Pedri and Ferran Torres scored late in the second half to earn Barcelona their first La Liga win of the season with a 2-0 victory over Cadiz, whose inspired goalkeeper Conan Ledesma had made a string of superb saves on Sunday.
Ledesma showed great reflexes to stop two early strikes from 16-year-old forward Lamine Yamal, who was making his first start for Barcelona in place of suspended Raphinha.
The teenager became the youngest player to make a La Liga start in the 21st century, beating the previous record set by Fabrice Olinga in September 2012 with Malaga.
Cadiz’s goalkeeper later made an incredible one-handed save from a point-blank strike from Jules Kounde and blocked a Robert Lewandowski header right before the break.
The visitors were dangerous on the counter-attack and wasted two good chances with Roger Marti, but Barca came back on top of the second-half.
Barca finally managed to break the deadlock in the 83rd minute, Ilkay Gundogan found Pedri ghosting through off the defensive line with a perfect pass through and the midfielder steered past the onrushing Ledesma with a gentle touch.
Substitute Torres took advantage of a counter-attack to secure Barca the points as he raced onto a Robert Lewandowski header and scored with a tidy finish.
Barcelona had been held to a goalless draw by Getafe in their opening match of the season last weekend.
“It looked like the ball was not going to go in today (Sunday) and it did,” manager Xavi Hernandez told Movistar Plus.
Goalless in Seville
Atletico Madrid had to settle for a disappointing goalless draw at Real Betis in their second game of the league.
It was a match that will not live long in the memory, as both teams created few dangerous chances in Seville’s scorching heat and the game ended with only one shot on target.
The hosts dominated the first half before Atletico piled on the pressure after the break but were frustrated by Betis’s disciplined defence.
“We didn’t have a good first half. Betis had much more control of the ball, we were unable to generate danger,” Atletico manager Diego Simeone told DAZN.
Takumi Minamino provided two goals and an assist as Monaco beat Strasbourg 3-0 in the French league to extend their perfect start to the season with a second win in as many games.
Minamino put Monaco ahead in the 20th minute with a low drive from 25 meters. The Japan winger doubled the lead in the 36th by nodding home a cross from Caio Henrique. Minamino then led a counterattack in the 58th to set up Wissam Ben Yedder for the third goal.
Juventus secured a comfortable 3-0 win at Udinese on Sunday, while late goals from Pontus Almqvist and Federico Di Francesco gave Lecce a 2-1 comeback victory over last season’s runners-up Lazio.
Massimiliano Allegri’s side put down a marker at the start of the campaign as they began their bid for a 37th league crown with an impressive win, scoring through Federico Chiesa, Dusan Vlahovic and Adrien Rabiot in the first half.
Juventus made a blistering start at Stadio Friuli, racing into the lead in the second minute after Vlahovic intercepted a stray pass and set up Chiesa, who drilled home a low shot from the edge of the penalty area.
Vlahovic made it 2-0 with an ice-cool penalty and Rabiot added the third with a bullet header before the break.
“We played a great game. In the first half, we were very intense, and we have to play like that, picking the opponents up high,” Chiesa told DAZN.
“I feel good (about playing as a second striker with Vlahovic). We are not standing still, that’s what the coach is asking of us.”
Debutant Timothy Weah, who was signed from Ligue 1 side Lille last month, failed to make much of an impact for Juventus and was taken off at halftime after suffering a knock to his ankle.
Juventus controlled the second half without creating many more chances.