Cristiano Ronaldo was forced off with a slight thigh strain having opened the scoring and Gareth Bale was also on target as Real Madrid won 5-0 at Almeria, while a depleted Barcelona beat Granada 4-0 at the Camp Nou.
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Celtic produced a dramatic last-minute winner to beat Shakhter Karagandy at Parkhead while AC Milan, Real Sociedad, Zenit and Viktoria Plzen all secured spots in the UEFA Champions League group stage.
Espanyol climbed back against Valencia to win 3-1 and claim their first points of the 2013/14 La Liga season while Carlos Vela scored a late goal to help Real Sociedad draw at Elche.
Basque rivals Real Sociedad and Athletic Bilbao both started their campaigns with victories while Valencia narrowly defeated Malaga at home in the opening matches of the 2013/14 La Liga season.