David Zurutuza lasted only five minutes, but it was long enough to score a double in Real Sociedad's 5-1 rout of visiting Sporting Gijon in the Spanish league on Sunday.
The 25-year-old midfielder volleyed Antoine Griezmann's cross into the left corner for Sociedad's second-minute opener, and a minute later he scored with another shot from the right side of the area after Carlos Vela had played him clear.
But Zurutuza's dream start took an ugly turn in the fifth minute when he and Sporting defender Gregory Arnolin collided face-to-face while disputing a loose ball.
Zurutuza was taken off on a stretcher, and the Basque club said he will undergo tests and has a possible broken nose. Gregory tried to continue after cleaning the blood from his face but was substituted soon after.
Miguel de las Cuevas grabbed one back for Sporting two minutes after halftime, only to see Sociedad's Gorka Elustondo tap in a poorly defended corner kick in the 75th.
Mikel Aranburu and Griezmann scored in stoppage time at Anoeta stadium to seal a win that lifted Sociedad four points clear of the drop.
Earlier, Granada coach Abel Resino got off to a winning start as his team moved out of the relegation zone with a 2-1 win at Real Betis, while Getafe dealt Levante its second home loss of the season with a 2-1 win.
Striker Odion Ighalo put Granada ahead in the 13th minute with a low shot from the edge of the area, and Carlos Martins finished off a counterattack for the visitors' second five minutes before halftime.
The home side improved after the interval and substitute Jonathan Pereira made it 2-1 in the 81st but that was as close as it came.
Resino, a former Atletico Madrid coach, took over promoted Granada earlier this week after Fabricio Gonzalez was fired following a three-game losing streak.
"The feelings are good, but we saw a little of everything today," said Resino. "We've been working together for just a week so we can't ask for big things."
Before this game, Granada's struggling attack had only scored four away goals this season.
Later, Racing Santander hosts third-place Valencia while Sevilla is at Malaga. Atletico Madrid visits Osasuna on Monday.
On Saturday, Real Madrid moved seven points clear at the top of table with a 3-1 win over last-place Zaragoza and Barcelona's 0-0 draw at Villarreal.
Also, Fernando Llorente scored a hat trick to give Athletic Bilbao a 3-0 win at Rayo Vallecano, and Espanyol edged 10-man Mallorca 1-0.
Bilbao visits third-tier Mirandes in the first leg of their Copa del Rey semifinal, while Valencia hosts Barcelona in the other series' opening game on Wednesday.