La Liga: Tenerife continue blazing start, Atletico put four past Betis

A roundup of Gameweek 8 in the Primera Iberdrola


Granadilla Tenerife continue their almost unbelievable start whilst Levante appear to have finally rediscovered their form in the Primera Iberdrola.

Valencia 1-0 Rayo Vallecano

Ellen Jansen scored the only goal of the game in the opening 10 minutes of Saturday’s early kick-off. It was the Dutch forward’s second goal of the campaign so far.

Valencia’s slim victory take them up to sixth in the La Liga Femenina table.

Real Madrid 1-0 Athletic Bilbao

Real Madrid continue their rise into the spotlight with a narrow win over Athletic Bilbao. The home side went ahead after 15 minutes, following a powerful driving run down the left flank from Sofia Jakobsson.

Sofia Jakobsson of Real Madrid and Vanesa Gimbert of Athletic Club in action. [Credit: Oscar Barroso]

The Swede then delivered a great low cross into the penalty area for Marta Cardona to convert with a neat first-time finish.

Levante 4-1 Deportivo de La Coruña

Levante started very brightly against Deportivo, netting two goals inside the opening 10 minutes. Carolina Férez got her side underway with a well-taken striker into the top corner after just three minutes of play.

Macedonian captain Nataša Andonova lobbed the goalkeeper from 20 yards to give her side a 2-0 lead minutes later. Irene Guerrero made it three when she turned in a corner with a sweetly controlled volley.

It was then four in the second half when once again, Deportivo couldn’t deal with a corner and it was fired in at the back post by Aldana Cometti.

Levante then had a golden opportunity to make it five when they were awarded a penalty, but Alba Redondo blazed her spot-kick high.

Deportivo did grab a consolation goal late on through Ainoa Campo Franco however, but it was too little too late.

Granadilla Tenerife 2-0 Logroño

Tenerife maintained their superb start to the league season to make it six wins from six with a victory over Logroño. The scoring began in first half stoppage time when Natalia Ramos Álvarez converted an indirect free-kick into the top corner.

Adrienne Jordan of Granadilla Tenerife. [Credit: Oscar Barroso]

Tenerife then doubled their lead in the after half-time when Raquel Peña coolly converted a penalty. In the dying moments of the game, Inés Juan Altamira was then given her marching orders after receiving a second yellow card adding insult to injury for Logroño.

The three points mean Tenerife stay top of the table and are now many people’s pick as the dark horse for Champions League qualification.

Espanyol 0-3 Sevilla

It’s four defeats in four now for Espanyol. The latest comes at the hands of Sevilla.

On-loan Barcelona teenager Clàudia Pina scored her first goal for the club, bending her strike into the top corner from 18 yards. Toni Payne then produced a wonderful weaving run into the area before laying it off to Ana Franco for a simple tap in.

The final came when Zenatha Coleman ran through on goal and calmly placed her effort in the back of the net to round off the scoring for Sevilla.

Real Sociedad 1-0 Sporting Huelva

Real Sociedad earned a narrow victory over Sporting Huelva to bank all three points. Their fifth win of the season sees them maintain their place in the top third of the table.

Finnish forward Sanni Franssi scored the decisive goal just before the hour-mark. The lone goal means Huelva remain winless so far this campaign.

Atletico Madrid 4-1 Real Betis

Atletico Madrid bounced back from their midweek defeat to Barcelona with a convincing victory over Real Betis.

Teenage midfielder Rosa Márquez gave Betis the lead in the first half with a great press and finish. However, Atleti responded immediately through Ludmila when she got on the end of a low cross and managed and bundled the ball into the back of the net.

The home side then had the lead moments later when Turid Knaak fired into the roof of the net at the back post.

Atletico Madrid celebrate against Real Betis Ciudad Deportiva. [Credit: Oscar Barroso]

Betis got off to the worst possible start in the second half when Ana González deflected a cross into her own net to double Atleti’s advantage.

Kylie Strom then rounded of the scoring when she ran onto a loose ball and drilled a low shot into the bottom corner.

The win takes Dani González’s side up to second in the table, two points behind leaders Granadilla Tenerife. However third place Barcelona have three games on the league leaders and haven’t dropped a point yet this season.

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