BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Two objectives arrange by Iker Muniain saved Athletic Bilbao undefeated after beating Mallorca 2-0 and made the Basque Nation membership the early chief of the Spanish league on Saturday.
Bilbao’s reign on the prime will probably be short-lived with 5 groups one level behind earlier than they play later within the spherical.
However the membership that fields gamers from solely the northern Basque Nation area or neighboring territories will however get pleasure from its enviable begin to the season with two wins and two attracts, together with holding Barcelona to 1-1.
Muniain helped Daniel Vivian take the opener within the 67th minute when he met his run into the world with a free kick for the defender to go dwelling.
The midfielder then helped to place the outcome past doubt within the 74th after he intercepted a go close to Mallorca’s space and crossed for Iñaki Williams to faucet in.
“We went for the win from the very begin,” Vivian mentioned. “We work exhausting to justify that and are very pleased with how we’re taking part in.”
Levante squandered one other lead in drawing 1-1 with Rayo Vallecano, which acquired a stoppage-time aim from a brand new participant to grab the purpose on the highway.
Second-half substitute Sergi Guardiola had an excellent debut for a striker by scoring within the remaining seconds.
The previous Valladolid participant steered in a strong cross from Bebé after Rayo pushed Levante into its space for lengthy stretches of the second half.
Roger Martí put the hosts in entrance within the thirty ninth from the penalty spot after Pathé Ciss used his arm to cease a shot within the field.
Levante had already conceded a stoppage-time aim to concede a 1-1 draw with Cádiz within the opening spherical. It additionally led Actual Madrid twice earlier than ending 3-3 in spherical two.
“It’s a disgrace that video games are slipping away from us,” Martí mentioned. “They performed higher within the second half, put a number of crosses into the field, and did what they wanted to deserve the draw.”
Radamel Falcao was not in Rayo’s squad after the veteran striker signed for the workforce on the shut of the switch market.
Three different video games initially scheduled for Saturday had been postponed to present relaxation to gamers coming back from worldwide obligation with South American nations.
Barcelona’s recreation at Sevilla and Villarreal’s dwelling match in opposition to Alavés had been each postponed with a brand new date but to be decided. Actual Madrid’s dwelling match in opposition to Celta Vigo was moved to Sunday.
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