Barca and Real Madrid maintain 100% start, with Atleti slipping up again.

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Barcelona put in a solid away performance at the San Mames to claim an excellent 1-0 victory at Athletic Bilbao.

After last week’s swashbuckling 6-2 win at home to Real Betis, Luis Enrique’s men showed that they have the grit to go with the glamour, courtesy of Ivan Rakitic’s header midway through the first half.

Messi and Suarez both went close for the current La Liga champions, who are looking to claim the honours for a third successive year.

Despite a nervous moment for goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen, and a Raul Garcia chance, Barcelona ran out reasonably comfortable winners in the Basque country.

For the second week in a row, Atletico Madrid were held to a shock draw against a newly promoted team, as La Liga’s newest derby saw Leganes hold Diego Simeone’s men 0-0.

Atleti were a shadow of themselves as they only called home keeper Jon Serantes into action three times during the 90 minutes, despite having 64% possession.

It was a much more even game than their home draw against Deportvio Alaves as the Champions League finalists failed to break down their considerably less illustrious hosts.

Fernando Torres, who also played the last time these two met back in 2001 when both were in the Segunda Division, headed the visitors’ best chance straight at Serantes in injury time.

Alvaro Morata’s first goal since re-joining Real Madrid and Toni Kroos’ late goal were enough for Real Madrid to beat Celta Vigo 2-1 and get their home La Liga season off and running.

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Morata rejoined the European Champions from Juventus in the summer. (Image Credit: http://www.mirror.co.uk)

Celta, who were stunned by a defeat to Leganes last week, equalised with 23 minutes to go through Chilean winger Fabian Orellana before Kroos struck with ten minutes to go.

The victory ensures that Real Madrid join Barcelona with maximum points at this early stage of the season, although neither are top of the pile.

Las Palmas have emerged as potential surprise packages this season having scored nine goals in their two games this season.

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Kevin-Prince Boeteng scored for the early La Liga leaders. (Image Credit: http://www.futbol.as.com)

Following a famous 4-2 win at Valencia last weekend, Gran Canaria’s Liga representatives, in their second consecutive season in the top flight, thrashed Granada 5-1 to move top of the table after two matches.

Pedro Leon’s first goal since moving from relegated Getafe saw Eibar beat Valencia 1-0 at the Iperua Stadium to condemn Pako Ayestaran to two defeats from two in his first full season in the Mestalla hotseat.

OTHER RESULTS:

Real Betis 0-0 Deportivo La Coruna
Espanyol 2-2 Malaga
Osasuna 0-2 Real Sociedad
Alaves 0-0 Sporting Gijon
Villarreal 0-0 Sevilla

LEAGUE TABLE:

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