On Saturday, hosts Real Sociedad, knocked previously undefeated Atletico Madrid off the top of the La Liga table, beating the Madrid visitors 2-0 on goals from Martin Odegaard (58th) and Nacho Monreal (61st).
Real Sociedad’s win ensured Sevilla returned to the top of the table with ten points, followed by Atletico Madrid at nine. Closing out the top four are Real Madrid and Athletic Bilbao at eight points each.
The weekend had a number of memorable score lines beginning with Real Madrid’s 3-2 win over Levante, Barcelona’s 5-2 win over Valencia and Granada’s 2-0 away win to Celta Vigo. Real Sociedad’s win kept them in Europa League standing.
Substitute Luis Suarez came in to score a brace for Barcelona, matching Karim Benzema’s two-goal performance for Real Madrid, while in Lionel Messi’s absence the Cule’s 16-year-old Guinea-Bissau striker Ansu Fati continued to impress with a score and an assist in his first full start.
Villarreal’s Gerard Moreno, with five goals, leads the scorers’ table followed by Real Madrid’s Benzema at four and Real Betis’ Loren Moron with three before reaching seventeen others at two goals each.
UEFA Champions League next week
Chelsea host Valencia and Dortmund host Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday, PSG host Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid host Juventus on Wednesday, before La Liga resumes on the weekend.
Chelsea sit 7th on the Premiership table with two wins, two draws, and a loss, while Valencia sit in 14th place in Spanish domestic play with two losses, a win, and a draw. Chelsea, the stronger of the two, also seems to have the upper hand in both performance and home turf.
Barcelona are coming into their own with successive La Liga wins, Suarez now in shape, and Messi scheduled to come into play just in time. Look for the best player in the world to make a splashy return to the pitch.
PSG is rounding into shape with the spectacular return of Neymar, while Real are flying high off an undefeated start to their La Liga season. This one was always tipped to be a good match up but now it looks even better.
Finally, Juve and Atleti are reprising their recent match-ups of last year but this time with the Italian side missing several key players. Look for Madrid to take advantage of their beneficial moment but don’t discount CR7.