Deportivo draw, Atletico and Espanyol win

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Deportivo La Coruna had a satisfactory start to their 2015/2016 La Liga campaign on Saturday as they played to a goalless draw at home to Real Sociedad.

The visitors, who finished 12th last season, went in to the match as favourites against a Deportivo side who narrowly avoided relegation in the previous campaign and finished 16th.

Depor managed to find the net in the 62nd minute, but Lucas Perez Martinez was declared off-side and the goal was dissallowed. The rest of the fixture was largely incident-free and the sides were forced to share the spoils.

Espanyol had no such problems in their opening fixture against Getafe at the Estadi Cornellà-El Prat; winning 1-0 after an early goal.

The hosts struck just three minutes into the game when Salva Sevilla fired a shot into the net from a free-kick on the edge of the box.

Getafe refused to accept the defeat and continued searching for an equaliser, but their chances of stealing a draw evaporated when centreback Santiago Vergini was sent off after receiving his second yellow card.

Meanwhile, Atletico Madrid struggled to narrow 1-0 victory over La Liga new boys Las Palmas in their game at the Vicente Calderón Stadium.

The hosts took the lead from a free-kick in the 16th minute, when Antoine Griezmann’s shot deflected into the net with Las Palmas goalkeeper Raul Cruz wrong-footed.

Atleti dominated territory and possession, and contained Las Palmas effectively to pick up all three points. However, their inability to find the net from open play against one of the league’s weaker sides may worry Diego Simeone.

In the night's late game, Rayo Vallecano held Valencia to a 0-0 draw, with Rayo goalkeeper Tono thwarting Valencia on numerous occasions.