News Archive

First division – day 3

Atlético Madrid are two points clear at the top of the table after they came from behind to beat Eibar 3-2 on Sunday evening. Charles and Arbilla put the visitors two up with only twenty minutes gone, but strikes by Joao Felix and Vitolo either side of the break made it all square, and Thomas got the winner in the last minute. Atleti are now four points above city rivals Real Madrid, who could only draw 2-2 at Villarreal in the last match of the day. In the end transfer listed Gareth Bale saved the day with goals at the end of the first and second halves after Gerard Moreno and Moi Gómez had twice put the locals ahead, although the Welsh forward blotted his copy book near the end when he was sent off after receiving two bookings in quick succession. Meanwhile Valencia got their first win after two Dani Parejo penalties gave the Ches a 2-0 victory over Mallorca, and Granada beat Espanyol 0-3, the Catalans paying the price for their midweek efforts in the Europa League qualifiers. (01.09.19)

Barcelona are clearly missing the injured Messi, and they dropped points again when they were held to a 2-2 draw at Osasuna on Saturday afternoon. Roberto Torres volleyed the locals ahead early on, and then converted a late penalty following a hand ball by Pique to save a point after substitutes Ansu Fati (at 16, the youngest player ever to score for Barça) and Arthur had turned the scoreline around. Osasuna stay a point above the Catalans, level with Alavés, who drew 1-1 at Getafe, and a point below Levante, who beat Valladolid 2-0 to move up to third. Elsewhere Betis got their first points of the season with a 2-1 victory over Leganés, who end the day at the bottom of the table after three defeats in a row. (31.08.19)

Sevilla and Athletic Bilbao are tied at the top the table on seven points after both played on Friday night. Sevilla were held to a 1-1 draw by Celta, Franco Vázquez heading in a Banega free kick with ten minutes to go to give the Andalusians the lead, but Denis Suárez saving a point for the Galicians with what was virtually his side’s first shot at goal a few minutes later. And Athletic Bilbao beat Real Sociedad 2-0 later in the evening, Williams and Raúl García getting the goals early on to ensure bragging rights for the locals against their Basque rivals. It could have been different though had the visitors not had a penalty and a goal overturned by the VAR system after each of Athletic’s goals. (30.08.19)