Rayo Vallecano are early leaders in the first division after beating newly promoted Villarreal 1-5. Luis Cembranos scored two and was the star of the match. Alavés are second after winning at Las Palmas 0-3, with two from Javi Moreno. Jordi Cruyff had a hand in all three goals. Gallicia beat the Basque country in their two matches, with Deportivo and Celta both winning by two goals to zero against Bilbao and Osasuna. In the repeat of the Champions League final, Real Madrid beat Valencia 2-1 with two late goals from Raúl after Mendieta opened the scoring from the penalty spot. Two years ago Raúl just beat Rivaldo for the top scorers Pichichi trophy, and their duel could be renewed this year after Rivaldo also got both his teams's goals in Barcelona's 2-1 victory over Málaga. In the second division, Elche, Sevilla and Jaén are early leaders with two wins from two games. Atlético Madrid are bottom after losing at home to Recreativo.

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