandez broke the deadlock.
The midfield ace bent home a shot from outside the area via the underside of the crossbar.
Borja Gomez put through his own net in injury time from Lionel Messi's cross to add gloss to the scoreline for Tito Vilanova's men.
Granada keeper Tono had been in inspired form to deny the home side, who have built an 11 point lead over reigning champions Real Madrid.
Real Madrid visit Rayo Vallecano Sunday night looking for a win to cut the gap.
Earlier, Junior Paulao scored as Real Betis moved up to third with a 1-0 win over Espanyol, who had midfielder Wakaso Mubarak sent off for a second yellow card in the second half.
In Italy's Serie A, defending champions Juventus maintained their 100 per cent start to the season with a 2-0 win over Chievo.
Fabio Quagliarella scored both goals in the second half as Juve made it for wins from four.
Quagliarella had grabbed the equalizer for his side in the 2-2 draw at defending champions Chelsea in the Champions League in midweek.
Today's five most popular stories
Part of complete coverage on
October 21, 2014 -- Updated 1348 GMT (2148 HKT)
From the ancient ruins of Rome, a new empire rises. But the eyes of the city's newest gladiator light up at thoughts of the Colosseum.
October 21, 2014 -- Updated 1622 GMT (0022 HKT)
Once part of Germany's largest Jewish sports club, now he's the first ISIS suspect to stand trial in a country left shocked by his alleged radicalization.
October 17, 2014 -- Updated 1411 GMT (2211 HKT)
One goal in eight matches for new club Liverpool, and dumped by the Italian national team -- Mario Balotelli has yet to shine on his English return.
October 18, 2014 -- Updated 1819 GMT (0219 HKT)
Should a convicted rapist, who has served their time in prison, be allowed to resume their old job? What if that job was as a high-profile football player?
October 16, 2014 -- Updated 1247 GMT (2047 HKT)
After 10 years of golden glory, it's easy to see how Lionel Messi has taken his place among the football gods.
October 16, 2014 -- Updated 1034 GMT (1834 HKT)
When will the tears stop? A leading Italian football club is pursuing a new direction -- under the guidance of its new Indonesian owner.
October 13, 2014 -- Updated 2241 GMT (0641 HKT)
Norwegian 15-year-old Martin Odegaard is the youngest player ever to feature in a European Championships qualifying match.
October 10, 2014 -- Updated 1310 GMT (2110 HKT)
After revolutionizing cricket with its glitzy Twenty20 league, India has now thrown large sums of money at a new football venture.
October 2, 2014 -- Updated 1453 GMT (2253 HKT)
Get ruthless. That is Rio Ferdinand's message to soccer's authorities in the fight to tackle the scourge of racism.
September 10, 2014 -- Updated 1328 GMT (2128 HKT)
He's just 15 and the world is seemingly already at his feet. Norway's Martin Odegaard is being sought by Europe's top clubs.