La Liga result: Sanabaria strike twice in Levante mauling to send Betis above Real Madrid

Real Betis 4 – 0 Levante

Real Betis turned on the style to beat Levante 4-0 and move up into fifth place in La Liga.

Betis’ third straight league win took them above Real Madrid, who they beat at the Bernabeu in their previous fixture.

Paraguayan youngster Antonio Sanabria, who grabbed the late winner in Madrid, added to his growing reputation by scoring twice.

Fabian and Sergio Leon were also on target in the second half as Betis ran riot.

Following a drab goalless first period, Betis were irresistible after the break and Sanabria gave them a 47th-minute lead when heading home Leon’s centre off the inside of a post.

Fabian’s driving run and fine finish gave him his first Betis goal before the unmarked Leon met Riza Durmisi’s 65th-minute cross at the far post.

Sanabria wrapped up the rout in stoppage time as Levante, Segunda Division champions last term, lost for the first time this season.


La Liga results: Valencia edge Sociedad; Getafe thrash Villarreal

Espanyol 4 – 1 Deportivo La Coruna
Getafe 4 – 0 Villarreal
Eibar 0 – 4 Celta Vigo
Las Palmas 0 – 2 Leganes
Real Sociedad 2 – 3 Valencia

Simone Zaza was Valencia’s hero as he snatched victory in a five-goal thriller at Real Sociedad with both sides reduced to 10 men.
Zaza, who scored a hat-trick in last weekend’s 5-0 demolition of Malaga, struck five minutes from time after Igor Zubeldia and Geoffrey Kondogbia had been dismissed to clinch a 3-2 win as the visitors produced a stunning display of counter-attacking football.
They went ahead with 26 minutes gone when Rodrigo Moreno converted Goncalo Guedes’ cross from close range, although the lead lasted just seven minutes when Aritz Elustondo powered home a header from Mikel Oyarzabal’s corner.
Ignacio Vidal rounded off a swift counter-attack with a cultured finish from Carlos Soler’s perfectly-weighted pass to restore Valencia’ lead 10 minutes after the restart, but once again, their celebrations were short-lived as Oyarzabal levelled within four minutes.
Real’s hopes of victory were dealt a significant blow when Zubeldia, who had earlier been booked for a foul, attempted an overhead kick inside the Valencia penalty area and appeared to catch defender Jose Gaya in the face.
But referee Santiago Jaime swiftly evened things up when Kondogbia, who had also already been cautioned, felled Real substitute Adnan Januzaj with a clumsy challenge to miss out on a dramatic conclusion.

Getafe thrashed Villarreal 4-0 to secure their first home win of the season.
The hosts had suffered one-goal defeats to Sevilla and Barcelona at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez but got off the mark at the third attempt and ended Villarreal’s four-match unbeaten run in all competitions.
Angel Rodriguez gave Getafe a 54th-minute lead when he headed in Juan Cala’s flick on at the back post and — 10 minutes later — Jorge Molina pounced on Ruben Semedo’s hesitancy to steal possession and slot past Mariano Barbosa.
Markel Bergara forced in a third in the 67th minute after Barbosa had somehow kept out Cala’s close-range header and Angel nodded in his second in stoppage time from Faycal Fajr’s corner.

Espanyol registered only their second win of the season by beating struggling Deportivo de La Coruna 4-1.
They took the lead after just five minutes when Leo Baptistao headed in a cross from Victor Sanchez. And the advantage was doubled in the 22nd minute when Depor defender Alejandro Arribas deflected a corner onto his own net.
Depor pulled one back through Celso Borges eight minutes into the second half, but Gerard Moreno made the points safe with a penalty and a late tap-in.

Celta Vigo earned their first away win since April by swatting aside Eibar 4-0.
Two in-swinging Pione Sisto free kicks gave Celta a 2-0 lead, the first headed in by Gustavo Cabral in the 17th minute before Sergi Gomez got the slightest of touches on the second six minutes later.
Sisto set up a third six minutes before half-time as his left-wing cross was volleyed home by Pablo Hernandez at the back post.
Daniel Wass added a fourth 18 minutes from time after slotting in Hugo Mallo’s cut-back.

Leganes ended their three-match winless run with a 2-0 victory at Las Palmas.
Claudio Beauvue finished off a counter-attack two minutes into the second half before Javier Eraso wrapped up victory in the sixth minute of added time.

La Liga results: Suarez on target as Barcelona benefit from two own goals to beat Girona; Ceballos brace help Real edge Alaves

Atletico Madrid 2 – 0 Sevilla

Alaves 1 – 2 Real Madrid
Malaga 3 – 3 Athletic Bilbao
Girona 0 – 3 Barcelona

  • Girona 0 – 3 Barcelona

Barcelona made it six wins out of six in La Liga with victory at Catalan neighbours Girona.
Barca’s first two goals came from own goals by the hosts, who are in their first La Liga season.

Aday Benitez deflected Jordi Alba’s shot into his own net and keeper Gorka Iraizoz turned Aleix Vidal’s cross into his own net.

Luis Suarez smashed home the third after latching on to a Sergi Roberto long ball.

Girona, who are co-owned by Manchester City, played five City loanees in the game, with Brazilian midfielder Douglas Luiz impressive in attacking positions.

Pablo Maffeo, in his third season on loan, successfully man-marked Barca’s Lionel Messi, who had scored 11 goals in his previous five games, including four against Eibaron Tuesday.
Barcelona, who had been expected to have a difficult season after losing boss Luis Enrique and striker Neymar, travel to Sporting Lisbon in the Champions League on Tuesday.
They won their opening group game 3-0 against last season’s finalists Juventus.
Barcelona now travel to face Sporting Lisbon in the Champions League on Wednesday before hosting Las Palmas in La Liga next Sunday.

Girona, meanwhile, face Celta Vigo on Friday night.

  • Alaves 1 – 2 Real Madrid

Dani Ceballos scored twice on his first league start for Real Madrid as they beat struggling Alaves.
The 21-year-old Spanish midfielder, signed from Real Betis in the summer, held off two defenders before striking home his first.

Alaves, who came into the goal without a point or a goal this season, equalised through Manu Garcia’s header.

But, three minutes later, Ceballos scored his and Real’s second with a low drive from 16 yards.

Both sides also went close in the final 20 minutes.
The Spanish and European champions were lucky not to concede when Alfonso Pedraza’s deflected shot beat Keylor Navas but came off the bar.
And the substitute went close again when his poked shot struck the keeper’s right-hand upright.
Real skipper Sergio Ramos, who had a header disallowed, missed an open goal from eight yards.
The win moves Real up to fourth in La Liga, although any of the four teams directly below them – Valencia, Levante, Real Sociedad and Real Betis – could leapfrog Los Blancos by the end of the weekend.
Zinedine Zidane’s side have had a relatively disappointing start to their domestic campaign, having won only three of their first six games.

  • Atletico Madrid 2 – 0 Sevilla

Diego Costa watched Atletico Madrid’s 2-0 win over Sevilla from the stands following his return to the capital club from Chelsea.

Atletico’s transfer ban means Costa cannot take the field until January, but he could at least revel in the club’s form on Saturday.

Yannick Carrasco set Atletico en route to a third straight La Liga win, breaking the deadlock after a goalless first half.

Carrasco rounded Sergio Rico before tucking in to hand the hosts the advantage, then Antoine Griezmann doubled the advantage.

The France poacher was played in by Filipe Luis before firing across Rico and home to settle the argument and leave Atletico with two wins from two in their new Wanda Metropolitano stadium.

  • Malaga 3 – 3 Athletic Bilbao

Diego Rolan’s late strike salvaged 10-man Malaga a 3-3 draw with Athletic Bilbao.
Bilbao led 3-1 after 70 minutes thanks to Inaki Williams’ brace and a fourth-minute penalty from Aritz Aduriz.

Rolan claimed the first of his double after 35 minutes to keep Malaga in touch, but the hosts had Zdravko Kuzmanovic sent off early in the second half.
Malaga shrugged off the setback however, with Paul Baysse and Rolan completing the comeback late on.

La Liga results: Levante beat Sociedad to go above Real Madrid; Villarreal held by Espanyol

Villarreal 0 – 0 Espanyol
Celta Vigo 1 – 1 Getafe
Levante 3 – 0 Real Sociedad

Defender Chema Rodriguez scored an early contender for goal of the season asLevanteeased to a 3-0 victory over 10-man Real Sociedad.
Rodriguez opened the scoring in sensational fashion, firing a 20-yard left-footed volley into the top corner on the stroke of half-time.
Jose Luis Morales then doubled the home side’s lead from the penalty spot after he was adjudged to have been fouled in the area with 15 minutes remaining.
Sociedad’s Diego Llorente was dismissed after 88 minutes following a second bookable offence before Enis Bardhi completed the victory with a fine free-kick shortly afterwards.

The crushing win takes newly-promoted Levante above Real Madrid and up to fifth in the table.

Villarreal were held to a goalless draw by Espanyol at the Estadio de la Ceramica.
The hosts went into the match on the back of successive victories following two defeats in as many of their opening matches. But the Yellow Submarine were unable to muster up a hat-trick of consecutive wins despite having more of the ball and 14 shots to Espanyol’s 10.

Villarreal move up to eighth in the table while Espanyol, who managed their first victory of the season with a 2-1 success against Celta Vigo on Monday night, are 16th following their hard-fought point.

Angel Luis Rodriguez Diaz salvaged a point for Getafe with a late strike at Celta Vigo as the game ended 1-1.
Uruguayan Maxi Gomez, the 21-year-old who arrived atCelta Vigoin the summer, continued his fine form by opening the scoring for the hosts.

Gomez, who scored twice in his side’s opening-day defeat to Real Sociedad, took his La Liga tally for the season to an impressive four from the opening five matches with his 25th-minute strike.
But Diaz scored with just four minutes remaining to rescue a draw for the newly-promoted side.

La Liga results: Real Madrid slip on Ronaldo’s return; Atletico edge Bilbao

Athletic Bilbao 1 – 2 Atletico Madrid
Leganes 0 – 0 Girona
Deportivo La Coruna 1 – 0 Alaves
Real Madrid 0 – 1 Real Betis
Sevilla 1 – 0 Las Palmas

Antonio Sanabria scored a 94th-minute winner as Real Betis shocked Real Madrid to win at the Bernabeu in La Liga for the first time in 19 years.
The 21-year-old dived onto Antonio Barragan’s cross to head past Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas.
Zinedine Zidane’s side dominated for large spells, but Cristiano Ronaldo was among the home players to waste chances as Real produced 27 efforts on goal.
It leaves the European champions seven points adrift of leaders Barcelona.
Ronaldo, returning from a five-game ban,was making his first La Liga appearance of the season, but saw a back heel cleared off the line before Antonio Adan saved a long-range effort from the Portugal forward.

Wales forward Gareth Bale gave Ronaldo arguably the best opportunity to open the scoring with a low ball across the area, but the 32-year-old sliced over.
Luka Modric had earlier hit the side netting after a driving run from inside his own half, while Bale was denied from a clever flicked effort.

But for all the hosts’ dominance, they were left open at the back and were handed a warning when Sanabria saw his tap-in ruled out for offside late on.
Moments later the former Barcelona youngster made no mistake as Real were again caught short, scoring the winner to send Betis above their hosts to sixth in the table.
It was the first time Betis have won at the Bernabeu since Finidi George scored in a 1-0 win in October 1998 and brought to an end Real’s all-time Spanish record of scoring in 73 successive games.
Los Blancos are yet to win at home in La Liga this season, having drawn with Levante and Valencia.
The defending champions have now taken just eight points from five matches on the young season. They are seven points behind leaders Barcelona, who throttled Eibar 6-1 on Tuesday.

Angel Correa and Yannick Carrasco scored second-half goals as Atletico Madrid extended their unbeaten league start to five matches with a 2-1 win at Athletic Bilbao.
Atletico, unbeaten in six games in all competitions this season, broke the deadlock through Correa 10 minutes into the second half and Carrasco added a second in the 73rd minute.
Bilbao, who slipped to a first home defeat of the season, squandered a first-half penalty when Aritz Aduriz’s spot kick, for Filipe Luis’ foul on Raul Garcia, was saved by Jan Oblak.
Bilbao midfielder Garcia struck a late consolation for the Basque side in the second minute of time added on.

Former Manchester City winger Jesus Navas fired the only goal as second-placed Sevilla closed the gap on Barcelona to two points after a 1-0 home win against Las Palmas.
Navas lashed home a shot into the top corner from outside the penalty area and from a tight angle in the 83rd minute as Sevilla extended their unbeaten start to the season to eight games in all competitions.

Portuguese defender Luisinho’s solitary goal clinched Deportivo La Coruna a 1-0 home win against fellow strugglers Alaves.
Luisinho fired home in first-half stoppage time to secure Deportivo their first league win of the season and lift them out of the bottom three.
Deportivo goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon denied Alaves an equaliser early in the second half when he saved winger Burgui’s angled drive in the bottom corner.
Alaves, who stay second from bottom, and Malaga have both lost their first five league games.

Leganes drew 0-0 at home against Girona, but were grateful for the woodwork in the 73rd minute when visiting defender Juanpe’s header hit the crossbar.

La Liga: Four goals by Messi as Barcelona crush Eibar; Zaza the hat-trick hero in Valencia’s mauling of Malaga

Valencia 5 – 0 Malaga
Barcelona 6 – 1 Eibar

Lionel Messi scored four goals as La Liga leaders Barcelona maintained their 100% start to the season with a big win against Eibar.
Messi converted a penalty to give the hosts the lead before Paulinho headed in a second.
Denis Suarez then struck from a rebound but Sergi Enrich made it 3-1 with a near-post finish.
Messi scored twice within a minute before exchanging passes with Aleix Vidal for a late fourth.
The win means Barcelona are top with 15 points, five clear of second-placed Sevilla but having played a game more.
Messi is once again enjoying an impressive run of form in front goal.
The Argentina forward has scored nine goals in his past four La Liga appearances with his four on Tuesday moving him to a total of 301 at the Nou Camp in 13 years.

Former West Ham striker Simone Zaza scored a hat-trick inside nine minutes as Valencia beat Malaga 5-0.
After Santi Mina opened the scoring, Italy international Zaza scored between the 54th and 63rd minutes to put Valencia in control.
Substitute Rodrigo then finished from Goncalo Guedes’ clever backheel to complete the win.
Valencia move up to third in La Liga, six points behind Barcelona.

La Liga: Bale scores as Real end Sociedad perfect start; Loic Remy on target again in Las Palmas win

Alaves 0 – 3 Villarreal
Girona 0 – 1 Sevilla
Las Palmas 1 – 0 Athletic Bilbao
Real Sociedad 1 – 3 Real Madrid

  • Real Sociedad 1 – 3 Real Madrid

Gareth Bale scored a superb individual goal as Real Madrid beat Real Sociedad 3-1 at the Anoeta on Sunday to go fourth in La Liga.

Real Madrid took the lead after 28 minutes when Borja Mayoral crashed home his first goal for the club from a Sergio Ramos tee-up, only for Kevin Rodrigues to level when his powerful drive slipped through Keylor Navas’ fingers.

Rodrigues then slid in to plant the ball past his own goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli from Mayoral’s low cross, just seconds after having headed against Navas’ crossbar at the other end.
Bale raced away from Sociedad to score a sublime third after the break for Real Madrid as Zinedine Zidane’s side recovered their form to rise to fourth.

Real were seeking to make it 73 consecutive games in all competitions in which they had scored and that record was upheld after 19 minutes when 19-year-old full-back Theo Hernandez crossed for Sergio Ramos to tee-up an attempted overhead kick, only for Mayoral to romp through the middle and score.

  • Girona 0 – 1 Sevilla

Luis Muriel’s second-half goal proved the difference as Sevilla moved two points behind league leaders Barcelona by edging to a 1-0 win at Girona.
Muriel latched onto Franco Vazquez’s through ball and beat Girona goalkeeper Gorka Iraizoz at his near post with a left-footed finish in the 69th minute.

The hosts had an opportunity to secure a point but Alex Granell saw his penalty one minute into injury-time rattle the crossbar and Sevilla clung on to claim their third successive league win.

  • Las Palmas 1 – 0 Athletic Bilbao

Loic Remy struck three minutes from time to lift Las Palmas to a 1-0 win over Athletic Bilbao.
Remy, who joined the club on Sept. 1 after being released by Chelsea, scored on his Las Palmas debut in the victory at Malaga earlier this week.
And he came off the bench to grab the winner on Sunday, cutting in from the left and firing beyond Kepa Arrizabalaga to hand Athletic their first defeat in four matches.

  • Alaves 0 – 3 Villarreal

Cedric Bakambu scored two goals as Villarreal claimed a comfortable 3-0 victory over struggling Alaves in Sunday’s early kick-off at Mendizorrotza.
The Congolese striker fired Victor Ruiz’s assist into the bottom corner just after the half-hour mark and Carlos Bacca added a close-range second seven minutes after the break.
Bakambu, who was also on target in Thursday night’s 3-1 Europa League victory over Astana, completed his double 10 minutes later thanks to Samu Castillejo’s well-placed through-ball to hand the Yellow Submarine their second successive league victory.
The result means a fourth straight defeat for Alaves, who sacked manager Luis Zubeldia after the match with the team having no points or goals scored in their start to the league.
Alaves said that Javier Cabello would be interim manager.

La Liga results: Paulinho rescues three points for Barcelona; Griezmann scores as Atletico open new home with victory

Eibar 1 – 0 Leganes
Levante 1 – 1 Valencia
Getafe 1 – 2 Barcelona
Real Betis 2 – 1 Deportivo La Coruna
Atletico Madrid 1 – 0 Malaga

  • Getafe 1 – 2 Barcelona

Former Tottenham midfielder Paulinho scored a late winner as Barcelona maintained their 100% record in La Liga by coming from behind to beat Getafe.

Paulinho came on as a second-half substitute and powered his way into the box before netting from a tight angle.

Getafe had taken the lead in the first half through Gaku Shibasaki’s stunning volley high into the roof of the net.

Ousmane Dembele hobbled off injured on his first league start, as Denis Suarez clipped in Barca’s leveller.

The result keeps Ernesto Valverde’s side top of the table, having won all four of their games so far this season.

Signed in the summer transfer window for a club-record £96.8m to replace Neymar,who joined Paris St-Germain, Dembele was making his first league start for Barcelona.

But this was a game to forget for Dembele, as he barely had a sniff of the ball in the 29 minutes he was on the pitch, before hobbling off as he looked like he pulled a hamstring when chasing a ball into the left corner.

Messi had a free-kick brilliantly saved by Guaita and Getafe could have gained at least a point when Mauro Arambarri’s deflected shot struck the foot of the post.

  • Atletico Madrid 1 – 0 Malaga

Antoine Griezmann christened Atletico Madrid’s new stadium by scoring the only goal of the game in a La Liga victory over Malaga.

The France striker darted in front of defender Luis Hernandez to meet Angel Correa’s low cross just after the hour in front of about 63,000 fans.
Atletico move up to third in the table, a point behind Real Sociedad and four off leaders Barcelona.
Diego Simeone’s side have played their first

three league games away.

Atletico left the Vicente Calderon at the end of last season and were granted permission to play away from home this term as work was completed at their new home.

And twelve hours of celebrations had been planned around the first match at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium on Saturday.

Bottom side Malaga could easily have put a dampener on the party however with striker Borja Baston – on loan from Swansea – forcing a good save from Jan Oblak in the first half and substitute Diego Rolan going close in the final minute.

  • Levante 1 – 1 Valencia

Enis Bardhi cancelled out Rodrigo’s 31st-minute opener to give Levante a 1-1 home draw against Valencia.

The Brazil-born striker put Valencia ahead just past the half-hour, sneaking a well-placed header past Levante keeper Raul from an Andreas Pereira cross.
But Bardhi would give the hosts a point 10 minutes later, the Macedonia midfielder controlling a poor clearance on the edge of the box before powering a low effort past Neto.

  • Real Betis 2 – 1 Deportivo La Coruna

Veteran midfielder Joaquin scored twice as Real Betis beat struggling Deportivo La Coruna 2-1 in Seville.
The 36-year-old headed home his first in the 14th minute after a goalmouth scramble but the visitors equalised through Federico Cartabia.
The Argentinian’s goal raised hopes that the visitors could go on to claim their first win of the new league season.
But Sanchez had other ideas and won the game 14 minutes from time when he latched onto a perfect through-ball from Jose Guardado and slotted the ball past Costel Pantilimon in the Deportivo goal.

La Liga results: Loic Remy score on debut in Las Palmas win over Malaga; Sociedad move to second

Deportivo La Coruna 2 – 4 Real Sociedad

Athletic Bilbao 2 – 0 Girona

Celta Vigo 1 – 0 Alaves

Villarreal 3 – 1 Real Betis

Malaga 1 – 3 Las Palmas


  • Malaga 1 – 3 Las Palmas

Former Chelsea striker Loic Remy scored on his Las Palmas debut as they beat Malaga 3-1.
The 30-year-old, who joined after leaving Stamford Bridge on a free transfer, wrapped up the visitors’ first win of the season as they climbed off the bottom of La Liga.

Jonathan Calleri and Jonathan Viera also netted for Las Palmas with Diego Gonzalez’s equaliser eventually counting for nothing with Malaga still winless this season.

Remy, a second-half substitute, then netted his first goal since December 2015 with two minutes left to seal victory.


  • Deportivo La Coruna 2 – 4 Real Sociedad

Real Sociedad made it three wins from their opening three La Liga games as they beat Deportivo La Coruna 4-2 at the Riazor.
The visitors began the match in stunning fashion, going 2-0 up through goals from Juanmi and Asier Illarramendi in the third and fourth minutes.

Depor pulled level following efforts from Adrian in the 27th minute and Florin Andone in the 50th, but Eusebio Sacristan’s men produced another quickfire double in the closing stages, with substitute Diego Llorente netting in the 83rd minute and Illarramendi adding another three minutes later.

  • Athletic Bilbao 2 – 0 Girona

Goals from Iker Muniain and Aritz Aduriz eased Athletic Bilbao into the top four with a 2-0 home win over Girona.

Muniain broke the deadlock with 25 minutes gone when he fired into the top corner from Inaki Williams’ cross, but the visitors responded and keeper Iago Herrerin saved from Pedro Alcala, Aday Benitez and Alex Granell.

However, Aduriz extended his side’s lead with 53 minutes gone with Williams once again the provider and although Benitez and Cristhian Stuani might have reduced the deficit, Athletic finished strongly to claim the win.

  • Villarreal 3 – 1 Real Betis

Carlos Bacca set Villarreal on their way to a first win of the campaign as they came from behind to beat Real Betis 3-1 at the Estadio de la Ceramica.
It took Real just 11 minutes to get their noses in front when Sergio Leon headed Joaquin’s cross past keeper Mariano Barbosa.
But the home side were level 13 minutes before the break thanks to Bacca’s strike following an error by keeper Antonio Adan, and came desperately close to taking the lead when midfielder Rodrigo’s long-range effort came back off the post.
They did go ahead 16 minutes into the second half when Samu Castillejo curled a shot expertly around Adan, and victory was sealed by an equally emphatic finish from Enes Unal 13 minutes from time.

  • Celta Vigo 1 – 0 Alaves

A first-half goal from Maxi Gomes was enough to give Celta Vigo a 1-0 home win over Alaves in a game between two sides searching for their first league victory of the season.
The key moment arrived after 33 minutes when Gomez was in the right place to head home from close range following a cross by Pione Sisto.
They could have doubled that advantage before the break as Jozabed Sanchez headed narrowly wide, but although they had to withstand more pressure after the break Alaves struggled to create many clear chances for a leveller.

La Liga results: Messi’s hattrick sink Espanyol; Real Madrid held by Levante

Leganes 1 – 2 Getafe

Real Madrid 1 – 1 Levante

Valencia 0 – 0 Atletico Madrid

Sevilla 3 – 0 Eibar

Barcelona 5 – 0 Espanyol

  • Barcelona 5 – 0 Espanyol

Barcelona romped to a 5-0 win over Espanyol in the 167th Catalan derby thanks to a 38th career hat-trick from Lionel Messi.

Messi slotted home from an Ivan Rakitic through-ball midway through the first half, despite replays showing the Argentine was clearly offside when the ball was played.

Jordi Alba slipped in Messi for his second and the full-back repeated the trick shortly after the break as Messi and Barca made it three.

Gerard Pique powered in a header to make it 4-0 before £135m Ousmane Dembele, who was making his debut, set up Luis Suarez for a simple last-minute tap in, as Barca cruised to the top of the La Liga table.

  • Real Madrid 1 – 1 Levante

Real Madrid’s stuttering start to their La Liga defence continued, coming from behind to draw against Levante. The visitors took a shock lead through Ivi, who spun past Dani Carvajal in the area before slotting home.

But Lucas Vazquez equalised from close range after Sergio Ramos’s header was saved by Raul Fernandez.

Marcelo was dismissed for kicking out at Jefferson Lerma and Toni Kroos could have won it for Real in injury-time but curled a shot a against the post. Minutes earlier, Brazilian full-back Marcelo had struck an effort at goal which Raul brilliantly saved, but lashed out at Lerma after a challenge by the Levante player and was dismissed. The result means Real have won one game from three in the league this season, but failed to win their opening two matches at Bernabeu for the first time since 1995.

Missing the suspended Cristiano Ronaldo – who served the fourth of his five-game ban for pushing a referee – Real then had to deal with the loss of Karim Benzema through injury in the first half. The Frenchman was replaced by Gareth Bale, who missed a host of chances.

  • Valencia 0 – 0 Atletico Madrid

Valencia and Atletico Madrid both protected their unbeaten records but will have been frustrated by their goalless draw at the Mestalla.

Diego Simeone’s Atletico enjoyed the better chances to force the issue, with Angel Correa and Luciano Vietto going close in the first half before Nicolas Gaitan was denied on the hour mark.

With time ticking away, Martin Montoya missed an opportunity to clinch it for Los Che as Jan Oblak parried his effort from the middle of the box.

  • Sevilla 3 – 0 Eibar

Sevilla dominated Eibar at the Sanchez Pizjuan to win 3-0 and record back-to-back victories.

However, it took the Andalusians until the 46th minute to score, with Ganso rifling home Nolito’s assist at the expense of Eibar goalkeeper Marko Dmitrovic.

Sevilla continued to turn the screw and Wissam Ben Yedder continued his hot streak in front of goal by tapping in a Pablo Sarabia cross. At the death, Nolito rubber-stamped the result at the far post.


  • Leganes 1 – 2 Getafe

Miguel Angel Guerrero scored but then had a penalty saved as Leganes lost 2-1 to Madrid rivals Getafe in La Liga. Alvaro Jimenez punished the miss with the visitors’ winner after Guerrero cancelled out Mauro Arambarri’s first-half opener.

Leganes had early sights of goal through Guerrero and Javier Eraso before Getafe took control.

Faycal Fajr’s dangerous set-piece delivery created chances for Djene Dakonam and Juan Cala, while Gaku Shibasaki and Fajr himself also threatened.

Just as Leganes looked to come back into the game, with Eraso’s shot saved before Ruben Perez fired over, Jorge Molina teed up Arambarri who set himself nearly 30 yards out and fired a ferocious rising drive into the top corner.

Guerrero headed just wide early in the second half but equalised in the 65th minute, following up after Diego Rico was twice denied by Vicente Guaita.

But his low spot-kick, after Cala fouled Gabriel Pires, was well saved and instead Jimenez had the final say, hammering home after Fajr delivered a corner directly to the edge of the box.

La Liga results: Asensio rescues point for Madrid; Messi bags brace after penalty miss

Real Sociedad 3 – 0 Villarreal

Real Betis 2 – 1 Celta Vigo

Alaves 0 – 2 Barcelona

Girona 1 – 0 Malaga

Levante 2 – 2 Deportivo La Coruna

Las Palmas 1 – 5 Atletico Madrid

Eibar 0 – 1 Athletic Bilbao

Espanyol 0 – 1 Leganes

Getafe 0 – 1 Sevilla

Real Madrid 2 – 2 Valencia


  • Real Madrid 2 – 2 Valencia

Marco Asensio scored twice for Real Madrid as they drew an entertaining game with Valencia.

The 21-year-old opened the scoring from 20 yards and Carlos Soler levelled from close range after a good team move.

Geoffrey Kondogbia put Valencia ahead from the edge of the area, but Asensio equalised with a free-kick.

Karim Benzema – who missed a host of simple chances – almost won it for Real when his header was tipped onto the post by a brilliant save by Neto.

Benzema fired several close-range efforts wide, including one from the rebound of a blocked Asensio cross moments before that header.

Real, who were still without the suspended Cristiano Ronaldo, had to play midfielder Casemiro in central defence because of Sergio Ramos’ ban and injuries to Raphael Varane and Jesus Vallejo.

Kondogbia was making his Valencia debut alongside Jeison Murillo, with the pair having joined on loan from Inter Milan this week.

The France midfielder was impressive, even aside from his 77th-minute goal from Rodrigo’s pass.

However, both sides missed the chance to join Real Sociedad, Barcelona and Leganes on six points from the opening two games.

  • Eibar 0 – 1 Athletic Bilbao

One goal was also enough for Athletic Bilbao to win on the road at Eibar, with Aritz Aduriz ghosting between two defenders to power home a header from six yards following a superb cross from Inaki Williams.

The home side’s best chances to equalise both fell to Enrique Kike, who got on the end of an excellent cross from substitute Bebe but saw his close-range effort well saved by Kepa Arrizabalaga, who also got down smartly at his near post to gather Kike’s header from a free-kick.

  • Getafe 0 – 1 Sevilla

Sevilla scored a 1-0 victory at Getafe, with Paulo Henrique Ganso producing a rare moment of quality to light up a mediocre contest.

The game looked to be heading for a goalless draw until Ganso deftly flicked Gabriel Mercado’s cross into the far corner in the 83rd minute, while substitute Luis Muriel wasted a golden chance to double Sevilla’s lead in injury time.

Amath Diedhiou missed the home side’s best chance in the first half when he blazed his shot over the bar from 12 yards out after being played through by Jorge Molina.

  • Espanyol 0 – 1 Leganes

Defender Martin Mantovani scored the only goal of the game as Leganes continued to enjoy an impressive start to just their second season in La Liga with victory at Espanyol.

Mantovani stabbed home a loose ball in the 28th minute after Espanyol goalkeeper Sabata Pau Lopez had saved superbly from Gabriel Pires’ header and the follow up from Javier Eraso.

The win gives Leganes six points from their first two games of the season, while Espanyol have just one point to show from their opening two matches.


  • Alaves 0 – 2 Barcelona

Lionel Messi scored twice – after having a penalty saved – as Barcelona beat Alaves in La Liga.

The Argentine’s first-half spot-kick was excellently saved by Fernando Pacheco after Gerard Pique was fouled.

He gave them the lead after the break when his shot from Gerard Deulofeu’s ball was deflected in, and scored a second from Jordi Alba’s headed pass.

Messi, who has scored a record 351 La Liga goals, had the chance for a hat-trick but his 20-yard shot hit the bar.

Messi scored the milestone goal in La Liga more than 12 years after his first, when he was only 17.

He has 66 more than Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, his closest challenger in the all-time list.

Messi, who has at least one league goal in 14 straight seasons, is only the second player to have surpassed 350 goals in the top five European leagues, after Bayern Munich’s Gerd Mueller, who ended his career with 365 in the Bundesliga.

They did bring on another summer signing, Paulinho, for his debut late on although the £36.4m recruit from Guangzhou Evergrande did not have time to make an impact.

Alaves, who were beaten by Barca in last season’s Copa del Rey final, brought on Enzo, the son of Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane, for his debut in the second half.

  • Las Palmas 1 – 5 Atletico Madrid

Atletico Madrid scored twice in the first five minutes on their way to an emphatic 5-1 win at Las Palmas.

Angel Correa and Yannick Carrasco fired Atletico into an early 2-0 lead, before former West Ham loanee Jonathan Calleri pulled a goal back for Las Palmas in the 58th minute.

But the visitors sealed the points through Koke’s double and, after Jonathan Viera was denied by Jan Oblak from the penalty spot nine minutes from time, Thomas Partey added a fifth at the death.

  • Girona 1 – 0 Malaga

Defender Pedro Alcala wrote his name in the history books as Girona claimed their first ever win in La Liga thanks to a 1-0 home victory over Malaga.

Alcala scored what proved to be the winner in the 28th minute as the newly-promoted side built on their 2-2 draw with Atletico Madrid on the opening day of the season.

  • Levante 2 – 2 Deportivo La Coruna

Girona and last season’s Segunda Division champions Levante both have four points from their first two games after 10-man Levante recovered from 2-0 down to draw with Deportivo La Coruna.

Goals from Fede Cartabia and Rechel Sidnei in the opening half-hour seemingly gave Deportivo control of the match, but Enis Bardhi pulled one back on 35 minutes with a stunning free-kick.

The home side were reduced to 10 men when Jose Luis Morales was shown a second yellow card 15 minutes from time, but still found an equaliser from the penalty spot after 84 minutes thanks to substitute Ivan Ivi.


  • Real Sociedad 3 – 0 Villarreal

Two goals from Willian Jose and another from Xabier Prieto earned Real Sociedad victory over Villarreal on Friday.

  • Real Betis 2 – 1 Celta Vigo

Real Betis recovered from one goal down to defeat Celta Vigo 2-1 at home on Friday. Maximiliano Gomez put the visitors ahead before Betis responded through goals from Sergio Leon and Zouhair Feddal.

La Liga results: Real, Barca WIN

Athletic Bilbao 0 – 0 Getafe

Barcelona 2 – 0 Real Betis

Deportivo La Coruna 0 – 3 Real Madrid

  • Deportivo La Coruna 0 – 3 Real Madrid

Gareth Bale scored one and assisted another as Real Madrid began their La Liga title defence with an easy victory at Deportivo La Coruna, although Sergio Ramos was sent off in injury time.

With Cristiano Ronaldo suspended, Bale tapped in from Karim Benzema’s scuffed shot to put Madrid ahead.

Casemiro ended a move with 44 passes by converting Marcelo’s cross, before Toni Kroos smashed in from Bale’s pass.

Keylor Navas then saved Florin Andone’s penalty, before Ramos was dismissed.

The Madrid defender picked up his second yellow card for a high elbow in an aerial challenge, having received his first for shoving Fabian Schar’s face.

Ramos, 31, has now been sent off 23 times for Madrid, and 18 times in La Liga, a joint record he shares with ex-Sevilla defender Pablo Alfaro and Xavi Aguado, formerly of Real Zaragoza.

  • Barcelona 2 – 0 Real Betis

Lionel Messi hit the post three times as Barcelona opened their La Liga campaign with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Real Betis.

The 30-year-old, who was looking for his 350th goal in the competition, was denied by the woodwork before the break and twice after it as Betis goalkeeper Antonio Adan enjoyed good fortune at the Nou Camp.

However, an evening on which the club paid tribute to the victims of last week’s terror attack in the city before kickoff ended in satisfactory fashion for the Catalan giants with Alin Tosca’s own goal and a second from Sergio Roberto handing new manager Ernesto Valverde victory in his first league game at the helm.

Stung by their 5-1 aggregate Spanish Super Cup defeat by arch-rivals Real Madrid, Barca, whose players wore the word “Barcelona” on the backs of their shirts rather than their own names, might have taken the lead with less than three minutes gone when Gerard Deulofeu stabbed a shot wide from close range after being picked out by Sergio Roberto.

Messi whipped a left-footed effort wide seconds later with the visitors firmly on the back foot, and then curled a 14th-minute free kick on to the roof of the net.

The Argentinian went even closer with a swerving 25th-minute shot, and was then denied by the post 10 minutes later with his shot having comprehensively beaten Adan.

However, Barca took the lead within seconds when defender Tosca turned Deulofeu’s cross into his own net, and it was 2-0 six minutes before the break.

Javier Mascherano’s superbly-timed challenge on Leon Limones sparked a lighting break which ended in emphatic style when Roberto steered Deulofeu’s cross into the net.

Messi went close once again on the hour when he ended a scintillating run with a curling left-foot shot which once again clipped the foot of the post with Adan helpless.

Barca were rampant, but their Argentinian superstar’s luck had for once deserted him with the woodwork coming to Betis’ rescue for a third time with nine minutes remaining, this time repelling his blistering rising drive.

  • Athletic Bilbao 0 – 0 Getafe

Getafe keeper Vicente Guaita was the hero as 10-man Getafe left Athletic Bilbao with a hard-earned point.

The Primera Liga new boys played the final 24 minutes with a numerical disadvantage after midfielder Alvaro Jimenez had been sent off for a second bookable offence, and they might even have emerged with all three points had it not been for Kepa Arrizabalaga’s save from Markel Bergara’s early header.

La Liga results: Griezmann sees red as ten-man Atletico fight back to earn point at Girona; Sociedad edge Celta

Celta Vigo 2 – 3 Real Sociedad

Girona 2 – 2 Atletico Madrid

Sevilla 1 – 1 Espanyol

  • Girona 2 – 2 Atletico Madrid

Antoine Griezmann was sent off but Atletico Madrid battled back to secure a dramatic 2-2 draw at La Liga newcomers Girona in their opening match of the new season on Saturday.

The Catalans were making their debut in Spain’s top flight.

Following a minute’s silence at Estadi Municipal de Montilivi in respect of the victims of the terror attacks in Barcelona and the nearby seaside town of Cambrils, Girona raced into a two-goal lead.

Uruguay forward Cristhian Stuani headed in a cross at the far post on 22 minutes and was on target again just three minutes later when he nodded the ball in after it had been knocked back through the six-yard box following a deep free kick.

Atletico then found themselves down to 10 men.

In the 66th minute, Griezmann was cautioned for what the referee viewed as a dive over Girona goalkeeper Gorka Iraizoz just inside the penalty box.

The French forward then appeared to say something to the official.

Referee Juan Martinez Munuera swiftly showed Griezmann another yellow card followed by a red to leave Diego Simeone’s men with it all to do.

However, Atleti responded when Angel Correa pulled a goal back with a fine individual strike in the 78th minute before, with just six minutes left, Jose Gimenez headed in an equaliser from Koke’s free kick.

  • Sevilla 1 – 1 Espanyol

Sevilla and Espanyol draw 1-1 at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, where the hosts finished with 10 men following substitute Ever Banega’s late dismissal for foul language.

Clement Lenglet put Sevilla ahead on 26 minutes when the defender bundled the ball in at the near post following a corner, but a fine individual goal from Leo Baptistao had the visitors level before half-time.

Both sides had chances to win the match, with Sevilla forward Luis Muriel rattling the woodwork, before Argentina midfielder Banega — who only came on just before the hour — lost his cool in the 84th minute after being cautioned and was then shown a red card by Alejandro Hernandez.

  • Celta Vigo 2 – 3 Real Sociedad

Willian Jose’s late penalty gaveReal Sociedada 3-2 win atCelta Vigo.

Uruguay forward Maximiliano Gomez gave the hosts the lead in the 22nd minute.

Sociedad, tough, were level just 10 minutes later when Mikel Oyarzabal capitalised on a loose pass from goalkeeper Sergio Alvarez to score into an empty net.

Gomez was on target again five minutes into the second half, but the visitors set up a tense finish when Jose Juanmi equalised with 10 minutes left.

Then, with 88 minutes on the clock, Celta Vigo defender Jonny pulled down Carlos Vela and Brazilian frontman Willian Jose made no mistake from the spot, lashing the ball into the bottom corner to snatch all three points.

La Liga results: Zaza scores in Valencia win; Alaves beaten by Gabriel’s goal for Leganes

Leganes 1-0 Alaves

Valencia 1-0 Las Palmas

    • Valencia 1-0 Las Palmas
  • Simone Zaza was the match-winner as Valencia started their La Liga campaign with a 1-0 home victory over 10-man Las Palmas.

    The former Juventus and West Ham forward struck after 22 minutes when Carlos Soler rolled the ball into his path on the edge of the penalty area.

    Zaza finished with a powerful side-foot which gave Leandro Chichizola no chance in the visitors’ goal.

    Alen Halilovic should have equalised two minutes later but he fired tamely at Valencia goalkeeper Neto and it got a lot more difficult for Las Palmas when Croatian midfielder Halilovic was sent off after 34 minutes, receiving a straight red card for catching Jose Gaya with a high foot.

    Valencia’s impressive football should have put the game beyond Las Palmas in the second half, but Chichizola made excellent saves to deny Joao Cancelo and Zaza before substitute Santi Mina’s header hit a post in the final seconds.

    • Leganes 1-0 Alaves

    Gabriel’s close-range strike settled the first game of the new La Liga season for Leganes as they beat Alaves1-0.

    The Brazilian struck in the 24th minute after Miguel Angel Guerrero’s free-kick took a deflection and Alaves goalkeeper Fernando Pacheco could only push the ball into his path.

    In doing so, Gabriel became the first Brazilian since Atletico Madrid midfielder Juninho in 1997 to score the opening goal of a La Liga season.

    Alaves had wasted a great chance to take a 17th-minute lead when home defender Diego Rico flattened Burgui in the penalty area.

    Manu Garcia sent a weak spot-kick straight at Ivan Cuellar, who was able to catch the ball for his third successive penalty save in LaLiga.

    Few chances were created in the second half with Leganes content to defend their 1-0 lead, although Burgui gave them a late scare when his powerful 25-yard drive clipped the top of the crossbar.

    La Liga results  – Ronaldo and Benzema scores as Real Madrid clinch first title in five years; Barca win but miss out

    ​Atletico Madrid 3 – 1 Athletic Bilbao

    Celta Vigo 2 – 2 Real  Sociedad

    Valencia 1 – 3 Villarreal

    Barcelona 4 – 2 Eibar

    Malaga 0 – 2 Real Madrid

    • Malaga 0 – 2 Real Madrid

    Real Madrid won their first La Liga title since 2012 thanks to a final-day victory at 2-0 Malaga at La Rosaleda.

    Cristiano Ronaldo scored early on to settle the nerves, latching onto Isco’s through ball to step around Carlos Kameni and tap into an empty net.

    Karim Benzema added their second goal after the break after Kameni parried Sergio Ramos’ shot.

    Real, who had only needed a point, now face Juventus in the Champions League final looking to complete a double.

    The result means Zinedine Zidane, in his first full season as Real boss, is the first manager to lead Madrid to the Spanish league title since Jose Mourinho five years ago.

    If Real beat Juventus in Cardiff, they will become the first team to successfully defend the Champions League – with Zidane having won the tournament six months into the job last summer.

    • Barcelona 4 – 2 Eibar

    Barcelona fought back to beat Eibar 4-2 on the final day of the season, but could do nothing to stop Real Madrid winning the La Liga title.

    Takashi Inui’s double put the minnows in charge at the Nou Camp, but a David Junca own goal got Barcelona back into it just after the hour mark, while Luis Suarez equalised after Lionel Messi missed a penalty.

    Ander Capa was then dismissed for Eibar as he brought down Neymar in the box with 15 minutes to go, and Messi redeemed himself from the spot before sealing the win with a fine solo effort in stoppage time.

    There was a rapturous reception at the Nou Camp for Luis Enrique before kick-off.

    • ​Atletico Madrid 3 – 1 Athletic Bilbao

    Fernando Torres scored twice as Atletico Madrid ended life at the Vicente Calderon with victory over Athletic Bilbao.

    The boyhood Atleti fan, who is out of contract this summer, scored twice in the opening 11 minutes, netting from close range and hooking home a volley.

    The 33-year-old scored more La Liga goals at the Calderon than any other player in the 21st century – with 54.

    Inaki Williams pulled one back before Angel Correa’s 89th-minute strike.

    After the game, Atletico manager Diego Simeone stressed that he would remain at the club next season.

    The Argentine had two spells as an Atletico player and has enjoyed a successful five and a half years as manager during which he has won La Liga (2013-14) and reached the Champions League final twice (2013-14 and 2015-16).

    “The journalists ask me constantly if I am going to stay. Yes, I am going to stay,” Simeone told the crowd inside the stadium.

    “And do you know why I am going to stay? I am going to stay because this club has a future and this future is all of us.

    • Celta Vigo 2 – 2 Real  Sociedad

    Bilbao’s defeat, coupled with a dramatic 2-2 draw for Real Sociedad at Celta Vigo, meant Sociedad guaranteed Europa League football next season thanks to a 93rd-minute Juanmi equaliser.

    A penalty from Iago Aspas put Celta Vigo ahead but Mikel Oyarzabal levelled after 82 minutes before Andrew Hjulsager looked to have won it for Celta.

    But Juanmi was left unmarked to head home a corner and secure the all-important point.

    • Valencia 1 – 3 Villarreal

    Villarreal secured fifth place in the table as an excellent performance brought them a 3-1 win at Valencia.

    The visitors led in the first minute when former Spurs striker Roberto Soldado scored.

    Nani levelled after the break, but Manu Trigueros was quickly on the mark to restore Villarreal’s lead and Nicola Sansone added another to wrap the game up.

    La Liga results  – Sevila rout relegated Osasuna; Deportivo  beat Las Palmas

    ​Granada 1 – 2 Espanyol

    Sporting Gijon 2 – 2 Real Betis

    Deportivo La Coruna 3 – 0 Las Palmas

    Leganes 1 – 1 Alaves

    Sevilla 5 – 0 Osasuna

    • Sevilla 5 – 0 Osasuna

    Jorge Sampaoli led Sevilla to a 5-0 thrashing of already-relegated Osasuna in what could be his final game at the helm.

    The 57-year-old Argentinian revealed this week that his country are looking to make him their new international coach and if this was his final game at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, he bowed out in style.

    Vitolo and Franco Vazquez each scored a brace while ex-Manchester City striker Stevan Jovetic was also on target for aSevillaside that were guaranteed a fourth-placed finish regardless of the result, and went beyond Sampaoli’s target of 70 points with the win.

    For Osasuna, who were relegated with four games still to go, they ended the season having conceded a staggering 94 times across the 38 games.

    • Sporting Gijon 2 – 2 Real Betis

    Ruben Castro finished the season with 13 goals after netting a brace in Real Betis’ 2-2 draw with Sporting Gijon.

    The home side led when Douglas scored in the seventh minute but Castro capitalised on goalkeeper Ivan Cuellar’s mis-kick to level before beating the stopper again with a well-placed finish in the second half.

    Betis were denied the three points, though, as Carlos Carmona held off Riza Durmisi at the back post to equalise with 11 minutes remaining.

    • Deportivo La Coruna 3 – 0 Las Palmas

    Florin Andone scored twice for Deportivo La Coruna in a 3-0 win over Las Palmas, who lost a fifth straight game.

    The Romanian followed up a close-range finish with a fine solo goal where he ran from halfway to make it 2-0, with Aston Villa loanee Carles Gil adding another with his first goal for the club.

    Las Palmas’ misery was completed when Hernan was dismissed for a pair of bookings.

    • Leganes 1 – 1 Alaves

    David Timor’s late wonder goal for Leganes stopped Alaves moving up to eighth as that contest finished 1-1.

    The visitors took a second-half lead through Nenad Krsticic but Timor let fly from 35 yards late on to earn Leganes a share of the spoils.

    • ​Granada 1 – 2 Espanyol

    On Friday, Granada slumped to a seventh straight defeat under manager Tony Adams, losing 2-1 at home to Espanyol in their final match of the season.

    Leo Baptistao’s early strike and Ruben Vezo’s own goal saw Granada fall 2-0 behind inside the first 10 minutes.

    On-loan Manchester United midfielder Andreas Pereira replied for the home side before the break, but Adams’ seven-game spell in charge ended pointless.

    Former Arsenal and England skipper Adams was appointed head coach until the end of the season on April 10 following the sacking of Lucas Alcaraz, but Granada, already relegated, finished bottom of the table.

    La Liga result – Ronaldo breaks 46-year all-time European top-scorer record with his brace as Real Madrid go within a point of La Liga title

    ​Celta Vigo 1 – 4 Real Madrid

    Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Real Madrid took a huge step towards the La Liga title with a 4-1 victory at Celta Vigo.

    Ronaldo broke England’s Jimmy Greaves’ 46-year record for most goals in Europe’s top five leagues in the first half, then added another for good measure in the second period for Real, who now need just one point to be confirmed league champions.

    The Portugal international got Los Blancos off to a roaring start after just 10 minutes, when he latched onto the ball at the top of the box, took a touch and fired an unstoppable left-footed shot to eclipse the former Tottenham, AC Milan and Chelsea striker’s previous mark of 366.

    And he was at it again shortly after the break, firing a pinpoint left-footed finish off the inside of the post after receiving a through ball from Isco on the counter-attack on 48 minutes.

    Celta saw Iago Aspas sent off for a second yellow in the 62nd minute when he went down too easily in the box in search of a penalty.

    John Guidetti quickly pulled a goal back for the home side in the 69th, though Karim Benzema calmed any Real nerves a minute later, with a tap-in after fine work from Marcelo on the left wing.

    Ronaldo was guilty of a shocking miss minutes later, when he hooked his shot well wide of the post despite having an open goal to aim at from close range.

    But Toni Kroos bagged Real’s fourth and final goal, finishing off a sweeping move with an easy finish from close range in the 89th.

    The victory gives Zinedine Zidane’s side a three-point advantage over second-placed Barcelona with just one match to play.

    La Liga results  – Ronaldo nets a brace as Real edge closer to title; Neymar bags a hat trick for Barca to keep up pressure on Real 

    ​Alaves 3 – 1 Celta Vigo

    Athletic Bilbao 1 – 1 Leganes

    Eibar 0 – 1 Sporting Gijon

    Las Palmas 1 – 4 Barcelona

    Real Betis 1 – 1 Atletico  Madrid

    Real Madrid 4 – 1 Sevilla

    Real Sociedad 2 – 2 Malaga

    Villarreal 0 – 0 Deportivo La Coruna

    • Real Madrid 4 – 1 Sevilla

    Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice, his 400th and 401  goals,for Real Madrid as they took another step towards the La Liga title with victory over Sevilla.

    Real led through Nacho’s controversial free-kick before Ronaldo pounced on a rebound to double their lead.

    Stevan Jovetic replied after the break, but Ronaldo’s sensational second strike, his 401st for Real Madrid, and Toni Kroos’ late goal sealed victory.

    Real Madrid stay in second place behind Barcelona who beat Las Palmas 4-1.

    Barcelona, who  beat Las Palmas 4-1on Sunday, keep hold of top spot courtesy of their head-to-head advantage.

    But Real have a game in hand and need four points from their final two matches to lift their first title since 2012.

    Despite having won just three of their last 11 matches, Sevilla still secured fourth place and a spot in the Champions League play-off next season as Villarreal were held at home to Deportivo La Coruna.

    • Las Palmas 1 – 4 Barcelona

    Neymar hit a hat trick as Barcelona kept their hold on top spot — for the time being at least — with a 4-1 victory at Las Palmas.

    Neymar broke the deadlock for Luis Enrique’s side after 25 minutes, slotting home from close range after being teed up by Luis Suarez.

    And the pair swapped roles just two minutes later, with Neymar this time picking out the run of Suarez, who produced a clever finish to beat Javi Varas.

    Pedro Bigas scored for Las Palmas in the 63rd minute, smashing home Kevin-Prince Boateng’s delivery, but Neymar restored Barca’s two-goal advantage just a few minutes later with a far-post header following Ivan Rakitic’s cross.

    And Neymar completed his hat trick soon after, tucking the ball home after being found by Jordi Alba, to put the game out of sight.

    • Real Betis 1 – 1 Atletico  Madrid

    Atletico Madrid drew 1-1 at Real Betis to secure third spot and qualification for the Champions League group stages next season.

    Dani Ceballos scored a 57th-minute opener for the hosts with a strike from the edge of the box following a Betis corner.

    However, Stefan Savic found an equaliser for Diego Simeone’s side in the 66th minute with a close-range strike to wrap up third place with one game of the season to spare. Sevilla are assured of fourth spot and will enter next season’s Champions League in the qualifying rounds.

    • Eibar 0 – 1 Sporting Gijon

    Sporting Gijon were relegated despite winning 1-0 at Eibar.

    Burgui’s 32nd-minute goal gave Sporting only their second away win of the season, but Deportivo La Coruna and Leganes both drew to doom them.

    • Athletic Bilbao 1 – 1 Leganes

    Leganes secured their safety with a 1-1 draw at Athletic Bilbao.

    Artiz Adruriz’s close-range strike — his 16th league goal of the season — gave Athletic the lead after 13 minutes.

    But Alexander Szymanowski equalised on the hour with a header that meant so much for Leganes.

    • Villarreal 0 – 0 Deportivo La Coruna

    Deportivo also guaranteed themselves another season in the top flight with a goalless draw at Villarreal, whose failure to win handed Sevilla a ticket to the Champions League.

    • Real Sociedad 2 – 2 Malaga

    Real Sociedad failed to take advantage of Villarreal and Athletic, rivals for Europa League qualification, dropping points as they were held 2-2 at home by Malaga.

    Xabi Prieto gave Sociedad a 31st-minute lead from the penalty spot but Malaga went ahead through Luis Hernandez (45) and Recio (75) before Jon Bautista equalised five minutes from time.

    • ​Alaves 3 – 1 Celta Vigo

    Celta Vigo, fresh from their Europa League semifinal exit to Manchester United, lost 3-1 to Copa del Rey finalists Alaves as they suffered a fifth straight league defeat.

    Alaves scored three times in the opening 37 minutes through Manu Garcia, Zouhair Feddal and Deyverson, with Iago Aspas claiming a late Celta consolation from the penalty spot.

    On Saturday 
    Espanyol 0 – 1 Valencia

    Osasuna 2 – 1 Granada

    • Espanyol 0 – 1 Valencia

    Jose Gaya’s second-half goal gave Valencia a 1-0 away win at Espanyol.

    A game of little goalmouth action and few chances was settled after 75 minutes when 21-year-old defender Gaya scored with a left-foot shot from the left side of the penalty area.

    Espanyol could not muster a response and slipped to a third straight home loss, following defeats to city rivals Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, while Valencia secured back-to-back wins.

    • Osasuna 2 – 1 Granada

    Osasuna won the battle of the basement clubs with a 2-1 win over Granada.

    Jhon Steven Mondragon handed the home side the lead after 24 minutes, before Gustavo Ramos fired an unlikely equaliser for Tony Adams’ men four minutes before the break.

    Kenan Kodro then slotted home from close range 15 minutes from time to record a morale-boosting win and condemn Adams to yet another defeat in charge of El Grana.

    La Liga results

    Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat trick as Real Madrid thumped Espanyol 6-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday.
    The win pulls Los Blancos within four points of La Liga leaders Barcelona and just a point behind second-placed Atletico Madrid, who were defeated by the Catalans on Saturday.
    James Rodriguez, Karim Benzema and an Oscar Duarte own goal rounded out the scoring for Real.

    The pressure on Valencia boss Gary Neville increased on Sunday after they lost 1-0 at home to Sporting Gijon.
    Neville’s winless Primera Division run stretched to eight games despite the hosts being the dominant side for most of the game. They failed to take a string of chances and fell behind to Antonio Sanabria’s penalty on 50 minutes.
    They continued to throw everything at their opponents but Alvaro Negredo missed two clear chances to equalise and Los Che suffered a third league defeat under Neville — their first home loss in La Liga since 2014.
    Neville’s side stayed 12th in the standings, now 19 points from fourth place, while Sporting moved two points away from the relegation zone.

    Kevin Gameiro played a starring role as Sevilla climbed to fifth following a 3-1 win over bottom club Levante.
    Sevilla’s unbeaten run goes back to early January, and it showed in their attitude, as a quickfire attack saw them score after just 50 seconds, Gameiro converting from close range after a cross was deflected into his path.
    Gameiro turned provider a minute after the half-time, unselfishly cutting back to Vicente Iborra for a simple tap-in, this after Sevilla had put together another quick passing move involving Jose Antonio Reyes.
    Levante were given hope in the 55th minute when Giuseppe Rossi’s close-range shot was too good for Rico to stop and the forward continued to threaten the Sevilla goal on occasion.
    However, with 15 minutes remaining, Ukraine international Yevhen Konoplyanka swung in a superb right-foot shot from just inside the box which flew into the top corner, putting the game to bed.

    Las Palmas moved out of the Primera Division drop zone after a last-minute winner from Willian Jose gave them a precious 2-1 victory over 10-man Celta Vigo.
    The midfielder scored with virtually the last kick of the game to give Quique Setien’s side a first league win of 2016.
    A controversial penalty scored by Las Palmas midfielder Jonathan Viera had cancelled out Theo Bongonda’s early opener, while Fabian Orellana was sent off in the second half for the Galicians.

    Sevilla 3 – 1 Levante
    Valencia 0 – 1 Sporting Gijon
    Las Palmas 2 – 1 Celta Vigo
    Real Madrid 6 – 0 Espanyol

    La Liga results

    Goals from Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez fired Barcelona to a priceless 2-1 win over nine-man Atletico Madrid to strike a huge blow in the Primera Division title race.
    Atletico got off to a fine start at the Camp Nou as Koke gave them the lead after just 10 minutes but Messi and Suarez each struck in the space of eight minutes to turn the game around before the break.

    Atletico defenders Filipe Luis and Diego Godin were sent off.
    Filipe Luis landed a studs-up challenge just above Messi’s knee and was deservedly sent off, while Godin was dismissed with a second yellow card for tackling Suarez late on 65 minutes.

    A frustrating afternoon for Diego Simeone’s side was later compounded as Augusto Fernandez was stretchered off with a suspected knee injury.

    Bruno Soriano’s second-half penalty saw Villarreal beat Granada 1-0 and return to winning ways.
    The captain converted from the spot in the 55th minute after Jean-Sylvain Babin had fouled Roberto Soldado to give Marcelino’s side a first win in three matches.
    The victory takes Villarreal level with third-placed Real Madrid on 44 points ahead of Los Blancos’ game against Espanyol on Sunday.

    A solitary goal by Inaki Williams fired Athletic Bilbao to a 1-0 victory at Getafe to take the Basques up to fifth.
    The 21-year-old headed in the only goal of the game in the 24th minute and Athletic clung on until the end, Getafe passing up several chances to level in the second half.
    The hosts also had defender Juan Cala sent off in stoppage time for a second booking and lost their first league game at home in exactly three months.

    Malaga moved into the top half of the table after picking up a hard-fought 2-1 victory at in-form Eibar.
    Juanpi broke the deadlock on the stroke of half-time to give the visitors the edge in an end-to-end encounter and Roque Santa Cruz sealed the points by striking at the end of the second half.
    Borja Baston grabbed a consolation goal for the hosts in the last minute of stoppage time but it was not enough to prevent a first home defeat in two months for the Basques, who missed a chance to go fifth in the table.

    Real Sociedad recorded only their second win in nine games to climb above Real Betis.
    Firm first-half headers from Xabi Prieto and Inigo Martinez put Sociedad in control and they ran out 2-1 winners, with Betis’ solitary response coming from their top scorer Ruben Castro.
    The victory saw Sociedad leapfrog Betis into 13th place and went some way to erasing memories of their 5-1 thrashing at Sporting Gijon eight days earlier.

    Barcelona 2 – 1 Atletico Madrid
    Eibar 1 – 2 Malaga
    Getafe 0 – 1 Athletic Bilbao
    Villarreal 1 – 0 Granada
    Real Sociedad 2 – 1 Real Betis

    La Liga results

    Real Madrid netted four goals inside the first 18 minutes to walk to a 5-1 win over Sporting Gijon.
    Gareth Bale needed only seven minutes to build on last week’s hat-trick against Deportivo La Coruna as he headed home at the far post from a corner. And just two minutes later, Ronaldo produced a neat turn in the box to beat Gijon keeper Pichu Cuellar.
    Karim Benzema then latched onto a precise Bale cross to slam home his side’s third with just 12 minutes on the clock, and Ronaldo did nothing to dampen thoughts of another record-breaking victory when he grabbed his second in the 18th minute after sweeping home from a neat cross by Daniel Carvajal.
    Benzema then bagged a third before half-time and Isma Lopez picked up a consolation for Gijon in the second half.
    Bale left the game after the first half, but Real coach Zinedine Zidane said he is “hopeful” the Welshman’s latest calf injury is not too serious. Benzema also left the game after suffering a knock, but Zidane said he was not seriously hurt.

    Luis Suarez scored a hat trick as a fifth-minute red card to Athletic Bilbao keeper Gorka Iraizoz allowed Barcelona to run out 6-0 winners at the Camp Nou on Sunday.
    Iraizoz was sent off for bringing down Suarez, who was through on goal, though Athletic complained that the Uruguayan had fouled defender Xabier Etxeitia to get into that position.
    Lionel Messi converted the penalty for his sixth goal already in January.
    The game was well in hand in the 31st minute when Suarez played across for Neymar to score with a chip.
    The advantage allowed Barcelona manager Luis Enrique to take Messi off at half-time with what he called “a small strain” in his hamstring, but that didn’t slow the team down as Suarez got on the scoresheet just two minutes into the second half.
    Neymar made a fabulous run to the touchline and fed Ivan Rakitic in the 62nd minute to make it 4-0, and seven minutes later Suarez did well the bring the ball down and score his second of the day.
    His hat trick was complete with a header on 82 minutes as Barca stayed two points back of Atletico Madrid in the Primera Division table.

    A goal from Filipe Luis and a double from Antoine Griezmann gave Atletico Madrid a 3-0 win at struggling Las Palmas to keep them top of the Primera Division for another week.
    Defender Luis sent Juanfran’s pass into the far corner on 17 minutes to score his first goal since returning to Atletico from Chelsea, while on 68 minutes top scorer Griezmann finished off a through-ball from Koke to double the lead.
    The France forward made the most of another precise pass from the midfielder in the last minute to round off the victory.

    Paco Alcacer’s late equaliser saved Gary Neville’s blushes by earning a haphazard Valencia a 2-2 draw with relegation-threatened Rayo Vallecano.
    Rayo took a 15th-minute lead through Jozabed but early in the second half Alvaro Negredo scored a stunning goal from 50 yards to give Valencia an equaliser they barely deserved, only for Diego Llorente to restore Rayo’s lead on 69 minutes.
    Valencia’s frustrations then reached boiling point when Alcacer had what looked to be a legitimate goal ruled offside, but the striker netted again with 88 minutes gone to avoid what would have been a disastrous result for Valencia, with the home supporters greeting both the half-time and full-time whistles with more whistling of their own.
    Neville’s side sit 10th in the Primera Division table after 20 games, 16 points behind the final Champions League spot, and have not won a game since Nov. 7 when they thrashed Celta 5-1.
    Rayo’s last victory came that same day, against Granada, and the Vallecas club are in the midst of their worst run since 2003, when they were relegated, and they remain in the drop zone.

    Getafe moved into the top half of the table by rallying for a 3-1 win at home against Espanyol.
    After Hernan Perez had given the visitors the lead, Getafe struck back less than three minutes later through Pedro Leon, and Pablo Sarabia then put them ahead.
    Moi Gomez added a third Getafe goal late on to seal the three points.

    Valencia 2 – 2 Rayo Vallecano
    Real Madrid 5 – 1 Sporting Gijon
    Getafe 3 – 1 Espanyol
    Las Palmas 0 – 3 Atletico Madrid
    Barcelona 6-0 Athletic Bilbao

    La Liga Results

    Villarreal squandered the chance to go ahead of Real Madrid as they were held to a goalless draw by rejuvenated Real Betis.
    In Juan Merino’s first league game since Pepe Mel was sacked, the interim coach helped Betis end a five-match losing streak in all competitions.
    The 0-0 draw takes them up to 14th in the standings, while Villarreal stay fourth after their run of six consecutive league wins came to an end.

    Sevilla stayed in sixth after striker Kevin Gameiro scored two goals just before halftime to help beat Malaga 2-1 for its ninth consecutive home win.
    Gameiro ran onto a long free kick by Adil Rami and lifted the ball over goalkeeper Carlos Kameni to open for the hosts before halftime.
    He made it 11 league goals this season just two minutes later when Sevilla struck on the break, this time using a deft flick with the inside of his boot to beat Kameni.
    Charles scored in the second half for Malaga, which had its first defeat in eight rounds.
    Sevilla’s Vicente Iborra and Malaga’s Arthur Boka were sent off for two yellow cards each.

    Celta Vigo got two goals from John Guidetti to earn a 4-3 win after weathering bottom-side Levante’s spirited second-half rally
    Guidetti turned in Iago Aspas’ back pass to break through in the first half, and five minutes later the striker chipped home his second.
    Aspas added a third from a solo effort, but Celta staggered after Levante’s Deyverson and Pedro Lopez scored twice in a three-minute span with 20 minutes left.
    Fabian Orellana’s goal appeared to have finished Levante off, until Jose Morales added drama to the end after scoring in the 88th.
    Manuel “Nolito” Agudo watched from the stands amid speculation of a transfer to Barcelona as his Celta broke a three-game losing streak to remain in fifth place.

    Sevilla 2 – 1 Malaga
    Celta Vigo 4 – 3 Levante
    Villarreal 0 – 0 Real Betis
    Real Sociedad 1 – 1 Deportivo La Coruna

    La Liga Results

    Valencia twice came from behind to claim a 2-2 draw against 10-man Real Madrid in the Primera Division to turn up the heat on Rafael Benitez.
    Former Valencia boss Benitez is under considerable pressure at Real and a late equaliser from Paco Alcacer at the Mestalla, moments after Gareth Bale had given the visitors the lead, will have damaged his cause.
    Real had also led in the first half after a Karim Benzema strike but that was cancelled out just before the interval by a penalty from Daniel Parejo.
    In a chaotic and eventful game, Real had Mateo Kovacic sent off for a bad tackle on Joao Cancelo seconds after Cristiano Ronaldo had a penalty appeal turned down.

    Bruno Soriano struck an injury-time penalty as Villarreal claimed a last-gasp 2-1 win at Deportivo La Coruna.
    The midfielder tucked home his second of the game in the fifth minute of stoppage time after Fernando Navarro fouled Samu.
    Bruno had earlier given Villarreal a 36th-minute lead but that was cancelled out by Luis Alberto three minutes into the second half.

    Las Palmas twice fought back to earn a 2-2 draw at Athletic Bilbao and gain another point for their survival battle.
    The Basques took the lead through Aritz Aduriz’s 16th minute penalty but Las Palmas hit back just after the hour mark through Vicente Gomez, only for Inaki Williams to restore the hosts’ advantage. But Tana pounced on a slip by Oscar de Marcos with eight minutes to go to peg them back again.

    Eibar romped to a 4-0 win at Real Betis as the tiny Basque team recorded their biggest win in their second season in the top flight.
    Forward Ander Capa opened the scoring for Eibar with a shot that went in off a defender in the third minute.
    Sergio “Keko” Gontan double the lead in the 17th, before Capa set up Adrian Gonzalez for a third goal and Borja “Baston” Gonzalez struck from long range.

    Eibar climbed into eighth place, while Sevilla slipped to ninth after losing 2-1 to a Granada side that moved out of the relegation zone with the win.
    Granada’s goals came from young strikers Isaac Success and Adalberto Penaranda, who made a fantastic solo run to double the lead, before Sevilla’s Victor Machin pulled one back right before half-time.
    Sevilla defender Adil Rami was sent off with four minutes remaining after he picked up two yellow cards for fouling Success and Penaranda.

    Real Sociedad fought back to salvage a 2-2 draw at Rayo Vallecano.

    La Liga Results

    Barcelona struck the woodwork twice but were unable to make a winning start to 2016 as they were held to a goalless draw at local rivals Espanyol.
    Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez each hit the frame of the goal for Barca.

    Ghanaian midfielder Thomas Partey came off the bench to fire Atletico Madrid to a 1-0 win over struggling Levante and take Diego Simeone’s side two points clear at the top of La Liga.
    Levante headed to the Calderon bottom of the table with manager Rubi, their second of the season, under huge pressure having taken just five points from nine matches since succeeding Lucas Alcaraz.

    Malaga beat Celta Vigo 2-0 with first-half goals from Brazilian forward Charles and defender Raul Albentosa.
    Celta Vigo, who could have gone fourth with a win, finished the game with 10 men following the sending off of goalkeeper Ruben Blanco for a foul on Nordin Amrabat.
    Substitute Sergio Alvarez, though, saved Amrabat’s penalty.

    Espanyol 0 – 0 Barcelona
    Atletico Madrid 1 – 0 Levante
    Malaga 2 – 0 Celta Vigo

    La Liga Results


    Cristiano Ronaldo became Real Madrid’s all-time top scorer as they defeated Levante 3-0 to go top of the Primera Division.

    The strike is his 324th goal in 310 games, coming three minutes after Marcelo had given the hosts the lead midway through the first half, and Jese rounded off the win late on with a terrific individual goal.

    Real Madrid are ahead of Barcelona on goal difference and two points clear of Villarreal, who face Celta Vigo on Sunday

    Neymar scored four goals to help Barcelona overcome an early deficit and defeat Rayo Vallecano 5-2.

    Javi Guerra put the visitors ahead, but it only lasted seven minutes as Neymar converted a penalty to draw Barcelona level.

    A second Neymar penalty 10 minutes later after he was brought down in the box.

    The Brazilian added two more goals to his tally just seconds apart in the second half.

    Luis Suarez completed the damage to deliver Barcelona’s fifth goal of the night.

    Sevilla came from behind to salvage a point at Eibar with a 1-1 draw.

    Borja Baston gave in-form Eibar an early lead but the visitors improved in the second half and drew level through Kevin Gameiro’s close-range effort on 71 minutes.

    The Andalusians remain in mid-table and are still searching for their first away win of the season in all competitions, while Eibar missed out on an opportunity to cement their place in the top six.

    Valencia posted a convincing 3-0 home win over Malaga.

    Malaga striker Charles was on target at the wrong end to hand Los Che a 19th-minute lead at the Mestalla, and Andre Gomes doubled their advantage in the 33rd minute before Dani Parejo sealed matters by converting an 88th-minute penalty.

    Espanyol gave their season a boost with an impressive 3-1 triumph at Real Betis.

    Enzo Roco headed Espanyol into a fourth-minute lead at the Estadio Benito Villamarin and goals early in the second half from Felipe Caicedo and Victor Sanchez put the result beyond doubt before Vincenzo Rennella’s late consolation for the hosts.

    • Antoine Griezmann scored a stunning individual goal against former club Real Sociedad to help Atletico Madrid to a 2-0 win at Anoeta and pile more pressure on La Real coach David Moyes. Yannick Ferreira Carrasco sealed the points by netting in injury time, moments after Diego Reyes had been sent off for the hosts, and then striker Jonathas de Jesus was also dismissed after Atletico’s second.
    • The win takes Atletico above Villarreal and up to fourth in the Primera Division table, while Sociedad languish in 16th place on six points after eight games, and level with the relegation zone.
    • Getafe comfortably beat Las Palmas 4-0 to record a third straight home win and move up to 11th place. Victor Rodriguez took advantage of the visitors’ risky defending to open the scoring after just three minutes and then Pablo Sarabia headed in from close range in the 11th minute to double the advantage.
    • The Madrid side never looked in danger of losing their lead and their task was made easier when Emmanuel Culio was given a straight red card late in the second half, and then Celtic loanee Stefan Scepovic rounded off the win by scoring twice in the closing minutes.
    • Celta Vigo forward Nolito Agudo scored in the 90th minute to snatch a 2-1 win at 10-man Villarreal and pull the visitors level with Real Madrid and Barcelona at the top of La Liga. Nolito and attacking midfielder Fabian Orellana kept Celta unbeaten after eight rounds after each scored a goal and struck the woodwork at El Madrigal Stadium.
    • Deportivo La Coruna staged a late comeback to rescue a 2-2 draw against Athletic Bilbao and maintain their promising start to the season as they reached the top six in the Primera Division.
    • A first-half goal from Inaki Williams had given visitors Bilbao a half-time lead, and, when Aritz Aduriz added a second goal shortly after the hour mark, victory had looked likely. Lucas Perez responded for Deportivo in the 80th minute, however, and as their urgency increased as stoppage time neared, Bilbao’s Oscar de Marcos sent the equalising goal into his own net that secured a point for the hosts.

    Real Madrid 3 – 0 Levante

    Eibar 1 – 1 Sevilla

    Barcelona 5 – 2 Rayo Vallecano

    Valencia 3 – 0 Malaga

    Real Betis 1 – 3 Espanyol

    Villarreal 1 – 2 Celta Vigo
    Real Sociedad 0 – 2 Atletico Madrid
    Getafe 4 – 0 Las Palmas
    Deportivo La Coruna 2 – 2 Athletic Bilbao

    La Liga Results

    David Moyes' men celebrate their first win of the season
    David Moyes’ men celebrate their first win of the season

    Atletico Madrid went top of the league after France forward Antoine Griezmann brace ensured a 2-0 win against crosstown rival Getafe on Tuesday.

    Griezmann scored first strike came in the fourth minute before rounding off the victory at Vicente Calderon Stadium with a second goal in the 90th.

    Real Sociedad recorded an impressive 3-0 win at Granada. Imanol Agirretxe scored a hattrick. The striker scored in the 7th, 33rd and 79th minutes to ease the pressure on Coach David Moyes.

    It is Sociedad’s first win of the season after two defeats and two goalless draws.

    It was a different case for Nuno Espirito Santo as his side were beaten 1-0 at Espanyol, with Victor Alvarez’s first-half goal proving the difference, piling more pressure on the coach.

    Atletico Madrid 2 – 0 Getafe

    Espanyol 1 – 0 Valencia

    Granada 0 – 3 Real Sociedad

    La Liga Results And Table

    Barcelona players celebrate against Levante.
    Barcelona players celebrate against Levante.

    Karim Benzema scored to help Real Madrid eke out a 1-0 win over Granada on Saturday, though Cristiano Ronaldo was forced to wait to score the 500th goal of his career.

    Ronaldo, sitting on 499 goals, saw his scoring run end after finding the net eight times in his previous two matches.

    Fernando Torres and Angel Correa both scored as second-half substitutes and inspired Atletico Madrid to a 2-0 win at Eibar.

    A stoppage-time goal from Hernan Perez saw Espanyol sneak past 10-man Real Sociedad 3-2 for their second win of the season.

    Sociedad led after 19 minutes through Imanol Agirretxe before Gerard Moreno levelled from the penalty spot moments after goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli had been sent off.

    Espanyol then went ahead thanks to Enzo Roco’s 71st-minute strike but Jonathan looked to have secured a point for the home side with his equaliser four minutes from time.

    Roco supplied the ball which was finished by Perez in the final minute, snatching a win for Espanyol which banished memories of last weekend’s 6-0 hammering to Real Madrid.

    Valencia’s underwhelming start to the season continued as they were held to a goalless draw at their Mestalla home by Real Betis, who played most of the second half with 10 men.

    Lionel Messi scored two goals as Barcelona blitzed Levante to start the second half on their way to a 4-1 win at Camp Nou. The victory puts the Catalans back in first place in the league, having won all four of their matches so far this season.

    Marc Bartra scored the first of his team’s three goals in the 50th minute, followed by a Neymar strike in the 56th and a Lionel Messi penalty kick in the 61st.

    Victor Casadesus pulled one back for Levante, just three minutes after coming on as a substitute in the 63rd minute.

    Messi had another chance to add to Barca’s lead when he drew a penalty in the 75th minute, but his attempt from the spot sailed over the crossbar.

    The Barcelona talisman made no mistake about his next chance though, slicing through the Levante defence to score in the 90th minute and seal the victory for his team.

    Luis Suarez did not start the match for Barcelona for the first time all season. He was an unused substitute on the night.

    Sevilla’s miserable start to the Primera Division rolled on as they were beaten 2-1 at home by high-flying Celta Vigo.

    Goals from Nolito and Daniel Wass gave the visitors a two-goal cushion at half-time, while Fernando Llorente scored his first goal for Sevilla early in the second period to bring Unai Emery’s side back into the game.

    Celta had young full-back Jonny Castro dismissed in injury time for picking up a second yellow card, but there was no time left for Sevilla to take advantage, and they remain on two points from four matches, sitting in the relegation zone.

    Villarreal enjoyed a familiar story of success after notching up their third 3-1 victory in a row to keep themselves level on points with Real Madrid in the table.

    Athletic Bilbao were the victims this time, following on from Espanyol and Granada, and the Basque side was never in the match against the Yellow Submarine at El Madrigal.

    Javi Guerra’s first goal for Rayo Vallecano kick-started their campaign as they registered a first win by beating Las Palmas 1-0.

    Sporting Gijon picked up their first win of the season by seeing off local rivals Deportivo La Coruna 3-2 in a thrilling game at Riazor.

    Roma loanee Antonio Sanabria scored twice in the opening eight minutes to get the visitors off to a fantastic start, but the Galicians fought their way back through goals by Juanfran and Luis Alberto, only for Alex Menendez to restore Sporting’s lead 11 minutes before the break.

    Getafe 1 – 0 Malaga

    Real Madrid 1 – 0 Granada

    Valencia 0 – 0 Real Betis

    Eibar 0 – 2 Atletico Madrid

    Real Sociedad 2 – 3 Espanyol

    Sevilla 1 – 2 Celta Vigo

    Deportivo La Coruna 2 – 3Sporting Gijon

    Villarreal 3 – 1 Athletic Bilbao

    Barcelona 4 – 1 Levante

    Las Palmas 0 – 1 Rayo Vallecano

    1 Barcelona 4 12

    2 Real Madrid 4 10

    3 Villarreal 4 10

    4 Celta Vigo 4 10

    5 Atletico Madrid 4 9

    6 Eibar 4 7

    7 Valencia 4 6

    8 Espanyol 4 6

    9 Deportivo La Coruna 4 5

    10 Sporting Gijon 4 5

    11 Real Betis 4 5

    12 Rayo Vallecano 4 4

    13 Athletic Bilbao 4 3

    14 Getafe 4 3

    15 Granada 4 3

    16 Las Palmas 4 2

    17 Real Sociedad 4 2

    18 Malaga 4 2

    19 Levante 4 2

    20 Sevilla 4 2