Promoted Deportivo La Coruna started the new season impressively with a 2-0 home win over Osasuna in La Liga on Monday.
Striker Riki opened the scoring in the 53rd minute with the player who replaced him 11 minutes later, Nelson Oliveira, clinching the points two minutes into stoppage time.
Riki cut in off the right flank and beat Osasuna keeper Andres Fernandez at his near post, making up for a penalty miss just before the break.
Jose Luis Oltra’s side, who had made most of the running at Estadio Riazor, were pegged back in their area in additional time, when Portugal forward Oliveira broke away to lob the ball over Fernandez for their second.
Along with Valencia, Depor are one of only two teams to have denied Real Madrid and Barcelona the Spanish league title in the past 16 years, and were regulars in European competition before sliding to relegation in 2011.
The win puts them third in the standings, behind leaders Barca, who thrashed Real Sociedad 5-1 at home on Sunday, and Real Betis, who survived an eight-goal thriller to overcome Athletic Bilbao 5-3 at San Mames.
A goal by midfielder Roberto Trashorras five minutes into second-half stoppage time earned Rayo Vallecano the three points against Granada.
In the late match, a goal on the stroke of half-time from midfielder Oscar Gonzalez, set up by Omar Ramos, proved decisive as Real Valladolid won 1-0 at Real Zaragoza.