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La Liga Matchday 3 review: Barcelona continue to prove critics Wrong

The international break isn’t known for having a huge effect on La Liga teams. The Spanish top-flight tends to return with a familiar feel to it with just a few shock results, if any, occurring. Hence here’s our comprehensive La Liga Matchday 3 review.

Barcelona thoroughly defeated Espanyol 5-0 at the Nou Camp with the Blaugrana dictating the play from the onset as they maintained 68% possesion of the ball.

Lionel Messi opened the scoring in the 26th-minute before scoring again in the 35th-minute. Barca continued to control the game when a third goal from Lionel Messi more or less secured Valverde’s side’s win and allowed them to play with freedom.

The final three minutes of the game saw Barca take their lead up to 5-0 courtesy of goals from Gerard Pique and Luis Suarez, whose goalscoring prowess has served him sell thus far at Barcelona.

Barcelona were expected to undergo a rough patch following Neymar’s exit, but it is Real Madrid who have struggled thus far following Cristiano Ronaldo’s suspension.

Los Blancos welcomed Levante to the Bernabeu and what should have been a routine victory for Madrid turned into a high stakes battle for points with both sides keen on finishing as high as they can.

Ivy Lopez opened the scoring in the 12th-minute, but Lucas Vazquez nicked one back in the 36th-minute to draw things level.

Marcelo picked up a straight red card in the 89th-minute as he put his side in a bit of a sticky situation ahead of Real Madrid’s clash next week.

Valencia held Atletico Madrid to a 1-1 draw at the Mestalla as the former failed to get a single shot on target in the game between Valencia and Atleti.

Getafe grabbed a slender 2-1 win over Leganes. Mauro Arambarri opened the scoring for Getafe before Leganes’ Guerrero found the back of the net.in the 65th-minute from the penalty spot.

Alvaro Jimenez closed the scoring in the 83rd-minute for Getafe, they now sit in 10th-place having won just one game this term.

A goal from Maximiliano Gomez helped Celta Vigo to a 1-0 win over Alaves. Despite the result being somewhat small, as Celta find themselves in 10th-place because of it.

With Jorge Sampaoli gone, Sevilla appears keen on changing their identity in a bid to adapt, attract favourable results and launch a top four bid.

Goals from Paulo Ganso, Wissam Ben Yedder and Nolito helped Sevilla to the three points, and they’ll now be looking to get a string of great performances going forward.

Monday night’s fixture saw Malaga take on Las Palmas with the latter coming out the tie as the victor. Jonathan Viera opened the scoring for Las Palmas before Diego Gonzalez drew Malaga level in three minutes.

Jonathan Calleri and  Loic Remy found the back of the net to ultimately give Las Palmas maximum points from their weekend clash.

Villarreal appear to have continued their impressive from the first part of last season as they hope to challenge for a Europa League spot.

Sergio Leon opened the scoring for Real Betis before goals from Carlos Bacca, Samuel Castillejo and Enes Unal.

Athletic Bilbao extended their unbeaten run at the San Mames during the weekend with Iker Muniain and Aritz Aduriz both getting on the scoresheet for Bilbao.

Real Sociedad secured an impressive 4-2 win over Deportivo which saw them move into second-place during the weekend.

Goals from Juanmi, Asier Illarramendi (2) and Diego Llorente helped Sociedad to the victory whilst Adrian Lopez and Florin And one notched Depor’s consolation goals.

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About the Author Phillip Ekuwem

Phillip is a football writer with an immense love and passion for the beautiful game. He's well versed in European football as he enjoys watching the Premier League, Bundesliga, La Liga and the Serie A.

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