La Liga Table 2019 Week 2: Standings and Final Scores After Sunday

James Dudko@@JamesDudkoFeatured ColumnistAugust 25, 2019

Barcelona's French forward Antoine Griezmann celebrates after scoring a second goal during the Spanish League football match between Barcelona and Real Betis at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on August 25, 2019. (Photo by Josep LAGO / AFP)        (Photo credit should read JOSEP LAGO/AFP/Getty Images)
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Barcelona got off the mark in La Liga by putting five past Real Betis on Sunday, even without Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez. The prolific duo sat out with injuries but weren't needed thanks to Antoine Griezmann's brace.

Earlier, Vitolo struck a 71th-minute winner for Atletico Madrid in Leganes. The goal has kept Atleti second and level on points with leaders Sevilla at the top of the table.

Real Sociedad matched Atleti's result, winning by a lone goal in Mallorca, while a goalless draw was all Alaves and Espanyol could manage.


Scores and Standings

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Things looked eerily familiar for Barca after last week's 1-0 defeat away to Athletic Bilbao once Nabil Fekir scored his first goal for Betis in the 15th minute. The Blaugrana once again appeared toothless up front without Messi's trickery and eye for a pass.

Eventually, though, Griezmann found his range in front of goal. The Frenchman bagged a brilliant brace after combining well with Sergi Roberto.

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Antoine Griezmann has scored a brace for the first time since December 2018 against Real Valladolid. What a way to make your Camp Nou debut. 🔥 https://t.co/3mUQ9qDe7W

It wasn't just about Griezmann, though, with La Masia academy graduates also making their mark. Carles Perez, 21, slotted in a classy, left-footed finish to make it 3-1 after 56 minutes.

Barca also introduced 16-year-old Ansu Fati off the bench. He produced a noteworthy cameo and made a bit of club history:

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16 years and 300 days. Ansu Fati is the youngest player to appear for Barcelona in a competitive match since the 1941-42 season ✨ https://t.co/xPNnHpguEq

Jordi Alba and Arturo Vidal added Barcelona's fourth and fifth goals before Loren Moron netted a second late on for the visitors.

Atletico couldn't turn on the style as much, but Los Rojiblancos refused to buckle in Leganes. A defence underpinned by goalkeeper Jan Oblak and ably protected by holding midfielder Thomas Partey denied the hosts any spaces to exploit.

The visitors finally came to life in attacking areas 19 minutes from time when €126 million summer capture from Benfica Joao Felix teed up Vitolo to settle things:

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1 - João Félix (19 years and 289 days) is the youngest player to provide an assist in LaLiga this season. Premiere. https://t.co/3KZr69iALW

Defences were also on top during the day's first fixtures. Igor Zubeldia and Asier Illarramendi were stout at the back for Sociedad in Mallorca.

It was left to Real Madrid loanee Martin Odegaard to settle things seven minutes from time.

There were even fewer moments of quality when Alaves were held at home by Espanyol, with Brazilian centre-back Naldo outstanding for the visitors.