Spanish League Roundup: week 2
A mere two matches into the league campaign and only two clubs, Atletico and Valencia, can boast a one hundred percent record. Meanwhile, at the other end of the table, Levante and Racing are still without a single point.
Two goals from Diego Forlan and Tiago gave Atletico Madrid a narrow win in San Mames against Bilbao
and kept them at the top of the table ahead of the visit next weekend of FC Barcelona. A late goal
from Bilbao’s Spanish international forward, Llorente, was not enough to compensate for a
workmanlike but rather lacklustre performance from the Basque outfit. Atletico’s young
Argentinean forward Kun AgŘero picked up a leg injury and had to go off early in the second half.
He remains a doubt for the match against Barša next Sunday.
Valencia join Atletico on six points
Meanwhile, Racing put up a spirited fight in the first half of their match away to Valencia
but the home side took the lead seconds before the break and went on to control the second half and
take all three points.
Sevilla had plenty of chances to win their match against Deportivo in the Sanchez Pizjuan but
a combination of bad luck and a well-organized defensive display from the visitors kept the game
goalless. Sevilla move into third place with four points.
Real Madrid produced a hesitant performance in their home league debut against Osasuna but a
goal from Portuguese centre half Carvalho was enough to give them all three points.
Malaga hit five
Perhaps the most astonishing display of the weekend came in Zaragoza, where visitors Malaga
scored no fewer than five goals in the opening 34 minutes! The locals managed to come back with
three goals but the disaster of the first half hour was too much to overcome.
Espanyol also suffered a painful 4-0 defeat away to Villarreal despite the return to the side
of Ivan de la Pe˝a after a 10-month injury layoff.
Sporting took all three points in a poor match at home to Mallorca (2-0) while Getafe had
little trouble in dispatching Levante 4-1 to leave the Valencia-based team propping up the table
with no points from their two games.