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© AP, Aug 19, 2013

Rayo wins 3-0 over promoted Elche in Spain


BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Alberto Bueno scored two goals as Rayo Vallecano spoiled Elche's first game in Spain's topflight in 24 years Monday with a 3-0 win in the opening round of the Spanish league.

Rayo acquired Bueno from Valladolid earlier this month, and the attacking midfielder did his best to help the Madrid-based team forget the several first-choice players it sold this offseason to reduce debt.

Bueno shone early with his passing at Vallecas Stadium and scored when Saul Niguez found him running clear down the center of the area to fire the ball into the net in the 40th minute.

Alberto Perea went on for the injured Jose Carlos Fernandez and doubled the lead with a long-range strike in the 36th, before Bueno also struck from outside the area in the 74th.

Later, Celta Vigo hosts Espanyol while Villarreal visits Almeria in a meeting of the other two promoted teams.

On Sunday, Barcelona thrashed Levante 7-0 with Lionel Messi scoring twice in the debut of Brazil striker Neymar. Real Madrid edged out Real Betis 2-1, Atletico Madrid beat Sevilla 3-1, and Granada won 2-1 at Osasuna.

On Saturday, Real Sociedad beat Getafe 2-0, Athletic Bilbao downed Valladolid 2-1, and Valencia won 1-0 over Malaga.


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