Primera Iberdrola 2020/21 Gameweek 2: Red Cards and Goals

Valencia CF's Anna Torrodà controls the ball.
Valencia CF's Anna Torrodà controls the ball during a 1-1 draw with Real Madrid. [Credit: VCF Femenino]

The second gameweek of this year’s Primera Iberdrola took place this past weekend. There were 8 fixtures in total with Sporting Huelva and Rayo Vallecano not playing in this round of fixtures. We also saw Real Sociedad have their first run out of the season after not playing during the opening weekend.

Levante 2-2 Eibar

Levante and Eibar played out a dramatic draw in Valencia on Saturday. The home side took the lead when Aldana Cometti got on the end of a corner at the back post and assisted Esther González from close range. González then doubled her tally for the game after a strong run into the area and a coolly-taken finish.

The comeback for Eibar was on when a controversial penalty was awarded. Thembi Kgatlana went down in the area, despite contact appearing outside. 19-year-old Maria Llompart Pons stepped up and converted the spot kick to half the deficit. Then, in the dying seconds of the match, Levante were dispossessed in their defensive third. In a quick counter, the ball ended at the feet of Kgatlana who converted to salvage a point for Eibar.

Real Betis 1-2 Santa Teresa

Santa Teresa earned their first win in the top division away at Betis. Their first goal came when Belén Martínez Sousa got on the end of a long header from deep and poked the ball into the Real goal. The Andalusians came agonisingly close to an equaliser when Mari Paz Vilas’ header was blocked on the line and rebounded onto the crossbar. Alba Zafra then punished the home side for their wasted efforts with a wonderful chip from a narrow angle, leaving the keeper stranded.

With the game at 2-0, the home side then responded through new signing Ángela Sosa whose free-kick from 25 yards crept in at the near post. Yet, any hopes of a comeback were soon dashed when María Valle received a straight red for a cynical tug of the shirt on Sousa as she was running through on goal.

Atletico Madrid 1-1 Granadilla Tenerife

Last season’s runners up Atleti dropped their first points of the season with a disappointing draw at home against Tenerife. Las Rojiblancas were awarded a penalty early on in the match for handball, but Toni Duggan saw her shot saved. However, the home side eventually took the lead thanks to Merel van Dongen’s header.

In the 90th minute, Tenerife were then gifted an opportunity when Koko Ange was fouled in the penalty area. Raquel Peña stepped up to convert the subsequent penalty.

Sevilla 0-2 Athletic Bilbao

Bilbao maintained their 100% start with their 0-2 win away at Sevilla. Las Leonas took the lead in the opening 5 minutes when Lucía García hammered the ball into the roof of the net from close range. The Basque forward then doubled her and her team’s tally for the match in the 38th minute. This came after a well-worked move found her in behind and she drilled the ball into the goal.

Valencia 1-1 Real Madrid

Kosovare Asllani gave Real Madrid the lead on the 22nd-minute mark. However, they weren’t in front for long as Valencia responded just 2 minutes later. Cristina Cubedo Pitarch netted for Valencia to draw the game level.

Asllani then struck the post in the second half, but neither side was able to break the deadlock. As a result, Real Madrid earn their first point under their new guise.

Madrid CFF 0-1 Espanyol

Espanyol recorded their first league win in over 17 months this weekend. They went through the entirety of last season without earning a victory.

Manuela Vanegas gave the away side the points thanks to her first half header. The second half then saw a dismissal from each side. Madrid’s Rita Chikwelu was shown 2 yellows before Espanyol’s Nadezhda Karpova received a straight red.

Deportivo La Coruña 0-2 Real Sociedad

Real Sociedad’s first game of the season couldn’t have gone better as they left Galicia with all 3 points. First half goals from Ana Tejada Jimenez and Bárbara Latorre were enough to secure the victory for the Txuri-urdin.

Barcelona 6-0 Logrono

Barcelona continued their high-scoring start to the season as they steamrolled Logrono. They hit the Riojan side for 6 on Sunday.

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Lieke Martens opened the scoring in the first 5 minutes with a very well-taken volley. Caroline Graham Hansen then doubled the advantage as she ran onto a loose ball and finished expertly. Moments later, Vicky Losada’s effort bounced in off the post. Aitana Bonmati then made it 4-0 before half-time when she capitalised on a defensive lapse, snatching the ball and finishing into an empty net.

It was a quiet second half for the Catalan club, relatively speaking, with just 2 goals coming from it. Alexai Putellas got in on the act during the final 10 minutes, while Bonmati rounded off the scoring in stoppage time. The result puts Barca on top of the table with 10 goals scored and none conceded after their opening 2 games.

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