Villarreal picked up their first win of the new La Liga season on Tuesday night, beating Real Mallorca 2-0. Giuseppe Rossi and Nilmar scored early in each half although the hosts could have scored even more as they enjoyed a return to form at El Madrigal.
On another night Rossi could have had a hat-trick but it mattered little as the Yellow Submarine ended a winless start to the season that had seen them second from bottom at kick-off.
Daniel Estrada’s second-half goal earned Real Sociedad a 1-0 victory against Primera Division new boys Granada. Estrada’s strike came in the 64th minute when he linked up with Asier Illarramendi to curl his shot into the top left-hand corner of the goal from 25 yards.
It was Sociedad’s second win of the season and moves them into fifth place in La Liga, with Granada still in 15th.
Osasuna bounced back from Saturday’s 8-0 humbling against Barcelona by earning a point in a goalless draw with Sevilla. And it could have been even better for the home team had they not run into visiting keeper Javi Varas in inspired form. Varas made a string of fine saves either side of half-time as his side had to weather intense pressure, and coach Marcelino will have been grateful to escape with a share of the points.