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Saviola stars for Málaga

Málaga go into Tuesday’s Champions League opener against Zenith St Petersburg on a high after beating Levante 3-1 on Saturday to cement second spot behind Barça. Ex-Barça man Javier Saviola was the star of the show, scoring the first and setting up the second for Joaquín. Real Madrid will have no such boost as they face Manchester City in their European opener after they suffered their second league defeat, going down 1-0 to Sevilla in Seville, who move up to fourth on eight points, level with Mallorca, whilst Madrid are down in 12th  with just four points.

Goals galore for Atletico…..

Atlético Madrid have now scored 12 goals in their last three games, with four against Rayo on Sunday  following the 4-1 win over Chelsea and the 4-0 defeat of Athletic Bilbao and they sit in fifth on seven points, with a game in hand.  When Falcao scored from the spot to make it 4-0 on 56 minutes, it looked as if Diego’s Simone’s side might be going for a cricket score, but Rayo caused a few last minute tremors at the Vicente Calderon with three goals in the last eight minutes.

….and for Athletic!

In contrast, Athletic Bilbao have now conceded 12 goals  - more than any other team in Las Liga - though they have also scored more (8) than any side other than Barça and Atlético Madrid – after their 3-3 draw against Espanyol at El Prat-Cornella. Espanyol boss Pochettino and new signing Longo were both sent off as Espanyol let slip a two goal lead at half time, with Arduriz scoring twice after the break and Llorente also on target, two minutes after coming on for his first game of the season. 

Handbags out in Pamplona

A fisticuffs on the half hour mark saw Joseba Llorente and Mallorca defender Nunes both sent off in Pamplona, as Osasuna took their first point of the season with a 1-1 draw against the still unbeaten Mallorca, whilst Valencia won their first game of the season, beating Celta 2-1 ahead of Wednesday’s tough Champions League trip to Munich. Fehgouli got an early opener for Valencia, but Celta were soon level before new signing Cissokho gave Pellegrino’s team their opening win of the campaign.

Betis up to eighth

Valencia are now on five points, one behind Betis, who beat Valladolid 0-1 on Monday and sit in eighth spot on six points, with  a game in hand, alongside Valladolid, Deportivo – who drew their third game on the run, 1-1 with Granada to remain unbeaten since their return to the top flight, and Real Sociedad, who beat Zaragoza 2-0 to make it two home wins and two defeats on the road so far.

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