Barcelona cruise to a win fielding 6 la masia graduates. Real Madrid have a shaky start and defending champions Atletico Madrid falter away from home. La Liga debutants and minnows start off season in Fairy Tale fashion.
Malaga 1 – Athletic Bilbao 0.
It was an exciting start to Liga with controversy, progression, triumph and disappointment all present in week 1. Malaga and Athletic Biblao started off the day with a resounding bang. Malaga opened up the scoring after Roque Santa Cruz got taken down in the area by the Athletic Goalkeeper. Debutant Luis Alberto slotted in the penalty and gave Malaga a 1-0 lead. Chances were had on both sides but things went haywire in the last 15 minutes of the game. Iker Munain was dribbling in the Malaga area and Duda took it upon himself to lose his mind. He went up and kicked the ball(which was out of play) straight at Munain and then proceeded to shove him to the ground and headbutt another player. This had him sent off. Then minutes later, another Malaga player got a straight red after a careless tackle which took them down to 9 men. The culmination of all the madness came though in the last 90 seconds of the match when the horrible referee disallowed this goal:
To add matters worse, Athletic were denied a clear penalty and red card to Kameni seconds later. One thing is for sure, Mateu Lahoz should never ref another game in his career.
FC Barcelona 3 – Elche 0
Barcelona had another chaotic game to start their season. Say what you will about superstitions, but the fact that Mashcerano crossed this cat and then later on got sent off is all but a little too eerie for me.
Lionel Messi opened up his and Barca’s goal scoring for the season with a great stop and turn from a turnover from Elche. Barca had tested out the woodwork several times before getting on the scoreboard. Trouble struck though immediately after they scored when Sergio Busquets misheaded the ball which lead to a breakaway. In the heat of the fmoment Mascherano brought down the Elche player and was sent off. Rafinha who had a great first half was sacrificed for Bartra to tighten up the back line. Funny enough, the 10 men Barca played better and found another goal with a beautiful connection between new blood Rakitic and Moroccan/Spanish international Munir.
Finally Barca put it away with this beautiful solo goal in classic Messi fashion.
The blaugrana were without the services of Neymar who had been missing due to an ankle injury picked up in training.
Real Madrid 2 – Cordoba 0
Madrid had a shaky start to the season at home but thanks to a moment of brilliance from Ronaldo and a header from Benzema, they were able to grab all 3 points from their home opener. James Rodriguez and Toni Kroos received their debut by starting the match. Xabi Alonso, Dani Carvajal and Keylor Navas began the match on the bench and many wonder how long it will take to start the in form Navas in goal for los blancos. The recently promoted Cordoba played with nothing to lose and pressed early and often and seemed to be on their way to score. They were never able to find the back of the net and the 3 points were secured after this late wonder strike from CR7.
Sevilla 1 – Valencia 1
Atletico Madrid 0 – Rayo Vallecano 0
Eibar 1 – Real Sociedad 0
–Disgruntled Sports Fan