BARCELONA, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 02: Andres Iniesta of FC Barcelona poses with the UEFA Best Player in Europe 2012 trophy prior to the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Valencia CF at Camp Nou on September 2, 2012 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
FC Barcelona - Valencia: Adriano wins three points (1-0) | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona have come out tops in a tricky encounter with Valencia, with the only goal coming from the most unexpected of sources: Adriano Correia. The Brazilian sent an absolute thunderbolt of a shot past Diego Alves in the 23rd minute, which was enough to decide a game in which chances were scarce at both ends.
Tito Vilanova: "It's important to win nine points at the start of the season" | FC Barcelona
Vilanova noted that "winning nine out on nine points is very important," but said that his players have yet to reach their full potential. "We have to get better but our level of play will improve" with time, he said. Even though it’s still early to come to any conclusions on the team’s overall quality, Vilanova said that "we’ve had some very good moments" of football.
FCB's players pleased with perfect La Liga start | FC Barcelona
[Xavi] also praised the team’s collective effort: "I play so that my team can win, so that there’s fluidity to our play. We achieved that in the first half, even though a second goal would have given us more tranquility. Valencia are a complicated rival, and if you don’t make it 2-0 they’re more dangerous."
FCB - Valencia: FC Barcelona's standout players | FC Barcelona
No news is good news as far as the defensive midfielder position goes. The work done by an Azulgrana in the pivot role often goes unnoticed when the likes of Xavi, Messi and Iniesta are on the pitch, but it doesn’t make the job any easier. Tito Vilanova stated last week that Alex Song still had to learn the pivot role within the context of FC Barcelona’s style of play.
Standing ovation for Iniesta at the Camp Nou | FC Barcelona
Just before the match against Valencia, the fans at the Camp Nou focused their attention of Andrés Iniesta. The Azulgrana made his way out onto the pitch by himself to offer up the UEFA Best Player Award trophy he won in Monaco to the fans and Club members in the stands. Iniesta received the UEFA Best Player trophy from his wife and daughter, who donned a Barça strip with word ‘Papi’ and the number 8 on her back.
Ronaldo: I'm unhappy at Madrid - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
"It's nothing to do with Andres Iniesta [winning UEFA's Best Player in Europe award]. I won't talk about this anymore and I will concentrate on Portugal for now. There are more important things [than this]. "The people at the club know about this. I cannot say any more." It is also reported that Ronaldo was spotted crying in the Madrid dressing room following the victory over Granada.
Ronaldo's double inspires Real - ESPNFC
Real Madrid registered their first Primera Division victory of the season after a comfortable 3-0 win over Granada at the Bernabeu. Cristiano Ronaldo bagged a brace, and substitute Gonzalo Higuain was also on target, while the visitors ended the game with 10 men after Borja Gomez was sent off after receiving two yellow cards.
Kaka determined to fight for Madrid place - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
"It's as if I was starting again at 30, after having won everything I've won," the player told TV Globo in an interview at Real Madrid's training complex, broadcast on Sunday. "I even ask myself, how much is all this effort worth it. Wouldn't it be better to go somewhere else or even another, less competitive league? Well, the answer has been 'yes, I still want this (Real Madrid)'," he said.
Bilbao break winless run | Sky Sports
Marcelo Bielsa's men had conceded nine goals in losing their first two games of the campaign, but put in a far more composed display and were rewarded 20 minutes from time when Aritz Aduriz stroked home his first league goal since returning to the club. Markel Susaeta then sealed the points five minutes later when he curled beautifully into the top corner after being fed by Inigo Ruiz de Galarreta.
Dramatic victory for Levante | Sky Sports
Espanyol had looked on course to claim their own maiden victory after establishing a 2-0 lead inside the opening 25 minutes through fine efforts from summer signings Samuele Longo and Sergio Tejera. However, Levante hit back at the start of the second half to draw level with quickfire goals from Juanlu and Christian Lell and then the home side snatched the points when Michel's cross was deflected in three minutes into stoppage time.
Rayo cling on for Sevilla draw | Sky Sports
Alvaro Negredo was first to miss from the spot on seven minutes after Jordi Amat had pulled down the Spanish international inside the area, but he struck the post and the ball rebounded to safety. But the visitors were handed another opportunity 20 minutes from time when Ivan Rakitic was brought down by Ruben Martinez. The goalkeeper was shown a red card but his replacement Dani Gimenez did not even have to make a save as Rakitic pulled his penalty wide.