Real Madrid’s first victory of the season was dampened by the attitude of Cristiano Ronaldo, while the Malaga bubble refuses to burst as they sealed another victory.
REAL MADRID 3-0 GRANADA
Real Madrid sealed the Super Copa in midweek against Barcelona and should be pleased to have got their domestic season up and running with a convincing victory over Granada.
Instead the headlines belonged to the sulky demeanour of Cristiano Ronaldo, as the Portuguese marksman refused to celebrate either of his two strikes, subsequently claiming he is ‘sad’. The world weeps for you, Cristiano.
Following Ronaldo’s brace, Borja Gomez was dismissed for a late challenge, earning him a second booking, before Gonzalo Higuain came off the bench to tap in a third, making it three goals in three games for him and earning Real their first three-point-haul of the campaign.
BARCELONA 1-0 VALENCIA
Barca were far from their imperious best, but managed to better Real’s home draw against Valencia and maintain their 100% start to the 2012/13 season.
Adriano scored the only goal of the game with a stunning long-range effort after 23 minutes, to seal victory for La Blaugrana, and leave Valencia still looking for their first win of the season.
REAL ZARAGOZA 0-1 MALAGA
After a summer of utter turmoil, a season of struggle had been predicted for a decimated Malaga side. But that has yet to happen, as they’ve taken seven points from their opening three fixtures and qualified for the Champions League for the first time in their history.
Another potentially tricky away fixture at Zaragoza was navigated, with Nacho Camacho netting the only goal of the game after 57 minutes to maintain Malaga’s unbeaten start, going into the international break.
ATHLETIC BILBAO 2-0 VALLADOLID
A reversal in fortunes for both sides here, as Athletic sealed their first points of the season, while Valladolid’s perfect start to life back in La Primera fell by the wayside.
It was not easy going for Athletic and fans were getting restless following the sale of Javi Martinez to Bayern Munich in the week.
But a goal from summer signing Aritz Aduriz and a further strike from Markel Susaeta helped ease the ill feeling around San Mames, as they gained their first win of the season and lifted themselves off the foot of the table.
LEVANTE 3-2 ESPANYOL
Espanyol are still pointless after three games and this defeat will hurt more than the others, as they had raced into a two-goal lead.
Two summer signings, Samuele Longo and Sergio Tejera, had looked to have put Espanyol on course for a much needed victory with goals inside the first 25 minutes, but found themselves stunned by a second half comeback from last season’s surprise package.
Levante clawed themselves back into the game with two goals in a three minute spell, as Juanlu and Christian Lell both netted.
Levante’s position was put under threat, as Vicente Iborra picked up his second booking of the match ten minutes from the end, but there was late drama as Michel’s low cross was deflected in by Raul Rodriguez to give Levante all three points and condemn Espanyol to a third straight defeat.
CELTA VIGO 2-0 OSASUNA
Espanyol are however kept off the foot of the table by Osasuna, who also remain pointless following a third straight defeat.
Iago Aspas celebrated signing a new deal with Celta by opening the scoring after 70 minutes, before Javier Arribas saw red for the visitors, picking up his second booking of the match.
Mario Bermejo was able to take advantage of Celta’s numerical advantage by doubling the deficit in stoppage time and secure Celta’s first points since returning to La Primera.
MALLORCA 1-0 REAL SOCIEDAD
Mallorca have enjoyed an unbeaten start to this new season and maintained that record by seeing off Real Sociedad at Son Moix.
Victor grabbed the only goal of the game with 15 minutes remaining to put the Islanders in second going into the international break.
DEPORTIVO LA CORUNA 1-1 GETAFE
Deportivo have enjoyed an unbeaten return to La Primera and a hard-fought draw with Real’s conquerors of last week, Getafe.
Riki scored his second of the season to give Depor the lead after five minutes, but Getafe battled back and brought themselves level again 20 minutes later, as Abdul Barrada also netted his second of this campaign and earned the visitors a draw.
RAYO VALLECANO 0-0 SEVILLA
Rayo also remain unbeaten this season, though they seriously rode their luck in maintaining that against Sevilla.
Twice Sevilla failed from the penalty spot, while Rayo also saw goalkeeper Ruben Martinez sent off after conceding the second spot-kick.
Alvaro Negredo was the first guilty party, as his penalty came back off the post, before Martinez was dismissed for hauling down Ivan Rakitic.
Rakitic himself stepped up to take the second penalty, but went one worse than Negredo by screwing his penalty horribly wide, allowing ten man Rayo to cling on to another surprise point.
REAL BETIS P-P ATLETICO MADRID
This match was postponed, as Atletico were busy in Monaco, giving Champions League winners Chelsea an almighty shellacking. It’s very plausible that Atletico could be serious challengers this season, with Radamel Falcao looking the most in-form striker in world football currently.
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