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La Liga: Matchday 5 Roundup

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Real Madrid maintained their unwanted streak of failing to win at the Bernabeu this season after Antonio Sanabria’s late winner secured the victory.

The La Liga giants now find themselves seven points adrift of rivals Barcelona as their 73-game scoring run came to an end.

Cristiano Ronaldo, who was starting his first league game for Real Madrid since his suspension, failed to come up with the goods.

As did Gareth Bale and Dani Carvajal, who both hit the woodwork.

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And in injury time, Antonio Sanabria eluded his marker and thumped a far-post header beyond Navas to stun the Bernabeu and handover Real their first league defeat of the season.

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Chema Rodriguez scored an early contender for goal of the season as Levante eased to a 3-0 victory over 10-man Real Sociedad in La Liga on Thursday night.

Rodriguez opened the scoring in sensational fashion, firing a 20-yard left-footed volley into the top corner on the stroke of half-time. Jose Luis Morales doubled Sociedad’s trouble from the penalty spot after he was adjudged to have been fouled in the area with 15 minutes remaining.

Sociedad’s Diego Llorente was dismissed after 88 minutes following a second bookable offence before Enis Bardhi completed the victory with a fine free kick shortly afterwards.

The crushing win takes newly-promoted Levante above Real Madrid and up to fifth in the table.

Earlier, Angel Luis Rodriguez Diaz salvaged a point for Getafe with a late strike at Celta Vigo.

Uruguayan Maxi Gomez, the 21-year-old who arrived at Celta Vigo in the summer, continued his fine form by opening the scoring for the hosts.

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Gomez, who scored a brace in his side’s opening-day defeat to Real Sociedad, took his La Liga tally for the season to an impressive four from the opening five matches with his 25th-minute strike.

But Diaz scored with just four minutes remaining to rescue a draw for the newly promoted side.

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Lionel Messi scored four goals as Barcelona thrashed Eibar 6-1 to move five points clear at the top of La Liga – maintaining their perfect start to the season in the process too.

It wasn’t the eventual winners who started brightest, however, as Sergi Enrich and Eibar take that accolade. The attacker was set free after just three minutes and went one-on-one with Ter Stegen only to fire at Ter Stegen, who made the save with his foot.

Having put Barca ahead with a 20th-minute penalty, and seen Paulinho double their lead on 38 minutes, Messi was the focal point of an improved second-half display from Ernesto Valverde’s men as he notched his 28th league hat-trick.

Denis Suarez, preferred in attack to the rested Luis Suarez, also found the net on the night as Barca maintained their 100 per cent start to the campaign in style.

Eibar gave a lethargic Barca a run for their money early on, but were consigned to a seventh straight defeat to their illustrious opponents, with Sergi Enrich’s second-half strike mere consolation.

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Angel Correa and Yannick Carrasco scored second-half goals as Atletico Madrid extended their unbeaten La Liga start to five matches with a 2-1 win at Athletic Bilbao.

Atletico, unbeaten in six games in all competitions this season, broke the deadlock through Correa 10 minutes into the second half and Carrasco added a second in the 73rd minute.

Bilbao, who slipped to a first home defeat of the season, squandered a first-half penalty when Aritz Aduriz’s spot kick, for Filipe Luis’ foul on Raul Garcia, was saved by Jan Oblak.

Bilbao midfielder Garcia struck a late consolation for the Basque side in the second minute of time added on.

Villarreal were held to a goalless draw by Espanyol at the Estadio de la Ceramica.

The hosts went into the match on the back of successive victories following two defeats in as many of their opening matches. But the Yellow Submarine were unable to muster up a hat trick of consecutive wins despite having more of the ball and 14 shots to Espanyol’s 10.

Villarreal move up to ninth in the table while Espanyol, who managed their first victory of the season with a 2-1 success against Celta Vigo on Monday night, are 16th following their hard-fought point.

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Here’s how the LaLiga Matchweek 5 unfolded :-

🔘 VALENCIA CF ▶ 5 ➖ 0 ◀ MÁLAGA

🔘 FC Barcelona ▶ 6 ➖ 1 ◀ SD EIBAR

🔘 ATHLETIC BILBAO ▶ 1 ➖ 2 ◀ ATLÉTICO DE MADRID

🔘 LEGANÉS ▶ 0 ➖ 0 ◀ GIRONA

🔘 RC DEPORTIVO ▶ 1 ➖ 0 ◀ ALAVÉS

🔘 REAL MADRID ▶ 0 ➖ 1 ◀ REAL BETIS

🔘 SEVILLA ▶ 1 ➖ 0 ◀ LAS PALMAS

🔘 VILLARREAL ▶ 0 ➖ 0 ◀ ESPANYOL

🔘 CELTA DE VIGO ▶ 1 ➖ 1 ◀ GETAFE

🔘 LEVANTE ▶ 3 ➖ 0 ◀ REAL SOCIEDAD