Real Betis 1-3 Athletic Bilbao - ESPN FC
Real Betis' miserable home form continued as two goals from Inaki Williams helped Athletic Bilbao to a 3-1 victory at the Estadio Benito Villamarin. Betis have only won once at home so far this season and they were behind inside eight minutes. Williams back-heeled in a second just before half-time and Athletic had a host of other chances before Betis pulled one back through Ruben Castro's penalty.
Spain's main soccer league is fighting back against the commercial domination of England's Premier League and is embarking on an aggressive international drive to introduce its top stars and traditional clubs to a greater audience.
Eibar consolidated its strong start to the Spanish league with a 1-0 win over Rayo Vallecano that lifted the modest club into sixth place on Sunday. Eibar hit the woodwork twice and needed an own goal to secure the win at its tiny Ipurua Stadium, which seats just over 6,000 and is overlooked by apartment buildings in the industrial Basque Country town.
Real Sociedad striker Carlos Vela is adamant that manager David Moyes still has the backing of the players despite a torrid start to the season. The Basque club are currently 16th in La Liga having lost 3-2 at home to Celta Vigo on Saturday and remain just two points above the relegation zone.
Alen Halilovic scored the only goal of the game as Sporting Gijon defeated Malaga in La Liga this evening. Gijon started the match strongly, with Halilovic striking over from the edge of the area in the 13th minute. Barcelona loanee Halilovic opened the scoring on the half-hour mark when his shot nestled inside the left post for what proved to be the winning goal.
Rafael Benítez has been relying on second-string players to get Real Madrid through an injury crisis but should have several of his heavyweights back when Paris Saint-Germain visit in the Champions League on Tuesday. The playmaker James Rodríguez, and the captain and centre-back Sergio Ramos look likely to be fit for the match at the Bernabéu as the record 10-times winners look to pull clear of PSG at the top of Group A.
Real Madrid resumed training at Valdebebas the morning after their league win at home to Las Palmas. Gareth Bale got back on the ball, while Dani Carvajal and Karim Benzema were also seen out on the turf, whereas Rafa Benítez will be sweating on Luka Modric, who sat out the action after being substituted at half-time on Saturday night with a hip knock.