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Vilanova opens with emphatic Barcelona win

Published: Sunday 19 August 2012, 23.41CET
Tito Vilanova's reign at FC Barcelona began with a commanding 5-1 victory against Real Sociedad de Fútbol, while champions Real Madrid CF were held 1-1 at home by Valencia CF.

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Published: Sunday 19 August 2012, 23.41CET

Vilanova opens with emphatic Barcelona win

Tito Vilanova's reign at FC Barcelona began with a commanding 5-1 victory against Real Sociedad de Fútbol, while champions Real Madrid CF were held 1-1 at home by Valencia CF.

FC Barcelona made a statement of intent under new coach Tito Vilanova by sweeping aside Real Sociedad de Fútbol in a 5-1 victory after Real Madrid CF were forced to settle for a 1-1 draw with Valencia CF.

It was the dawn of a new era, but Josep Guardiola's legacy shone through as Vilanova's Barcelona swiftly resumed their philosophy of short, probing passing. The game was just four minutes old when Carles Puyol emphatically headed in Xavi Hernández's corner, although the hosts were quickly stung on the counter as Gonzalo Castro rifled the ball past Víctor Valdés.

Barcelona did not take long to regain their composure. Lionel Messi swivelled in the area and found the net with a sweet left-footed shot and the irrepressible Argentinian made it three five minutes later. Pedro Rodríguez then concluded a dominant first-half display, before David Villa marked his return from injury with his first goal since November 2011 six minutes from time.

Rivals Real Madrid began tentatively in their bid to retain the Liga title, meanwhile. Gonzalo Higuaín turned in Ángel Di María's centre after ten minutes against Valencia, but José Mourinho's charges were consequently stifled by the visitors, who were rewarded for their resilience courtesy of Jonas' leveller.

Elsewhere, Real Betis Balompié surrendered a three-goal lead at Athletic Club, before late strikes from Álex Pozuelo and Jorge Molina finally secured a stunning 5-3 victory. In Sunday's late kick-off, Levante UD drew 1-1 with Club Atlético de Madrid.

Last updated: 05/12/13 3.28CET

Results

Spanish Liga 2012/13

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 03/07/2013 23:55 CET

19/08/2012

LevanteLevante1-1AtléticoAtlético

El Zhar 5

Arda Turan 22

Venue: Valencia

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BarcelonaBarcelona5-1Real SociedadReal Sociedad

Puyol 4, Messi 11, 16, Pedro Rodríguez 41, Villa 84

Gonzalo Castro 9

Venue: Barcelona

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Real MadridReal Madrid1-1ValenciaValencia

Higuaín 10

Jonas 42

Venue: Madrid

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AthleticAthletic3-5BetisBetis

De Marcos 47, San José 67, 76

Rubén 7, Molina 26, 86, Beñat 31, Pozuelo Melero 80

Venue: Bilbao

18/08/2012

MallorcaMallorca2-1EspanyolEspanyol

Hemed 2, 85

Mubarak 6

Venue: Palma de Mallorca

18/08/2012

SevillaSevilla2-1GetafeGetafe

Fazio 34, Negredo 38 (P)

Alexis 50

Venue: Sevilla

18/08/2012

CeltaCelta0-1MálagaMálaga

Fabrice 84

Venue: Pontevedra

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