Real Madrid defeated Las Palmas 2-0 to return to winning ways, while Girona is now leading the Spanish league following its sixth consecutive victory.
After starting the season with five consecutive league wins, Madrid lost 3-1 against city rival Atletico Madrid. Brahim Daz and Joselu scored goals for Madrid.
Madrid moved up to second position after the victory at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, one point behind Girona, who overcame a deficit to defeat Villarreal 2-1.
With six victories and a tie in its first seven league games, Girona is off to its best-ever start. On Saturday, Madrid will visit Girona.
Six consecutive victories in the first division are difficult, according to Girona coach Michel. “We must savor this occasion. The matchup with Madrid, one of the top clubs in the world, will be crucial.
The reigning champion Barcelona, which is two points behind Girona after Mallorca’s 2-2 draw on Tuesday, has had its five-game winning run snapped.
At the Bernabeu, where Madrid was in complete control from the outset, they wasted opportunity after chance until Daz eventually scored with a powerful drive from just beyond the penalty area three minutes into first-half stoppage time.
Eight of the host nation’s 18 tries in the first half were on target. Las Palmas didn’t have any shots on goal until after the half.
After missing many excellent scoring chances, newly recruited striker Joselu became more upset until he eventually scored with a header in the 54th minute.
In lieu of recently signed Jude Bellingham, Daz took the field. After scoring six goals in his first seven games with Madrid in all competitions, the 20-year-old midfielder from England began the game on the bench for the first time this year.
Injured forward Vincius Jnior began the game on the bench as well. Early in the second half, he took Joselu’s spot.
The players understand the value of switching their positions, according to Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti. “I attempt to manage the team, and we have to do it in the next games as best we can. That will continue to be the case until the next international break because of how important weariness and the high number of injuries at this time are.
The first-half substitution of defender David Alaba due to what seemed to be a muscular issue caused Madrid to suffer yet another injury setback. Due to chronic knee ailments, the team has been playing without goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and defender Éder Milito.
For promoted Las Palmas, who defeated Granada in the previous round to earn its first victory of the season, it was their fourth defeat.
GIRONA CONTINUES TO WIN
Villarreal was defeated by Girona after a comeback, continuing the team’s remarkable season.
Dani Parejo scored from the spot to give the hosts the lead in the 49th minute, but goals from Artem Dovbyk and Eric Garca in the 56th and 61st minutes gave Girona the advantage.
The season began with a 1-1 tie for Girona, which is owned by Manchester City’s parent company, City Football Group, at Real Sociedad.
Villarreal has lost all three of its games across all competitions.
Athletic Bilbao, who ended in fourth place, and Getafe drew 2-2 at home; Cadiz and Rayo Vallecano were tied at 0-0. Valencia fell to host Real Sociedad 1-0.