Basque sides start with a win
Basque rivals Real Sociedad and Athletic Bilbao both started the new Primera Division campaign with victories on Saturday.
Sociedad, who were the surprise package of last season as they finished fourth in the table, defeated Getafe 2-0 at home thanks to goals in either half from Carlos Vela and Haris Seferovic.
Mexican Vela lobbed effort broke the deadlock just before the break, while Seferovic, making his debut for Sociedad following a summer move from Fiorentina, doubled the lead with 20 minutes remaining.
Sociedad were under the guidance of Jagoba Arrasate for the first time after he replaced Philippe Montanier this summer and it was a good day for another new coach in Ernesto Valverde, whose reign as Athletic coach also got off to a winning start with a 2-1 win at Real Valladolid.
Markel Susaeta gave the visitors the lead on 28 minutes, but just moments later Patrick Ebert levelled for Valladolid.
However, Athletic were not to be denied as Iker Muniain netted the winning goal in the 50th minute.