Goals, triumphs, streaks … A dozen things to know about the start of the Spanish soccer championship.
A new edition of LaLiga Santander of Spanish football began to be played, and these are 10 curiosities of the first date.
1 – FROM FATHER TO SON, THE DEBUTS WITH A GOAL OF LUIS MILLA
On September 9, 1984, Luis Milla made his debut for Barcelona in the First Division. Between the professional players’ strike, Milla and his youth teammates got their first chance at the first team. It debuted with a goal against Zaragoza (4-0). This Saturday, September 12, 2020, 36 years later, his son Luis Milla appeared in the category with Granada also with a goal.
2 – BETIS WINS AWAY NINE AND A HALF MONTHS LATER
Since November 30, 2019, when they beat Mallorca 1-2, Betis had not won a league match away from the Benito Villamarín stadium until the first match of this Sunday, with Cristian Tello’s goal to win 0- 1 to Alavés, in the premiere as a Verdiblanco coach of Manuel Pellegrini.
3 – CADIZ RETURNED TO THE FIRST 14 YEARS AND 4 MONTHS LATER
From May 13, 2006 to September 12, 2020. Fourteen years and four months had passed between one date and another. The first corresponds to the last previous match in the First Division of Cádiz, the 5-0 with which they thrashed Málaga; the second to his long-awaited return to the elite, albeit with a 0-2 defeat against Osasuna. Between them, he spent seven years in Second and seven in Second B.
4 – THIRD CONSECUTIVE VICTORY IN MESTALLA DEL VALENCIA
The 3-2 win against Levante in the first matchday extended to three the number of consecutive victories for Valencia at the Mestalla stadium: 2-1 against Valladolid, 1-0 against Espanyol -in the final stretch of last season- and 4- 2 to Levante, at the beginning of this season.
5 – GERARD MORENO, 8 GOALS IN HIS LAST 8 LIGHTWEIGHT SHOCKS
Gerard Moreno, the national top scorer of the previous year, started the season as it ended last, with that status as the undisputed scorer of his team, by scoring a goal in the 1-1 between Villarreal and Huesca, to expand their numbers to eight goals in the last eight league games he has played.
6 – EL VILLARREAL LINKS SIX COURSES WITHOUT WINNING THE FIRST DAY
Not this season, with a staging with a draw against Huesca at the La Cerámica stadium (1-1); nor in 2019-20 (4-4 with Granada); nor in 2018-19 (1-2 with Real Sociedad); nor in 2017-18 (1-0 with Levante); nor in 2016-17 (1-1 with Granada); nor in 2015-16 (1-1 with Betis) did Villarreal win in their league debut. He has not done it since August 24, 2014: 0-2 at Levante.
7 – A MATCH OF CONTRASTS FOR PABLO MAFFEO
Huesca was able to win at the La Cerámica stadium due to the goal scored by Pablo Maffeo, but finally tied for the penalty per hand committed by the same footballer; a match of contrasts for the player on loan from Stuttgart until the end of the season, with a purchase option for the Huesca team at the end of it.
8 – THE ATHLETIC, 5 DEFEATS IN THEIR LAST 6 LEAGUE DUELS