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Zidane gets subs right as Madrid held; Griezmann keeps Atletico in title race

Zinedine Zidane says he was thinking about Real Madrid's next match when he subbed Cristiano Ronaldo against Las Palmas.

Five thoughts from the weekend's La Liga action as Real Madrid slip up, Barcelona win easily and Atletico Madrid grind out three more points.

1. Zidane did get his subs right

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane got his substitutions spot on during Saturday's trip to Las Palmas, even if the final result of 2-2 did not obviously suggest as much.

After Los Blancos youngster Marco Asensio and the Canary Islands' midfielder Tana had swapped first-half goals, Zidane made an attacking change at 1-1,...

Antoine Griezmann saves the day again as Atletico Madrid top Deportivo

Antoine Griezmann, right, celebrates during the La Liga match between Atletico Madrid and Deportivo La Coruna at the Vicente Calderon on September 25, 2016 in Madrid, Spain. (GERARD JULIEN/AFP/Getty Images)
Antoine Griezmann, right, once again saved the day for Atletico Madrid, scoring the winner vs. Deportivo La Coruna.

In what threatened to be a frustrating afternoon for Atletico Madrid, defence played attack at the Vicente Calderon. Eventualy after huffing and puffing, Los Rojiblancos managed to blow the house down and finally beat German Lux in the visiting goal; inevitably it was Antoine Griezmann who proved the match-winner as he moved onto five La Liga goals for the season in leading his side to a 1-0 win over Deportivo La Coruna.

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Deportivo battered, bruised and clung on -- even more so when...

 By Rob Train

Zidane rolls the dice with Benzema sub but Madrid drop points at Las Palmas

Real Madrid looked to have the three points in the bag, until a late equalizer sent Las Palmas into a frenzy, and split the points.

Real Madrid were held to a second consecutive La Liga draw on Saturday, a 2-2 result against a Las Palmas side that continued their eye-catching start to the season.

Zinedine Zidane's visitors took the lead through Marco Asensio before Tana levelled for the hosts. Substitute Karim Benzema looked to have secured all three points when he scored in the 67th minute, but Sergio Araujo bundled the ball over the line with minutes remaining to earn Quique Setien's adventurous team a deserved point.

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Neymar and Barcelona prove there's more to them than Lionel Messi

Barcelona cruised to a 5-0 win against Sporting Gijon on Saturday afternoon.
Barcelona cruised to a 5-0 win against Sporting Gijon on Saturday afternoon.
Barcelona cruised to a 5-0 win against Sporting Gijon on Saturday afternoon.

Despite spending the last few days lamenting an injury to Lionel Messi, it turns out Barcelona can survive without their Argentine talisman. Neymar led the way with a brace as they turned over Sporting Gijon 5-0 at El Molinon on Saturday, with Luis Suarez, Rafinha and Arda Turan also on target.

There will be tougher tests, of course, such as Borussia Monchengladbach in the Champions League on Wednesday, but Barca don't need to panic too much about a missing Messi.

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Sergi Roberto's continued...

Angel Correa must turn super-sub form into berth in Simeone's starting XI

ESPN FC's Alexis Nunes and Craig Burley break down week 6's fixtures throughout La Liga.

After taking the field away from home on the hour mark, Angel Correa needed less than 60 seconds to find the back of the net with his first touch of the game.

Sound familiar? It should. This is precisely what Correa did in Atletico Madrid's 1-1 draw against Barcelona on Wednesday. But the play described above didn't take place at the Camp Nou this week, it happened almost exactly one year ago against Eibar on a windy afternoon in the Basque Country.

After scoring on his Argentina debut against Bolivia...

 By Sid Lowe

Valencia, one of Europe's biggest clubs, begin yet another rebuild

Valencia have fired their coach four games into the La Liga season, the FC crew look at the big picture behind his sacking.
Valencia winger Nani concedes his side must cope with fan pressure better if they are to turn their fortunes around.
Voro is back for yet another stint as caretaker manager. It's a job he really doesn't want and shouldn't have to take.

Here is the news: Valencia won on Thursday night.

They won 2-1. At home. Against Alavés, a newly promoted team that hasn't been in the first division for a decade. Oh, and it was thanks to an own goal and a late, late penalty. But still, they won, and that really is news. "Victory!" said the front cover of the local sports daily Super Deporte, the significance summed up in the simplicity. They'd almost forgotten what a victory looked like.

This was the first time Valencia had won this season....