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By ESPN Staff
Aug 31, 2013

Villarreal maintain perfect record

Villarreal maintained their perfect record to move atop of the La Liga standings with a comfortable 3-0 win over Osasuna on Saturday.

Jeremy Perbet celebrates after opening the scoring for Villarreal.
Jeremy Perbet celebrates after scoring Villarreal's opener.

Striker Jeremy Perbet opened the scoring for the visitors with a tidy finish from a difficult angle in the 22nd minute, before Javier Aquino doubled Villarreal's lead just eight minutes later, burying his shot from the centre of the box.

Marcelino Garcia's side dominated proceedings for the remainder of the first half and emerged from the break showing no signs of slowing down, with Osasuna given few chances to pull a goal back.

Substitute Ikechukwu Uche put the result beyond doubt, finishing off a quick counter attack to give his side a three goal lead and temporarily put them in first place.

Celta Vigo's lack of a finishing touch condemned them to a 1-1 draw at home against Granada in the Spanish League on Saturday. Former Roma coach Luis Enrique's new team dominated at Balaidos Stadium and went ahead in the 29th minute when midfielder Rafinha Alcantara -- brother of Bayern Munich's Thiago -- fired in a cross that had taken a deflection to catch Granada goalkeeper Roberto Fernandez out of position.

Celta wasted a slew of chances to double their lead. Alex Lopez hit the post in the 35th minute before missing again from close range, while striker Charles squandered three excellent chances on goal. Granada forward Francisco "Piti" Medina volleyed home a 62nd-minute equaliser, arriving from the right side to lash Brayan Angulo's bouncing cross into the net.

The visitors did little else in the match. Lopez curled a long strike off the post again in the 68th, as Celta had to settle for the point and an undefeated record of two draws and a win through from their opening three games. "When a team creates so many scoring chances that are the fruit of good play it's a reason to be happy," said Enrique. "I'm not worried about our lack of scoring touch and I congratulated my team for the match. I am more than satisfied because I continue to think that we are on the right path. To be honest, I didn't expect my team to be playing this well at the start of the season."

Elsewhere, Valladolid beat Getafe 1-0 to claim their first points of the season. After a dull first half at Jose Zorilla Stadium, Valladolid centre-back Marc Valiente scored after Omar Ramos' corner was flicked on to the centre of the area by Carlos Pena in the 47th minute.

Valladolid were closer to a second goal than Getafe ever was to the leveller, with Omar's playmaking a standout.

Barcelona visit Valencia on Sunday while Real Madrid hosts Athletic Bilbao, Real Sociedad welcome Atletico Madrid, Malaga play at Sevilla, and Espanyol face Real Betis. 

Information from the Press Association was used in this report.

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