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La Liga champions Barcelona claimed an impressive 1-0 win away to Athletic Bilbao on Sunday night thanks to an Ivan Rakitic goal after 20 minutes.

The Basque side had plenty of chances in an open game but Barca displayed the greater quality in front of goal and after Luis Suarez had released Arda Turan down the left, the Turkey international cut inside onto his right foot and his cross found Rakitic racing into the box to head home from six yards.

Suarez almost added an injury-time second as he had an effort cleared off the line, but Luis Enrique’s men join bitter rivals Real Madrid, who beat Celta Vigo on Saturday, on six points from two games.

 

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Newly-promoted Las Palmas have also taken a maximum six points after hammering Granada 5-1 at the Estadio de Gran Canaria.

The Canary Islanders, who were surprise 4-2 victors away at Valencia last Monday, again looked potent up front and took a 23rd-minute lead through Nabil El Zhar.

French forward Jeremie Boga equalised for the visitors on the stroke of half-time but Las Palmas were back in front after five minutes of the second period through Kevin-Prince Boateng.

El Zhar added his second after 69 minutes before substitute Momo provided a fourth three minutes later. Argentinian striker Sergio Araujo rounded off the scoring with five minutes remaining.

Jorge Sampaoli’s free-wheeling Sevilla side were held 0-0 at Villarreal as goalkeeper Sergio Rico was kept busy by the Yellow Submarine at El Madrigal.

Sevilla were 6-4 winners against Espanyol last weekend, but the scoresheet was blank this time around as Rico, dropped from the first Spain squad named by new coach Julen Lopetegui on Friday, earned a point with a series of saves, including one astonishing effort to deny Manu Trigueros in the second half.

Another promoted side, Alaves, have made a decent start too, if not as spectacular as Las Palmas.

They followed up their hard-fought 1-1 draw away to Atletico Madrid last weekend by taking a point at home in a 0-0 draw against Sporting Gijon on Sunday.

Culled from ESPNFC

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