Six of the best as Barca spank Real Betis!
La Liga went goal crazy this weekend to spark a live betting frenzy, as Barcelona hit Real Betis for six to confirm their status on betting websites as hot favourites to retain their title. And in a game where mobile betting fans had as busy a time as the goalkeepers, Sevilla and Espanyol scored ten goals between them!
Barcelona 6-2 Real Betis
Last season’s top scorer Luis Suarez fired in a hat-trick on Saturday to send shock waves through La Liga. And just to make matters worse for any rivals looking for a chink of hope, Leo Messi added a brace. I suppose at least Barca conceded two; but that may be clutching at straws.
Real Sociedad 0-3 Real Madrid
But you never know; that may be enough for Real Madrid to hold on to. Gareth Bale bagged a couple 92 minutes apart after heading Los Blancos in front on two minutes. His second, deep in injury time, rounded off a great display for Real featuring a stunning strike from Marco Asensio.
Atletico Madrid 1-1 Alaves
There was incredible frustration for Atletico though as they failed to break down Alaves in 90 minutes. But when Fernando Torres was felled in injury time, new signing Kevin Gameiro gleefully smashed the penalty into the roof of the net. But Diego Simeone’s title hopefuls couldn’t hold on for two minutes as Manchester City loanee Manu Garcia fired home from distance.
Malaga 1-1 Osasuna
The new season began relatively sedate in Malaga where the hosts played out a goalless first half with newly promoted Osasuna. A Juanpi strike on 56 minutes looked to have won it for the home side, but Fran Merida grabbed a point for Osasuna with five minutes left on the clock.
Deportivo 2-1 Eibar
A late penalty was enough for Deportivo to get off to a winning start after they went behind to Ivan Ramis’ 55th-minute header. Pedro Mosquera restored parity on 69 minutes, teeing up a grandstand finish for Lucas Perez’ 87th-minute spot kick.
Sevilla 6-4 Espanyol
As the goal fest exploded into life on Saturday, Sevilla and Espanyol shared six goals in the first half! Attack-minded coach Jorge Sampaoli will have been even more pleased in the second half as Sevilla stretched out to a 6-4 lead. The goals were spread around with only Luciano Vietto scoring twice.
Granada 1-1 Villarreal
Two goals within five minutes saw Granada take a useful point against a strong Villarreal side. Samu Castillejo’s free kick fired the Yellow Submarine ahead on 61 minutes but the home crowd erupted only four minutes later when Ezequiel Ponce poked home from a corner.
Sporting Gijon 2-1 Athletic Bilbao
Sporting will hope to avoid another relegation battle this season and this opening day win will do their confidence a world of good. After a goalless first half, Sporting went two up quickly through Duje Cop on 50 minutes and Victor Rodriguez, following a fast break on 53. Borja Viguera scored a late consolation.
Celta Vigo 0-1 Leganes
Monday night kicked off with a great win for new boys Leganes when Victor Diaz pounced on 75 minutes after Celta Vigo failed to capitalise on first-half supremacy. Leganes grew into the game and deserved this early boost to their campaign. David Timor took a late red card which means Leganes won’t go down without a fight!
Valencia 2-4 Las Palmas
The goal rush continued in Valencia where the demanding home fans had a shock when Las Palmas hit three first-half goals to eclipse Santi Mina’s double. The home side had all the possession in the second half but couldn’t stop Marko Livaja easing Las Palmas over the line with his 88th-minute strike.
A gigantic 40 goals in the first weekend of La Liga; this could be one amazing season!