La Liga Roundup: Atletico Go Top After Barcelona Lose & Real Madrid Held By Eibar
Valencia goalkeeper Diego Alves continued his incredible record of penalty saves as he detained the 18th and 19th penalties of his career in Spain to frustrate Antoine Griezmann and Gabi Fernandez when his side entertained Atletico Madrid under the gaze of new coach Cesare Prandelli.
However, he was unable to stop Griezmann giving Atletico a second half lead before Kevin Gameiro sealed a 2-0 win after another convincing Atletico performance.
Real Madrid were held at home to a surprise 1-1 draw by the smallest club in the league as Eibar came away with a well-deserved point against a Madrid side that was well below par.
With Luka Modric and Casimiro both out and James Rodriguez forced to withdraw after suffering an injury in training, Madrid were well below par and their catalogue of defensive errors continued as Fran Rico put Eibar ahead in the sixth minute with the club’ s first ever goal against Madrid.
Gareth Bale equalized in the 18th minute, but it was far from one-way traffic and Eibar had some good spells of possession against a rival which has now won four consecutive games.
Barcelona suffered a repeat of last season’ s nightmare away to Celta Vigo as they lost the chance to go top with a 4-3 defeat in the Balaidos Stadium.
Celta were 3-0 up at the break thanks to some comedy defending facilitating goals from Sisto, Iago Aspes and a Jeremy Mathieu own goal, but Barca fought back in the second half with Gerard Pique and Neymar bringing the score back to 3-2 before Pablo Hernandez added a fourth for Celta and Pique gave Barca late, but finally vain hope of a point.
Espanyol and Villarreal drew 0-0 while 2 goals in just over a minute saw Malaga overturn an Artiz Aduriz goal at home to Athletic Bilbao, who played 55 minutes with a player less after Mikel Balenziaga was sent off in the first half.
Saturday saw Sevilla maintain their excellent start to the season with a late but well-deserved home win against Alaves, thanks to two goals from new signing Wissan Ben Yedder.
The second goal came in injury time after Alaves thought they had claimed a point through Laguardia, but Sevilla’ s insistence saw them home on a day where five players and referee Mateu Lahoz had to leave the pitch with muscle injuries.
Alexander Szymanowski’ s second half win gave Leganes their third away win of the campaign at the expense of Granada who are still winless despite sacking coach Paco Jemez in midweek.
Finally Osasuna suffered the heartbreak of seeing Las Palmas snatch and injury time equalizer to deny them their first win of the campaign.
Roberto Torres and Sergio Leon had given Osasuna the lead against the run of play, but Las Palmas’ constant pressure was rewarded when Vicente got them back into the game before David Perez scrambled the ball home following a 91st minute corner.