It has been a high scoring start to the new season in Spain. This past weekend, there were 30 goals across the nine games in the Primera Iberdrola. It means there’s an average of just under three goals a game so far.
The weekend finally saw Rayo Vallecano play their first game of the season away at Real Madrid. Meanwhile, champions Barcelona travelled to Huelva to see if they could continue their impressive run.
Real Sociedad 3-2 Levante
It was a dramatic fixture in the Saturday match as Real Sociedad and Levante played out a five-goal thriller.
The home side took the lead when Nerea Eizaguirre bounced on a loose ball to put her side ahead. Irene Guerrero equalised for the Valencian club when she headed in a corner just after the half hour mark. The visitors then took the lead in first half stoppage time through Esther González. The Levante striker was able to beat the goalkeeper to a cross and direct the ball into an unguarded net.
As the game crept into the final 15 minutes, Real then drew themselves level. A well worked free-kick picked out Bárbara Latorre in the area, who guided her header into the back of the net. Finally, during in the dying seconds of the game, Latorre turned provider. After a well worked counter from Sociedad, Latorre laid the ball on a plate for 18-year-old Cecilia Marcos Nabal. The teenager converted the simple tap-in at the back post to give her side all three points.
Athletic Bilbao 2-2 Real Betis
The drama didn’t end there in Basque Country. After a goalless first half, the game between Athletic Bilbao and Real Betis really sprang into life in the second half.
Betis gave themselves the lead thanks to a neat play which saw Ángela Sosa through on goal. However, the visitors weren’t in front for long as María Díaz struck a sweet left-footed shot into the top corner.
The home side clinched the lead two minutes later when Lucía García created space for herself to slot the ball past the goalkeeper. Bilbao thought they had the win as the game approached full time, but Betis had other ideas.
After the visiting team won a corner in stoppage time, Sosa floated the ball into the box. The Bilbao keeper couldn’t claim the ball and Oriana Altuve nodded it into the goal to salvage a point for Betis.
Eibar 0-1 Madrid CFF
It was a tightly contested fixture between Eibar and Madrid on Sunday. The away side has veteran forward Priscila Borja to thank, after scoring her first goal for the club since joining in the summer from Real Betis. The win takes Madrid up to six points from their opening three games. That puts them in good stead to better their 13th place finish from last season.
Sporting Huelva 0-6 Barcelona
Barcelona continued their impressive start to the season with another emphatic win. This time, it was Sporting Huelva on the receiving end.
Asisat Oshoala opened the scoring when Mariona Caldentey played her in with a neat pass. It was a first time finish for the Nigerian international and Barcelona were off to the races. Kheira Hamraoui doubled the lead just four minutes later. Next, Alexai Putellas made it three with an outrageous chip from the edge of the area just before half-time.
After the break, Caldentey earned a goal for herself. Caroline Graham Hansen followed suit by utilizing her own speed to create space for herself to slot the ball into the far corner.
It was then 18-year-old substitute Bruna Vilamala who rounded off the scoring and made the game 6-0. Her low, left-footed shot rebounded into the net off the post.
Barcelona are currently averaging more than five goals per game from their opening three fixtures. This comes all the while without conceding a single goal. Therefore, it’s hard to imagine anybody catching the Catalan side even at this early stage.
Santa Teresa 0-2 Atletico Madrid
Last year’s runners up Atletico Madrid continued their unbeaten start with an away win at newly-promoted Santa Teresa. Ludmila opened the scoring for Las Rojiblancas in the first half with a speedy counter attack that caught the hosts exposed. Deyna Castellanos then added Atleti’s second of the day to seal all three points and maintain their unbeaten start.
Espanyol 3-2 Deportivo de La Coruña
The goals continued to fly in across the weekend with another five-goal thriller in Barcelona. Espanyol got us underway when Maya Yamamoto converted a simple header at the back post. However, they were only ahead for 10 minutes until teenager Athenea del Castillo directed a header of her own into the Espanyol goal.
The sides remained level at the break, but the goals did not stop there. Just 10 minutes after the hour mark, play was frantic and Espanyol took the lead once again through Cristina Baudet. Deportivo responded almost immediately through Ainize Barea’s tremendous curling effort from distance.
With the game level at 2-2, Yamamoto stepped up once again to get her head on the end of a cross and steer it into the Deportivo net to make it 3-2.
Granadilla Tenerife 2-1 Valencia
Valencia took the lead halfway through the first half via a composed finish from Dutch forward Ellen Jansen. Tenerife then responded three minutes later through American Clare Pleuler, who got on the end of a cross in the six-yard box and evened things up.
The right wing proved to be a real threat from Tenerife. Just 10 minutes after Pleuler’s goal, the hosts had the lead through another cross from that flank. This time, the ball was flicked on at the near post. Experienced forward María José Pérez then latched onto it to poke the ball home and give her team the advantage.
After a goalless second half, the game finished 2-1 to Tenerife who record their first win of the season.
Logroño 0-0 Sevila
A game without goals is an anomaly in this season’s Primera Iberdrola. Logroño and Sevilla played out the first goalless draw of the campaign. This came after 25 league matches in all, which is an achievement in itself.
Both sides had opportunities to break the deadlock. Yet, neither side was able to make their chances count. As a result, both teams remain winless so far this season.
Real Madrid 3-1 Rayo Vallecano
Rayo Vallecano had their first game of the season away at Real Madrid, who had failed to record a win so far this season.
Maite Oroz put the home side in front just before half-time when her shot hit the underside of the bar and went in. Kosovare Asllani then doubled Real’s advantage after the interval. Her powerful header from six yards out left the Rayo goalkeeper with no chance.
Vallecano responded swiftly and captain Slađana Bulatović pulled a goal back. However, their reprieve was short lived as Sofia Jakobsson picked out Paraguayan forward Jessica Martinez to head a the third for the visitors.