Barca rout Sociedad, Real held

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Updated: August 20, 2012

David Villa scored in his first competitive appearance since 2011 and Lionel Messi netted a brace as Barcelona claimed a convincing 5-1 victory over Real Sociedad in new coach Tito Vilanova’s Primera Division debut in the Nou Camp hotseat.

Earlier on Sunday, Real Madrid made a luckless start, being held 1-1 at home by dogged Valencia.

Sunday’s other early game was a heart-stopping affair, with Betis winning 5-3 at troubled Athletic Bilbao.

Jorge Molina scored twice for Betis. Ruben Castro, Benat and Alejandro Pozuelo were their other scorers. In an astonishing second half, Bilbao came back from 3-0 down to make it 3-3 – only to concede two more goals at the end.

Sunday’s late game was a 1-1 draw between Europa League sides Levante and Atletico Madrid.