La Liga Results 2019 Week 1: Final Scores and Updated Table After Saturday

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistAugust 17, 2019

VIGO, SPAIN - AUGUST 17: Toni Kroos of RealMadrid CF celebrates victory after the game during the Liga match between RC Celta de Vigo and Real Madrid CF at Abanca-Balaídos on August 17, 2019 in Vigo, Spain. (Photo by Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)
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Real Madrid got their 2019-20 La Liga campaign off to a winning start against Celta Vigo, though Luka Modric was sent off before his side ran out 3-1 winners on Saturday. 

Los Blancos struggled in the first half in Galicia but found their footing after the break, with goals from Karim Benzema, Toni Kroos and Lucas Vazquez the difference.

Late drama saw Valencia slump to a draw against Real Sociedad. Kevin Gameiro scored but also missed a penalty for Valencia, who finished without Francis Coquelin because of a red card.

Here are Saturday's results:

Celta Vigo 1-3 Real Madrid

Valencia 1-1 Real Sociedad

Mallorca 2-1 Eibar

Leganes 0-1 Osasuna

Villarreal 4-4 Granada

   

The current La Liga standings (Rank, Team, Played, Goal Difference, Points):

1 Real Madrid 1, +2, 3

2 Mallorca 1, +1, 3

3 Osasuna 1, +1, 3

4 Athletic Bilbao 1, +1, 3

5 Granada 1, 0, 1

6 Real Sociedad 1, 0, 1

7 Villarreal 1, 0, 1

8 Valencia 1, 0, 1

9 Eibar 1, -1, 0

10 Leganes 1, -1, 0

11 Barcelona 1, -1, 0

12 Celta Vigo 1, -2, 0

13 Atletico Madrid 0, 0, 0

14 Deportivo Alaves 0, 0, 0

15 Espanyol 0, 0, 0

16 Getafe 0 0, 0,

17 Levante 0, 0, 0

18 Real Betis 0, 0, 0

19 Real Valladolid 0, 0, 0

20 Sevilla 0, 0, 0

    

Benzema opened the scoring for Real early, but Celta Vigo gave the giants from the capital all they could handle throughout the first half and had a goal of their own ruled out by the video assistant referee.

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Los Blancos appeared to be in real trouble when Modric was sent off after 56 minutes, but they found their rhythm after the dismissal and scored two more stunning goals.

Kroos' long-range effort is an early candidate for the Goal of the Season award, and Vazquez finished off great team play 10 minutes from time to make the result safe.

Sports writer Dermot Corrigan thought it was a statement match from Real:

Sid Lowe pointed at manager Zinedine Zidane:

Real did not have a great pre-season, which included a 7-3 drubbing by city rivals Atletico Madrid and an injury for Eden Hazard, but they appear more than ready for the new season.

Perhaps the most dramatic outing of the day came at the Mestalla, where Mikel Oyarzabal secured a very late point for Real Sociedad:

Gameiro opened his account in the second half but also had an injury-time penalty miss that proved costly. Coquelin handled the ball minutes later in his own area and was sent off via a second booking, and Oyarzabal calmly converted the penalty.

Mallorca celebrated their return to La Liga with a win over Eibar, with Paulo Oliveira both equalising for the visitors and scoring the own-goal that lost them the match. 

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