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La Liga week 1 wrap: Barca cruise as Ramos red mars Real win

La Liga By: Collins Udeme | 21/08/2017

La Liga week 1 wrap: Barca cruise as Ramos red mars Real win

Barcelona smooth-sailed to victory in their La Liga opener on Sunday afterdespatching Real Betis 2-0 with goals from either half but their rivals' (Real Madrid) show of class at in a 3-0 win at Deportivo La Coruna on the same night was marred by Sergio Ramos' late dismissal.

The 2017-18 La Liga campaign kicked off on Friday night with Leganes edging Deportivo Alavés 1-0. Valencia bagged all three points with a similar scoreline on the same day against Las Palmas. The trio of Sevilla, Atletico Madrid and Athletic Bilbao failed to win their opening game of the season.

The opening day fixtures acoss eight centres the country produced 17 goals, 38 yellow cards and four red cards.

Barcelona 2-0 Real Betis

La Liga week 1 wrap: Barca cruise as Ramos red mars Real win

A dominant Barcelona side led by Lionel Messi put their preseason woes behind them to kick off their 2017-18 La Liga campaign with a convincing 2-0 win over Real Betis at the Camp Nou on Sunday.

The last time these two sides met was back in January when Aissa Mandi was wrongly adjudged to have cleared a Jordi Alba shot off the line in a 1-1 draw. This was also an opening-day fixture last season, the Catalans' famed MSN front line firing them to a 6-2 victory on that occasion.

La Liga week 1 wrap: Barca cruise as Ramos red mars Real win

Before the the kick-off, a minute’s silence was observed solemnly for all the victims of the recent terrorist attacks in Barcelona and Cambril.

Gerard Deulofeu and Paco Alcacer partnered false 9 Lionel Messi in a new-look trident for Barca, who were without the injured Luis Suarez. Elsewhere, Gerard Pique was named a substitute, despite having been passed fit to play, as was Andres Iniesta, while Arda Turan ended his Blaugrana exile to take his place on the bench.

Messi was the standout player for the hosts, but was denied the chance to get on the scoresheet courtesy of the woodwork on more than one occasion while Gerard Deulofeu’s decisive input on both goals may have pleased the new manager Ernesto Valverde.

Betis, on the other hand, set up in a 4-2-3-1 formation and gave League debuts to Zouhair Feddal, Victor Camarasa, Andres Guardado, Juan Narvaez and Sergio Leon.

Alin Tosca's own goal, six minutes after the half hour mark and Sergi Roberto's first La Liga goal three minutes later was all Ernesto Valverde needed to begin his league campaign with the Catalans on a winning note.

The win means Barcelona sit second in the La Liga table behind Real Madrid no thanks to +1 goal difference. The Catalans will now shift attention to next Saturday's trip to Deportivo Alavés.

Deportivo La Coruna 0-3 Real Madrid

La Liga week 1 wrap: Barca cruise as Ramos red mars Real win

Wales international Gareth Bale scored one and assisted another as Real Madrid got their La Liga title defence to an impressive start with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Deportivo La Coruna despite Sergio Ramos's sending off.

Madrid were without the suspended Cristiano Ronaldo and injured Mateo Kovacic, while Raphael Varane was a substitute. Their places were taken by Bale once more, Luka Modric and Nacho Fernandez.

Madrid prevailed thanks to goals from Gareth Bale, Casemiro and Toni Kroos, plus Florin Andone's missed penalty

With Cristiano Ronaldo suspended, Bale tapped in from Karim Benzema's scuffed shot to put Madrid ahead. Casemiro ended a move with 44 passes by converting Marcelo's cross, before Toni Kroos smashed in from Bale's pass. Keylor Navas then saved Florin Andone's penalty, before Ramos was dismissed.
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Girona 2-2 Atletico

La Liga week 1 wrap: Barca cruise as Ramos red mars Real win

In another result involving a Nigerian international Kayode Olarenwaju who's on loan at Girona from Manchester City, 2013-14 champions Atletico Madrid brushed off Antoine Griezmann's sending off to fight back from 2-0 down and deny newly promoted Girona and the Nigerian international a winning start.

Former Middlesbrough forward Cristhian Stuani scored two headers in the space of three minutes midway through the first half to put the Catalans ahead.

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La Liga week 1 wrap: Barca cruise as Ramos red mars Real win

Atletico striker Griezmann was sent off shortly after the hour mark, given a yellow card for diving and another for dissent after contesting the decision. Substitute Angel Correa gave a lifeline to the visitors with a thumping 18-yard drive after a solo run.

And the 10-time Spanish champions, who finished third last season, levelled when Jose Maria Gimenez bravely beat Girona keeper Gorka Iraizoz to the ball to head in Koke's inswinging free-kick.

In other fixtures, back-to-back Europa League winners (2014-15 and 2015-16) Sevilla were held at home to a 1-1 scoreline by the boys from Catalonia Espanyol while Athletic Bilbao played a goalless draw at home against La Liga returnees Getafe.

Two of the week 1 fixtures involving Levante against Villarreal and Malaga at home to Eibar will be played later on Monday.

La Liga week 1 results

Friday

Leganés 1 - 0 Deportivo Alavés

Valencia 1 - 0 Las Palmas

Saturday

Celta de Vigo 2 - 3 Real Sociedad

Girona 2 - 2 Atlético Madrid

Sevilla 1 - 1 Espanyol

Sunday

Athletic Club 0 - 0 Getafe

Barcelona 2 - 0 Real Betis

Deportivo La Coruna 0 - 3 Real Madrid
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