Valencia kept up the pace with the leaders after a 2-4 victory at Valladolid. David Silva headed them in to an early lead, and although Nauzet equalised on the half hour mark, strikes by David Silva and Mata gave Unai Emery's side a two goal cushion at the break. Villa got his second of the night ten minutes in to the second half, and Manucho completed the scoring a few minutes later.
Athletic Bilbao also have two wins out of two after beating newcomers Xerez 0-1 later in the evening. Local keeper Renan saved a Javi Martínez penalty early on, but he was left stranded a few minutes later when David Prieto turned Susaeta's cross in to his own net. Athletic end the weekend in fourth place, and Xerez share the bottom of the table with Espanyol, having yet to pick up a point.
Villarreal are having trouble getting going in the league, and they could only draw 1-1 at home to Mallorca. A heavy thunderstorm late in the first half made play difficult, but Rossi took advantage of the conditions to open the scoring ten minutes in to the second half. Borja Valero equalised though with a long free kick a few minutes later to keep his side up in the top five.
Deportivo clocked up their first win, beating last week's co-leaders Málaga 1-0. Ex Depor keeper Munúa made some important saves on his return to the Riazor, but he could do nothing to stop Filipe's pile-driver with ten minutes to go. The visitors could have saved a point though had Baha not missed an open goal in injury time.
There were first victories as well though for Sporting Gijón and Tenerife. Sporting beat Almería 1-0 to leave Hugo Sánchez's side floundering in the lower reaches of the table. Diego Castro got the only goal of the game in the fifth minute with a shot which took a wicked deflection off Chico to wrong-foot Diego Alves. Both sides had chances after that, although neither keeper was particularly troubled in the end.
Tenerife won 2-1 against an Osasuna side who ended the game with nine men. Monreal was sent off early in the second half after picking up two yellow cards in a minute, and Nino put the Canary Islanders ahead almost immediately following a set-piece free kick. Pandiani levelled the scores with a header from a corner, but Ricardo restored the lead with an impressive shot, and Nekounam was shown a red card following a goal mouth incident with twenty minutes left on the clock. (13.09.09)
Less than halfway through the second weekend, but already Barcelona and Real Madrid are dominating the league table. Barcelona won 0-2 against last week's leaders Getafe to move up to top spot, despite the fact that Guardiola put out a weakened line-up. Albín and Soldado both rattled the woodwork in the first half, but with Messi and Iniesta on after the break, Ibrahimovic turned in Abidal's cross and then set up Messi for him to head the winner later on.
Real Madrid are up to second after they beat Espanyol 0-3 in the first official match in their new Cornellà stadium. Pellegrini also rested some of his key players, but Granero picked up a return pass from Kaká to open the scoring a few minutes before the break. Kaká set up Guti for a second with a quarter of an hour to go, and substitute Cristian Ronaldo wrapped things up with a clever shot through the legs of Kameni in injury time.
Sevilla got their first points on the board after a 4-1 victory over newly promoted Zaragoza. Konko started things off after Renato put him through in the eighth minute, and although Arizmendi equalised a few minutes later, Luis Fabiano restored the lead on the stroke of half time. And Perotti and Luis Fabiano added two more after the break to restore their side's confidence prior to their opening Champions League match.
Atlético Madrid are not having a good start to the season though, and there were protests from fans as they could only draw 1-1 with Racing Santander. Both sides lost their opening games, and although Jurado fired them in to the lead with three minutes to go to half time, Oscar Serrano made it all square two minutes later. And even though the visitors had Crespo sent off two minutes after the restart, they held on for a valuable point. (12.09.09)