Ronaldo at the double for Real

A review of the weekend's action in Spain's Primera Division, including Real Madrid's victory over Getafe.

Last Updated: 22/09/13 at 22:50 Post Comment

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates for Real Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates for Real Madrid

A review of the weekend's action in Spain's Primera Division.

Real Madrid made light of Gareth Bale's absence to cruise past Getafe 4-1 on Sunday.

Bale was denied a home debut after injuring a thigh muscle in the pre-match warm-up having initially been named in the starting XI.

After consulting with the medical team, Bale was replaced by Isco and played no part in the game.

Madrid fell behind to a deflected goal by Angel Lafita after five minutes, but Pepe equalised a quarter of an hour later.

Cristiano Ronaldo then put Madrid ahead from the penalty spot before Isco extended Madrid's advantage with a goal in the second half.

Getafe midfielder Michel, who had given away the penalty, was sent off for a second bookable offence with eight minutes remaining and then in the final minute of stoppage time Ronaldo added his second goal of the night, his 208th for Los Blancos, which meant he unseated former Mexico striker Hugo Sanchez as the club's fifth top goalscorer of all time.

Valencia ended a run of four straight losses in all competitions with a 3-1 home win over Sevilla thanks to a brace from Jonas.

The Brazilian opened the scoring in the 32nd minute and restored the hosts' lead 17 minutes from time following Kevin Gameiro's equaliser early in the second half.

Victor Ruiz Torre headed a third in the 82nd minute to seal a much-needed victory for Valencia which moved them up to ninth.

Villarreal remained unbeaten on their return to the top flight after playing out a goalless draw with Celta Vigo.

Celta goalkeeper Yoel Rodriguez was the busier of the two custodians, including making three important saves late on, but the home side were not without their opportunities either as the spoils were shared.

Real Betis were held to a goalless draw in an Andalusian derby at home to Granada, racking up their fifth point of the season.

Pepe Mel's side created a greater number of goalscoring opportunities than their opponents, having 19 shots compared to Granada's four, with goalkeeper Roberto Fernandez coming to the visitors' rescue on a number of occasions.

However, Granada boss Lucas Alcaraz will be ruing a chance that Youssef El Arabi missed late on that would have given them the points.

It was the hosts' second goalless draw in less than three days, following their stalemate with Lyon in the Europa League.

On Saturday, Pedro struck a hat-trick while Victor Valdes saved another penalty as Barcelona continued their 100 per cent start with an ultimately convincing 4-0 victory over battling Rayo Vallecano.

Spain winger Pedro netted in the 33rd, 47th and 72nd minute to put Barca in control and Cesc Fabregas added a fourth as Gerardo Martino's men made it five wins from five in La Liga.

Barca goalkeeper Valdes also played his part in the victory with a penalty save from Roberto Trashorras when the score was only 1-0.

That was the 11th penalty stop of Valdes' club career and the second in successive games having also kept out a spot-kick from Kolbeinn Sigthorsson during the midweek Champions League win over Ajax.

In the Saturday evening late kick-off, Atletico Madrid ensured Barca would not finish the day as outright leaders as they claimed a 2-0 win at Valladolid.

Raul Garcia opened the scoring 11 minutes into the second half and Diego Costa added a second in the 72nd minute as Atletico continued their impressive start to the campaign.

Real Sociedad are still without a win since the first day of the season after being held to a goalless draw by Malaga.

The match was low on incident and the best chances largely came from crosses into the box, with neither side able to capitalise.

The Basques struggled to break down Bernd Schuster's side, who enjoyed the better of the chances, but were wasteful in front of goal.

Almeria surrendered a two-goal lead in the second half to share a 2-2 draw with Levante.

The hosts went ahead through a penalty from Jose Antonio Rabasco 'Verza' in the 45th minute with Jesus Joaquin Fernandez 'Suso' doubling the advantage early in the second half.

Christian Fernandez was sent off for the hosts shortly after the goal and Nabil El Zhar put Levante back in contention with a penalty, before Pape Diop completed Joaquin Caparros's side's comeback.

On Friday night, Osasuna lifted themselves off the bottom of the table by beating Elche 2-1 at home to record their first victory of the season.

Emiliano Armenteros' goal after 15 minutes set Javi Gracia's side on their way to victory in the coach's first home game in charge, and Oriol Riera extended the lead just a few minutes into the second half.

Edu Albacar scored a penalty for the visitors with three minutes of normal time remaining to set up a tense finish, but the Navarrans held on to pick up their first points of the season and end a four-game losing streak.


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