Granada CF climbed into first place in La Liga standings following an impressive 2-0 win over Barcelona on Saturday that got them 10 points.
Diego Martinez’s side has fascinated so far in 2019-20 season, following their arrival to the Spanish top flight and they astonished Ernesto Valverde side with a 2-0 triumph at the Nuevo Estadio de Los Carmenes.
Ramon Azeez stunned the Catalan with a goal inside the first 60 seconds, heading home at the far post after Jose Puentas benefited from a lapse by Junior Firpo – on his first start for the Catalan side.
The visitors never indeed redeemed from that early difficulty, with Luis Suarez and Antoine Griezmann inadequate to attack and disorganised the home defence.
Valverde assigned four changes to the side that unconvincingly drew 0-0 with Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League on Tuesday, as a returning Messi started on the bench once more.
Valverde brought on Lionel Messi and Ansu Fati at half time, but again they struggled to create any attacking inroads as the home team looked to maintain their lead.
Any chance of a late FC Barcelona comeback was killed off with 25 minutes to go as substitute Arturo Vidal conceded a penalty for handball, and fellow substitute Alvaro Vadillo scored from the spot.
The outcome denounces Barcelona to their worst ever league start for 25 years and leaves them in seventh, three points behind surprise leaders Granada.
Earlier, Atletico Madrid missed the chance to go top as they were held to a goalless draw against Celta Vigo, but they failed to make use of the opportunity after they loss to an underdog team Granada.
Granada revelled an unconvincing victory and their even more questionable status as league leaders, Barca were left to contemplate the fact that they have deserted to win any of their last seven competitive games away from the Camp Nou.