Primera Liga: Little Leganes win on top-flight debut

Leganes topped Celta Vigo 1-0 in their first ever Primera Liga match on Monday, while Las Palmas shocked Valencia 4-2 as Kevin-Prince Boateng scored on debut.

Leganes' Victor Diaz celebrates after scoring against Celta Vigo on Monday night. Salvador Sas / EPA / August 22, 2016
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Victor Diaz scored the only goal as Leganes defeated Celta Vigo 1-0 on Monday in the club’s first ever game in the Spanish top flight.

Diaz steered in from a corner on 75 minutes to hand Leganes victory on their Primera Liga debut, having won promotion to the top tier by finishing runners-up in Spain's second division last season.

Leganes, who were founded in 1928, will host Atletico Madrid at their modest 8,000-seater stadium on the outskirts of the Spanish capital in their first home game next weekend before champions Barcelona visit next month.

Meanwhile, Las Palmas stunned Valencia 4-2 at the Mestalla with Croatian striker Marko Livaja netting a double in the final game of the opening round of matches in Spain.

Santi Mina headed Valencia into a sixth-minute lead, but Livaja equalised before Jonathan Viera converted a penalty and Kevin-Prince Boateng stretched the visitors’ advantage on his Las Palmas debut.

Mina struck again to make it 3-2 after just 34 minutes but Livaja rounded out a famous victory late on.

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