La Liga: Real Madrid edge past Espanyol; Atleti snap winless skid

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A roundup of all of Saturday’s action in Spain’s top flight…

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Real Madrid 1-0 Espanyol

Julen Lopetegui’s Real Madrid remained unbeaten with a narrow home victory over Espanyol, courtesy of Marco Asensio’s 41st-minute goal. Luka Modric had his shot blocked from outside the penalty area, but the ball trickled wide to Asensio in all kinds of space. Asensio needed just one touch to collect it and set up his left-footed strike from a tough angle.

He tucked it just inside the far post for the game’s opening — and only — goal. It was initially ruled out for offside, but video review reversed the call and the goal was awarded. That’s four victories in five games for Madrid, and an unbeaten start to the season. The problem, of course, is that Barcelona are yet to drop a single point, thus Los Blancos find themselves chasing the defending champions already.

Getafe 0-2 Atletico Madrid

Things have been far worse on the other side of the capital city, as Atletico Madrid entered Saturday’s clash away to Getafe with just five points from their first four games, and winless in their last two.

A 14th-minute own goal was just the remedy required, to go with Thomas Lemar’s 60th-minute goal — his first for the club — after rounding the goalkeeper and slotting the ball into an empty net, plus a 67th-minute red card to Getafe’s Iván Alejo four minutes after entering the game as a substitute. Somehow, despite the slow start, Los Rojiblancos sit fifth in the table and only trail fourth-place Celta Vigo on goal differential.

Elsewhere in La Liga

Celta Vigo 3-3 Real Valladolid
Rayo Vallecano 1-5 Alaves
Eibar 1-0 Leganes

Sunday’s La Liga schedule

Levante vs. Sevilla — 6 a.m. ET
Villarreal vs. Valencia — 10:15 a.m. ET
Real Betis vs. Athletic Bilbao — 2 p.m. ET
Barcelona vs. Girona — 2:45 p.m. ET