Real Sociedad saw their lead at the top of La Liga reduced to one point after they were held to a 1-1 draw at home to local rivals Athletic Club Bilbao on Sunday.
An intense game between two evenly matched sides looked to be going Real Sociedad’s way when Alexander Isak scored a 58th minute penalty after a foul on Mikel Merino.
Athletic were reduced to 10 men in the 80th minute when defender Inigo Martinez was harshly sent off, but Iker Muniain saved a point with a free kick in injury time, which Real Sociedad keeper Alex Remiro should have done better with.
Atletico Madrid returned to form after recent disappointing displays with a 3-0 win over Betis, who had started the weekend level on points at the top of the table.
Yannick Carrasco’s magnificent opening goal put Atletico ahead in the 26th minute, with an own goal from German Pezzella in the 63rd minute doubling their lead after he deflected Antoine Griezmann’s cross into his own net.
Joao Tomas rounded off another excellent display with Atletico’s third goal with 10 minutes to play.
On Saturday Sergi Barjuan’s debut as FC Barcelona’s caretaker coach ended in disappointment as his side were held to a 1-1 draw by Alaves.
Memphis Depay put Barca ahead early in the second half with a curling shot, but Luis Rioja’s quick reply meant a point each as Barca dominated but struggled to break down an organized visiting defense.
Although Barca showed more aggression in attack than recent matches, the display was little better than those under the sacked former coach, Ronald Koeman while injuries to Kun Aguero, who was taken to hospital after suffering an irregular heartbeat, and Gerard Pique will further complicate Sergi’s task.
Two goals from Vinicius Jr helped Real Madrid to an unconvincing 2-1 win in Elche in which the Brazilian striker and Real Madrid keeper Thibaut Courtpis were the standout performers.
Vinicius put Real Madrid in the 22nd minute and the game swung even more Madrid’s way when Elche midfielder Raul Guti was sent off with half an hour left to play, before Vinicius looked to have sealed the win.
A bad mistake from Casemiro allowed Pere Milla to pull a goal back for Elche in the 86th minute to give some emotion to the final moments of the game.
Sevilla remain level on points with Real Madrid after their 2-0 home win against Osasuna in a wet Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium, with goals from Diego Carlos and Lucas Ocampos ending Osasuna’s unbeaten away record.
Valencia ended a seven-game run without a win thanks to goals Hugo Guillamon’s 43rd minute goal and Carlos Soler’s 77th minute penalty.
Villarreal controled the ball, but only had one shot on target all game as defense errors cost them dear.
Alvaro Negredo’s 93rd minute penalty saved a point for Cadiz at home to Mallorca, who had taken a first half lead through Iddrisu Baba and looked comfortable until Alexander Sedlar was sent off with just three minutes left to play.
There was controversy in the game when Cadiz defender Iza was sent off for a terrible challenge on Mallorca’s Dani Rodriguez, but the referee overturned his decision for a previous foul in Cadiz’s favor with Mallorca coach Luis Garcia subsequently sent off for his protests.
Finally, Getafe claimed their first win of the season thanks to two goals from striker Enes Unal gave them a 2-1 win at home to Espanyol. The Turkish striker scored in the 30th and 55th minutes while Sergi Gomez scored for Espanyol in a bad-tempered match which ended with 11 yellow cards.
There are two games on Monday with Rayo Vallecano entertaining Celta Vigo, while Levante play at home to Granada.- Advertisement -