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Atleti edge Eibar, Bilbao beat Levante

luis-enrique-barcaAtletico Madrid recorded their first win of the Spanish La Liga season but were run alarmingly close by newcomers Eibar in a 2-1 win at the Vicente Calderon. The defending champions looked to be cruising when goals from Miranda and Mario Mandzukic, who scored his first league goal since joining from Bayern Munich over the summer, gave them a cushion on home soil.

But Abraham pulled one back for newly-promoted Eibar and they could have snatched a point in the final minutes but for a timely intervention from goalkeeper Miguel Moya to deny Angel Rodriguez.

Athletic Bilbao got their first win of the season at the second time of asking as they comprehensively beat Levante 3-0 earlier on Saturday evening. Having lost narrowly at Malaga a week ago, Ernesto Valverde’s men got their season up and running in some style at San Mames.

Aritz Aduriz got the opener 32 minutes in and Ander Iturraspe erased the prospect of any late nerves with a second after the break. It was party time after that and Iker Muniain added a third 13 minutes from the end.

La Liga new boys Cordoba enjoyed a happy homecoming back in the top flight, coming from behind to salvage a 1-1 draw at home to Celta Vigo.

Fabian Orellana gave Eduardo Berrizo’s side the lead early in the second half with a fortuitous goal that owed a lot to a lapse in concentration by Cordoba goalkeeper Juan Carlos, but Fede Cartabia saved his team-mate’s blushes by thumping in an equaliser seven minutes later. That gave the Andalusian side their first point of the season following last week’s 2-0 defeat at Real Madrid.

Sevilla produced a convincing performance away to Espanyol to pick up their first win of the season with a 2-1 victory. Goals from Carlos Bacca and Vicente Iborra in each half had put Unai Emery’s side in command and though Christian Stuani put the Catalans back in the game and set up an exciting finish, the UEFA Europa League champions held on.

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