Seville surprise, Girona impresses, and Granada move away from the goal
Madrid August 27: Sevilla’s disastrous start to the season continued on Saturday, as the Europa League champions lost 2-1 to Girona at home.
Yangel Herrera put an impressive Girona side ahead in the 16th minute when he volleyed a loose ball into the net after Sevilla failed to clear a corner kick.
Nemanja Gudelli equalized for Sevilla just before halftime after controlling the clearance from a corner kick and then fired a straight shot into the net, but Alex Garcia put Girona ahead 10 minutes into the second half with a fine touch from a cross from the right.
Ivan Rakitic put the ball home for Sevilla shortly after, but his fine shot was ruled out for offside. The hosts’ request for a penalty was rejected in the last minute of normal time after the video assistant referee ruled that Rakitic’s free kick had hit David Lopez’s shoulder, not his arm.
Cádiz took to the pitch before their home game against Almería, holding up a banner supporting Gini Hermoso in her clash with RFEF president Luis Rubiales, and Luis Hernandez put them ahead in the 58th minute with a free-kick.
Almeria had played with ten men since Edgar Gonzalez was sent off, but he unexpectedly equalized in the fourth minute of stoppage time with a powerful Kaiki shot.
Granada beat Mallorca 3-2 at home to claim their first win after returning to La Liga. Miguel Angel put the hosts ahead after 12 minutes, and although Abdon Prats equalized in the 38th minute, Bryan Zaragoza and Mirto Uzoni put Granada 3-1 ahead, before Samu Costa gave Mallorca hope in the dying minutes with an 87th-minute goal.
On Saturday, Jude Bellingham scored his fourth goal in three matches to give Real Madrid a narrow 1-0 victory away at Celta Vigo.
Celta was unlucky to see an early goal scored by Strand Larsen canceled due to a possible foul on Kepa, who made his debut in the goal, while Rodrygo scored a penalty kick in the second half that was saved by Celta goalkeeper Ivan Villar.
The bad news for Real Madrid was an apparent hamstring injury that Vinicius Junior suffered, which will likely keep him out for a few weeks.
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