Give it up for the giant slayers.

Victory tastes so much better when you are the underdog; just ask Barca beater Roberto Torres, Madrid mauler Gerard Moreno, and Espanyol executioner Darwin Machis. The best stories, comments, and highlights from 2019/2020 La Liga Matchday 3 team of the week. 

4-4-2 | Joel Robles (7.96, Real Betis vs Leganes); Ander Capa (7.52, Athletic Bilbao vs Real Sociedad), Ruben Vezo (7.46, Levante vs Real Valladolid), German Sanchez (7.77, Espanyol vs Granada), Renan Lodi (7.92, Atletico Madrid vs Eibar); Roberto Torres (8.11, Osasuna vs Barcelona), Mikel Merino (7.81, Athletic Bilbao vs Real Sociedad), Daniel Parejo (8.59, Valencia vs RCD Mallorca), Darwin Machis (9.06, Espanyol vs Granada); Gerard Moreno (8.35, Villarreal vs Real Madrid), Nabil Fekir (8.04, Real Betis vs Leganes)

JOEL ROBLES

@joelrb1

Player rating: 7.96
Team score: Betis 2–1 Leganes
Individual highlights: 7 total saves

ANDER CAPA

@andercapa

Player rating: 7.52
Team score: Bilbao 2–0 Sociedad
Individual highlights: 1 assist, 3 clearances

RUBEN VEZO

@levanteud

Player rating: 7.46
Team score: Levante 2–0 Valladolid
Individual highlights: 2 interceptions, 4 aerials won

GERMAN SANCHEZ

@granadacf

Player rating: 7.77
Team score: Espanyol 0–3 Granada
Individual highlights: 10 clearances, 4 aerials won

RENAN LODI

@renan_lodi

Player rating: 7.92
Team score: Atletico 3–2 Eibar
Individual highlights: 1 assist, 3 key passes

Renan Lodi assist Vitolo Machin goal, Atletico Madrid vs Eibar, La Liga 2019/2020
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ROBERTO TORRES

@caosasuna

Player rating: 8.11
Team score: Osasuna 2–2 Barcelona
Individual highlights: 2 goals, 8 shots

"

Beyond not losing to Barcelona, we competed well.

They tried to put us ‘in our place’ but we’re able to respond to the best team in the world today, which is always great.”

– Roberto Torres on forcing a draw against Barcelona

Brandon Llamas assist Roberto Torres goal, Osasuna vs Barcelona, La Liga 2019/2020
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Roberto Torres penalty goal, Osasuna vs Barcelona, La Liga 2019/2020
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MIKEL MERINO

@realsociedad

Player rating: 7.81
Team score: Bilbao 2–0 Sociedad
Individual highlights: 12 aerials won, 5 clearances

DANIEL PAREJO

@valenciacf

Player rating: 8.59
Team score: Valencia 2–0 Mallorca
Individual highlights: 2 goals, 103 touches

DARWIN MACHIS

@granadacf

Player rating: 9.06
Team score: Espanyol 0–3 Granada
Individual highlights: 1 assist, 4 shots

"

When I first arrived at Granada I was very young. Now I return for the third time optimistic of a good season and repaying the club's persistent faith.

I'm confident in my abilities as an attacker."

– Darwin Machis on joining Granada for the third time

Darwin Machis shot on target Antonio Puertas goal, Espanyol vs Granada, La Liga 2019/2020
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Darwin Machis shot on target Carlos Fernandez goal, Espanyol vs Granada, La Liga 2019/2020
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Darwin Machis assist Ramon Azeez goal, Espanyol vs Granada, La Liga 2019/2020
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GERARD MORENO

@gerard_moreno

Player rating: 8.35
Team score: Villarreal 2–2 Real Madrid
Individual highlights: 1 goal, 5 shots

"

Real Madrid has incredible players and it's hard to close the game against them—every minute they can hurt us.

It's a shame we let our lead slip but at the end of the day we came away with a point against a quality side and we're happy."

– Gerard Moreno on gaining a point off Real Madrid

Gerard Moreno goal, Villarreal vs Real Madrid, La Liga 2019/2020
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NABIL FEKIR

@nabilfekir

Player rating: 8.04
Team score: Betis 2–1 Leganes
Individual highlights: 1 goal, 4 dribbles

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