Real Madrid fight back to defeat Real Sociedad in La Liga-Xinhua

Real Madrid fight back to defeat Real Sociedad in La Liga

Source: Xinhua

Editor: huaxia

2023-09-18 13:26:30

MADRID, Sept. 18 (Xinhua) -- Real Madrid rallied from behind to preserve their perfect record, securing the top spot in La Liga after a tight 2-1 victory at home against Real Sociedad.

Fede Valverde equalized Ander Barrenetxea's fourth-minute opener for the visitors with a robust shot from outside the penalty area just as the second half began.

Joselu clinched the match for Real Madrid on the hour mark with a commanding header following Fran Garcia's run and cross from the left. Meanwhile, the visitors rued Take Kubo's first-half strike, which would have given them a 2-0 lead, being disallowed due to Mikel Oyarzabal's positional offside.

Villarreal also rebounded from an early deficit to triumph 2-1 at home against Almeria in Jose Rojo 'Pacheta's' managerial debut. Sergio Akieme bypassed the offside trap to put Almeria in the lead in the 44th minute, but Gerard Moreno equalized from close range just before halftime. Almeria squandered numerous opportunities to seal the win and were punished when Alexander Sorloth netted the winner for Villarreal in injury time.

Getafe edged out Osasuna 3-2 in a thrilling home match. Stefan Mitrovic and Jose Angel Carmona twice gave Getafe the lead with headers, but Iker Munoz and Ante Budimir responded for Osasuna, with Budimir converting a penalty. Nemanja Maksimovic's header in the 86th minute ensured Getafe's victory, and Mason Greenwood made a cameo appearance in the 77th minute.

Sevilla's Dodi Lukebakio came off the bench to score the match's lone goal, granting Sevilla their inaugural points of the season with a 1-0 victory over Las Palmas. However, the highlight was Sergio Ramos donning a Sevilla jersey, nearly two decades after his departure to Real Madrid.

On Saturday, Joao Felix marked his FC Barcelona debut with a goal as Barca routed Betis 5-0. The Portuguese forward found the net in the 24th minute after an initial save by Betis' Rui Silva. Robert Lewandowski doubled the lead eight minutes later, and Ferran Torres added a third with a curling free kick shortly after halftime. Raphinha and Joao Cancelo rounded off the scoring for Barca.

Atletico Madrid's 3-0 loss to Valencia left coach Diego Simeone pondering if it was their most dismal performance under his tenure. Hugo Duro's brace and Javi Guerra's curling shot sealed the win for Valencia.

Athletic Club displayed patience in their 3-0 win over Cadiz, with Gorka Guruzeta, Asier Villalibre, and Inaki Williams all scoring after the break. Oihan Sancet hit the post twice in the first half, and Cadiz's keeper, Conan Ledesma, made several crucial saves.

Vedat Muriqi's decisive touch secured Mallorca's season's first victory against Celta Vigo. Celta's coach, Rafa Benitez, expressed frustration after Jonathan Bamba's 'goal' was deemed not to have crossed the Mallorca line.

Rayo Vallecano defeated Alaves 2-0 on Friday, with Isaac Palazon's 43rd-minute penalty and Jorge de Frutos' late goal sealing the win.