Sevilla go top as Madrid suffer shock defeat and Barça stumble
By Dave Redshaw SEVILLA took advantage of Barcelona dropping points to move top of the table with a 2-1 victory over 10-man CELTA VIGO at the Sánchez Pizjuán. Pablo Sarabia opened the scoring for Sevilla shortly before the interval but the Galicians suffered a blow in the 58th minute, Mexican defender Nestor Araujo dismissed after receiving two cautions within two minutes. Sevilla made them pay three minutes later as Wissam Ben Yedder doubled his side’s lead, with onloan Southampton forward Sofiane Boufal pulling one back late on to set up a nervy finish.
A Lionel Messi goal was not enough as BARCELONA relinquished top spot with a frustrating 1-1 draw at VALENCIA. Barca, now four games without a league win, fell behind after two minutes after Gerard Piqué made a hash of a clearance and Ezequiel Garay tapped in at the far post. Michy Batshuayi and Geoffrey Kondogbia both had chances to double Los Che’s lead, but Ernesto Valverde’s men were back on level terms in the 23rd minute, Messi firing in from long range after playing a one-two with Luis Suárez. Kevin Gameiro went close for Valencia just after the hour mark, yet Barca continued to threaten and Messi found the side netting with an effort. Suárez saw a couple of penatly appeals turned down late on as the Blaugrana’s miserable run continued, while Valencia have now drawn six of their eight league matches this season.
REAL MADRID went down to a shock 1-0 defeat at ALAVÉS as the home side recorded a first league win over Los Blancos since 1931. Madrid were on top early on with Dani Ceballos and Karim Benzema bringing saves from Fernando Pacheco, yet Alavés forced their way back into the game and it remained goalless at the interval. Toni Kroos had to make a crucial interception for Madrid after the break when Ibai Gómez latched onto Jony’s cross, and Rubén Duarte tried his luck as the hosts’ piled on the pressure. It paid off four minutes into stoppage time, substitute Manu García nodding in after the ball had rebounded favourably to him to claim a famous victory, increasing the heat on Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui.
Ángel Correa came off the bench to score the winner as ATLÉTICO MADRID went third in La Liga by edging past REAL BETIS 1-0 at the Wanda Metropolitano. Loren Morón had a chance to give the Andalusians an early lead as they enjoyed most of the possession, but dragged his shot wide, whilst at the other end Nikola Kalinic thumped a low shot against a post from the edge of the box. The contest was settled in the 74th minute when Correa combined with fellow substitute Thomas Partey to drive the winning goal into the bottom corner.
ESPANYOL made it four wins from four with a 3-1 home win over VILLARREAL. It took the Catalans just six minutes to get their noses in front with Borja Iglesias setting up Hernán Pérez to slot home. Even so, the Yellow Submarine drew level before half-time as Karl Toko Ekambi netted. Sergi Darder put Espanyol back in front in the 78th minute and Pablo Piatti wrapped up the scoring with virtually the last kick of the game.
Enis Bardhi netted yet another freekick as LEVANTE registered a 1-0 victory at GETAFE. The hosts had the best chance of an untidy first half when Oier Olazábal saved spectacularly as Nemanja Maksimovic was through oneon-one after 30 minutes, which kept the scoreline goalless at the break. However, Bardhi struck the match-winning goal 15 minutes into the second period, his sixth from direct free-kicks since joining the Valencia-based club in 2017. Levante were able to hold on for the win, while Getafe had Francisco Portillo sent off in stoppage time for comments to the referee.
GIRONA went down 3-2 to EIBAR in an entertaining encounter at the Estadio Montilivi. Charles gave the visitors the lead from the penalty spot on 12 minutes, but Cristhian Stuani produced two goals in three minutes just before the break to hand the home side the advantage. Nonetheless, their joy was short-lived as Anaitz Arbilla restored parity in first-half injury time to draw the Basques level. A superb Sergi Enrich header 20 minutes from time ensured Eibar moved away from the relegation zone and into mid-table.
REAL VALLADOLID continued their impressive start to the season with a lone goal from Rubén Alcaraz enough to earn a 1-0 home win over struggling HUESCA, which sees them rise to seventh in the table. A 27th-minute freekick from the midfielder gave goalkeeper Aleksandar Jovanovic no chance and proved to be the difference between the teams.
ATHLETIC BILBAO continue to hover above the bottom three after going down 3-1 to local rivals REAL SOCIEDAD in the derby at San Mamés. Mikel Oyarzabal scored the first of two penalties on the half-hour mark when Iñigo Martinez was adjudged by VAR to have committed a foul in the area. Los Leones responded immediately with a close-range strike from Iker Muniain, but La Real re-took the lead two minutes into the second half when Luca Sangalli met a cross from Igor Zubeldia to steer home. Sociedad made sure of all three points after Oyarzabal netted again from the spot in the 74th minute to leave Bilbao 17th in the standings.
LEGANÉS climbed off the foot of the table thanks to a 1-0 win over neighbours RAYO VALLECANO at Butarque. Guido Carillo got El Geta off to a great start when he turned in a Michael Santos cross in the 14th minute, and it turned out to be the only goal of the game. Rayo improved in the second half and Álvaro Medrán rattled the crossbar with a free-kick in the 73rd minute, before Óscar Rodríguez came close with an attempt. But Medrán was sent off after picking up a second yellow card on 82 minutes, allowing Leganés to see out the match comfortably with a man advantage.
Sevilla moved top of La Liga with victory over Celta Vigo
Alavés pulled off a shock win over Real Madrid