La Liga & Serie A roundup: Real Madrid held scoreless; Juve stunned at home


This was the opening weekend of play in Spain and Italy’s top flights, and both leagues have already seen some shocking results. Catch up on all the action from La Liga and Serie A, right here.

Sporting Gijon 0-0 Real Madrid

Based on the crowd reaction when the final whistle blew at the Estadio el Molinon, you would have thought Sporting Gijon had just won the league. Back in La Liga for the first time since 2011-12, the newly promoted club battled to a scoreless draw with Real Madrid, despite the visitors controlling nearly 70-percent possession. Sporting did not register a shot on target but held on for a point as Rafa Benitez’s career at Real is off to a rough start.

Athletic Bilbao 0-1 Barcelona

It was an up-and-down day for Barcelona, as the defending La Liga champions started the season with a 1-0 win over Athletic Bilbao. First, Dani Alves was forced off with an injury less than 20 minutes into the match. Then, Lionel Messi had a penalty kick saved as the teams went into the break in a scoreless draw. Luis Suarez would score the game-winner in the 54th minute, but Barca took another blow as Sergio Busquets went down with an injury late in the match.

Atletico Madrid 1-0 Las Palmas

Antoine Greizmann finished third in La Liga in scoring last season behind Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, and the French international picked up where he left off, scoring the only goal in Atletico Madrid’s 1-0 win over newly promoted Las Palmas. It was Las Palmas’ first match in the top flight since 2002, as the small club from the Canary Islands put up a respectable performance against one of the league’s best sides.

Elsewhere in La Liga

Malaga 0-0 Sevilla
Deportivo 0-0 Real Sociedad
Espanyol 1-0 Getafe
Rayo 0-0 Valencia
Levante 1-2 Celta Vigo
Real Betis 1-1 Villarreal
Granada vs. Eibar (Monday, 2:30 p.m. ET)


Juventus had not lost a Serie A match at home since 2013.

Juventus 0-1 Udinese

Juventus entered the opening day on a 48-match unbeaten run at home, but that record was washed away when Udinese shocked the defending Serie A champions 1-0 in Turin. Juventus only lost three matches all last season, but Cyril Thereau’s 78th minute strike was enough to sink Max Allegri’s men.

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Inter Milan 1-0 Atalanta

On-loan from Manchester City, Stevan Jovetic fired a beautiful curling shot into the top corner in the 93rd minute to steal all three points for Inter Milan. Jovetic entered the match as a substitute early in the first half when Mauro Icardi went down with an injury and he made the most of his debut, taking advantage of an Atalanta side that was playing with ten-men after Carlos Carmona was sent off in the 71st minute.

Fiorentina 2-0 AC Milan

It was a tough day for Rodrigo Ely, as the 21-year-old defender was sent off just over 30 minutes into his AC Milan debut. Down a man for nearly an hour, Sinisa Mihaljovic’s men couldn’t hold on as a free kick goal from Marcos Alonso and a penalty from Josip Ilicic led Fiorentina to a win on opening day.

Elsewhere in Serie A

Verona 1-1 Roma
Lazio 2-1 Bologna
Sampdoria 5-2 Cagliari
Frosinone 1-2 Torino
Sassuolo 2-1 Napoli
Empoli 1-3 Chievo
Palermo 1-0 Genoa