The fourth week of the 2015/16 La Liga season began with Getafe hosting Malaga at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez and the affair was settled with the help of a solitary strike from Stefan Scepovic in only the second minute of the match.
On Saturday, Real Madrid played host to Granada – the side they defeated 9-1 in the corresponding fixture last term in a match that saw Cristiano Ronaldo grab five goals. The Portuguese had already achieved the same feat this campaign when he put Espanyol to the sword and was also in marauding form in midweek as he grabbed a hat-trick in a 4-0 win over Shakhtar Donetsk.
The stage was set for another butchering of Granada at the Santiago Bernabeu, but the visitors held their own and on another day may have grabbed a point as well, but it wasn’t to be. A Karim Benzema strike settled the affair in Real Madrid’s favour.
Valencia were held to a scoreless draw at home by Real Betis, much to the dismay of the Mestalla faithful. The club that finished fourth in the standings last season and thereby sealed a spot in the ongoing season of the Champions League have now drawn three of their first four games.
An inspired substitution of Angel Correa in the second half by Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone changed the fortune of his side as they registered a 2-0 win over tiny Eibar. Correa grabbed the first goal and assisted the second goal for Fernando Torres to seal all three points for the Madrid outfit.
David Moyes’ Real Sociedad are still looking for their first win of the season as they succumbed to a 3-2 loss at the hands of Espanyol. La Real drew their first two fixtures and lost the following two and are lying 17th in the table as a consequence.
First half strikes from Nolito and Daniel Wass were sufficient to give a 2-1 win to Celta Vigo over Unai Emery’s Sevilla – who are still looking for their first win of the season. Fernando Llorente grabbed the solitary goal for the Andalusian outfit over their Galician rivals.
After two draws and a loss, Sporting Gijon grabbed their first win of the 2015/16 campaign as they defeated Deportivo La Coruna 3-2 at the Riazor.
Villarreal ran away 3-1 winners over Athletic Bilbao at the Madrigal and are currently lying third in the table behind Barcelona and Real Madrid, while their vanquished Basque opponents are 13th in the standings.
Rayo Vallecano registered their first win of the season against Las Palmas courtesy of a 42nd minute goal from Javi Guerra.
Barcelona continued their winning run in the league as they grabbed all three points against Levante at the Camp Nou. Luis Enrique started an experimental side as he rested the likes of Luis Suarez, Andres Iniesta and Jordi Alba amongst others and gave a chance to youngsters like Sandro Ramirez and Gerard Gumbau. The Catalans were comfortable 4-1 winners as Lionel Messi scored a brace, while Neymar and Marc Bartra grabbed the other two goals.