La Liga Weekend Round-up: Matchday 6
By Xoel Cárdenas
Barcelona comes back to stun Sevilla, Real Madrid blows out Deportivo, Espanyol continue to look dreadful, and Osasuna taste victory for the first team this Liga season.
Real Sociedad 2 – 0 Athletic Bilbao
Marcelo Bielsa’s, Athletic Bilbao team continued their terrible start to the season as they fell to Basque rivals Real Sociedad. The first goal came in the 63rd minute as Antoine Griezmann scored from a counterattack. Former Arsenal striker Carlos Vela made it 2-0 from the penalty spot in the 72nd minute to secure the win in the Basque Country derby.
Sevilla 2 – 3 FC Barcelona
In perhaps the most exciting game of the weekend, Barcelona remained perfect in La Liga with a stunning comeback victory at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan. In the 26th minute, Sevilla opened scoring when the ball arrived at the feet of Pitor Trochowski who put it past Victor Valdes for the 1-0 lead. A Barça turnover lead to an Alvaro Negredo doubling the home sides lead in the opening minutes of the second half.
Barca's, Cesc Fabregas brought Tito Vilanova’s men within one as his shot from outside the box beat Sevilla goalkeeper Andres Palop. There was also controversy when Gary Medel received a red card for an alleged head butt on Fabregas and when a clear Thiago handball was not called which lead to Fabregas grabbing the equalizer a few moments later. David Villa completed the comeback scoring his first goal in La Liga. Sevilla deserved much more, but Barcelona stole all three points and remain unbeaten heading into next week’s Clasico against Real Madrid.
Real Madrid 5 – 1 Deportivo La Coruña
Jose Mourinho’s men fell behind early but responded swiftly and demolished Deoprtivo La Coruña 5-1 at the Santiago Bernabeu. Madrid fell behind in the 15th minute as careless defending from Marcelo lead to Depo’s Riki to slip the ball past Iker Casillas. After that, it was all Real Madrid as Cristiano Ronaldo scored from the penalty spot to even things up. Angel Di Maria made it 2-1 courtesy of a fabulous Luka Modric pass. Ronaldo added another goal shortly before the break. Pepe got his goal in the second half via a Xavi Alonso set piece. A Deportivo handball inside the area lead to Ronaldo getting a hat trick on the night. Real look to continue their winning ways next week in El Clasico.
Espanyol 0 – 1 Atletico Madrid
Atletico Madrid held on to their second place standing in La Liga with a 1-0 win at last-place Espanyol. The road team pressed hard in the opening minutes but Espanyol goalkeeper Cristian Alvarez held the home team. The lone goal came from the Atletico’s Raul Garcia as he headed in an excellent Junafran cross. Espanyol pressed in the second half but could not find the equalizer as Atletico held on and remain two points behind Barcelona atop the table while Espanyol remains at the bottom of the table with just one point in six games.
Granada 2 -1 Celta de Vigo
Granada got their first win of the season as they held off Celat de Vigo 2-1 at the Estadio Nuevo Los Cámenes. Guilherme Siqueira made it 1-0 to the home side after Celta’s Carlos Bellvis slide and tripped a speedy Gabriel Torje in the area. Five minutes later, Siqueira found Torje who was wide-open just inside the goal area to double the lead. A Celta de Vigo break lead to Iago Aspas getting the ball through legs of Toño to bring Celta within one. But the game belonged to Toño as he stopped everything Celta threw at him. With the win, Granada moved out of the relegation zone while Celta remain just one point ahead of Granada.
Osasuna 4 – 0 Levante
A close game for most of the fixture ended in a blowout as Osasuna defeated Levante 4-0 to get their first win on the season. After a scoreless first half, the home side got the scoring started in the 55th minute as Emiliano Arementeros as terrible defending by Levante lead to the score. Levante pressed forward for the rest of the second half. But Osasuna got a break in the 82nd minute as a Joseba Llorente shot was blocked by Levante goalkeeper Munua, however, the ball rolled to the feet of Ronald Lamah who put it away for the second Osasuna goal. The third goal came seven minutes later as Kike Sola was tripped inside the box by Juanfran and Timor converted from the spot. Nino ended the game with a goal of his own and Osasuna gain three valuable points as they try to get themselves out of the relegation zone.
Real Valladolid 6 – 1 Rayo Vallecano
The road team grabbed the early lead, then Real Valladolid reeled off six unanswered goals to blow out Rayo Vallecano 6-1 on Sunday. Alejandro Domiguez grabbed the lead for Rayo within five minutes, however, the lead didn’t last long as Alberto Bueno netted in a half volley. They took the lead just three minutes later via a Manucho header from just outside the goal area. Oscar Gonzalez made it 3-1 who chipped it over Rayo goalkeeper Ruben Martinez and Antonia Rukavina scored goal number four for the home side just before the break. Rayo Vallecano were helpless as the goals continued for Valladolid when Manucho found Gonzalez who his second goal on the day. Manucho got a brace of his own in the dying minutes of the match to end the match. With the win, Real Valladolid moved up to seventh place in the table and ended their three-game losing streak.
Valencia 2 – 0 Real Zaragoza
Valencia moved into the top ten with a win at home against Real Zaragoza on Saturday. Sofiane Feghouli got things going in the 12th minute as the Algerian international had his first shot blocked by Alvaro Gonzalez only to receive the ball again and slam it into the top left of the net for his third goal in La Liga this season. It was not all roses for Feghouli as he received his second yellow card in the second half. Valencia extended the lead in the 59th minute as Roberto Soldado crossed it to Jonaswho found Jonathan Viera to make it 2-0. “Los Che” get their second win of the season and move up to tenth in the table.
Malaga 4 – 0 Real Betis
Betis got off to a bad start and it got worse as Malaga crushed them 4-0. The road team were in trouble in the 11th minute as goalkeeper Castro brought down Eliseu who had a one-on-one break. Former Betis player Joaquin converted from the spot to make it 1-0. Malaga made it 2-0 in the 28th minute with a Javier Saviola strike. The second half saw the home side continue to add goals. Antonio Amaya scored an own goal and the talented Isco put away goal number four just two minutes later. Malaga continue to impress as they remain in third place in the table.
Getafe vs. Mallorca: Monday night
Getafe will try and move out of the relegation zone as they take on the surprise of La Liga in Malllorca. With a win, Mallorca would remain unbeaten and move into a tie for third place in the table with Málaga.