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Spain round-up: Three and easy for pacesetters

Published: Sunday 15 September 2002, 23.58CET
Real Sociedad and RC Celta de Vigo both recorded 3-1 wins to maintain their perfect starts.

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Published: Sunday 15 September 2002, 23.58CET

Spain round-up: Three and easy for pacesetters

Real Sociedad and RC Celta de Vigo both recorded 3-1 wins to maintain their perfect starts.

Real Sociedad maintained their perfect start to the Primera División season with a 3-1 win over ten-man RCD Espanyol on Sunday.

Soldevilla sent off
The home side had Antonio Soldevilla sent off ten minutes before half-time for a second bookable offence, smoothing the way for Real to make it two wins out of two. Five minutes after the red card, Darko Kovacevic headed the visitors into the lead and Mikel Aranburu made it 2-0 early in the second half with a cool near-post finish. Raúl Tamudo pulled one back with ten minutes remaining but there was still time for Kovacevic to find space in the area and seal the win.

Celta success
RC Celta de Vigo also recorded a 3-1 victory to keep up their winning start to the campaign, overcoming the challenge of RCD Mallorca at the Balaídos stadium. The hosts were 2-0 up by half-time thanks to a Catanha header and a spectacular long-range strike from Jesuli but Mallorca pulled a goal back through Fernando Niño's header on 78 minutes. Jesuli restored the two-goal lead with eight minutes to go and although his goal celebrations earned him a second yellow card, his side held on to claim all three points.

Torres sees red
In the capital, Fernando Torres went from hero to villain in Club Atlético de Madrid's 1-1 draw with Sevilla FC. The striker's 55th-minute header cancelled out Moises García's first-half penalty, but Torres was sent off for two cases of simulation late on.

Rudolfo shines
Elsewhere, Deportivo Alavés hit the woodwork twice before visitors Real Racing Club Santander stole victory through Rudolfo Bodipo's winner and a solitary Gonzalo Colsa header was enough for Real Valladolid to secure victory against Villareal CF.

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