La Liga Round-Up: Real bounce back, Sociedad & Getafe continue unbeaten runs & Valencia drop more points


Real Betis 2-3 Real Madrid

Los Blancos’ tough start to the season looked set to continue upon the half-time whistle sounding in Seville. After taking an early lead through Fede Valverde, Betis scored twice in as many minutes to take a 2-1 lead into the break.

Los Verdiblancos equalized through a rare Aissa Mandi header, before William Carvalho’s powerful left-footed shot beat Courtois low to his right-hand side.

Luck would soon flow the away side’s way, though, as a Dani Carvajal cross was poorly defended by Emerson, who turned the ball into his own net. Things got worse for the Brazilian when he was sent off for taking down Luka Jovic as the last man.

Then, just when it was starting to look as though Real may be forced to settle for a point, former Barcelona defender Marc Bartra handled in the box. Sergio Ramos, once again, smashed home from the spot.

Zinedine Zidane will be pleased with his first win of the season after a disappointing goalless draw on the opening day against Real Sociedad.

Valencia 1-1 Huesca

Valencia dropped points again as they set out to avenge their drab loss at Celta a week ago. The Mestella side took the lead through a very fortunate Daniel Wass free-kick. The Dane swung a curling cross from the left-hand side which ended up in the back of the Huesca net. But the away side kept pushing, as league debutant Jaime Seoane saw a wonderful half-volley pushed over by Jaume.

The keeper was back in action shortly after, Jorge Pulido’s header brilliantly reacted to by Jaume. However, he could do nothing from the subsequent corner kick, as Dimitrios Soivas rose highest to send a looping headed effort into the top-right corner.

Valencia have so far picked up 4 points from a possible 9, and with no further signings yet made, Javi Gracia could soon see his position under increasing pressure.

Elche 0-3 Real Sociedad

Whilst La Real were taking to the pitch for the 3rd time this season, for Elche it was their opening day, amid the La Liga schedule disruption on the back of last season’s late European finish.

Elche goalkeeper Edgar Badia was certainly the promoted side’s best player on the day, and that tells the story of the match. Sociedad peppered their hosts’ goal, but had to wait until after the half-time break to find their breakthrough.

Mikel Merino’s incisive pass found Portu on the right of the goal, who somehow slotted home from the tightest of angles. This led to Elche opening up and leaving gaps. Adnan Januzaj was brought down in the box, and calmly smashed home La Real’s second of the match from the spot.

20-year-old substitute Roberto Lopez came on and hit a rocket of a shot high into the top-right to kill the game off in added time.

Sociedad pick up their first win after two draws in the first two match weeks.

Deportivo Alaves 0-0 Getafe

A goalless draw with plenty of chances for both sides played out at Mendizorrotza. Getafe, buoyed by their established position as a top-half La Liga side, had the better chances. Watford loanee Cucho Hernandez saw an early effort poked wide. Marc Cucurella also saw a genius back-heeled effort saved by Fernando Pacheco.

However, prior to this chance, former Getafe striker Deyverson missed a glorious chance to give Alaves a much needed lead. Clear and through on goal, the Brazilian attempted to lob former teammate David Soria, but saw his effort sail over the crossbar.

Late chances for Alaves’ Joselu and Getafe’s Enes Unal would too go begging, as the sides settled for a point apiece. Alaves’ share of the spoils actually came as their first of the season, ahead of what looks set to be another tough year for the Basque side.

See also: Valencia vs Huesca live streaming: Watch La Liga online

Elche vs Real Sociedad live streaming: Watch La Liga online

This article was edited by Conor Laird.