Atletico up and running


A review of the weekend’s action so far in Spain’s La Liga as Atletico Madrid claims their first win of the season.

Atletico Madrid picked up their first win of the Primera Division season but were run alarmingly close by newcomers Eibar in a 2-1 result at the Vicente Calderon on Saturday night.

The defending champions looked to be cruising when goals from Miranda and Mario Mandzukic, his first league strike since joining from Bayern Munich over the summer, gave them a cushion on home soil.

But Abraham pulled one back for newly-promoted Eibar and they could have snatched a point in the dying minutes but for a timely intervention from goalkeeper Miguel Moya to deny Angel Rodriguez.

Sevilla produced a convincing 2-1 win away to Espanyol to pick up their first win of the season.

Goals from Carlos Bacca and Vicente Iborra in each half had put Unai Emery’s side in command and though Christian Stuani put the Catalans back in the game and set up an exciting finish, the Europa League champions held on.

Athletic Bilbao got their first win of the season at the second time of asking as they comprehensively beat Levante 3-0 earlier on Saturday evening.

Having lost narrowly at Malaga a week ago, Ernesto Valverde’s men got their season up and running in some style at San Mames.

Aritz Aduriz got the opener 32 minutes in and Ander Iturraspe erased the prospect of any late nerves with a second after the break.

It was party time after that and Iker Muniain added a third 13 minutes from the end.

Primera Division new boys Cordoba enjoyed a happy homecoming back in the top flight, coming from behind to salvage a 1-1 draw at home to Celta Vigo.

Fabian Orellana gave Eduardo Berrizo’s side the lead early in the second half with a fortuitous goal that owed a lot to a lapse in concentration by Cordoba goalkeeper Juan Carlos, but Fede Cartabia saved his team-mate’s blushes by thumping in an equaliser seven minutes later.

That gave the Andalusian side their first point of the season following last week’s 2-0 defeat at Real Madrid.

On Friday, Valencia, who forced a late draw last week, found themselves much more comfortable at their Mestalla home as they eased to a 3-0 win against visitors Malaga.

The Andalucians’ task was already made difficult after midfielder Sergi Darder was shown a red card for violent conduct on 27 minutes.

Just four minutes later, the home side took the lead. Paco Alcacer struck from Jose Gaya’s cross, mere hours after his first call-up to the Spanish national side.

They doubled their lead just after half-time, after Algerian Sofiane Feghouli led a three-man coutner-attack, culminating in a penalty being awarded for handball against Malaga defender Weligton.

Captain Dani Parejo stepped up and although Carlos Kameni saved his effort from 12 yards, Parejo was on hand to stick home the rebound.

First goalscorer Alcacer turned provider 10 minutes later as he played in Pablo Piatti, who sealed all three points with a great finish 11 minutes into the second period.

Former Swansea striker Alvaro Vazquez hit the only goal of the game to sink Almeria 1-0 and give Getafe their first win of the new season.

Vazquez was unable to score a single goal during his loan spell in the Premier League but decided the game in just his second appearance since returning to Getafe, bundling the ball home from a couple of yards out.

Cosmin Contra’s side were just about worthy winners, although goalkeeper Vicente Guaita was forced to make two top quality saves to prevent an equaliser.



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