Real Madrid back to winning ways in Spanish league. Girona is top after its 6th straight victory

Brahim Díaz and Joselu scored for Madrid, which was coming off a 3-1 loss at city rival Atletico Madrid after opening the season with five straight league victories

Brahim Díaz festeja su anotación junto a Nacho Fernández
Brahim Díaz of Real Madrid CF celebrates after he scored a goal with Nacho Fernandez of Real Madrid CF during the LaLiga EA Sports match between Real Madrid CF and UD Las Palmas at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on September 27, 2023 in Madrid, Spain.Florencia Tan Jun (Getty Images)

Real Madrid got back to winning ways by beating Las Palmas 2-0 on Wednesday while Girona moved to the top of the Spanish league with its sixth straight victory.

Brahim Díaz and Joselu scored for Madrid, which was coming off a 3-1 loss at city rival Atletico Madrid after opening the season with five straight league victories.

The win at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium moved Madrid to second place, one point behind Girona which came from behind to win 2-1 at Villarreal.

Girona hosts Real Madrid in the league on Saturday.

Girona is two points ahead of fellow Catalan club Barcelona, the defending champion that had its five-game winning streak halted by a 2-2 draw at Mallorca on Tuesday.

Madrid was in control from the start at the Bernabeu and missed chance after chance until Díaz finally opened the scoring with a high shot from near the penalty spot three minutes into first-half stoppage time.

The hosts had 18 attempts in the first half alone, with eight of them on target. Las Palmas had no shots on target until after halftime.

Newly arrived striker Joselu grew increasingly frustrated after failing to capitalize on several good scoring opportunities until finally finding the net with a header in the 54th.

Díaz started in place of new signing Jude Bellingham. The 20-year-old England midfielder started on the bench for the first time this season after scoring six goals in his first seven matches with Madrid in all competitions.

Forward Vinícius Júnior, returning from injury, also started on the bench. He replaced Joselu early in the second half.

Madrid endured yet another injury setback when defender David Alaba was substituted in the first half because of an apparent muscle problem. The club has been playing without goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and defender Éder Militão because of long-term knee injuries.

It was the fourth loss for promoted Las Palmas, which beat Granada in the previous round for its first win of the season.

Girona keeps winning

Girona rallied to beat Villarreal and extend its stunning start to the season.

Dani Parejo put the hosts ahead by converting a 49th-minute penalty kick, but Artem Dovbyk and Eric García gave Girona the lead with goals in the 56th and 61st minutes.

Girona, controlled by City Football Group, the parent company of Manchester City, opened the season with a 1-1 draw at Real Sociedad.

Villarreal is winless in three matches in all competitions.

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