La Liga Wrap Up–Jornada 1

The first Jornada of La Liga is behind us, and it was a weekend filled with some great football, but seemingly overshadowed by the current situation with Puerta in Sevilla. Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid was not televised anywhere as the cable rights war is still going on between Audiovisual and Mediapro in Spain.

Real Madrid 2-Atletico Madrid 1
Atletico: Agüero 00′ (1)
Real Madrid: Raul 14′ (1) Sneijder 79′ (1)
Atletico Madrid came out to a lead on a header by Sergio Agüero, but the Madridistas would not be stopped as they countered with 2 goals by Raul and by newcomer Wesley Sneijder to take the win. Leo Franco should have stopped the last goal by Sneijder, but was screened by his own player in the process.

It was a shame not to be able to watch the Derbi as they are always entertaining. I wanted to see Diego Forlan shine for his new club, and also see how the new Real Madrid team does under Schuster.

Sevilla FC 4-Getafe 1
Getafe: P. Hernandez 2′(1)
Sevilla FC: Jesus Navas 45′ (1) Luis Fabiano 66′ (1) Kanouté 69′ (1) Kerzhakov 81′ (1)

A goal by Pablo Hernandez in the 2nd minute stunned the Sevilla side at home in the Sanchez Pizjuan. Hernandez cooly slotted home a set piece over the wall and into the left side of the goal, leaving keeper Andres Palop with no chance.

Sevilla controlled the ball well in the first half, but Getafe looked determined to avenge their defeat in the Copa del Rey final, attacking fearlessly in the first 20 minutes.

The wheels came off the Getafe bus when Sousa was sent off with two consecutive yellow cards. One for dissent on a clear non-penality call, and the second for what the referee deemed a deliberate handball on a Kanoute cross. Cortez was then sent off for a horrendously late challenge on Diego Capel on the left hand side, putting Getafe 2 men down.

Sevilla mounted a comeback in the second half, scoring 4 unanswered goals on a powerless Getafe defense. Duda was without a doubt the man-of-the-match, whipping in ball after ball from the left hand side, contributing on 3 of the goals scored in the game.

The game was overshadowed by the incident with Antonio Puerta, who is still in critical condition.

Real Murcia 2-Zaragoza 1
Real Murcia: Mejia 16′ (1) Baiano 68′ (1)
Zaragoza: Oiviera 29′ (1)

Newly promoted Real Murcia took the lead on a goal by Mejia on a pass by Pablo Garcia. Oliviera countered with a chip over Murcia keeper Notario.

Zaragoza dominated the play in the second half, but couldn’t mount a sustained attack and instead played a possession game. Murcia took the lead for good on a goal by Baiano, who again was set up by Pablo Garcia.

Racing 0-Barcelona 0

As the scoreline shows, Barcelona was not up to snuff in their opening match in La Liga this season. From watching the highlights, Racing had the majority of chances, and should have put at least one of them away in the first half.

Smolarek was sent off in the second half on a challenge against Abidal, which was a Yellow at most.

Barcelona started with Henry on the bench, but he came on in the second half, but couldn’t score an equalizer. He had a cracking shot from 20 yards out but hit the right post and the ball carried out of the area.

Barcelona will need to play better football then they did today to cement themselves on top of La Liga this season.

Mallorca 3-Levante 0
Mallorca: Ibagaza 24′ (1) Güiza 56′ (1) Ibagaza 71′ (1)

Mallorca rolled against Levante 3-0 in a game where Levante struggled to get anything going. The game was very slow going as gametime temperatures soared into the mid-thirties.

Levante did not have a desire to be on the pitch and looked lifeless at times. They did not make a good first impression this season and will need to improve markedly to stay afloat.

Espanyol 0-Valladolid 1
Valladolid: Llorente 54′ (1)

Valladolid joined in the unbeaten weekend for the newly promoted sides as they nipped Espanyol by one goal. Llorente finished off a pass by Kome inside the area on 54 minutes and that was all Valladolid needed to secure the win.

Espanyol were hurting with the absence of Raul Tamudo, Ivan de la Peña and Rufete, who all did not play on Sunday.

Deportivo 0-Almeria 3
Almeria: Negredo 18′ (1) Soriano 33′(1) Crusat 50′ (1)

Almeria finished off the unbeated newly promoted sides with a 3 goal trouncing of Deportivo at the Riazor. Deportivo were lacking on the attack and also looked very weak defensively. Deportivo were struggling to find the net last season and continue to do so. Their only few glimpses of attack were brought on by Guardado, who will need to have some company at the Riazor if Depor look to win this season.

Almeria controlled the game and looked solid throughout.

Recreativo 1-Real Betis 1
Recreativo: Sinama Pongolle 25′ (1)
Real Betis: Nano 39′ (1)

Another game with temps soaring into the mid-thirties left the ‘Derbi Andaluz’ something to be desired. Both teams were slow under the intense heat, in what was described as a boring game. Betis had the best chances throughout, but could not capitalize on more than one. Somoza had a chance to win it for Betis in the final minute, but was thwarted by Sorrentino, who made his debut a memorable one for Recreativo.

Athletic Bilbao 0-Osasuna 0

Neither team showed any life in this game, and both deserved a 0-0 draw. The creativity was lacking from both squads as Osasuna was stifled on the attack by the solid back four of Bilbao. Iraizoz looked solid in the back and was the only player with any creativity on the field, sadly coming from the defense.

Valencia 0-Villareal 3
Villareal: Tomasson 15′ (1) Rossi 62′ (1) Cazorla 72′ (1)

Villareal continued their winning ways from the end of last season in a 3-0 romp over Valencia in Mestalla. David Villa was sent off on his second yellow on 33 minutes and Joaquín was sent off on 64 minutes on a red card.

Without Villa, Valencia looked lost in attack and could not get anything moving on the left side. Villareal converted on their chances as Tomasson scored on a left-footed strike in the area. Rossi converted on a penalty and Cazorla scored via a great individual effort.

With games like this, Villareal will be hard to stop this season.

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