Madrid started well but the 41st-minute dismissal of midfielder Sami Khedira was a key incident and Levante took advantage to claim the points thanks to Arouna Kone’s second-half strike. The result leaves Madrid three points behind pacesetters Valencia and one behind Barcelona.
Barca thrashed Osasuna 8-0 and bounce back from a difficult week at home and abroad. Pep Guardiola’s side were eager to make a statement after allowing Real Sociedad and AC Milan to snatch draws in the last seven days.
Lionel Messi started and finished the scoring en route to an impressive hat-trick while David Villa scored two, Cesc Fabregas and Xavi one each and defender Roversio scored an o.g.
Valencia saw off Sporting Gijon courtesy of a Roberto Soldado goal. Fredi Kanoute’s strike was enough for Sevilla to see off Real Sociedad 1-0.
Ikechukwu Uche’s second-half header was enough to give Granada their first La Liga win in 35 years, 1-0 over an out of sorts Villarreal.
Martin Demichelis’ first-half header gave Malaga all three points with a 1-0 win away at Real Mallorca.
In Italy, Edinson Cavani grabbed a hat-trick in last night’s late game as Napoli beat AC Milan 3-1.
Inter and Roma both picked up their first point of the season in a combative 0-0 draw at the San Siro.
Juventus continued their perfect start with a 1-0 at Siena thanks to Alessandro Matri’s 54th-minute goal.
In Germany, Bayern Munich returned top of the Bundesliga after seeing off Schalke with goals from Nils Petersen and Thomas Muller.
Hannover stunned champions Borussia Dortmund. Dortmund led through Shinji Kagawa’s 63rd-minute strike, but Karim Haggui and Didier Konan snatched a win for Hannover.
Goals from Bafetimbi Gomis and Michel Bastos gave Lyon a 2-0 win over Marseille in last night’s big game in France’s Ligue 1. PSG came from two goals down to salvage a draw against promoted Evian at the Parc des Sports stadium yesterday.
Montpellier drew 2-2 on the road at Brest and Toulouse enjoyed a 3-2 win over Bordeaux. Champions Lille were held 2-2 at home to Sochaux.