LaLiga: Atleti squeeze past Getafe


Atletico Madrid 1-0 Getafe CF

Atletico Madrid made a positive start to the season with a narrow 1-0 win over Getafe, as both sides ended a man short.

Kieran Trippier, who joined from Tottenham Hotspur, connected with Alvaro Morata for the opener on 23 minutes as the Spaniard nodded past David Soria.

Afterwards, Getafe were first to see red through Jorge Molina’s rough challenge with Renan Lodi following suit three minutes to the break.

Getafe pushed for a leveller in the second half, but Atleti, who missed a penalty through Morata, sustained all coming their way for an opening day triumph.

Deportivo Alaves 1-0 Levante

Deportivo Alaves started their campaign on a positive note with a 1-0 victory over Levante in Sunday’s first encounter at home.

A goalless opening half materialised as neither side looked to the breakthrough until Joselu came up with the goods in the 54th minute, steering Alaves into the top-half.

Espanyol 0-2 Sevilla

Sevilla defeated Espanyol 2-0 in their season opener at the RCDE Stadium in the Catalonian city in mid-evening

The visitors survived persistent pressure in the opening minutes to take a 44th-minute lead through Sergio Reguilon.

Former Manchester City striker Nolito made the points safe in the final four minutes with a smart execution.

Real Betis 1-2 Real Valladolid

Ten-man Real Betis opened their campaign with a 2-1 loss to Valladolid at the Benito Villamarin Stadium.

An eighth minute blow saw goalkeeper Joel Robles sent to the showers for a rough challenge close to the area.

The away side went in front with a 63rd minute strike by Sergio Guardiola, but Loren Moron levelled five minutes later.

Oscar Plano stunned the hosts with a superb winner a minute before added time, shattering the home side’s prospects in the process.