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
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.
Wales international Gareth Bale scored one and assisted another as Real Madrid got their La Liga title
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.RELATED: What Griezmann said to referee before he was sent off
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 resultsFridayLeganés 1 - 0 Deportivo AlavésValencia 1 - 0 Las PalmasSaturday Celta de Vigo 2 - 3 Real SociedadGirona 2 - 2 Atlético MadridSevilla 1 - 1 EspanyolSundayAthletic Club 0 - 0 GetafeBarcelona 2 - 0 Real BetisDeportivo La Coruna 0 - 3 Real Madrid