Barcelona recorded their second 0-0 draw of the Spanish Primera Liga season at Osasuna on Sunday, while Sevilla thrashed Recreativo Huelva 4-1.
Catalan giants Barca’s prodigiously talented forward line failed to sparkle once more as Frank Rijkaard’s men lost further ground on leaders, defending champions and arch-rivals Real Madrid, who have a 100% record after three games.
Sevilla, who have played just two games, also have an unblemished record after thrashing visitors Recre.
Alexander Kerzhakov and Fredi Kanoute each scored twice as Juande Ramos’ side triumphed in an emotional Andalusian derby.
The fixture was the UEFA Cup champions’ first match at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan since the death of Antonio Puerta.
The 22-year-old Spain wing-back collapsed during the first half of his side’s season-opening home match against Getafe and died three days later in hospital.
Tornavaca Aitor scored for Recre, who finished with 10 men following the late dismissal of Castillo Edu Moya after he picked up two yellow cards.
Villarreal bounced back from their 5-0 humiliation at the hands of Real Madrid last time out with a hard-fought 1-0 victory at Real Mallorca.
Nihat Kahveci scored the only goal of the game just eight minutes from time as Mallorca slipped to a rare home defeat at the Ono Estadi.
Villarreal are now up to fourth.
Atletico Madrid’s disappointing start to the Primera Liga season continued after they conceded a late equaliser at newly-promoted Real Murcia.
Big-spending Atletico, who had taken just one point from their opening two games, looked on course for their first three-point haul of the campaign after taking an early lead through Sergio Aguero.
But Murcia fought back in the second half and secured a deserved point through substitute Francisco Gallardo’s goal 10 minutes before the end.
Pedro Munitis’ first-half strike earned Racing Santander a 1-0 win against a Levante side still looking for their first win while a single goal from Andres Guardado was enough to give Deportivo La Coruna a 1-0 victory against Real Betis.
A late Jonathan Soriano goal gave Espanyol their first Primera Liga success of the season after Getafe had gone down to 10 men for the third consecutive match.
The game had been an even affair up until Esteban Granero’s dismissal on the hour mark and Espanyol took full advantage with Soriano’s goal three minutes from the end.
On Saturday, Real Madrid made it three wins out of three after seeing off 10-man Almeria 3-1.
Wesley Sneijder was again on target with his fourth goal of the campaign while Argentinian duo Javier Saviola and Gonzalo Higuain netted Real’s other goals.
It was not totally straightforward for the champions, though, and they looked on the ropes for a while in the second half when newly-promoted Almeria, despite losing Albert Crusat to a 62nd-minute red card, got the score back to 2-1 through Kalu Uche.
Valencia came from behind to beat an unlucky Real Valladolid side 2-1.
The visitors dominated much of the game but went home empty-handed after David Silva’s deflected effort sealed a dramatic late win for Valencia.
Daniel Kome had given Valladolid a shock lead early on but saw his strike cancelled out by a Fernando Morientes effort halfway through the first half.
Athletic Bilbao drew 1-1 with Real Zaragoza. Markel Susaeta opened the scoring for Athletic only for Diego Milito to reply.
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