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First division – day 9

Real Sociedad are up to fourth in the table after they came from behind to beat Betis 3-1 on Sunday afternoon. Loren put the visitors in front in the twelfth minute, but Javi García turned Monreal’s cross into his own net soon afterwards, and strikes by Willian José and Portu either side of the break gave the Basque team the win, and left their opponents down in the drop zone. Real move above Atlético on goal difference, and Sevilla are also level with them on points after a 1-0 victory over Levante in the last match of the weekend. The Andalusians were on top for most of the game, but it was not until five minutes from the end that De Jong headed in a Jesús Navas cross. Villarreal are seventh after beating Espanyol 0-1, Ekambi getting the only goal on the quarter hour mark to hand new coach Pablo Machín a defeat in his first match in charge. Espanyol stay in next to bottom spot having lost all five home games, now further away from safety after Alavés won 2-0 against Celta in the mid-day kick-off to move out of the relegation spots. Magallan headed in a Lucas Pérez corner at the start of the second half, and Pérez himself fired home the second with ten minutes to go. Elsewhere Athletic Bilbao and Valladolid drew 1-1, Williams giving the hosts the lead with an individualist run before the interval, but Iñigo Martínez putting through his own net after Unai Simón failed to deal with Nacho’s cross after the restart. (20.10.19)

Barcelona are the new leaders of the first division after a 0-3 victory at Eibar in the first match on Saturday! Griezmann opened the scoring early on after picking up a long pass from Lenglet, and the “all-star” front three combined together twice after the break for Messi and Luis Suárez to score two more. The Blaugrana move a point above arch-rivals Real Madrid after they lost 1-0 at newly promoted Mallorca later in the evening, Lago Junior getting the only goal in the seventh minute to hand Zidane’s side their first league defeat of the season. Barça and Madrid were due to play each other next weekend in the Nou Camp, but the match has been postponed “sine die” due to the political unrest in Catalonia. Atlético Madrid failed to take advantage however, and they drop to fourth after a 1-1 draw against Valencia. Diego Costa put the locals in front from the penalty spot after Cheryshev handled in the area some ten minutes before the break, but Dani Parejo saved a point for the Ches with a well-struck free kick in the final minutes. Atleti are now below this season’s revelation team, Granada, who won 1-0 against Osasuna in the Friday night game thanks to a headed goal from Domingos Duarte. Getafe though are up into the European spots after they beat Leganés 2-0, substitute Angel getting both goals for the hosts in the second half to leave their South Madrid neighbours firmly down at the foot of the table. (19.10.19)