The Primera Iberdrola has always been a battle between FC Barcelona Femení and Atlético Madrid Femenino, and when all was said and done after the first round of matches in the Spanish league, that may prove to be the case once again.
Barcelona show Tacón just how far they still have to go
It was one of the most anticipated matches of this weekend as Barcelona welcomed CD Tacón, who once fully integrated into Real Madrid C.F., will be the Cules’ fiercest rivals. Barcelona proceeded to blow away CD Tacón and show the newly promoted side just how far they have to go before they can challenge not only in Spain, but in Europe as well. Sofia Jakobsson, Kosovare Asllani and Chimoa Ubogagu were no match for the free-flowing style Barcelona displayed which was spear-headed by Alexia Putellas, Caroline Graham Hansen and Jenifer Hermoso.
It’s only been one match into the season but with the form that Barcelona, and in particular Graham Hansen, have shown over the summer, they will be the team to beat this season. Their closest challengers will have had a long look at this weekend’s result and realise that Barcelona fully intend to dominate the league this season.
Atlético struggle against Sporting Huelva
The current champions, Atlético Madrid, had to wait until the 78th minute to find a way past a resolute Sporting de Huelva side. A 78th minute goal by Aïssatou Tounkara was what helped the league champions pick up their first win of the season but they should have not had to work that hard to win against their opponents. The quality they have within their ranks should have made this a straight forward win by Atlético but their overall performance left much to be desired.
With how easily goals came by for Barcelona, Atlético need to be much better in the coming weeks or their usual title challengers will pull away quickly from them and leave the Madrid playing catch up far too early in the season.
Sociedad held by Valencia
Real Sociedad Femenino came into this season with a renewed sense of self belief after edging out Atlético Madrid in last season’s Copa de La Reina final. That self belief was short-lived however as they collapsed in the second half against Valencia CF Femenino and could only get an opening day draw this past weekend.
Real Sociedad will want to resolve the issues that allowed Valencia to come back into that game if they want to build on last season’s exploits and although they are not one of Spain’s top teams, better things are expected from Sociedad this year. Results like this one will not help their cause though.
Sevilla FC Feminino 4 - 0 UDG Tenerife
Sporting Huelva 0 - 1 Atlético Madrid
Barcelona 9 - 1 Tacón
EdF Logroño 4 - 1 Rayo Vallecano Femenino
Levante UD Femenino 2 - 0 Athletic Club Femenino
Deportivo de La Coruña Femenino 3 - 1 RCD Espanyol Femenino
Madrid CFF 1 - 0 Real Betis Féminas
Valencia 2 - 2 Real Sociedad