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LaLiga review, matchday three

Matchday three of the 2022-23 Spanish LaLiga brought excitement as Real Madrid and Real Betis Balompié maintained their perfect starts while Villarreal stayed unbeaten and Barcelona recorded yet another big win.

Karim Benzema rescued Real Madrid and preserved their perfect record late on while leaving Espanyol winless this season, at the RCDE Stadium.

Vinícius Júnior had put Los Blancos in front on 12 minutes but Joselu equalised with two minutes before halftime.

Benzema then netted in the 88th minute to put his side ahead once again and the Frenchman sealed the points with his second of the contest, in the 10th minute of second half stoppage time.

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Real Betis Balompié are the second and final team with a perfect record this term following their 1-0 win against Osasuna on Friday.

Borja Iglesias netted the only goal of the game in the 34th minute to also bring an end to Osasuna’s perfect start to the campaign.

Robert Lewandowki hit a brace at Spotify Camp Nou as Barcelona put four goals past Real Valladolid on Sunday.

The Poland captain opened the scoring on 24 minutes and Pedri doubled the advantage of the Catalan giants two minutes before the break.

Lewandowski netted again four minutes after the hourmark and Sergi Roberto put the icing on the cake with Barça’s fourth in the second minute of injury time.

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Villarreal maintained their unbeaten start to the campaign after playing out a stalemate at Getafe while Sevilla’s poor start to the season continued with a 2-1 loss at Almería.

Óliver Torres was on the scoresheet for Julen Lopetegui’s side but goals from Largie Ramazani and Umar Sadiq helped newly-promoted Almería record a famous win.

Real Sociedad and Celta Vigo recorded respective 1-0 away wins at Elche CF and Girona FC.

Brais Méndes and Iago Aspas were on target for Sociedad and Vigo respectively.

RCD Mallorca recorded a 2-0 win against Rayo Vallecano at Estadio de Vallecas.

Verdat Muriqi (13′) and Kang-in Lee (64′) found the back of the net in both halves for Mallorca.

Matchday three is not completed yet with Cádiz CF hosting Athletic Club by 7:00pm and Atleticó Madrid travelling to face Valencia at Mestalla by 9:00pm.

Matchday three results in full

Friday, August 26, 2022
Girona FC 0-1 Celta Vigo
Real Betis Balompié 1-0 Osasuna

Saturday, August 27, 2022
Elche CF 0-1 Real Sociedad
Rayo Vallecano 0-2 RCD Mallorca
UD Almería 2-1 Sevilla

Sunday, August 28, 2022
Getafe 0-0 Villarreal
Barcelona 4-0 Real Valladolid
Espanyol 1-3 Real Madrid

Cádiz CF vs Athletic Club – 7:00pm
Valencia vs Atleticó Madrid – 9:00pm

(All times in WAT)

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