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Sociedad hold Barcelona, Real Madrid hammer Getafe

sports Updated: Sep 12, 2011 01:02 IST
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Real Madrid beat Getafe 4-2 to take an early two point advantage over Barcelona at the top of the Spanish league, after the Catalan side dropped points drawing 2-2 away to Real Sociedad.

After a difficult start for La Liga season with a players strike and disputes over new kick off times and TV and radio revenues, football finally took centre stage again yesterday.

And in an exciting line up of games, Valencia beat Atletico Madrid 1-0 while Villarreal and Sevilla drew 2-2 in El Madrigal.

For Madrid two goals for Karim Benzema, a Cristiano Ronaldo penalty and a late strike by substitute Gonzalo Higuain edged out a battling Getafe for whom Miku scored twice.

Real Betis beat Real Mallorca 1-0 with a late Ruben Castro goal in La Liga’s early kick on Sunday to go joint top of the league with Real Madrid and Valencia, marking a triumphant return to first division football for Betis’ Benito Villamarin stadium.

The Sociedad side matched Barcelona in San Sebastian to earn a 2-2 draw in an exciting game. The home team pegged back a two goal deficit to share the points and provide the first challenge of the season to Barcelona’s domination of La Liga.

Barca seemed to have the game wrapped up with two early goals within a minute from Xavi Hernandez and Cesc Fabregas.

However, a sterling second half performance saw Sociedad level with headers on 57 and 59 minutes from Imanol Agirretxe and Antoine Griezmann.

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola said: “For us its a good lesson for the future, Real’s goals came when we were on top but it proves that in football you always have to be on your game.

Odemwingie wins it for west brom
Norwich, UK:
West Brom secured their first points of the Premier League season as Peter Odemwingie’s goal beat Norwich 1-0 at Carrow Road on Sunday.

The Nigerian was making his first start this season after an ankle injury and opened the scoring in the third minute after confusion in the Norwich defence but his second half penalty was stopped.