Former Real Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui maintains 100-per-cent start at Sevilla

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Julen Lopetegui.

Sevilla moved top of La Liga after beating Granada 1-0 to record a second-successive win under new manager Julen Lopetegui.

Former Spain and Real Madrid coach Lopetegui, who began his tenure with last weekend’s 2-0 success at Espanyol, maintained his 100-per-cent start thanks to Joan Jordan’s first goal for the Andalusian club.

Midfielder Jordan, a £12.6 million summer signing from Eibar, fired home from close range in the 52nd minute after seizing on a loose ball when Sevilla striker Luuk De Jong was blocked by a combination of Domingos Duarte and German.

In Friday’s second match, Roger converted two second-half penalties as Levante came from behind to beat Villarreal 2-1 and earn their first points of the season.

Gerard Moreno slid home Karl Toko Ekambi’s centre to give the visitors a third-minute lead, before Roger levelled from a retaken spot-kick in the 68th minute after Levante captain Jose Morales saw his effort saved by Villarreal goalkeeper Andres Fernandez.

Forward Roger once again dispatched the ball into the bottom right corner from 12 yards 17 minutes from time to claim the winner after he was fouled by Fernandez.

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Real Madrid wonderkid Takefusa Kubo completes loan move to Real Mallorca

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Real Madrid wonderkid Takefusa Kubo will be plying his trades for Real Mallorca this season after the newly-promoted La Liga side beat Real Valladolid in the two-team tussle.

The Japanese youngster had a great pre-season in which he displayed glimpses of what he can do in the centre of the pitch. His dribbling and creativity in attacking midfield have raised several eyebrows, most notably that of Madrid president Florentino Perez.

Perez was convinced that a player of his quality needs to experience first division football and he must hence be loaned out, according to Marca.

On the other hand, manager Zinedine Zidane preferred that Kubo grew under Raul Gonzalez at Real Madrid Castilla and joined the first team when needed.

The president was not an advocate of the idea since the Copa del Rey games will not arrive until January and he believed that Kubo will have his talents wasted in the third division.

Perez eventually had his way, with Mallorca signing the player on a one-year loan.

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Barcelona's Ousmane Dembele sidelined for five weeks with hamstring injury

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Ousmane Dembele

Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele will miss five weeks after suffering a hamstring injury in training on Monday.

It’s the latest setback for the 22-year-old who was coming off a season plagued by injuries.

The injury for the Frenchman comes at an unfortunate time for Barcelona, who are already without Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.

Messi missed the La Liga opener against Athletic Bilbao on Friday with a calf problem, while Suarez limped off in the first half against Bilbao, also with a calf problem, and is expected to be out of action for one month.

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