Atletico Madrid recorded two victories in the week to move to within two points of the top spot, which is still occupied by Barcelona after they came from behind to beat Sevilla.
REAL BETIS 2-4 ATLETICO MADRID
This match had been postponed while Atletico thrashed Chelsea in the European Super Cup, and Atletico kept up their impressive start to the season by twice coming from behind to defeat a Betis side that ended the match with nine men.
Betis went into half-time with a 2-1 lead as Salvador Agra and a Juanfran own goal came either side of Radamel Falcao’s sixth of the season.
But Damien Perquis conceded a penalty early into the second half, earning himself a red card and giving Falcao the chance to level the scores.
Diego Costa put Atletico in front for the first time in the match seven minutes later and Raul Garcia made sure of the points in stoppage time, with Betis down to nine men by this point following the dismissal of Joel Campbell for a second bookable offence.
ESPANYOL 0-1 ATLETICO MADRID
Atletico then made it five wins from the first six matches of the campaign, moving up to second in the process with an unbeaten record.
Raul Garcia scored his second goal of the week after half an hour to really kick-start his Atletico career, while Espanyol now sit bottom of the table having failed to win any of their opening six matches.
SEVILLA 2-3 BARCELONA
Sevilla were full of confidence having defeated Real Madrid at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan and nearly caused another shock as they led Barcelona by two goals before surrendering their advantage in cruel circumstances.
Piotr Trochowski was once again on the scoresheet, as he was against Real, putting Sevilla in front after 26 minutes, before Alvaro Negredo netted his fourth of the season three minutes into the second half to leave Tito Vilanova facing fears of his first defeat as Barca manager ahead of El Clasico.
Cesc Fabregas pulled one back for Barca five minutes later, before they were handed another lifeline when Gary Medel was dismissed for Sevilla for leaning his head into Fabregas with 20 minutes remaining.
Fabregas levelled the scores in the final minute of normal time, before David Villa netted in stoppage time to rescue a big three points going into next weekend’s clash with Real Madrid.
REAL MADRID 5-1 DEPORTIVO LA CORUNA
Real picked the perfect opportunity to get their stuttering season up and running as they crushed newly-promoted Deportivo at Santiago Bernabeu.
They did fear another day of disappointment as Depor took a shock lead through Riki 15 minutes into the match.
That merely served to wake Real up however, as Cristiano Ronaldo equalised from the spot after Angel Di Maria was fouled. Di Maria then scored himself, before Ronaldo grabbed his second of the game just before half-time.
Pepe made it four after 67 minutes, before Ronaldo completed his hat-trick five minutes from the end, converting his second penalty of the game to give Real some much needed momentum heading into El Clasico.
MALAGA 4-0 REAL BETIS
Betis conceded four goals for the second time in the week to give coach Pepe Mel some concerns, while discipline will also be a problem as his team saw red flashed in their direction once again.
Goalkeeper Casto was dismissed 11 minutes into the game, as Betis found themselves up against it; more so when Joaquin converted the subsequent penalty.
Javier Saviola made it two after half an hour, before salt was rubbed thoroughly into Betis’ open wounds as Antonio Amaya scored an own goal after 72 minutes. Isco made it four late on, as Malaga maintain their unbeaten start to the season.
REAL SOCIEDAD 2-0 ATHLETIC BILBAO
It’s been a torrid start to the season for Athletic Bilbao, and it got even worse as they slipped into the bottom three following defeat to their local rivals.
Antoine Griezmann gave La Real the lead just after the hour mark, and they doubled their advantage ten minutes later from the spot, with Carlos Vela converting after Fernando Amorebieta had been dismissed for the concession of it.
VALENCIA 2-0 REAL ZARAGOZA
Valencia have had a slow start to the season under new manager Mauricio Pellegrino and will hope they can kick-start their season following a comfortable victory over Zaragoza.
Sofiane Feghouli has been one of the brighter sparks for Los Che this season, but he had a mixed game, opening the scoring after 12 minutes, before later picking up his second booking and subsequent red card.
Jonathan Viera had already ensured the three points would be staying in Valencia by that point, as they move into the top half for the first time this season.
VALLADOLID 6-1 RAYO VALLECANO
I wrote last week as to whether Rayo Vallecano’s gung-ho approach would help or hinder them this season, and it would appear the latter is more likely as they suffered a heavy defeat to Primera new boys, Valladolid.
Alejandro Dominguez had given Rayo a fifth minute lead, but that was soon snuffed out by Alberto Bueno, as Valladolid soon took control.
Manucho, Oscar and Antonio Rukavina all netted before the half-time break to give the hosts a comfortable lead, before Manucho and Oscar each grabbed a second apiece to put some real gloss on the scoreline.
OSASUNA 4-0 LEVANTE
Osasuna finally got their season up and running as they eventually broke down a stubborn Levante side to record their first victory of the season.
They had to wait until the second half to open the scoring, with Emiliano Armenteros breaking the deadlock after 55 minutes.
The game didn’t become safe until the final ten minutes of the match as Osasuna ran riot, with Roland Lamah, a David Timor penalty and Francisco Nino all finding the back of the net.
GRANADA 2-1 CELTA VIGO
Granada also recorded their first victory of the season, as they turned over newly promoted Celta Vigo.
Guilherme Siquiera opened the scoring from the spot after 12 minutes, and one quickly became two, as Gabriel Torje doubled the advantage five minutes later.
Celta weren’t down for long however, as Iago Aspas brought Celta back into the game, but there was to be no equaliser as Granada held on for their maiden victory.
GETAFE 1-0 MALLORCA
Mallorca suffered their first defeat of the season as Getafe pulled themselves out of the bottom three with victory at Coliseum Alfonso Perez.
Mallorca made it difficult for themselves early on as Ximo was sent off after ten minutes for a professional foul.
Getafe didn’t make the most of their man advantage until the second half however, as Diego Castro scored five minutes after half-time to give Getafe a much needed victory.
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