Espanyol stays unbeaten with second-half strike from Lanzarote
Granada, Spain (Sports Network) - Espanyol kept its unbeaten start to the season alive as Manuel Lanzarote scored the lone goal in the 76th minute of a 1-0 win at Granada on Sunday.
The goal came amid some controversial circumstances as Espanyol was awarded an indirect free kick inside the Granada penalty area after a questionable call on a backpass to the goalkeeper, leading to the goal.
It took the match a bit of time to get going, but after a good chance was wasted by Espanyol's Raul Rodriguez, a shot from an Espanyol player appeared to take a deflection off Granada's Fran Rico before it was picked up by goalkeeper Roberto Fernandez.
The referee ruled the play was a backpass, and Espanyol took advantage as Lanzarote curled the ball off the post and into the net after the ball was laid off into his path.
Granada tried to respond but Riki's shot from a tight angle struck the post, and substitute Odion Ighalo was sent off eight minutes from time for Granada after he collected a pair of yellow cards for dissent.
Getafe 2, Osasuna 1
Getafe, Spain - Osasuna sustained its fourth successive defeat to begin the season on Sunday as Miku scored twice in a 2-1 comeback win for Getafe.
Roberto Torres handed Osasuna the lead after 11 minutes, but Getafe leveled the contest before halftime with Miku heading home Pedro Leon's corner kick.
Getafe snatched the lead seven minutes into the second half with another goal from Miku after he was found with a pass from Diego Castro, but the win wasn't secured until the final minutes as Osasuna's Oriol Riera struck the crossbar, handing Getafe its first win.
Malaga 5, Rayo Vallecano 0
Malaga, Spain - Mounir El Hamdaoui made quite a splash in his debut for Malaga as he netted a hat trick in his team's 5-0 thrashing of Rayo Vallecano on Sunday.
El Hamdaoui started the scoring shortly after the half-hour mark with a volley, and he turned provider in the 40th minute on a goal for Francisco Portillo.
Eliseu made it 3-0 to Malaga a few minutes into the second half with a curling shot, while El Hamdaoui scored twice more in the span of five minutes, first finishing off a cross from Pedro Morales before completing his hat trick with a nice solo effort.
Malaga claimed its first win of the season on Sunday, while Rayo has lost three of its first four games.
Real Betis 3, Valencia 1
Seville, Spain - Valencia suffered its third defeat in four games on Sunday at Real Betis as Salvador Sevilla scored twice and set up another goal in the first half of a 3-1 Betis victory.
Jorge Molina scored from the top of the penalty area in the ninth minute after taking a pass from Sevilla, who found the net himself in the 22nd with Molina returning the favor by playing provider.
Sevilla was on target again 12 minutes later when he latched on to a through ball from Alvaro Vadillo and slotted home his second goal of the contest, giving Betis a commanding 3-0 lead at halftime.
Valencia's lone reply after the break came in the 67th minute from Ricardo Costa, but it wasn't enough to prevent Betis from claiming its first win.
09/15 17:17:03 ET