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La Liga Matchday 2 Review: Barcelona thrive amid Uncertainty

Barcelona have begun the new La Liga season in good form despite losing one of their key players in the form of Neymar, to PSG for a world-record fee this summer with Gerard Deulofeu and Ousmane Dembele being brought in to fill the gap left by the Brazil international. In our La Liga Matchday 2 review, we take a look at how Barca fared against Alaves along with the weekend’s other fixtures.

Barca began the game in their usual dominant style, retaining possession and trying to conjure clear-cut chances. Their patient game saw them wait until the second half before finding the back of the net with Lionel Messi failing to convert a penalty in the 39th-minute.

The Argentine forward, though, kept his composure and ultimately led his side to victory through a brace in the second 45.

The Blaugrana sit second on the league table with Real Sociedad occupying first place.

Sociedad had a great season last term, getting some big results and eventually securing a sixth-place finish. They look keen on building on that stellar campaign judging by their start to the new term.

They grabbed a 3-0 victory over Villarreal on Friday at Estadio Aneota to maintain their place at the top of the table courtesy of goals from Willian Jose, Xabi Prieto and Juanmi.

Barcelona’s fierce rivals, Real Madrid, experienced their first slip-up of the season on Sunday night as they dropped points at home to last season’s relegation escapists, Valencia.

Even without Cristiano Ronaldo Madrid were expected to secure a comfortable victory over Marcelino Garcia’s men but after drawing in both halves, it’s clear Los Blancos under estimated their opponents’ ability to keep up with them, even at the Bernabeu.

Marco Asensio opened the scoring for Real Madrid in the 10th-minute before Carlos Soler clawed one back for Valencia eight minutes later. The second half saw Geoffrey Kondogbia score what appeared to be the winner in the 77th-minute before Asensio popped up with another sublime effort in the 83rd-minute to earn his side a point.

Celta Vigo succumbed to a 2-1 loss away at Estadio Benito Villamarin with Real Betis evidently being the better side on the occasion.

Maximiliano Gomez opened the scoring for Celta in the 10th-minute before Sergio Leon found the back of the net in the 31st-minute to draw things level.

Zouhair Feddal grabbed the match winner in the 77th-minute to give his side the three points.

Elsewhere, Pedro Alcala scored the game’s lone goal as Girona secured a 1-0 victory over Malaga on Saturday. Levante and Deportivo also played out an entertaining 2-2 draw.

Federico Cartabia opened the scoring for Depor in the 5th-minute before Sidnei bagged a goal in the 31st-minute to give his side a 2-0 lead.

Enis Bardhi pulled one back for Levante in the 35th-minute whilst Ivi Lopez bagged the equaliser from the penalty spot in the 83rd-minute not long after Jose Luis Morales was sent off for receiving a second yellow card.

Goals from Angel Correa, Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco, Koke (2) and Thomas saw Atletico Madrid bounce back from last week’s result to grab a 5-1 victory over Las Palmas who’s lone goal came through Jonathan Calleri in the 58th-minute.

Jonathan Viera missed a penalty in the 81st-minute which wouldn’t have had a significant impact on the game.

Artiz Adurz was on target as Athletic Bilbao beat Eibar at the Municipal de Ipurua in a largely uneventful game.

Eibar’s Joan Jordan got sent off after a receiving a second yellow card in the 90th-minute.

Espanyol also lost 1-0 to Leganes with Martin Mantovani getting on the scoresheet. Whilst Sevilla bounced back from their draw last week to grab a slender 1-0 win over Getafe courtesy of Paulo Ganso.

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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