Real Madrid beat Getafe 4-2 to take an early two point advantage over Barcelona at the top of La Liga, after the Catalan side dropped points earlier in a 2-2 draw at Real Sociedad.
Two goals from Karim Benzema, a Cristiano Ronaldo penalty and a late strike by substitute Gonzalo Higuain edged out a battling Getafe for whom Miku scored twice. Real were fortunate when Ronaldo put Madrid 2-1 ahead with a penalty on 60 minutes after he was adjudged to be tripped by Cata Diaz in the area.
However, the performance of a rejuvenated Benzema will be what Madrid fans will take from this derby match. It was the French international who put Madrid ahead on 13 minutes and converted a superb cross field pass from Ronaldo on 69 minutes to put Getafe out of sight.
Miku had levelled at 1-1 for Getafe before half time and pulled a goal back for the team from the south of Madrid on 73 minutes before Higuain wrapped things up with three minutes remaining.
Real Sociedad earn draw
Earlier, a promising Real Sociedad side matched Barcelona in San Sebastian to earn a 2-2 draw in an exciting game. The home team came back from a two-goal first-half deficit to share the points and provide the first challenge of the season to Barcelona's domination of La Liga.
Barça seemed to have the game wrapped up with two early goals within a minute from Xavi Hernandez and Cesc Fabregas. However, a sterling second half performance from Sociedad saw them level with headers on 57 and 59 minutes from Imanol Agirretxe and Antoine Griezmann.
Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola was candid afterwards about his team's performance. "For us it's a good lesson for the future. Real's goals came when we were on top, but it proves that in football you always have to be on your game.
"People who talk about a league of two teams do a disservice to other clubs who show a great determination to beat us. What we did last season is no good to us now, but I still have great confidence in my team", he said.
Sevilla snatch a point
In the other early kick-off on Saturday, Villarreal put up a brave performance after losing goalkeeper Diego Lopez to a red card in the first half, to draw 2-2 with Sevilla.
After first-half penalties for both sides were converted by Giuseppi Rossi and Alvaro Negredo, Villarreal substitute Marco Ruben seemed to have won the game for the home team on 72 minutes.
It was left only for Sevilla centre half Alexis Ruano to head home a brave header and earn a point for Sevilla with five minutes remaining.
Finally, Roberto Soldado scored the only goal as Valencia made it two wins from two at the expense of Atletico Madrid. Soldado struck in the second half to settle a contest they had dominated, leaving the visitors still hunting for the their first victory of the new season.