European Football Round-Up

Fiasco Sports rounds up all the action from the five major European football leagues.

 

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Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images Europe

Martial makes dream debut against Liverpool

 

Football’s most expensive teenager Anthony Martial came off the bench to seal a 3-1 victory for Manchester United against fierce rivals Liverpool.

 

Daley Blind broke the deadlock early in the second half, before Ander Herrera doubled the lead for Louis Van Gaal‘s side, only for Christian Benteke to drag the visitors back into the game with an incredible bicycle kick.

 

However, Martial wrapped up the three points for Manchester United with four minutes remaining, curling past Simon Mignolet to finish off a superb solo run.

 

United’s crosstown rivals, Manchester City made it five wins from five games in the Barclays Premier League with a 1-0 away triumph over Crystal Palace, thanks to 18-year-old substitute Kelechi Iheanacho‘s 90th minute winner.

 

Reigning champions Chelsea’s dismal start to the season continued, following a shock 3-1 loss against Everton, while Arsenal scored a comfortable 2-0 win over Stoke City.

 

The biggest surprise of the season so far has been Leicester City, who came from two goals down to defeat Aston Villa 3-2, maintaining their undefeated start and second place in the standings.

 

 

Five-star Ronaldo becomes Real Madrid’s all-time leading goalscorer

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Alex Caparros/Getty Images Europe

Cristiano Ronaldo scored five in Real Madrid’s 6-0 drubbing of Espanyol, surpassing Raúl to become Real Madrid’s all-time leading scorer in La Liga.

 

Ronaldo was yet to open his goalscoring account this season going into the tie, but the superstar was in inspiring form, taking his La Liga tally to 230 goals in just 204 games.

 

Real Madrid remain two points behind Barcelona on the ladder, who came from behind to beat Atletico Madrid 2-1.

 

Lionel Messi started the match on the bench following the birth of his second son, Mateo, but he came on to score the winner for the visitors.

 

Fernando Torres gave the hosts the lead early in the second half, only for Neymar to equalize four minutes later, before Messi scored his first goal of the season with 13 minutes remaining.

 

Celta Vigo, Villarreal and Eibar also maintained their unbeaten starts to the season to stay two points behind Barcelona.

 

 

Guarín wins Milan Derby for Inter

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Marco Luzzani/Getty Images Europe

Fredy Guarín‘s goal in the 58th minute was enough for Inter Milan to claim all three points against crosstown rivals A.C. Milan, keeping Roberto Mancini‘s side on top of the Serie A table.

 

Milan had their chances to snatch a point late on, most notably through ex-Inter striker Mario Balotelli, who struck the post from 25 yards out.

 

Paulo Dybala scored from the penalty spot with seven minutes remaining to save reigning champions Juventus from a third consecutive loss, drawing 1-1 at home with undefeated Chievo Verona.

 

Title contenders Roma maintained their unbeaten start to the 2015-16 season, clinching a 2-0 away win over newly promoted Frosinone, thanks to goals from Iago Falque and Juan Iturbe.

 

Napoli had to come from behind twice to steal a point from Empoli in one of four 2-2 draws this round, while Lazio and Fiorentina both scored solid wins against Udinese and Genoa respectively.

 

 

Borussia Dortmund continue impressive start to Bundesliga

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Martin Meissner/Associated Press

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice from the penalty spot in Dortmund’s 4-2 away win over Hannover to keep Thomas Tuchel‘s side on top of the Bundesliga.

 

The visitors had to come from behind on two occasions before snatching all three points against Hannover, winning for the fourth time in as many matches.

 

Bayern Munich also came from behind to preserve their perfect start to the season, defeating Augsburg 2-1 at home, with Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Müller getting on the scoresheet.

 

Meanwhile, Wolfsburg had to settle for a point in a goalless draw with Bundesliga new boys Ingolstadt.

 

 

Bordeaux end PSG’s 100 per cent record

Christophe Ena/Associated Press

Christophe Ena/Associated Press

Paris Saint-Germain twice surrendered the lead in a heated affair against Bordeaux, ultimately settling for a 2-2 draw to drop points for the first time this season.

 

Edinson Cavani scored a brace for the hosts, but an own goal from PSG goalkeeper Kevin Trapp and a late equalizer from Wahbi Khazri allowed Bordeaux to leave Paris with a point.

 

Rennes scored a 2-0 win away against Nantes to move within one point of PSG, while Reims maintained third position after coming from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Toulouse.

 

Marseille and Monaco both got back to winning ways with victories over Bastia and Ajaccio respectively.

 

 

Written by Marco Balsamo

 

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