Manchester United’s reported target Alvaro Morata scored twice as Atletico Madrid kicked off their La Liga season with a straight win at Getafe.
The former Chelsea striker has been linked with a move to Old Trafford and showed his skills with a brace in the 3-0 win.
Morata broke the deadlock 15 minutes after being sorted out by Joao Felix. The same two combined to double the lead after the hour, capitalizing on a defensive error.
Antoine Griezmann closed the points with a good third place, taking Diego Simeone’s men to second in the embryonic table.
Real Betis also got off to a winning start as they clinched a 3-0 win over 10-man Elche at the Benito Villamarin Stadium.
The visitors resisted when John was sent off after just 18 minutes after tripping Aitor Ruibal on the edge of the box.
Betis took advantage and Borja Iglesias struck from close range to give the home side the lead before the half-hour.
Juanmi, Real’s top scorer last season, then took center stage as he headed the second home before half-time and sealed the points by lunging for a loose ball to convert a third.
Elsewhere, Athletic Bilbao and Real Mallorca played a goalless draw in LaLiga’s other Monday night clash.
Angel Di Maria scored on his Juventus debut as they opened their Serie A season with a 3-0 home win over Sassuolo.
The former Paris St Germain striker volleyed in the 26th minute to open the scoring, Dusan Vlahovic then struck a brace, the first from the penalty spot and the second with a long finish at the back post.
Napoli stormed to the top of the table with a 5-2 comeback win over Verona at the end of the first round.
Kevin Lasagna put Verona ahead before Khvicha Kvaratskhelia and Victor Osimhen turned the tables before half-time.
The hosts equalized through Thomas Henry, but Napoli then showed their superiority as goals from Piotr Zielinski, Stanislav Lobotka and Matteo Politano secured victory.
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/atletico-madrid-alvaro-morata-joao-felix-getafe-juventus-b2145710.html Alvaro Morata scores in Atletico Madrid’s season opener with a Getafe win