LaLiga Match Reports Week 1

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Malaga 0-0 Sevilla

Steven N’Zonzi saw red as Sevilla and Malaga kicked off the new La Liga season by playing out a dour 0-0 draw at La Rosaleda on Friday. Sevilla striker Kevin Gameiro was guilty of missing three chances in the first half, but there was little in the way of goalmouth action in the entire game. Malaga Charles thought he had marked his La Liga debut for the club with a late winner, but the close-range finish from Juan Carlos’ centre was correctly ruled offside. All in all its was a poor way to start La Liga.

Atletico Madrid 1-0 Las Palmas

Antoine Griezmann’s first-half goal ensured Atletico Madrid made a winning start to the new La Liga season as they defeated Las Palmas 1-0 at the Vicente Calderon. Diego Simeone handed a debut to new man Jackson Martinez, but the Colombian struggled to threaten the goal in almost an hour on the pitch. Simeone will have concerns about his sides inability to kill the game off, with Las Palmas seeing a string of late chances repelled by the excellent Jan Oblak in Atleti goal.

Athletic Club 0-1 Barcelona

An exquisite Luis Suarez volley sealed a hard-fought 1-0 win for champions Barcelona at Athletic Bilbao in their Liga opener as Luis Enrique men gained a measure of revenge for their 5-1 aggregate loss in the Spanish SuperCup.  Defending champions Barca grew into the game in the second half, controlling much of proceedings after taking the lead, though their bad luck with injuries continued as Sergio Busquets had to be carried off on a stretcher and Dani Alves was also substituted with a knock.

Sporting Gijon 0-0 Real Madrid

Rafael Benitez endured a difficult Real Madrid debut as his new-look side were held 0-0 by La Liga newcomers Sporting Gijon. In the absence of the injured Karim Benzema, Jese started up front in a 4-2-3-1 system – ahead of Gareth Bale, Isco and Cristiano Ronaldo. While Real dominated first half possession, it was Sporting who went closest to the opener when Antonio Sanabria saw a header rattle the crossbar. Benitez brought James Rodriguez on prior to the hour, but Real continued to dominate without reward but there remains plenty for Benitez to ponder, notably his strangely out-of-sorts attacking unit.

 

 

 

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