A roundup of the weekend’s action in Spain’s top flight…
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Barcelona 6-2 Real Betis
While Neymar was off capturing an Olympic gold medal for Brazil, it was business as usual for Barcelona as they opened their latest La Liga account with a convincing victory. Luis Suarez netted a hat-trick to begin 2016/17, while Lionel Messi added a pair of finishes of his own to give the Blaugrana a boost after an inconsistent preseason. Arda Turan, whose future at the club was uncertain prior to the season, got things going for Barca, scoring after just six minutes.
Sevilla 6-4 Espanyol
A strong second half effort from Sevilla gave the reigning Europa League champions an impressive comeback win on Saturday in the weekend’s most entertaining match. After Espanyol got out to a 3-2 lead on the stroke of halftime, Luciano Vietto’s second goal of the day gave Sevilla a fresh slate as the two sides headed into the break at 3-2. From there, Sevilla added three more goals in the second stanza, while Gerard Moreno’s late tally served as a mere consolation for the visitors.
Real Madrid 3-0 Real Sociedad
Even without the injured Cristiano Ronaldo for the opener, Los Blancos cruised at the Santiago Bernabeu to open La Liga play. A pair of first-half tallies were the difference for Zinedine Zidane’s side, with Gareth Bale getting the show started after just two minutes. Marco Asensio’s chip finish on the stroke of halftime gave Real a comfortable lead after limited Sociedad to zero shots on target throughout the match. Bale tapped home his second of the night after a quick break in the final seconds.
Elsewhere in La Liga
Granada 1-1 Villareal
Malaga 1-1 Osasuna
Deportivo La Coruna 2-1 Eibar
Sporting Gijon 2-1 Athletic Bilbao
Atletico Madrid 1-1 AlavesFollow @MattReedFutbol