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Messi Injured But Barca Seal Much-needed Win Over Villarreal

Lionel Messi suffered an injury on his first start of the Spanish La Liga season in Barcelona's narrow win over Villarreal.

Messi was replaced at the start of the second half after suffering a thigh problem.

The argentine, making his 400th La Liga start, provided the corner for Antoine Griezmann to head home off the bar before Arthur made it 2-0.

Santi Cazorla pulled a goal back.

Barcelona climbed four places up the table to fourth in La Liga to help ease the pressure on Valverde after a poor start to the season.

Elsewhere, newly promoted Granada went top of La Liga - level on points with athletic Bilbao and Real Madrid - after drawing 1-1 at Real Valladolid.

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