La Liga Round-Up: Suarez scores on debut, Barca back to their best & Sevilla leave it late

Atletico Madrid 6-1 Granada

This game was always going to be about Luis Suarez. However, the Uruguayan had to make do with a spot on the bench. Simeone’s team were nevertheless much too strong for a Granada side that enjoyed a very good 2019/20 campaign, though.

Diego Costa’s header put the Rojiblancos ahead, before Saul Niguez missed a penalty – Rui Silva saved exceptionally. However, this would only delay the onslaught.

Angel Correa and Joao Felix both hit fantastic shots into the bottom left, before the introduction of Suarez. It took a minute for the new signing to make an impact, setting up Marcos Llorente to, again, slam home into the bottom left-hand corner.

Llorente then returned the favour, crossing for Suarez to head a looping effort over Rui Silva to make it 5-1. Granada scored a consolation through Molina, before Suarez rewarded Simeone’s decision to snap up one of La Liga’s finest with a 6th Atleti goal in the 93rd minute.

What a start to the season for Atletico Madrid, who look ready to challenge Spain’s big two.

Barcelona 4-0 Villarreal

Ronald Koeman’s first league game as Barcelona boss came against Unai Emery’s Villarreal.

And it proved to be an impressive debut for the new coach. Ansu Fati scored twice in the first-half, set up by Jordi Alba and a returning Philippe Coutinho.

Fati was then brought down in the area to set up Lionel Messi for his first goal of the season. The Argentine sent his spot kick just underneath Sergio Asenjo, and celebrated after a turbulent summer of rumours regarding his future.

A first-half which contained all of the game’s goals was completed when a Messi cross was turned into the net by the inexperienced Pau Torres.

Whilst Unai Emery was dealt his first league loss of the season, Koeman and Barcelona, on the other hand, are off to the perfect start.

Cadiz 1-3 Sevilla

La Liga new boys Cadiz looked on course for a sizeable upset, after taking the lead in their home fixture vs Sevilla.

Former Sevilla goalscorer Alvaro Negredo laid the ball on a plate for Sanchez Ponce to smash past Yassine Bounou.

The lead, though, lasted just 17 minutes. Youssef En-Nesyri was replaced by Luuk de Jong, and the Dutchman wasted no time heading home Jesus Navas’ cross. Munir ran through to score a 90th minute winner for Sevilla, and then set up Ivan Rakitic to score on his returning league debut.

Fortunate in the end, but Los Nervionenses will not care one bit.

Eibar 1-2 Athletic Club

The first Basque derby of the season took place at Ipurua as Eibar and Athletic Bilbao went in search of their first wins of the season.

The latter took the lead after a left-sided run from Inaki Williams was followed by a cut back to Unai Lopez, who took a touch to control before calmly slotting the ball into the bottom-right hand corner.

The away side’s lead was wiped out almost immediately after the restart, though. Kike Garcia rose highest to power home a corner kick, making it all square, and all to play for.

However, in the 87th minute, Unai Lopez made a darting run into the box, found by former Eibar full-back Ander Capa. Lopez slotted home to complete his brace, and seal all three points for Athletic.

Osasuna 1-3 Levante

Levante required a solid comeback in Pamplona to upstage a spirited Osasuna performance.

The home side took the lead towards the end of the first-half, as Roberto Torres’ left-footed shot found the bottom-left corner.

However, Los Rojillos could not maintain their lead up until the break. Levante star man Jose Morales chipped in a beautiful cross for Gonzalo Melero to dink past Sergio Piron.

Then, Roger Martin had a penalty saved after a handball in the box. But the substitute would make up for his miss 5 minutes later, slotting home to make it 2-1.

Morales then went on to kill the game off in the 81st, tapping home from close range to give the Spaniard his 3rd of the season, and secure Levante’s first 3 points.

Real Valladolid 1-1 Celta Vigo

Celta’s unbeaten start to the league season continued at relegation tipped Real Valladolid.

The visitors took the lead after a brilliant pass from Denis Suarez found main man Iago Aspas. The Spanish international rounded Valladolid goalkeeper Roberto, before calmly finishing from an impossible angle with his weaker right foot.

But the lead was soon threatened after the break. Nacho’s impressive free-kick smashed the crossbar, before Kike was taken out inside the box by Hugo Mallo.

Sergi Guardiola lashed home the ensuing spot-kick to level things up, with no further clear-cut chances having presented themselves, as both teams were forced to settle for a point.

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.