La Liga wrap: Man United’s Javier Hernandez opens Real Madrid account
La Liga wrap: Javier Hernandez is among the goals as Real Madrid are 8-2 winners against Deportivo on Saturday
Madrid continue goalscoring spree by sending eight past Deportivo
The 5-1 win over Basel in midweek looked to have shaken the cobwebs from a slow start to the 2014/15 season for Real Madrid, who continued their attacking destruction, beating Deportivo 8-2. There were goals for Cristiano Ronaldo (3), Gareth Bale (2), Javier Hernandez (2) and one for James Rodriguez, as the expensive forward line ran riot at the Riazor. By half-time it was 3-0, with Ronaldo scoring twice and Rodriguez adding a sensational strike of his own. In the second half, though, Real ripped through the Depor defence as though they were up against a school team. Bale added two neat goals before Hernandez did what Manchester United fans loved him for, coming off the bench to score a brace. Elche visit the Bernabeu this midweek, hoping not to suffer as badly as Real’s previous two opponents.
Messi orchestrates big away win
Barcelona were another side full of goals this weekend as they put five past bottom side Levante, with Lionel Messi featuring heavily in the rout. Although the striker only scored once and did miss a penalty, Messi set up two of the goals on Sunday night. It takes his season tally up to four assists and three goals, though Barca’s defence must also take plenty of credit having yet to concede at all this season. Messi first let Neymar give Barca the lead before missing a penalty in which Loukas Vyntra was dismissed. Ivan Rakitic then opened his Barca account before Messi set up Sandro for his second strike of the season. Pedro made it 4-0, and then Messi bagged a deserved goal to round off the scoring. With the defence also playing so well alongside the forwards, the introduction of Luis Suarez later in the season looks set to be even more explosive.
Celta Vigo hold Atletico after audacious backheel volley
Atletico Madrid’s inconsistent form continued as they let a 2-1 lead slip to draw with Celta Vigo at the Vicente Calderon. Despite beating Real Madrid last weekend, the Champions League defeat by Olympiacos and subsequent draw with Celta shows how this current Atletico side are failing to recreate the stunning continuity seen in last season’s title win. It was Celta who took the lead as Pablo Hernandez instinctively stuck out a heel to redirect a high cross past the onrushing Miguel Angel Moya. However, Atleti’s central defenders once again bailed the club out as Miranda and Diego Godin hit back. Miranda then went from hero to villain by bringing down Carles Planas, with Nolito scoring from the spot. Neither Antoine Griezmann, Arda Turan nor substitute Alessio Cerci could find a winner and Atletico continue to stumble out of the blocks.
Villarreal battle back from two goals down against Rayo
The Yellow Submarines plummeted to a two-goal deficit at home to Rayo Vallecano early on but battled back to win the game 4-2, thanks to Real Madrid loanee Denis Cheryshev. The midfielder set up two goals for Luciano Vietto as his importance to Villarreal continues to grow. It was another loanee who opened the scoring though, as Chelsea’s Gael Kakuta scored before Alberto Bueno, once of Derby County, bagged his fourth La Liga goal of the season. Javier Espinosa pulled one back before the break as the hosts looked to come back as they had done in the Europa League last week. Mateo Musacchio equalised and then Vietto’s double ensured Villarreal went one better than against Monchengladbach on Thursday and won.