Debutant Luis Suarez wasted no time in making his mark at Atletico Madrid as Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich suffered a day to forget.
Suarez came off the bench with 20 minutes remaining, and Atletico leading 3-0, to announce himself in style three days after his arrival from Barcelona with two goals in a 6-1 rout of Granada.
Diego Costa scored the only goal of the first half after nine minutes, with Saul Niguez’s seeing his 16th-minute penalty saved by Rui Silva for the hosts.
Angel Correa and Joao Felix netted before Suarez’s introduction, and he made an immediate impact by laying on for Marcos Llorente to add a fourth.
Suarez scored a fine header to open his account in the 85th minute and, while Jorge Molina grabbed a late consolation for Granada, the Uruguay striker slid home his second in stoppage time.
Barcelona also enjoyed an impressive victory on Sunday with Lionel Messi scoring a penalty and Ansu Fati notching a quickfire brace as Ronald Koeman’s team opened their LaLiga campaign by thumping Villarreal 4-0 at the Nou Camp.
Messi — making his first competitive appearance since informing Barca in August that he wanted to leave, then subsequently deciding to remain for this season — converted a penalty in the 35th minute to put the hosts 3-0 up. The spot-kick was awarded following a Mario Gaspar foul on teenager Fati, whose superb start to the contest had already seen him score two goals in quick succession. The 17-year-old Spain international fired in the opener in the 15th minute having received the ball from Jordi Alba’s cut-back. Four minutes later Philippe Coutinho, back from his loan spell at Bayern Munich, drove forward from his own half and fed Fati, who slotted past Sergio Asenjo. After the subsequent penalty, things got better still for new Barca boss Koeman just before the interval as a Messi delivery was diverted by Villarreal’s Pau Torres into his own net