Eibar surged to the summit of La Liga on Monday evening after sweeping Granada to one side with a 3-1 victory to open their 2015-16 season in emphatic fashion.
Manager Jose Luis Mendilibar had a raft of positives to take from the result, especially after seeing three different goalscorers rise to the occasion.
Strikes from Adrian Gonzalez and Gonzalo Escalante put the visitors two goals ahead before half-time, and although Ruben Rochina pulled one back for Granada, Mikel Arruabarrena was on hand to restore the two-goal cushion.
The result came after Real Madrid stuttered to a 0-0 draw in their La Liga opener at Sporting Gijon, while defending champions Barcelona sealed a slim 1-0 win at Athletic Bilbao.
Read on for roundup of La Liga's Week 1 scores and more detailed recap of Eibar's triumphant start to the new campaign on Monday evening.
|2015-16 La Liga: Week 1 Results|
|Friday, August 21||Malaga||0-0||Sevilla|
|Saturday, August 22||Espanyol||1-0||Getafe|
|Saturday, August 22||Deportivo La Coruna||0-0||Real Sociedad|
|Saturday, August 22||Atletico Madrid||1-0||Las Palmas|
|Saturday, August 22||Rayo Vallecano||0-0||Valencia|
|Sunday, August 23||Athletic Bilbao||0-1||Barcelona|
|Sunday, August 23||Sporting Gijon||0-0||Real Madrid|
|Sunday, August 23||Levante||1-2||Celta Vigo|
|Sunday, August 23||Real Betis||0-1||Villarreal|
|Monday, August 24||Granada||1-3||Eibar|
|2015-16 La Liga Standings|
|9||Deportivo La Coruna||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||1|
Granada 1-3 Eibar
Eibar started the 2015-16 La Liga campaign with a spring in their step thanks to a 3-1 thrashing of Granada on Monday, becoming the only team to score more than two goals in Week 1.
It was a disastrous way for Jose Ramon Sandoval to start the new season following his side's heroic escape from relegation at the end of last term, claiming 10 points in the club's last four games.
It didn't take the travelling outfit long to gain their advantage, either, after Adrian took control of the fixture with a 22nd-minute strike that La Liga writer Andrew Jerell Jones felt may have been the best of Week 1:
Jones was correct to assert Monday's meeting as a goal bonanza compared to the rest of La Liga's action over the weekend, with Granada and Eibar contributing four of the 12 Week 1 goals scored in total.
The second of that quartet came thanks to Escalante, and OptaJose detailed that Sandoval's previously stingy record at the Granada helm was deteriorating at a rapid rate:
Rochina looked as though he had given the hosts a way back into the fixture four minutes after the restart, but Granada left-back Salva Ruiz saw red mere minutes later to ruin any chances of a revival.
From there, Arruabarrena exposed the home side to open his scoring account early on, although FourFourTwo's Simon Harrison felt the game should have been done and dusted earlier:
Nevertheless, Eibar will enjoy their status as league leaders for the time being, but Mendilibar can bank on superior opposition coming for his side.
Eibar host Athletic on Sunday in what's sure to be a tougher test of their credentials, while Granada travel to Getafe looking to right the numerous wrongs of their Week 1 demise.