* Barca subjection Real Sociedad in opener during Nou Camp
* Real hold to 1-1 home pull by battling Valencia
(Updates with Atletico pull and Vilanova quote)
MADRID, Aug 19 (Reuters) – Lionel Messi‘s double and a David
Villa idea on his lapse form damage helped Barcelona hammer
visitors Real Sociedad 5-1 to give new manager Tito Vilanova the
perfect start to their La Liga debate on Sunday.
Carles Puyol and Pedro also scored to as Barca claimed an
immediate lead in a standings over arch-rivals Real Madrid who
were hold 1-1 during home by a feisty Valencia side.
The champions had progressing dominated a compare during the
Bernabeu, though were undone by a new-look Valencia and some
outstanding saves from goalkeeper Diego Alves.
World Player of a Year Messi, who scored a joining record
50 goals final season, carried on where he left off by settling
Barca down with discerning strikes to give them a 3-1 lead inside 15
minutes during a Nou Camp.
Pedro volleyed in a fourth usually before a mangle though the
biggest hearten was indifferent for Spain striker Villa when he was
brought on in a 74th notation after 8 months out with a
broken leg and afterwards stroked home a fifth idea nearby a end.
“It’s always critical to start with a win,” Vilanova, who
has stepped adult from partner to reinstate Pep Guardiola, told a
“It has been a ideal night since David (Villa) has
returned with a goal. we am really gratified though this is usually the
Although it is a initial turn of matches, Barca’s two-point
advantage over Real is poignant since Jose Mourinho’s side
only forsaken 14 points in their 38 games final tenure on their way
to a joining record total of 100.
Earlier, Gonzalo Higuain gave Real a 10th-minute lead from
Angel Di Maria’s cranky and, in gloomy temperatures, they
comfortably hold Valencia during brook until usually before a break.
The visitors, with a horde of new faces, had few ideas going
forward though leveled when Jonas headed in from a giveaway kick.
Real defender Pepe clashed heads with Iker Casillas trying
to forestall a idea and during halftime was replaced and taken to
hospital to spend a night as a precaution, a bar said.
Keeper Alves was Valencia’s superb actor in a second
half, gripping out a fibre of efforts as Real lifted their game
and pulpy though their opponents hold organisation to assistance acquire a point
for their new manager Mauricio Pellegrino.
“I approaching some-more from my team,” Mourinho told a news
conference. “We haven’t played a good game, though we did enough
Up on a north coast, Real Betis overcame Athletic Bilbao
at San Mames in an eight-goal thriller.
The visitors were 3 goals adult in 31 mins before last
season’s Europa League and King’s Cup finalists responded in the
Bilbao’s Oscar De Marcos got a idea behind usually after the
break and Mikel San Jose afterwards struck twice to turn a scores
with 14 mins to go before Betis finally triumphed late on
through Alejandro Pozuelo and Jorge Molina with his second.
In a late game, Europa League winners Atletico Madrid came
back to pull 1-1 during Levante with a fantastic long-range shot
from Turkey midfilder Arda Turan in a 22nd minute.
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