The new Real Madrid, with numerous absences, started this Saturday by beating Athlétic Bilbao 2-0 with authority in the difficult San Mamés stadium, with goals from the Brazilian Rodrygo and the British Jude Bellingham in the first half.
The host began briskly, who soon approached the Lunin goalkeeper; although it was a mirage, since Merengue quickly gained control of the ball.
Rodrygo finished with a hard shot against a wall on the right with Dani Carvajal, a play that left the Bilbao defensive network very bad, which was also not fine a little later in the second goal, a bitten shot from Bellingham that bounced and was impossible to clear for the goalkeeper for Unai Simón.
The advantage did not change the rhythm of those led by the Italian Carlo Ancelotti much, whose team remained calm and without accelerating.
In the complement, Athlétic Bilbao tried to recover, claiming a penalty after Unai Gómez fell inside the area against Eder Militao, who later suffered an unfortunate injury that overshadowed the white team, who nevertheless had a couple more chances.
Now with nothing to lose, the rojiblancos also had chances, but Alaba and Rudiger blocked both shots that prevented at least the discount.
The final 0-2 sums up how badly the locals played, completing a very weak first half and improving after the break, but with little danger. Because without great football, Real Madrid was manifestly better and a fair winner to add their first three points of the season.
Girona, with goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga as the starter, drew 1-1 with Real Sociedad as a visitor, in continuity with the first date.
Japanese striker Takefusa Kubo opened the scoring for Real Sociedad, while Ukrainian attacker Artem Dovbyk equalized for Girona in the second leg.
In another match played at the Estadio Gran Canaria, Las Palmas drew 1-1 against Mallorca. Jonathan Viera opened the penalty for the locals, Antonio Raíllo equalized for the Balearic Islands, who scored a penalty at the feet of the Kosovar Vedat Muriqi.
This Sunday there will be three games: at 12 (TV: ESPN) Celta-Osasuna, then at 2:30 p.m. (DirecTV) Villarreal (with Juan Foyth) and Betis (starters Guido Rodríguez and Germán Pezzella) will play; meanwhile from 4:30 p.m. (TV: ESPN) champion Barcelona will make its debut on its visit to Getafe.
Date 1 will close on Monday with Cádiz-Alavés (at 2:30 p.m.), while Atlético Madrid Diego Simeone, Nahuel Molina, Rodrigo De Paul and Angel Correa will be home from 4:30 p.m. against Granada.
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