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Atleti and Betis thrashed, Real Madrid came back and Barcelona tied on the first day of the League

Lenin Boscaney
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With a great goal from David Alaba (free kick), Real Madrid beat Almería with a score of 1-2.

This weekend the first day of La Liga took place, culminating in three games this Monday, highlighting Madrid's comeback and Barcelona's tie at the Spotify Camp Nou against Rayo Vallecano.

It was a day where several events took place that set the course for what this new season will be. Criticism and applause, also details that each coach of their respective teams must take into account to make adjustments for the upcoming matches and the start of the UEFA Champions League.

The new signings made their debut on matchday one, but the results show the need to make decisions and move the bench strategically. Similarly, the market has not yet closed and there will surely be new additions to strengthen the teams for the entire season.

It should be noted that this is the year of the World Cup, which this time will be held in Qatar and due to the heat produced in that region during these months, in an unprecedented way. The competition was postponed for the months of November and December, and due to this, the stoppage of the competitions will be for almost two months.

Summary of the day

La Liga opened on Friday with the match between Osasuna and Sevilla at El Sadar. The locals prevailed with a score of 2-1 in a close match, where the 'rojillos' scored at minute 9, with a goal from Ezequiel Ávila.

The joy would not last as long, since two minutes later Sevilla would equalize through Rafa Mir. Already for the second half, the Andalusians produced a free kick inside their area and by minute 74, Aimar Oroz scored from eleven paces to give his team the first three points in a great victory.

Three games were held on Saturday. The first was between Celta de Vigo and Espanyol in Balaídos. The game ended in a 2-2 draw. For 45+2', in a dangerous counterattack, Aspas enters the area from the right, when a teammate passes it with a header and, gaining speed, crosses it to goalkeeper Lecomte, thus opening the scoring for the locals.

At minute 63, Gonzalo Paciencia widened the lead for Celta by scoring with a header after receiving a cross from the left in the area. For their part, the 'parakeets' discounted at minute 72', due to a low left-footed shot by Eduardo Expósito that slipped through the right post and at 90+8', Joselu got the final tie by scoring a penalty.

The next game of the day was between Valladolid and Villarreal at the José Zorrilla stadium. The 'yellow submarine' prevailed away from home with a final score of 0-3 and the goals were from Nicolás Jackson at 49' and two from Alejandro Baena, one at 81' and the other at 90'.

The last match was held at the Spotify Camp Nou where Barcelona received Rayo Vallecano, which it should be noted has not beaten them since 2019. The match ended with a goalless draw in which the initiatives of the Catalans abounded in the area of the 'franjirrojo' team ', but the goalkeeper was a figure and the defense knew how to neutralize several attacks.

Sergio Busquets was sent off at 90+3' and the azulgranas gave the 'bell' of the day. Xavi's men could not score and exacerbate the internal problems. Will Laporta bring more signings? The Spanish media talk about the president doing his job, but Xavi Hernández's is missing.

The games continued on Sunday. Real Sociedad visited Cádiz at the Nuevo Mirandilla stadium and won by the least with a solitary goal from the Japanese Kubo. The young man who was transferred from Real Madrid to the 'Txuri-urdine' club on July 18 of this year, received a cross in the area, lowered it with his left foot and defined with a right foot to the back of the net.

The next match was held in Mestalla where Valencia won 1-0 against Girona with a solitary goal by Carlos Soler from eleven paces at 45+1'. Another detail to note is that Eray Cömert was sent off at 52' and despite leaving his team with 10 players for more than 30 minutes, the game ended with the victory of the 'ches'.

Continuing the day, Real Madrid visited Almería at the Power House Stadium. The home team began winning with a goal from Ramazani at minute 6', when he beat the center backs and defined a cross to the left post in a one-on-one with Courtois.

In the second half, the team led by Carlo Ancelotti focused on tying the match early and, by the 61st minute, they achieved it after a fortuitous attack in the local area and the ball was served for Lucas Vásquez to finish off with a left foot to the bottom of the networks and turned the momentary tie into the scoreboard.

By the 75th minute, a foul was committed near the Almería area and David Alaba, who had just joined, masterfully executed the foul at the near post and achieved the final 1-2. New comeback that Madrid achieves in the League.

The remaining three games took place on Monday. The first, a 0-0 draw between Athletic Bilbao and Mallorca at the Nuevo San Mamés. At the Coliseum, Getafe received Atlético de Madrid and Simeone's men thrashed with a final score of 0-3. Goals by Álvaro Morata (19' and 59') and Antoine Griezmann at 75'.

For its part, the match at the Benito Villamarín closed the first day with a 3-0 victory for Betis over Elche. The goals were scored by Borja Iglesias at 28' and by Juanmi Jiménez at 39' and 60'. It should be noted that the visitors played with 10 players from minute 16, since John Chetauya was sent off.

Thus ended the first day of La Liga with Villarreal, Atlético, Betis, Real Madrid, Osasuna, Real Sociedad and Valencia at the top of the table. Next weekend, on matchday 2, Celta de Vigo and Real Madrid will meet at Balaidos, Real Sociedad and Barcelona at Anoeta, and Atlético de Madrid will host Villarreal at the Cívitas Metropolitano.


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