La Liga is back after a three month lay-off, with two matches already on Friday evening. As luck would have it, Leganés and Alavés (who met on the last day of last season) opened the new programme, the Madrid based team running out 1-0 winners to at least be able to say that they topped the table for the first time in their history! The visitors could have taken the lead though had Manu García not fired an early penalty kick straight at Cuéllar after Diego Rico brought down Burgui in the area, but a few minutes later Gabriel got what was to prove the only goal after Pacheco could only push out a long free kick from Guerrero.
Later in the evening Valencia also beat Las Palmas 1-0, a good start for new coach Marcelino on his return to Spain. Zaza opened the scoring after Carlos Soler set him up with twenty minutes gone, and later in the first half the visitors were left with ten men when Halilovic was sent off for a hard tackle on Gayà. Neto was only troubled by a long shot from Jonathan Viera after the restart, and only a couple of good saves by Chichizola prevented Cancelo and Zaza from adding to the lead. (18.08.17)