Spanish League Round up – Week One
The opening weekend of the new Spanish league season produced plenty of goals but no real surprises. Three of last season’s top four – Barça, Valencia and Sevilla - secured comfortable wins while new boys Levante and Hercules slumped to home defeats
However, it wasn’t all bad news for the minnows as Real Sociedad celebrated their return to
the top flight with a 1-0 win over one of last season’s Europa League qualifiers, Villarreal.
Sevilla bounce back
Levante took an early lead at home to Sevilla – still stunned by their Super Cup defeat
against Barça and an early exit from the Champions League – but held on for just two minutes
before Abdoulay Konko made it 1-1. Sevilla never looked back from that moment and went on to win
1-4, with French defender Konko, who was brought in to replace Barça’s Dani Alves, getting
The third of the promoted sides, Hercules, managed to restrict Bilbao to just one
Fernando Llorente goal as they too slipped to a home defeat in their first match back in the first
division for many years.
Life for Valencia without David Villa and David Silva started well with a 1-3 win over Malaga
on the Costa del Sol. The man who was brought in to replace Villa, Artiz Aduriz, enjoyed a dream
debut scoring the first goal after ten minutes.
Real Madrid struggle to score
In contrast to free-scoring Barça, Sevilla and Valencia, Jose Mourinho’s
new-look Real Madrid struggled to break down a Mallorca side decimated by the club’s
financial problems and had to settle for a goalless draw as Ronaldo and Higuain both failed to take
There were no goals for the 11,000 fans to enjoy in the Riazor either, as Deportivo were held
0-0 by visitors Real Zaragoza. It was the same story in Pamplona where Osasuna and Almeria fought
out the third of the weekend’s goalless draws.
Meanwhile, it was a good day all round for the city of Barcelona as Mauricio
Pochettino’s RCD Espanyol romped to a 3-1 home win against Getafe.