Deportivo return to La Liga with win

Rayo Vallecano and the newly promoted Deportivo start their Spanish Primera Division campaigns with victories.

    Deportivo La Coruna's striker Riki celebrates scoring the opening goal in opening game against Osasuna [EPA]
    Deportivo La Coruna's striker Riki celebrates scoring the opening goal in opening game against Osasuna [EPA]

    Second division champions Deportivo Coruna celebrated their return to La Liga with a 2-0 home win over Osasuna in the Galician club's opening game of the new season on Monday.

    Striker Riki cut in off the right flank and beat Osasuna keeper Andres Fernandez at his near post in the 53rd minute,
    making up for a penalty miss just before the break.

    Jose Luis Oltra's side, who had made most of the running at a festive Estadio Riazor, were penned back in their area in time
    added on, when Portugal forward Nelson Oliveira broke away to lob the ball over Fernandez for their second.

    Along with Valencia, Deportivo are one of only two teams to have denied Real Madrid and Barcelona the Spanish league title in the last 16 years, and were regulars in European competition before sliding to relegation in 2011.

    The win put them third in the standings, behind leaders Barcelona, who thrashed Real Sociedad 5-1 at home on Sunday, and Real Betis, who survived an eight-goal thriller to overcome Athletic Bilbao 5-3 at San Mames.

    Rayo Vallecano left it very, very late in their opening game against Granada on Monday. 

    Roberto Trashorras scored in the fifth minute of added time to secure all three points and a 1-0 win. 

    In the late kick-off Real Zaragoza play Valladolid. 

    SOURCE: Agencies


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