La Liga is back: The best images from the first weekend of Spanish football in three months

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  1. Arturo Vidal and Barcelona in a hurry to impress
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    Arturo Vidal and Barcelona in a hurry to impress

    League leaders Barcelona wasted no time in making a statement following the enforced break and took the lead after just 65 seconds against Mallorca this weekend. Arturo Vidal’s strike was his fourth of the season and Quique Setien’s men maintained their two-point lead over Real Madrid atop La Liga Santander.

  2. Marcelo kneel Real Madrid 2020
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    Marcelo takes a knee

    Like many activists around the world this week, Real Madrid star Marcelo took a knee after scoring against Eibar on Sunday in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. Many clubs across La Liga have reiterated their support for anti-racism campaigns this week

  3. Real Madrid settle in at the Alfredo Di Stefano
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    Real Madrid settle in at the Alfredo Di Stefano

    The Alfredo Di Stefano stadium became the 100th ground to host a LaLiga match this weekend. Real Madrid are set to play at the 6,000-capacity stadium within their Valdebebas training centre at least until the end of the season, with constructions work ongoing at the Santiago Bernabeu.

  4. Deportivo Alaves goalkeeper Fernando Pacheco is shown a second yellow card and subsequent red card in a LaLiga match against Espanyol on 13 June 2020
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    Pacheco’s early red

    Alaves travelled east to Barcelona this weekend hoping to pick up three points against La Liga Santander’s bottom side after a three-month break but made the worst possible start when they were reduced to 10 men after just 19 minutes. Goalkeeper Fernando Pacheco was sent off for handling outside the area, leaving his team facing an uphill battle which they eventually lost 2-0.

  5. Diego Costa Atletico Madrid 2019-20
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    Diego Costa pays tribute to fellow Atleti star

    Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa celebrated his equaliser away at Athletic Club this weekend by holding up a shirt in dedication to Virginia Torrecilla, a midfielder with Atleti’s women’s team who recently underwent surgery for a brain tumour.

  6. Vicente Navarro Aparicio statue in Valencia
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    The only fan in the stands

    Vicente Navarro Aparicio followed his beloved Valencia until his death in 2017, years after going blind. A statue was last year erected in his honour in the seat he occupied for decades, making him the only fan to be in the stands watching La Liga football this weekend.

  7. Manu Trigueros Villarreal
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    Drama in Vigo

    There was high drama at the Abanca Balaidos Stadium this weekend as Manu Trigueros’ 90th minute strike earned Villarreal all three points away at RC Celta. The Galicians are struggling at the wrong end of the table this season, and following the painful loss sit just one point off the drop zone.

  8. Football in a time of coronavirus
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    Football in a time of coronavirus

    La Liga may be back, but we must not forget the long road we have all been down to get to this point. All La Liga players and technical staff must follow a strict, precisely defined health protocol, showing how football may look the same on the pitch but it is anything but off it.