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La Liga round-up: Opening-round wins for Barcelona and Real Madrid

Updated: Monday, 25 Aug 2014 23:11 | Comments

Ronaldo helped Real to victory Lionel Messi helped Barcelona to a 3-0 win at the Camp Nou
Ronaldo helped Real to victory Lionel Messi helped Barcelona to a 3-0 win at the Camp Nou

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Real Madrid's quest to reclaim the Primera Division title began with an unconvincing 2-0 victory over promoted Cordoba.

It took Karim Benzema 30 minutes to find a way past the second division play-off winners with a powerful header and Real toiled in vain for the best part of an hour with the second goal proving to be frustratingly elusive.

Carlo Ancelotti's men had perhaps been lucky to avoid conceding an equaliser to their plucky opponents at a packed-out and restless Bernabeu, but Cristiano Ronaldo eased the pressure and made the points safe on the stroke of full-time.

A Lionel Messi brace and a delightful finish from teenager Munir El Haddadi kicked off Luis Enrique's Barcelona reign with a 3-0 win over Elche.

Messi got back to his marauding best and scored the opening goal before Javier Mascherano saw red in the closing stages of the first half.

With Barca down to 10 men Munir stole the limelight, latching on to a ball over the top from summer signing Ivan Rakitic before deftly flicking it into the top corner with the outside of his left boot.

The teenager left the field to a standing ovation from the Nou Camp crowd just six months after he was playing for Barcelona's Under-18 side.

Messi had the final say though, shrugging off four defenders and lashing home to remind everyone of his sensational talents just after the hour-mark.

Nolito took centre stage for Celta Vigo as they eased to a 3-1 win over Getafe at Balaidos.

The winger, who was linked with a move to Everton earlier this summer, scored the opening goal in the 20th minute, before Fabian Orellana added the second after the break.

Jorge Sammir pulled one back to give the hosts something to shout about, but Joaquin Larrivey wrapped up a stylish win in the 70th minute after neat link-up play with Nolito.

Elsewhere Eibar got off to a dream start in their first ever season in the Primera Division with a 1-0 win over Basque rivals Real Sociedad, with midfielder Javi Lara crashing a free-kick into the net from the tightest of angles to score the only goal of the game on the stroke of half-time.

While La Real produced a strong second-half display, they could not turn their late pressure into goals.

In Sunday's late game, second-half strikes from Ikechukwu Uche and Denis Cheryshev were enough to get Villarreal's campaign off to a winning start with a 2-0 triumph at Levante.

Champions Atletico Madrid could only manage 0-0 draw away to Rayo Vallecano on Monday night. 

Meanwhile, Atletico coach Diego Simeone was handed an eight-match touchline ban by the Spanish Football Federation following his dismissal and angry reaction in the Spanish Super Cup against Real Madrid last Friday.             

The Argentine was sanctioned with four games for slapping the fourth official on the back of the head after his first-half dismissal, two for protesting, one for applauding the decision and another for giving instructions to the team from the stands.             

Atletico won the two-legged tie 2-1 on aggregate.   

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