Villa caps deal with opening strike

David Villa celebrated his new contract with a goal in Valencia's 3-0 win over Real Mallorca as the Primera Liga season got underway.

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David Villa celebrated his new contract with a goal in Valencia's 3-0 win over Real Mallorca as the Primera Liga season got underway. The Spain striker. who penned a six-year deal at the Mestalla in midweek, put the hosts on the way to victory in the 35th minute. Juan Manuel Mata and substitute Vicente Rodriguez added further goals either side of half-time as Unai Emery's side got their campaign off to the perfect start.

Espanyol recorded an opening-day victory for the first time in seven seasons as they won 1-0 at home to Valladolid. Luis Garcia's second-half strike proved decisive as the the hosts managed to hold on to their slender lead. It was revenge for the Barcelona-based side, who had lost to Valladolid on the opening day of last season. * PA Sport