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First division – day 5

Real Madrid bounced back from their midweek European defeat, a 0-1 victory at erstwhile leaders Sevilla in the last match on Sunday taking them above their hosts to second place. Benzema headed the only goal of the game from Carvajal’s cross midway through the second half to take Zidane’s team level on points with new leaders Athletic Bilbao, who beat regional neighbours Alavés 2-0 a couple of hours earlier. Raúl García opened the scoring from the penalty spot after Williams was brought down in the area shortly before the break, and Muniain scrambled home the second after the interval to give the Basque’s their best ever start to the season. Only one point separates the top six however, Real Sociedad now fourth after they won 1-3 at Espanyol. Willian José scored twice for the visitors in the first half, and although Zaldua put through his own net in the second half, Isak wrapped things up soon afterwards. The defeat leaves the Catalans down in the relegation zone after Getafe beat Mallorca 4-2 in the early kick-off, and elsewhere bottom club Leganés got their first point of the season after drawing 1-1 at Valencia. (22.09.19)

A big surprise on Saturday evening, newly promoted Granada beating Barcelona 2-0 to move to the top of table overnight. Azeez headed the opener in only the second minute, and Vadillo converted a penalty after Arturo Vidal handled in the area just minutes after coming on as substitute. The Catalans have only taken one point from their first three away games, their worst start to a new season in 25 years. Atlético Madrid failed to take full advantage though, and they remain behind Granada on goal difference after drawing 0-0 at home to Celta. Visiting keeper Rubén Blanco was the star of the night, and Aitor and Dmitrovic were also on top form as the match between Levante and Eibar ended without goals as well. In fact, at the midpoint of the weekend, no away team has been able to find the net, Valladolid losing 2-0 at Villarreal, with a Cazorla penalty and a late headed goal by Ontiveros giving the locals the three points there. (21.09.19)

Osasuna and Betis kicked off week 5 with a 0-0 draw on Friday night, a result which extended the Pamplona based side’s unbeaten home record to 28 games. Chimy Ávila came closest to scoring with a shot which Joel kept out before the break, and another effort against the crossbar after the restart, but in the end points were shared. (20.09.19)