After Real Madrid defeated Betis 2: 3, the third round of the Spanish league closed yesterday (Sunday) with six games. In focus: Athletic Madrid and Barcelona played for the first time this season. Luis Suarez scored twice and added cooking in a simply formidable debut while the ex did well without him and defeated Villarreal 0-4. At the same time, Ivan Rakitić scored in Sevilla’s 1: 3 over Cadiz and Sean Weissman’s team, which was absent due to Yom Kippur, scraped a point.
Barcelona – Villarreal 0: 4
One half was enough for the host, who opened the term of new coach Ronald Koeman in style. It started with the wonderful Anso Patti, who scored a light double (15 and 19) after the cooking of Jordi Alba and Filippa Coutinho, who returned from Bayern Munich and made a fresh debut.
And what about Leo Messi, you ask? The big star, who was forced to stay in his youth team after a not-so-simple summer, joined the celebration with a successful penalty after a failure on Patti in the 35th minute and found the network the 17th consecutive season in the domestic league.
Francico Torres’ own goal (45) set up a 0-4 draw at the end for Barça, who took their foot off the gas in the second half and put Miralam Pjanic and Trinkau in for a debut. On Thursday, in the middle of the week, it will be much harder for Messi’s team to host Blaidos at Salta Vigo, a pitch where they are traditionally struggling.
Atletico Madrid – Granada 1: 6
Atletico Madrid’s opening game of the 2020-21 season was simply dreamy. Diego Simeone’s team dismantled the unfortunate Granada 1: 6 and the only miss actually was that this show took place without the dedicated audience at Wanda Metropolitano. The hero of the evening was Luis Suarez, the new acquisition striker who had only two training sessions with the team. Suarez managed as a substitute to conquer a duo and cook. Has Atletico declared its intentions and can it win the championship this year?
Diego Costa, who was reportedly on his way out, scored the first goal with a great shot as early as the ninth minute from Angel Correa’s header. Seven minutes later the Colchoneros missed a penalty (Joao Felix failed in the box) when Seoul kicked to the center of the goal and goalkeeper Royce Yelba top, but it did not matter at all.
At the start of the second half Correa moved into the role of scorer this time when Felix’s play began (47). The Portuguese delivered a clever ball into the box, calling a foul on the defender and sending a sharp kick into the net. The Portuguese scored the third goal in style in the 65th minute and five minutes later came the moment everyone had been waiting for – Suarez made his debut, instead.
The Uruguayan needed just two minutes on the pitch to cook for Marcus Jornetta with a great depth ball, which 13 minutes later rewarded him with his own cooking, when he picked up the field and “El Pistolero” slammed against the goalkeeper’s direction of movement.
Granada, to remind you, opened the season with two league wins and two more in the Europa League. No one expected its disintegration. In the 87th minute, veteran Jorge Molina scored a shrinking goal. In added time, Suarez managed to complete a double after receiving a heel delivery in the box, kicking to the crossbar and pen on the rebound. In three days, Atletico will meet the new rising Huesca.
Cadiz – Sevilla 3: 1
The Europa League holder, who surrendered to Bayern Munich in the Super Cup on Thursday, was a little tired and did not shine but managed to win her debut game this season in the league, after erasing a lag and scoring goals in extra time. In the 48th minute it looked less good for Julen Luftaghi’s side when Sanchez Ponce scored after Albero Negredo’s strike.
In the 65th minute Sevilla responded. Substitute Luke de Jong scored with a shot after the level of Jose Navas in typical cooking. The newcomer lasted until the 90th minute, when Munir al-Hadadi received a wonderful depth delivery and kicked inside. Al Haddadi could have completed a double in extra time after Cadis sent them all up but preferred to pargan to Ivan Rakitić who scored first goal in his new team.
Valladolid – Salta Vigo 1: 1
Sean Weissman is absent of course because of Yom Kippur and his team is still without a win this season after three rounds. The team from the wear and tear DOS took the lead just before the break (44) when a Yago Aspas ball passed the goalkeeper easily after an excellent long ball and rolled into the net. Sergei Guardiola saved a point in the 66th minute in a penalty. Valladolid’s next game will be a big challenge – a meeting with champions Real Madrid at Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium.
More results Cycle in Spain: Osasuna – Levante 3: 1, Eibar – Athletic Bilbao 2:1.
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