Real Madrid new LaLiga leader; Sevilla holds Barça at Camp Nou

By Jose Antonio Pascual

Madrid, Oct 4 (efe-epa).- Real Madrid, boosted by a magnificent goal from Vinicius and the saves from Thibaut Courtois, beat Levante (0-2) and will break for internationals leading LaLiga Santander, as Sevilla held Barcelona (1-1) at the Camp Nou.

Vinicius was once again decisive, and could even have produced a glorious match by taking advantage of the clear chances he had after opening the scoring at 16 minutes with a precise shot to the far post.

Zinedine Zidane’s team could have scored more goals, but lacked the success. They did not finish the game off and Levante, a good team coached by Paco López, created many problems for them. Courtois was decisive in the team leaving the La Cerámica stadium – where the match was played in Villarreal, as the Ciutat de Valencia is under reconstruction – with three points. Frenchman Karim Benzema finished off the game with a well-taken shot.

The victory places Zidane’s team at the top of the table with 10 points after four games played and three consecutive wins. They’re trailed with nine, by Manuel Pellegrini’s Betis, who won Saturday at the Mestalla against Valencia (0-2.)

The Camp Nou put the finishing touches to the fifth gameweek, a more than interesting closing, with a magnificent approach from Seville by Julen Lopetegui, who, from the stands where he was suspended, looked on how his team was close to taking the three points.

Sevilla had clear enough chances to end their winless streak at the Camp Nou, where they had not even scored since October 2011. They even went ahead on the scoreboard with a goal from Luuk de Jong, but an error by Jesús Navas prompted the draw by gifting the ball to Philippe Coutinho.

Not only did the Sevilla players hold Ronald Koeman’s men but also, as a result of the magnificent execution of the board organized by Lopetegui, were in a position to win, with only a lack of precision preventing it. In any case, Sevilla showed that they can be serious contenders to fight for silverware.

Granada drew at the Ramón de Carranza against Cádiz (1-1) in the first match in their history in the highest category.

Central defender Germán Sánchez put Cádiz ahead, but Iván Alejo sealed the equalizer with a powerful shot that rewarded the reaction of Álvaro Cervera’s team, who complained about a penalty shout by Dimitri Foulquier on Alberto Perea four minutes from time.

A goal from Italian-Brazilian Rodrigo Ely in the 74th minute, when he scored a free-kick launched by Lucas Pérez, awarded an essential victory – the first of the year, to Alavés, who beat a disappointing Athletic 1-0 in the Basque duel of the weekend.

Meanwhile, Osasuna beat Celta (2-0) with goals from Facundo Roncaglia and Jonathan Calleri, one in each half.

The victory allows Jagoba Arrasate’s team to cut its two-game losing streak and is another step back from Óscar García’s team, which after a hopeful start to the campaign has stalled and accumulated three games without winning. EFE-EPA


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