Spanish La Liga Roundup, Sep. 21
Real Madrid returned to the summit of the Primera Division on Tuesday evening following an incident-packed 3-0 victory over Espanyol.
Cristiano Ronaldo (29 pen), Gonzalo Higuain (78) and Karim Benzema (87) were all on the scoresheet as Madrid claimed three points to move one point clear of Valencia at the top of the standings, having played one game more.
Neither side finished the match with a full compliment of players, with Madrid defender Pepe the first to be sent off in the 60th minute.
Espanyol duo Ernesto Galan (63) and Juan Forlin (89) also received their marching orders.
Osasuna registered their first win and goals of the new season with a comfortable 3-1 home success over newly-promoted Real Sociedad.
The visitors had taken a 16th-minute lead through striker Raul Tamudo before Osasuna broke their season’s scoring duck with two goals in five minutes just before half-time.
Walter Pandiani and Javier Camunas both struck from close range before substitute Carlos Aranda sealed his side’s first win with 15 minutes remaining.
David Lopez’s first-half fluke set Athletic Bilbao on the way to their second victory of the season, a 3-0 triumph over Real Mallorca.
Lopez slipped as he attempted to cross left-footed from the right flank, and the ball whistled with plenty of curl towards goal and just inside the far post.
Mallorca goalkeeper Dudu hardly moved, and second-half strikes from Mikel San Jose and Inigo Perez sealed the three points.