Xavi and Raphinha sent off on frustrating night for Barcelona

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Barcelona began their LaLiga title defense with a contentious goalless draw against Getafe, with both teams ending the match with 10 players. Raphinha came close to scoring when his shot was saved but deflected off Stefan Mitrovic and hit the post. However, the Brazilian winger was shown a straight red card for an off-the-ball incident with Gaston Alvarez, leaving Barcelona a man down. Jaime Mata of Getafe also received a second yellow card, evening up the numbers on the field. Barcelona dominated possession and had more shots than their opponents but failed to find the back of the net. The match produced a total of eight yellow cards and three red cards. Barcelona believed they should have been awarded a penalty in added time but the referee saw no fouls by the Getafe defense.

In other football news, Real Betis secured a 2-1 victory against Villarreal, with goals from Ayoze Perez and Willian Jose. Jorge Cuenca equalized for Villarreal before Jose’s late winner. Osasuna won 2-0 against Celta Vigo, with goals from Ruben Garcia and Moi Gomez. In Ligue 1, Lens suffered a 3-2 defeat against Brest, squandering a two-goal lead. Florian Sotoca and Deiver Machado gave Lens an early advantage, but Brest came back with goals from Romain Del Castillo and Kenny Lala. Adrien Thomasson’s red card further complicated matters, and Del Castillo scored his second penalty to secure the win for Brest. Monaco defeated Clermont 4-2, with Wissam Ben Yedder scoring a brace. Rennes thrashed Metz 5-1, with Ibrahim Salah also scoring twice. Le Havre managed a 2-2 draw against Montpellier thanks to a late goal from Samuel Grandsir, while Toulouse came from behind to win 2-1 against Nantes and Strasbourg beat Lyon by the same scoreline. In Germany, RB Leipzig defeated Bayern Munich 3-0 in the DFL-Supercup, with Dani Olmo scoring a hat-trick to spoil Harry Kane’s debut for Bayern.

Overall, it was an eventful weekend of football with intense matches and surprising results across various leagues. The new season promises excitement and drama as teams strive to achieve their goals.

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