Valencia pulled off the result of the weekend in La Liga as they defeated champions Atletico Madrid, while Real Madrid and Sevilla pulled off emphatic wins and Eibar and Levante put on quite a spectacle that demanded attention.
While their good form would suggest that Nuno Espirito Santo’s side would pose Atletico at threat, the speed and energy with which Valencia attacked from the offset had clearly rattled the champions.
Los Che took the initiative early on, scoring three times in the first 13 minutes, and effectively putting their opponents out of the game.
Mandzukic clawed one back after 30 minutes, but once Siquiera missed a penalty on the edge of half-time, Diego Simeone’s side were resigned to defeat.
Los Blancos are back to their very best
Real Madrid continued their return to form in emphatic style, as they put five goals past a sorry Athletic Bilbao side.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored yet another hat-trick to take his tally to three trebles in four matches, and 17 goals for the season in just 11 goals. Benzema also chipped in with two goals, with Gareth Bale also influencing proceedings.
But while records tumble and the good performances continue for Los Blancos, Ernesto Valverde’s Bilbao languish in the relegation zone, with only one win to their name.
Berjon stunner is La Liga's goal of the season surely?
Eibar and Levante played out perhaps the most entertaining match of the weekend as they drew 3-3 in an enthralling clash which had it all; 6 goals, controversial offside perhaps the best goal we’re likely to see this season from Saul Berjon.
Newcomers Eibar were indeed unfortunate not to take all three points, as the battled from two goals down to level the match in the second half. They were denied a deserved lead after Federico Piovaccari’s effort was ruled out for offside. Levante retook the lead minutes later, but Eibar weren’t to be denied, snatching a well-earned point in the 93rd minute.
Barcelona continued their perfect assault on La Liga with a 2-0 win away at Rayo Vallecano. Goals from Messi and Neymar and yet another shutout meant that Luis Enrique’s side set a record of seven La Liga clean sheets in the opening seven matches.
M'Bia proves to be surprise Sevilla talisman
Sevilla were able to leapfrog Atletico Madrid in the table and climb to third, thanks to a comprehensive 4 – 1 win over Deportivo de La Coruna.
Stephane M’bia was on target twice, but Barcelona loanee Gerard Deulofeu was the star man and the creative force for Sevilla. Vitolo and Carlos Bacca also found the back of the net, with the latter also missing a penalty.
Villarreal moved to within a point of Celta de Vigo by defeating them 3 – 1 in Vigo. The two sides sit in 6th and 7th respectively and a close game was expected, but two goals in as many minutes from Moi Gomez put Villarreal into a quick lead.
Larrivey pulled one back before halftime, but an Andreu Fontas red card five minutes from time put an end to their hopes, with Mario scoring a 90th minute goal to seal the win.
Gameweek 7 results
Getafe 1 – 1 Cordoba
Valencia 3 – 1 Atletico Madrid
Rayo Vallecano 0 – 2 Barcelona
Eibar 3 – 3 Levante
Almeria 2 – 2 Elche
Malaga 2 – 1 Granada
Sevilla 4 – 1 Deportivo de La Coruna
Celta de Vigo 1 – 3 Villarreal
Espanyol 2 – 0 Real Sociedad
Real Madrid 5 – 0 Athletic Bilbao