Barcelona suffered a shock defeat at home to newly promoted Alaves, who remained unbeaten with a 2-1 win on Saturday.

Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Andres Iniesta all came off the bench in the second half but it was too late for Barcelona, who followed up two La Liga wins to open the season with their first defeat.

Alaves, who were playing in the third division as recently as 2013, took the lead in the 39th minute when Kiko slipped away from Denis Suarez on the sideline and played in a cross for Deyverson to fire home ahead of Javier Mascherano.

Barcelona were level within the first minute of the second half as Jeremy Mathieu headed home from a corner, and Messi came on at the hour mark in pursuit of a winner.

But within four minutes, Mascherano gifted Alaves the lead again with a mis-hit in the box, Ibai Gomez pouncing on the error to score.

Barcelona manager Luis Enrique immediately put on Iniesta and Suarez to try to salvage the game, but Alaves secured a famous win after Messi put a shot just wide of the post at the final whistle.


Cristiano Ronaldo needed just six minutes to get on the scoresheet as he helped Real Madrid to a 5-2 win over Osasuna.

The Portugal forward returned to the side after his summer break after winning Euro 2016 and slid home from close range to open the scoring. He then provided a fine scooped assist for Danilo to double the lead before Sergio Ramos’ fine header ensured they went into the half-time break three goals up.

Within the hour, Pepe had made it 4-0 and Luka Modric hit another to finish the game off with a low shot from outside the box, though Oriol Riera got one back shortly after and although Kiko Casilla saved a late penalty, David Garcia added another consolation before Tano was sent off.


Atletico Madrid picked up their first win of the La Liga season, hammeringCelta Vigo 4-0.

Coach Diego Simeone had spoken of his frustration at his side’s somewhat slow start to the campaign, drawing both of their games prior to this one.

After a goalless first half at the Estadio de Balaidos it looked as though that record may continue, but second-half goals from Koke and Angel Correa, and a brace from Antoine Griezmann, got the job done in a 4-0 rout.

Las Palmas were within minutes of extending their 100 per cent start to three matches at Sevilla but somehow ended up beaten 2-1 after the hosts launched an incredible late comeback.

The visitors looked on course to record their most impressive win yet at the Estadio Sanchez Pizjuan after Tana’s excellent 16th-minute strike.

But Sevilla earned a win they scarcely deserved after Pablo Sarabia converted a dubiously awarded penalty, before Carlos Fernandez scored with the game’s final touch, bundling home following a corner.

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Villarreal earned their first win of the new season at the third attempt as first-half goals from Jaume Costa and Nicola Sansone steered them to a 2-0 victory over Malaga at La Rosaleda.

The visitors were well on top in the game and got the goal they were looking for after 32 minutes when Rafael Santos Borre’s dribble drew the Malaga defence and when he found Costa, he had the time and space to score from close range.

The second goal for the visitors arrived two minutes before the break as Sansone’s first effort was blocked by Carlos Kameni but he could do nothing to prevent the Italian tucking away the rebound.


Culled from ESPNFC