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La Liga season starts with three Betis, Atletico Madrid and Villarreal share lead

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Aug-17 01:22 first published at 01:22 AM


August 16, 2022The SportsGrail Desk

16th of August, Madrid Following the first round of matches, Real Betis, Atletico Madrid, and Villarreal share the La Liga lead after all three teams started the season with 3-0 wins.
Betis defeated Elche thanks to the dismissal of Elche defender John Chetauya after only 15 minutes for a professional foul on Aitor Ruibales.
Borja Iglesias opened the scoring for Betis in the 27th minute, and last season’s top scorer Juanmi got the season started with two goals in the 38th and 59th minutes, according to Xinhua.
Alvaro Morata scored twice in his return to Atletico Madrid from Juventus as his team opened the season with a 3-0 win over Getafe.
Morata received both assists from Joao Felix before Antoine Griezmann completed the scoring with a left-foot shot with 15 minutes remaining.
Despite having over 20 shots and hitting the crossbar twice, Athletic Bilbao couldn’t start Ernesto Valverde’s third spell in charge or celebrate Iker Muniain’s 500th appearance for the club with a win at home to Real Mallorca, whose keeper Predrag Rajkovic had a brilliant debut with several important saves in a 0-0 draw.
On Sunday, second-half goals from Lucas Vazquez and David Alaba helped Real Madrid come back from an early goal to defeat newly promoted Almeria 2-1.
Gennaro Gattuso began his tenure as Valencia manager with a 1-0 home win over newly promoted Girona, despite Valencia having defender Eray Cormet sent off early in the second half.
Real Sociedad defeated Cadiz 1-0 on the strength of Takefusa Kubo’s debut goal off an excellent Mikel Merino through-ball.
FC Barcelona began the new La Liga season with a disappointing 0-0 draw at home to Rayo Vallecano, with keeper Stole Dimitrievski only having to make two difficult saves.
Sergio Busquets was sent off in injury time to cap off a disappointing evening for Barcelona in front of a packed Camp Nou.
Villarreal spoiled Real Valladolid’s return to the top flight, winning 3-0 at the Jose Zorrilla Stadium thanks to second-half goals from Nicolas Jackson and Alex Baena.
Joselu’s 98th-minute penalty earned Espanyol a point away to Celta Vigo, who had led 2-0 through Iago Aspas and Goncalo Palencia, only for Edu Esposito to equalize in the 72nd minute penalty and set up the late drama.
On Friday night, Osasuna defeated Sevilla 2-1 at home, thanks to Chimy Avila’s ninth-minute header and Aimar Oroz’s 74th-minute penalty, with Rafa Mir scoring for the visitors.
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