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La Liga Round-Up: Week 2

Koke Atletico Madrid La Liga
Atletico Madrid's midfielder Koke (R) shoots to score during the Spanish league football match UD Las Palmas vs Club Atletico de Madrid at the Gran Canaria stadium in Las Palmas on August 25, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / DESIREE MARTIN (Photo credit should read DESIREE MARTIN/AFP/Getty Images)

Defender Pedro Alcala wrote his name in the history books as Girona claimed their first ever win in La Liga thanks to a 1-0 home victory over Malaga.

Alcala scored what proved to be the winner in the 28th minute as the newly-promoted side built on their 2-2 draw with Atletico Madrid on the opening day of the season.

Girona and last season’s Segunda Division champions Levante both have four points from their first two games after 10-man Levante recovered from 2-0 down to draw with Deportivo La Coruna.

Goals from Fede Cartabia and Rechel Sidnei in the opening half-hour seemingly gave Deportivo control of the match, but Enis Bardhi pulled one back on 35 minutes with a stunning free-kick.

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The home side were reduced to 10 men when Jose Luis Morales was shown a second yellow card 15 minutes from time, but still found an equaliser from the penalty spot after 84 minutes thanks to substitute Ivan Ivi.

Atletico Madrid scored twice in the first five minutes on their way to an emphatic 5-1 win at Las Palmas.

Angel Correa and Yannick Carrasco fired Atletico into an early 2-0 lead, before former West Ham loanee Jonathan Calleri pulled a goal back for Las Palmas in the 58th minute.

But the visitors sealed the points through Koke’s double and, after Jonathan Viera was denied by Jan Oblak from the penalty spot nine minutes from time, Thomas Partey added a fifth at the death.

Lionel Messi also shrugged off the frustration of missing a penalty to reach another remarkable career landmark as Barcelona eased to a 2-0 victory at Alaves.

Leganes and Athletic Club Bilbao bagged 1-0 victories away from home at Espanyol and Eibar as well as Sevilla winning by a single Ganso goal at Getafe. Real Madrid lifted the La Liga trophy before the kick off against Valencia but couldn’t manage to beat Los Che, who held the champions to a 2-2 draw in a pulsating contest.

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