Late Pandiani strike lifts Espanyol
Barcelona, Spain – Espanyol earned a dramatic 1-0 win over half substitute Walter Pandiani.
Entering the match in the 77th minute, Pandiani made his presence felt by tallying an injury-time goal that helped Espanyol claim its second win of the season.
Pandiani collected a rebound at the penalty spot before rifling a shot into the upper corner, past several Getafe defenders who were on the goal line.
The win comes on the back of a 2-1 loss at Real Zaragoza for Espanyol. The club has two wins and two losses from its first four La Liga games this season.
Getafe has yet to record a win from its first four games, sitting second from bottom with just a point on the season.
Real Betis 4, Real Zaragoza 3
Seville, Spain - Real Betis survived a late scare at the Benito Villamarin on Thursday, holding on to defeat Real Zaragoza 4-3 to maintain its perfect start to the season.
Roque Santa Cruz and Salva Sevilla put Betis out to an early lead with goals inside 12 minutes, but Efrain Juarez pulled one back for Zaragoza before the break to cut the lead in half.
Real Betis looked like it had put the result beyond any doubt when it opened the second half with two goals in the opening four minutes. Benat Etxebarria converted a penalty kick and Santa Cruz bagged his second of the game with a header.
Real Zaragoza came storming back as a Juan Carlos brace brought the team to within one, but it ultimately failed to find an equalizer.
With four wins from four matches, Real Betis tops the La Liga table with 12 points, while Real Zaragoza was handed its second defeat of the early season, failing to build upon a 2-1 win over Espanyol in its last outing.