La Liga round-up
By Mark Kendall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Fernando Torres wasted no time in opening his account for the new season.Fernando Torres wasted no time in opening his account for the new season by notching in Atletico Madrid's 2-0 win over Malaga.
Atletico welcomed back Gregorio Manzano, who left the club in the summer before taking over at Malaga, but showed their former coach no mercy.
Los Rojiblancos, who started with five of their summer signings, were good value for their victory but had to wait until a minute before half time to take the lead.
The goal had more than a touch of fortune about it as midfielder Ariel Ibagaza saw his cracking long-range effort cannon off the bar and strike Malaga keeper Juan Catalayud on the head before crossing the line.
The hosts extended their lead three minutes after the interval when Torres demonstrated his predatory instincts by clinically finishing after a pass from Diego Simeone.
Deportivo La Coruna took a point from their trip to Espanyol, but were forced to come from behind in Catalunya.
The hosts went ahead on 21 minutes when Depor goalkeeper Jose Molina rushed from his goal to clear but only suceeded in dragging down Raul Tamudo to concede a penalty.
Spain international Tamudo picked himself up to convert the penalty into the bottom left-hand corner.
The hosts appeared in control but were rocked on 57 minutes when Ivan de la Pena was shown two yellow cards in the space of a few seconds for dissent - much to the player's astonishment.
Depor finally made their numerical advantage pay 12 minutes from time when Walter Pandiani met a Pedro Munitis cross to head home from ten yards.
Promoted Numancia made a solid start to the campaign with a 1-1 home draw with Real Betis.
The Primera new boys hit the front on 20 minutes when summer signing Juanlu finished some excellent individual play with a fine left-foot finish.
Betis salvaged a point on the stroke of half time when Fernando headed home a Joaquin free kick.