A roundup of all of Saturday’s action in Spain’s top flight…
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Barcelona 2-1 Sevilla
It took a Paco Alcacer brace — not to mention, a bit of patience and resolve — but Barcelona outlasted Sevilla and picked up a 2-1 victory at the Camp Nou, thus continuing their unbeaten start (one draw) to the 2017-18 La Liga season. Alcacer scored the opener in the 23rd minute, after Sergio Escudero’s calamitous error left him one-on-one with David Soria. The 24-year-old Spaniard touched the ball around the goalkeeper for 1-0.
1-0 was the score until just before the hour mark, when Guido Pizarro rose above Gerard Pique to head home Ever Banega’s corner kick in the 59th minute.
Six minutes later, Alcacer struck again, poking home Ivan Rakitic’s menacing cross to the near post. In just is fourth league appearance this season, Saturday’s goals were the first and second of the campaign for Alcacer, who was expected to be heavily relied upon after Neymar’s departure in the summer.
Valencia 3-0 Leganes
As for the title race, Valencia have shown no signs of going quietly into the night, as Marcelino Garcia Toral’s side picked up its seventh straight win and maintaining its own unbeaten start by beating eighth-place Leganes handily.
Daniel Parejo opened the scoring after only 14 minutes. Los Che held onto that 1-0 scoreline for the next 57 minutes, until Rodrigo’s Moreno’s seventh goal of the season made it 2-0 and all but put the game to bed. Santi Mina converted from the penalty spot in the 82nd minute, and Villarreal were within a point of Barca for eight hours.
Deportivo La Coruña 0-1 Atletico Madrid
For 90-plus minutes, Atletico Madrid couldn’t find a way through Deportivo La Coruña’s disciplined defense. Diego Simeone’s side looked headed for another disappointing result — it would have been their fourth draw in five games — until Thomas Partey smashed a scripted restart sequence around the wall and into the top corner. The victory keeps Atleti perfectly paced alongside their capital rivals, Real Madrid, with the defending champions set to take on Las Palmas on Sunday.
Elsewhere in La Liga
Alaves 1-0 Espanyol
Sunday’s La Liga schedule
Levante vs. Girona — 6 a.m. ET
Celta Vigo vs. Athletic Bilbao — 10:15 a.m. ET
Real Sociedad vs. Eibar — 12:30 p.m. ET
Villarreal vs. Malaga — 12:30 p.m. ET
Real Madrid vs. Las Palmas — 2:45 p.m. ET