Numancia got a surprising win over Barcelona (1-0) tonight at the Los Pajaritos stadium in the first game of the 2008/09 Spanish league season.

The local side scored an early goal through Mario and subsequently relied on their good defensive work, aided by the small dimensions of their home pitch. Barça had the possession and always tried to attack; it has to be said that they were unlucky, with shots from Eto’o and Messi hitting the posts of Numancia’s goal, but for the most part the men coached by Pep Guardiola did not manage to pose enough offensive threat to neutralize the local side’s advantage.

Real Madrid also lost in their debut (2-1 at Deportivo), while Atlético Madrid are the first team to sit at the top of the league after beating Málaga 4-0.