Real’s defence of their title took another turn for the worse, as they find themselves already five points behind Barcelona, following defeat at Getafe.
GETAFE 2-1 REAL MADRID
A draw with Valencia was a forgivable slip up in their quest to retain their title. However, defeat at Getafe is not and Jose Mourinho will know that Real have already set themselves a steep challenge in the battle with Barcelona.
Again they threw away the lead, with Gonzalo Higuain having put Real in front at half-time.
But Getafe came out stronger in the second half and reversed the score-lines in dramatic fashion, as Juan Valera and Abdul Barrada netted to give Getafe a shock victory.
To make Real’s day even worse, Fabio Coentrao got a head-start on the rest of the players for the showers, as he earned himself a red card in stoppage time for an act of petulance.
OSASUNA 1-2 BARCELONA
Barca were able to go five points clear of their great rivals after two games, but not without a scare at Osasuna.
Barca fell behind after 11 minutes, as summer signing Joseba Llorente capitalised on some slack defending to give the hosts the lead. Francisco Nino should have doubled the advantage in the second half after robbing Sergio Busquets, but stuck the ball wide with only Valdes to beat.
And Osasuna were made to pay for that miss, as Lionel Messi pounced to bring the scores level. Patxi Punal took his protests over the equaliser too far with the referee and earned his marching orders, allowing Barca to capitalise on their numerical advantage, with Messi scoring his fourth goal of this still young season and wrap up the points.
ATLETICO MADRID 4-0 ATHLETIC BILBAO
Athletic Bilbao’s season has started off in disastrous fashion, with Los Leones sitting bottom of the pile at this early stage, with nine goals conceded in their opening two fixtures.
Atletico took advantage of a defence lacking the Bayern Munich-bound Javi Martinez by poaching four goals to add to the five scored by Betis last weekend, with Radamel Falcao the main benefactor.
The Colombian hit-man helped himself to hat-trick, the last one coming from the penalty spot to get his campaign up and running amid his own transfer speculation. Tiago came off the bench to hit a spectacular fourth, as Atletico warmed up for their Super Cup clash with Chelsea in style.
VALENCIA 3-3 DEPORTIVO LA CORUNA
A spectacular six-goal thriller ended all square, as Deportivo managed an impressive comeback to claim a point at Mestalla. Depor had found themselves fighting a two-goal margin at two points during the game as Valencia controlled most of the early running, but fought their way back in impressive style to ensure they remain unbeaten in their return to the top flight.
Roberto Soldado had given Valencia an early 2-0 lead, but Abel Aguilar brought Depor back into contention. Sofiane Feghouli restored Los Che’s two-goal cushion just before half-time, but Aguilar netted again on the hour mark.
Ricardo Costa was then harshly penalised for a push in the box, earning himself his second booking of the game and giving Pizzi the chance to level the scores and earn Depor a share of the spoils.
VALLADOLID 2-0 LEVANTE
Valladolid are one of only three sides to have a 100% record, a surprise given the expectation for them to be on the other end of the table.
Levante were on the other end of this defeat, and can only have themselves to blame as both goals came from the spot. David Navarro was the first offender, with his handball earning him his second booking of the match before half-time and allowing Victor Perez to score the resulting penalty.
Perez was then able to double his tally three minutes into the second half, after Papakouli Diop gave away another penalty, as Levante remain winless this season.
REAL BETIS 1-2 RAYO VALLECANO
Rayo Vallecano have also got a 100% record so far, as they recorded a surprise victory away to Betis.
It was an entertaining opening to the match, as Piti gave Rayo the lead after three minutes, only to see Jorge Molina go up the other end and equalise almost straight away.
Fans had to wait another 60 minutes to see another goal, and the home fans were stunned when it arrived for the visitors, as Leo scored what proved to be the winner to keep Rayo’s start going perfectly.
ESPANYOL 1-2 REAL ZARAGOZA
Espanyol are without a point so far this season, as a routine home match with Zaragoza ended in last minute disappointment, as they slipped to a surprise defeat.
Alvaro Vazquez had put Espanyol in front just before half-time, but Zaragoza were given a real boost as Juan Albin was sent off for conceding a penalty, with Apono converting with aplomb five minutes into the second half.
And just as it looked like the game was petering out for a draw, up stepped Helder Postiga to steal all three points for Zaragoza, recording their first points of the season.
REAL SOCIEDAD 2-1 CELTA VIGO
Celta Vigo are also without a point upon their return to La Primera, as they threw away the lead on route to defeat at Sociedad.
Enrique De Lucas had given Celta the lead four minutes into the second half, but the scores had been reversed within 15 minutes, as Imanol Agirretxe netted twice to get La Real’s season back on track following their opening day drubbing at Barcelona.
GRANADA 1-1 SEVILLA
Sevilla may have looked at this as points dropped, but will be thankful they salvaged a point at Granada, having spent over half the match with ten men.
Goalkeeper Diego Lopez was dismissed after 35 minutes, as he conceded a penalty for hauling down Antonio Floro Flores. Andres Palop saved Guilherme Siquiera’s spot-kick, but Mikel Rico scored from the rebound.
But Sevilla battled back and got themselves on level terms on the stroke of half-time, with Alvaro Negredo earning Sevilla a point.
MALAGA 1-1 MALLORCA
Malaga lost their 100% start to the season, as they prepared for their Champions League qualifier with a draw against Mallorca.
They had to come from behind though, as Mallorca took the lead through Tomer Hemed’s third goal of the season. But the lead lasted just ten minutes, as Juanmi ensured Malaga took home a share of the spoils, despite Eliseu’s late dismissal.
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