La Liga Round-up: Barcelona, Real Madrid and Sevilla all lose whilst Atletico Madrid close gap to the top

MADRID, SPAIN - MARCH 05: Logo of Spanish football league "La Liga" is seen in Madrid, Spain on 05, 2019. (Photo by Burak Akbulut/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Granada 1-0 Sevilla

A day of giant-killings in La Liga began with Sevilla recording their first loss of the season away at Granada.

Despite having enjoyed the best of the early chances, Sevilla were the orchestrators of their own downfall. Joan Jordan picked up two yellow cards in as many minutes. His second bizarrely took place off the ball, when he appeared to kick into Angel Montoro.

Eventually the numerical advantage told and, after a string of chances, the majority of which were set up by Dimitri Foulquier, substitute Yangel Herrera met the Frenchman’s 82nd-minute cross to give the home side all 3 points, and leave Sevilla in 10th.

Granada, on the other hand, have made another strong start to the season. With 3 wins from 5 games, they occupy 4th spot.

Celta Vigo 0-2 Atletico Madrid

A torrid end to the transfer window saw Diego Simeone’s side lose talismanic midfield general Thomas Partey.

But Los Rojiblancos did acquire the services of Uruguayan midfielder Lucas Torreira from Arsenal. The 24-year-old started, and enjoyed a stellar debut against a poor Celta outfit.

Torreira’s compatriot Luis Suarez gave the visitors the lead inside 6 minutes, slotting past Ivan Villar after being set up by the young deputising left-back Manuel Sanchez. Celta did have opportunities to get back into the game. Full-back Sergio Carreira struck the post, before Santi Mina was put through one-on-one, only for Jan Oblak to spread himself and preserve Atleti’s lead.

Both sides also created further chances which they couldn’t convert. This was until the last minute, when Joao Felix’s curling effort struck the bar, only for Yannick Carrasco to head home the rebound and secure all three points. Atletico will go top if they win both of their games in hand, but Celta, having played 6, sit just a point clear of the bottom-3.

Real Madrid 0-1 Cadiz

Real Madrid lost their first game of the new season to spritely league newcomers Cadiz. And the visitors deserved their victory.

An early warning came when Alvaro Negredo’s shot needed to be cleared off the line by Sergio Ramos. But 16 minutes in, Cadiz scored their goal. Negredo was again involved, laying the ball off for Antony Lozano to dink over Thibaut Courtois.

Real’s evening went from bad to worse when Ramos was forced off injured. Significant strapping to the Spaniard’s leg was shown, suggesting a lengthy layoff could be on the cards.

Karim Benzema’s long-range effort then struck the bar. But even after 4 half-time substitutions, and Luka Jovic’s 78th-minute introduction, Los Blancos were beaten, as Cadiz joined them on 10 points in the La Liga table.

Getafe 1-0 Barcelona

Further pressure mounted on the Barcelona hierarchy after their first defeat at Getafe in 9 years. Lionel Messi struck the post, whilst Antoine Griezmann blazed over the bar to squander the main first-half chances for the Blaugrana.

And Barca soon added to their own woes, as Frenkie de Jong fouled defender Djene Dakonam in the visitors’ box to give away a penalty. Jaime Mata stepped up to calmly slot past the deputising Neto. Getafe could have doubled their lead when Cucho Hernandez struck the bar, and then later went through one-on-one to fire a right-footed shot wide of the target.

The hosts survived a late scare when Djene headed onto his own crossbar, but held on to take all 3 points, catapulting them up to 2nd in the Spanish top-flight.

Meanwhile, Ronald Koeman’s Barca sit 9th, with just 7 points from 4 games.

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.