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Rude awakening for Barça and Madrid

Published: Monday 1 September 2008, 0.20CET
FC Barcelona started their La Liga campaign with a shock 1-0 defeat at newcomers CD Numancia and champions Real Madrid CF also came unstuck away from home, losing 2-1 to RC Deportivo La Coruña.
Rude awakening for Barça and Madrid
Numancia's players surround Mario after his strike ©Getty Images

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Published: Monday 1 September 2008, 0.20CET

Rude awakening for Barça and Madrid

FC Barcelona started their La Liga campaign with a shock 1-0 defeat at newcomers CD Numancia and champions Real Madrid CF also came unstuck away from home, losing 2-1 to RC Deportivo La Coruña.

FC Barcelona started their La Liga campaign with a shock 1-0 defeat at promoted CD Numancia and champions Real Madrid CF also came unstuck away from home, losing 2-1 to RC Deportivo La Coruña.

Super Mario
After finishing a disappointing third last season, Barcelona appointed Josep Guardiola as their new coach and brought in a host of new players. However, Numancia were not overawed and took a 13th-minute lead through Mario. Barça dominated possession, especially in the second half, but could not draw level, Samuel Eto'o and Lionel Messi going closest for the Catalan side.

Aerial prowess
Real Madrid fell behind in the 27th minute when Mista nodded in, but were on level terms just after the break, Ruud van Nistelrooy striking in typical fashion with a clinical volley inside the area. The home side were back in front within five minutes, though, Alberto Lopo meeting a corner to score his side's second header of the night and secure the win.

Forlán double
Club Atlético de Madrid produced an impressive performance to defeat Málaga CF 4-0 at Vicente Calderón. Diego Forlán scored twice in six minutes just before the break after Sergio Agüero had broken the deadlock. Florent Sinama Pongolle added a fourth in the second half.

Score draws
Last season's runners-up, Villarreal CF, had to settle for an opening point at CA Osasuna. Marcos Senna's 54th-minute strike was cancelled out by Iranian international Javad Nekounam's penalty in a game where a player from each side was sent off: Diego Godín for Villarreal and the hosts' Miguel Flaño. Sevilla FC and Real Racing Club Santander were also involved in a 1-1 draw, Luis Fabiano's 71st-minute effort countered by Juanjo's reply five minutes later.

Away successes
There were away triumphs for RC Recreativo de Huelva at Real Betis Balompié, Adrián Colunga scoring the only goal, and Getafe CF who won 2-1 at Sporting Gijón. UD Almería also won on the road, beating Athletic Club Bilbao 3-1 at San Mamés.

Last updated: 01/09/08 12.29CET

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