Week two in La Liga saw Real Madrid blink first, Atletico getting back to winning ways and Barcelona grinding out a victory at El Madrigal writes Jamie Currie.
Real Madrid fell to their first defeat of the season losing 4-2, despite being two goals in front within the opening 11 minutes at the Anoeta.
The first goal came courtesy of a Toni Kroos left-hand side corner; he whipped it in, and through the crowd came Sergio Ramos to slam his header into the bottom corner. Not long after Madrid whacked the crossbar, goalscorer Ramos saw his free-kick crash off the underside of the bar with Zubikarai well beaten. Bale grabbed Madrid’s second in the 11th minute; he beat the defender with ease before firing his shot low into the bottom corner. Marcelo came close to adding a third, but his link-up play with Benzema down the left ended with the left-back firing wide. The comeback was on in the 35th minute. La Real’s corner was flicked on at the front post, leaving Inigo Martinez unmarked to reduce the deficit with an easy side-foot finish. The home side were right back in it just before half-time. David Zurutuza was rewarded for his bravery. He met Alberto de la Bella’s cross, headed the ball past Casillas, but took a boot in the face from Marcelo for his troubles.
After a high-paced start to the second period, the home side completed comeback and took the lead on the 65th minute. David Zurutuza got his second of the game, he ran across Carvajal and met Xabi Prieto’s pinpoint cross and coolly finished past Casillas. The hosts completed the win 15 minutes from time; Carlos Vela smashed his shot beyond Casillas to make it 4-2.
Their city rivals Atletico followed up their draw last week at Rayo by winning 2-1 in a nervy outing against Eibar.
On the day they finally got their hands on last season’s La Liga title, Atleti started like a house on fire. It only took the home side 11 minutes to take the lead. Miranda nodded in Koke’s near-post corner to give the champions an early advantage. It didn’t take them long to double the lead. It was from another set-piece, Gabi’s floated delivery was met by the head of Mario Mandzukic, albeit with the aid of some poor Eibar marking, the Croatian’s his header found the bottom corner. On the half-hour mark, Javi Lara forced Moya into action, testing the Atleti keeper from a left-footed free-kick. Not long after that, the new boys were back in it. Their goal came courtesy of a fantastic move. Arruabarrena and Abraham linked up before the latter unleashed a ferocious shot beyond Moya into the top corner.
The second period was flat without much goal action. Javi Lara’s free-kick was headed just wide and in the dying minutes Angel was clean through, but only could put his effort wide.
Athletic carried on their good form beating Levante 3-0. A first half Aduriz goal was followed by goals in the second period from Iturraspe and Muniain.
On Friday evening, Valencia got their home campaign off to a winning start beating Malaga 3-0. Goals from Paco Alcacer, Dani Parejo and Pablo Piatti sealed the easy victory for Los Che.
Barcelona kept their 100% start intact after winning 1-0 at El Madrigal against Villarreal. The youngster Sandro Ramires found the net with eight minutes to play, ensuring the Catalans left with all three points.
Getafe 1-0 Almeria
Valencia 3-0 Malaga
Cordoba 1-1 Celta Vigo
Athletic Club 3-0 Levante
Atletico Madrid 2-1 Eibar
Espanyol 1-2 Sevilla
Villarreal 0-1 Barcelona
Real Sociedad 4-2 Real Madrid
Deportivo 2-2 Rayo Vallecano
Elche 1-1 Granada
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