La Liga Newboys Alaves Upset Barcelona, Ronaldo Scores On Real Return
Barcelona were stunned by minnows Alaves at Camp Nou as they stumbled to an embarrassing first defeat of the season.
Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Andres Iniesta were brought off the bench in the second half as Luis Enrique picked a heavily rotated team but even with them on the pitch Barcelona struggled to break down the brave Basque warriors.
Deyverson sent Alaves ahead in the 39th minute when he prodded past Jasper Cillessen from close range, before Jeremy Mathieu equalised immediately after half-time from Neymar’s corner. However, despite the introduction of Barcelona’s stars, the visitors went ahead again as Javier Mascherano and Aleix Vidal failed to deal with Ibai Gomez, who wriggled away and sent Alaves ahead again.
Ivan Rakitic was guilty of a couple of misses, while Messi squandered a free-kick and Mathieu missed the best chance of them all, lashing wide from just a couple of yards out.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored on his return as he inspired Real Madrid to a 5-2 victory against Osasuna at the Bernabeu on Saturday.
Ronaldo had a busy summer. From unleashing a new version of his underwear on the world to ‘managing’ Portugal from the sidelines as they won Euro 2016, via unveiling his own fragrance and opening his own hotel. But after sitting out the start of his season as he recovered from the knee injury sustained against France in the final, he was finally let loose, to do what he does best. And it took just six minutes for him to open the scoring against minnows Osasuna.
A host of different scorers followed suit, with Danilo, Sergio Ramos, Pepe and Luka Modric all finding the net, while Oriol Riera pulled one back for Osasuna and Kiko Casilla saved a Roberto Torres penalty, before David Garcia grabbed another and Cayetano Bonnin was sent off. Zidane decided to rest Marcelo, James Rodriguez and Casemiro at the start of a run where they games come thick and fast, but it didn’t matter. This match’s path was marked from the start.
Gareth Bale zipped away from the Osasuna defence, seemingly beating the offside trap; although replays showed he strayed fractionally past the defence, missed by the linesman, and laid it back for Ronaldo to fire home.