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Real Sociedad downs Atletico 2-0 in new stadium, Barca routs Valencia 5-2

San Sebastian, Spain, Sep 14 (efe-epa).- The fiesta celebrating Real Sociedad's new stadium - formerly Anoeta, now Reale Arena - was complete as the home team with masterful moves and scores by Martin Odegaard and Nacho Monreal took down an Atletico that only got going in the final stretch when all was already lost.

At first the local team itself looked a little lost in its new stadium, nervous without the presence of key players like the injured Illarramendi and Brazilian striker Willian Jose, and spent most of the time in a midfield struggle with Atletico.

But the leader in the La Liga standings little by little put on the pressure, and the red-and-white players were not responding well halfway through the first period. That almost cost them dearly when Isak passed the ball to Oyarzabal - he was alone in front of Oblak with everything in his favor to score the first goal of the game, but the excellent Slovenian keeper kicked away the best scoring chance of the first half.

Now it was the La Liga leader that seemed to go off-track in the new stadium and La Real attacked with a zeal that showed that the red-and-whites were determined to go off the field at halftime in the lead, but no such luck.

Not yet.

Soon after the start of the second half, La Real got its first goal in a great play by Martin Odegaard at minute 57 with the collaboration of Savic, intercepting the ball the latter kicked and flipping its direction into the Oblak-defended goal to make it 1-0.

And then, just three minutes later at minute 60, La Real's Nacho Monreal, with an assist by Sweden's Isak, chalked up the second goal to wrap up the scoring for the day. The home team could celebrate a 2-0 victory.

Meanwhile in Barcelona...

Also on Saturday, Barcelona spoiled the debut of Albert Celades on the Valencia bench with a 5-2 win, which it started right away with an assist and a goal by young Ansu Fati, a score by DeJong, a blitz by Gerard Pique and a one-two punch by Luis Suarez.

At age 16, Ansu Fati was the youngest player ever to be in La Real's starting lineup.

The young Guinean was the big star of a duel in which Barcelona not only made a comeback after a shaky start to the season, but also cut three points from Atletico de Madrid's standing as La Liga leader. On the field he didn't look like such a youngster but rather like an erupting volcano.

And at just 2 minutes into the game he booted the ball past Valencia's Jasper Cillessen to make it 1-0 - and all his teammates had a big laugh at what the kid could do.

From that moment, Barcelona poured it on and Valencia's response was not good enough.

At minute 7, Barca's DeJong took a pass inside the area and made his debut on the scoreboard, 2-0.

Not so fast. Valencia's Gameiro tried to catch up with a goal at minute 27. Now it was 2-1. A moment of hope in an otherwise hopeless afternoon.

Barcelona then scored three straight goals: Pique took a ball bouncing off the post and had no trouble slamming it in for a score (3-1, minute 57).

Then Luis Suarez ended the contest once and for all with two scores in a row (4-1, minute 61; 5-1, minute 82).

The game was over but Valencia went down fighting. Maxi Gomez scored at minute 92 to make the final score 5-2 in favor of Barcelona. EFE cr-vmc/cd

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