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La Liga opening games moved

The Spanish Professional Football League (LFP) has been forced to amend the published dates and kickoff times for the first two weeks of the new season.

The campaign was due to commence with two games on Friday, Aug. 22 with Celta Vigo's meeting with Getafe scheduled to kick off at 8 p.m. followed by Sevilla's match against Valencia two hours later. But the LFP overlooked that on the same day Real Madrid and Atletico would be playing the second leg of the Spanish Supercup.

Two hours after releasing the fixtures, the LFP published a new schedule, moving the Celta-Getafe game to Sunday at 9 p.m. and switched the Sevilla-Valencia to Saturday at 9 p.m.

It means the curtain-raiser for the new season will now be Malaga against Athletic Bilbao at 7 p.m. on Aug. 23.

The two Madrid teams will open their league campaigns on Monday, Aug 25. Madrid entertain Cordoba at 8 p.m. while champions Atletico cross town to face Rayo two hours later. Barcelona take on Elche at Camp Nou on Sunday, Aug. 24 at 9 p.m.

Week 2 fixtures:

Friday, Aug 29
20.00 Getafe-Almería
22.00 Valencia-Málaga

Saturday, Aug. 30
19.00 Athletic-Levante
19.00 Córdoba-Celta
21.00 Atlético-Eibar
23.00 Espanyol-Sevilla

Sunday, Aug. 31
19.00 Villarreal-Barcelona
21.00 Real Sociedad-Real Madrid
21.00 Deportivo-Rayo Vallecano
23.00 Elche-Granada


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