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LA LIGA: El Hamdaoui nets three in rout

POLES APART:While Malaga thrashed Rayo Vallecano de Madrid 5-0, CA Osasuna remained rooted to the bottom of La Liga without a point after a 2-1 loss to Getafe

AP, BARCELONA, Spain

“It felt like an evenly matched game and that we had to stay alert to take our chances,” Espanyol coach Javier Aguirre said. “It looked like a sure 0-0 that could only be broken with a piece of individual brilliance and that’s where Manu Lanzarote was great.”

Miku’s goal-scoring performance for Getafe helped ruin the debut of Osasuna’s new manager Javi Gracia, who replaced the fired Jose Mendilibar two weeks ago.

Osasuna started brightly on the road in Madrid with Roberto Torres scoring in the 24th minute, but Miku headed in a corner-kick that had sailed over goalkeeper Andres Fernandez to level in the 35th.

After his acrobatic kick had sent the ball off the woodwork, Miku used a nifty touch to slip the ball under a defender, before placing his second goal just inside the post in the 52nd minute, sending Getafe on their way to a first win of the season.

Osasuna almost grabbed a draw when Oriol Riera hit the crossbar in the 85th minute, but they remained the only team yet to take a point in Spain’s top flight.

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