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Barcelona relentless, Madrid off the mark

Published: Sunday 2 September 2012, 22.36CET
FC Barcelona's peerless start to the Liga campaign continued with a 1-0 success at home to Valencia CF, after Real Madrid CF had breathed life into their bid by beating Granada CF 3-0.

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Published: Sunday 2 September 2012, 22.36CET

Barcelona relentless, Madrid off the mark

FC Barcelona's peerless start to the Liga campaign continued with a 1-0 success at home to Valencia CF, after Real Madrid CF had breathed life into their bid by beating Granada CF 3-0.

FC Barcelona maintained their winning start to the season by overcoming Valencia CF 1-0, after Real Madrid CF had returned to form with a 3-0 victory against Granada CF.

Mauricio Pellegrino's side took to the Camp Nou turf bristling with intent, Roberto Soldado caressing an ambitious effort narrowly wide. The visitors were soon swamped, though, and succumbed to Barcelona's brilliance after 22 minutes when Adriano's venomous strike found the top corner. It was a game that Barça dominated but nonetheless never completely controlled, and they almost paid the price when Víctor Ruiz flashed an 88th-minute header over from close range.

With one point from Madrid's opening two games, an air of uncertainty gripped the Santiago Bernabéu until Cristiano Ronaldo squeezed the ball under Antonio Toño from an acute angle. The mercurial forward followed up his own strike to score his 150th goal for the club seven minutes into the second half, before Gonzalo Higuaín tapped in a third.

Trailing 2-0 at the break, ten-man Levante UD staged a passionate second-half rally to overcome RCD Espanyol 3-2, a Raúl Rodríguez own goal deciding the match in added time. Held to a draw by HJK Helsinki in midweek, Athletic Club recovered to ease past Real Valladolid CF 2-0, while the game between Rayo Vallecano de Madrid and Sevilla FC ended goalless.

Last updated: 05/12/13 3.02CET

Results

Spanish Liga 2012/13

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

02/09/2012

BarcelonaBarcelona1-0ValenciaValencia

Adriano 22

Venue: Barcelona

02/09/2012

Real MadridReal Madrid3-0GranadaGranada

Ronaldo 26, 53, Higuaín 76

Venue: Madrid

02/09/2012

LevanteLevante3-2EspanyolEspanyol

Juanlu Gómez 54, Lell 56, Míchel 90+3

Longo 21, Tejera 25

Venue: Valencia

02/09/2012

AthleticAthletic2-0ValladolidValladolid

Aritz Aduriz 69, Susaeta 75

Venue: Bilbao

02/09/2012

Rayo VallecanoRayo Vallecano0-0SevillaSevilla

Venue: Madrid

01/09/2012

MallorcaMallorca1-0Real SociedadReal Sociedad

Victor Casadesus 75

Venue: Palma de Mallorca

01/09/2012

DeportivoDeportivo1-1GetafeGetafe

Riki 6

Barrada 26

Venue: La Coruna

01/09/2012

ZaragozaZaragoza0-1MálagaMálaga

Camacho 56

Venue: Zaragoza

01/09/2012

CeltaCelta2-0OsasunaOsasuna

Aspas 69, Bermejo 90+4

Venue: Pontevedra

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