Barça come from be­hind to beat Rayo while Girona shock Va­len­cia

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By Dave Red­shaw Lead­ers BARCELONA scored twice in the fi­nal three min­utes to sal­vage a 3-2 away win at strug­gling RAYO VAL­LE­CANO. It took Barca just 11 min­utes to edge in front at the Campo de Fút­bol de Val­le­cas when Luis Suárez con­verted eas­ily af­ter be­ing picked out by Jordi Alba. None­the­less, the Madrid side were back on level terms af­ter 38 min­utes, José Án­gel Pozo crash­ing the ball home off an up­right – the first goal the vis­i­tors have con­ceded from out­side the box this sea­son. It got bet­ter for Rayo just be­fore the hour mark as Ál­varo Gar­cía tucked home a re­bound at the far post only sec­onds af­ter be­ing in­tro­duced from the bench. Barca ap­peared to be head­ing for de­feat as the game en­tered its lat­ter stages, only for Ous­mane Dem­bele to equalise when steer­ing a half-vol­ley into the bot­tom corner seven min­utes from time. Suárez then grabbed his sec­ond of the night, and the win­ner, two min­utes later af­ter pop­ping up at the back post for his fifth goal in two matches.

VA­LEN­CIA have still won just once in the open­ing 11 fix­tures af­ter suf­fer­ing a shock 1-0 home de­feat at the hands of GIRONA. The Cata­lans had goal­keeper Bono to thank for keep­ing them in the con­test in the first half, first ac­ro­bat­i­cally deny­ing Fran­cis Co­quelin and then mak­ing an even bet­ter save from a Ro­drigo header, be­fore sav­ing a Goncalo Guedes ef­fort with Santi Mina strik­ing the re­bound off the cross­bar. Bono’s in­ter­ven­tions proved timely as three min­utes into the sec­ond half Girona got what turned out to be the win­ner, Pere Pons turn­ing the ball home af­ter on­loan Manch­ester City winger Patrick Roberts had forced a save from Neto with the vis­i­tors’ first shot of the game.

LE­GANÉS and ATLÉTICO MADRID had to be con­tent with a share of the spoils in a hard-fought derby at Bu­tar­que that ended 1-1. The game re­mained goal­less in the open­ing pe­riod, with the hosts set­ting the pace against their lo­cal ri­vals, but Atleti took the lead against the run of play on 69 min­utes when An­toine Griez­mann found the net from a free-kick. How­ever, Diego Sime­one’s men failed to cap­i­talise on their ad­van­tage and paid the price with eight min­utes re­main­ing, Guido Car­rillo net­ting from close range only a minute af­ter de- fender Ro­drigo Tarín had hit the bar for Le­ganés from a tight an­gle.

REAL MADRID needed two late goals to se­cure a for­tu­itous 2-0 home win over REAL VAL­LADOLID in San­ti­ago So­lari’s first league match in charge since the sack­ing of Julen Lopetegui. Los Blan­cos were jeered off af­ter an unin­spir­ing first half and could have found them­selves two be­hind af­ter the break when Rubén Al­caraz hit the cross­bar from dis­tance, be­fore Toni Villa did like­wise with an im­pres­sive strike. None­the­less, Madrid hit back in the 83rd minute when Brazil­ian teenager Vini­cius Jr saw his shot take a wicked de­flec­tion off Kiko Oli­vas that wrong-footed the goal­keeper. The points were sealed five mintues later as Fer­nando Calero fouled Karim Ben­zema in­side the area and Ser­gio Ramos stepped up to score with a cheeky penalty.

ES­PANYOL moved up to sec­ond with a 1 -0 win over ATH­LETIC BIL­BAO at the RCDE Sta­dium and main­tained their 100 per cent record on home turf. The de­ci­sive goal ar­rived four min­utes be­fore half-time cour­tesy of a Borja Igle­sias header. The Basques, mean­while, strug­gled to break down a well-or­gan­ised Es­panyol for the re­main­der of the game and find them­selves just one point above the rel­e­ga­tion zone.

REAL SOCIEDAD con­tinue to strug­gle at home and are without a win all sea­son at Anoeta af­ter a 0-0 draw against SEVILLA. In a match where nei­ther side failed to trou­ble the re­spec­tive goal­keep­ers, La Real had most of the pos­ses­sion and Sevilla were happy to let them have it whilst re­ly­ing on spo­radic counter-at­tacks. But, in truth, it was a game to for­get for the sup­port­ers.

ALAVÉS saw their re­cent fine run of form come to an end as they went down to a 2-1 de­feat against EIBAR at Ipu­rua. The Vi­to­ria out­fit got off to a flyer with Manu Gar­cía putting them in the as­cen­dency af­ter just four min­utes and it took Eibar un­til 20 min­utes from time to get back on level terms through Joan Jordán, although they were helped by the dis­missal of Pablo de Bla­sis 10 min­utes ear­lier. The send­ing off proved even more costly for Alavés in stop­page time when Pape Diop notched the win­ner to stun the vis­i­tors.

HUESCA were just a few min­utes away from get­ting a first home win of the cam­paign but con­ceded a late goal to draw 1-1 at with GETAFE. Huesca dom­i­nated through­out and went ahead through Xa­bier Etx­eita af­ter an hour, while Getafe had to thank goal­keeper David So­ria for keep­ing them in the con­test. None­the­less, they could not make that dom­i­nance count and paid the price on 91 min­utes as Jorge Molina kept a cool head to slot home.

A Ser­gio Canales free-kick res­cued a point for REAL BETIS in a 3-3 home draw with CELTA VIGO. Mid­fielder Loren Morón scored for Betis just af­ter the half-hour mark and Ju­nior added to the ad­van­tage 12 min­utes into the sec­ond half. But the score was even within 10 min­utes as first Maxi Gómez then Brais Mén­dez found the net for the Gali­cians. Gómez got his sec­ond of the night for Celta with seven min­utes left, only for Canales to fire home three min­utes later to earn his team a point.

An in­jury-time goal by Al­fonso Pe­draza gave VIL­LAR­REAL a 1-1 draw with LE­VANTE at the Es­ta­dio de la Cerámica. It took un­til the 70th minute for the dead­lock to be bro­ken, Ramiro Funes Mori putting through his own goal, but the Yel­low Sub­ma­rine claimed a de­served point with vir­tu­ally the last ac­tion of the game. A pass from Ál­varo was headed on by Nicola San­sone and Pe­draza made no mis­take with an ex­cel­lent fin­ish.

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Girona pulled off a shock win away to Va­len­cia

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