First division, day 1
Sevilla rounded off the extended opening weekend of the league with a 4-0 win over Levante which takes them right to the top of the table. The Andalusians were full of confidence after beating Barcelona on Friday, and Kanouté put them ahead in only the eighth minute. Kepa got the second midway through the first half after Navas and Alves combined to set him up, and the Spanish under 21 striker completed a hat-trick with two more after the restart. (29.08.06)
Barcelona bounced back from their European Supercup defeat to win their opening league match at Celta 2-3. although they fell behind when Baiano beat Valdés shortly before half time, strikes from Eto'o and Messi early in the second half turned the scoreline around. Gustavo López levelled the scores once again, but the hosts were left with ten men when Iriney was sent off and substitute Gudjohnsen volleyed home the winner just two minutes from the end. (28.08.06)
A disappointing start for the new look Real Madrid, Fabio Capello's side being held to a dull 0-0 draw by Villarreal in the Bernabeu stadium. The coach included his four new signings in the starting line up, but other than a couple of efforts either side of half time by Cassano and Van Nistelrooy the visiting defence was hardly troubled, and Casillas had some work to do before the final whistle.
With two matches still to go, the new leaders are currently Getafe. Bernd Schuster's team finished off a disappointing week for Osasuna, their 0-2 victory coming just a few days after the Pamplona based side were eliminated from the Champions League. Celestini opened the scoring with a long shot in the second half, and Nacho wrapped things up a few minutes later.
Osasuna are already missing their old coach Javier Aguirre, who led his new side Atlético Madrid to their first opening day win for over ten years. Fernando Torres got the only goal early on in a 0-1 victory at Racing Santander, but they did well to hold on to the end after debutant Seitaridis was sent off close to half time.
A much changed Deportivo La Coruña also recorded a good 3-2 win over Zaragoza, despite going behind to an early Diego Milito goal. Juan Rodríguez equalised and Sergio converted a controversial penalty before half time. And after Juanfran got himself sent off for the visitors, Arizmendi increased the lead before Ewerthon got one back near the end.
The biggest surprise of the day though came at Montjuic, where new boys Nàstic beat neighbours Espanyol 0-1. The hosts arranged a special welcome for the Tarragona based side, who were returning to the top flight for the first time in over 50 years, but they probably regretted it after Campano beat Kameni on a quick breakaway at the beginning of the second half.
Another of the newly promoted sides Recreativo scraped a point in the last minute in a 1-1 draw with Mallorca. Arango appeared to have given the visitors the victory when he struck a spectacular volley past Toño four minutes from the end, but Cazorla equalised in injury time with a shot which Prats could only push back in to his own net.
The last game of the evening also ended in a 1-1 draw, Real Sociedad levelling the scores near the end with a goal from Aranburu against Basque rivals Athletic Bilbao. Athletic's opener close to half time was shrouded in controversy, the referee's assistant signalling a penalty for hand ball when it appeared that, if anything, the ball had hit Aduriz on the arm. Aduriz himself converted the kick. (27.08.06)
Valencia opened the new season with a 2-1 win over Betis in a packed Mestalla stadium. New signing Fernando Morientes opened the scoring for the Chés on the half hour mark after David Villa and Edu combined to set him up, but Xisco headed an equaliser from Romero's cross against the run of play soon after the restart. Raúl Albiol restored the lead though just eight minutes later after the visiting defence had failed to clear a corner, and only some good goalkeeping by Doblas prevented the home side from winning by a bigger margin. (26.08.06)