Victims honored in Spain; Barcelona, Madrid win Liga openers

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo was among those to condemn the attack in Barcelona
Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo was among those to condemn the attack in Barcelona
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21 August, 2017

Betis lost star player Dani Ceballos to Real Madrid earlier this summer, but the Seville-based side have been active in the transfer market, signing Mexican worldwide Andres Guardado, former Barcelona winger Cristian Tello and ex-Manchester City midfielder Javi Garcia.

"Betis held their own minute's silence and new coach Quique Setien, who moved to the club from Las Palmas in the summer, knows Sunday's match will be anything but a normal encounter".

Liga title holders Real Madrid were starting their campaign later on Sunday at Deportivo La Coruna.

And he preferred to focus on these fine performances when asked about transfers following the 2-0 win, responding: "I can only talk about the players I have here".

Nonetheless, this was a complete display from Barcelona after a hard week for the city, with tributes to the victims of the Las Ramblas terror attack victims made before kick off.

Deulofeu and Alcacer were not quite the support act that Messi has become accustomed to in recent seasons, but the former ended what was an emotional night for Barcelona with two assists.

Barcelona had been given permission to make the changes to their home shirt from the Royal Spanish Football Federation. "This victory is for those affected".

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In the midst of attempts to restore order, Manigault quietly summoned her security and exited the panel. And the panel went sideways when Manigault and Gordon had a heated confrontation.

A defiant attitude was on show in the stands, although in common with many matches against weaker opposition, the 99,000 capacity Camp Nou was far from full. The attacks clearly had an impact with only 56, 480 fans turning up for the match.

"The rule is to apply the maximum possible measures, and in extraordinary situations like this, apply them much more strictly".

Prior to the attacks, Barca had endured a hard start to the season on the field as shorn of Neymar following his world record €222 million move to Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), the Catalans were swept aside 5-1 on aggregate by Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup.

Fortunately for coach Ernesto Valverde, Barcelona do not have any players suspended for the game against Betis this weekend.

Barca took the lead at the Nou Camp in the 36th minute after Gerard Deulofeu's effort was turned in by Alin Tosca.

The Blaugrana doubled their lead soon after as Sergi Roberto stabbed one into the back of the net from close range to net his first ever La Liga goal.


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