European Football Round-Up

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

 

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Ian Walton/Getty Images Europe

Chelsea back to winning ways

 

Chelsea recovered from back-to-back losses with a 2-0 win against nine-man Arsenal in a heated affair at Stamford Bridge.

 

Gabriel Paulista was controversially sent off on the stroke of half time after a confrontation with Chelsea striker Diego Costa, before Kurt Zouma opened the scoring early in the second half.

 

Santi Cazorla received his second yellow card soon after, leaving Arsenal to face an uphill battle, but the result was put beyond doubt in injury time through a deflected Eden Hazard strike.

 

Teenage sensation Anthony Martial scored a brace in Manchester United’s come-from-behind 3-2 win at Southampton, elevating his side into second position.

 

Leaders Manchester City suffered a surprise 2-1 loss at home at the hands of third-placed West Ham, while Liverpool’s poor start to the season continued, with the Reds settling for a point in a 1-1 home draw against Norwich.

 

 

Napoli fire five past Lazio

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Maurizio Lagana/Getty Images Europe

Gonzalo Higuaín was the star of the show in Napoli’s 5-0 drubbing of Lazio, scoring a double to help his side gain their first victory of the Serie A season.

 

Inter Milan maintained their perfect start to the season to stay in first place, with stand-in captain Mauro Icardi scoring the only goal of the game away against Chievo Verona.

 

Roma had to come from behind twice to draw 2-2 at home against Sassuolo, with Francesco Totti scoring his 300th goal for the hosts, while reigning champions Juventus finally secured their first win of the 2015-16 campaign, defeating Genoa 2-0 away.

 

Ex-Juventus striker Fabio Quagliarella scored twice for his former side’s crosstown rivals Torino, who beat Sampdoria 2-0 to climb into second position.

 

Fiorentina jumped into third spot with a 1-0 away win over Carpi, while Carlos Bacca‘s brace helped A.C. Milan clinch a hard-fought 3-2 win against Palermo.

 

 

Barcelona preserve perfect start

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Alex Caparros/Getty Images Europe

Treble winners Barcelona cruised to a 4-1 win over Levante to maintain their two-point lead at the top of the La Liga table.

 

After a goalless first half, Barcelona scored three in the first 15 minutes of the second period, as Lionel Messi scored a double to follow up goals from Marc Bartra and Neymar.

 

A 55th minute goal from Karim Benzema was enough to give Real Madrid all three points against Granada, while Atletico Madrid snapped Eibar’s undefeated start to the season, winning 2-0 away from home.

 

Celta Vigo and Villarreal both continued their unbeaten starts to the campaign, defeating Sevilla and Athletic Bilbao respectively.

 

 

Bayern & Dortmund continue to dominate

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Michael Probst/Associated Press

Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich carried on their early dominance of the German Bundesliga, both clinching comfortable 3-0 victories to make it five wins from five games each.

 

Borussia Dortmund maintained their remarkable form under new coach Thomas Tuchel, easing part Bayer Leverkusen, while Bayern Munich were triumphant away from home to Darmstadt.

 

Bas Dost scored a brace as Wolfsburg returned to winning ways, defeating Hertha Berlin 2-0 to stay within four points of the joint league leaders.

 

Schalke and Ingolstadt scored away wins to go one point behind Wolfsburg, defeating Stuttgart and Werder Bremen respectively.

 

 

Back-to-back draws for PSG

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Francois Nascimbeni/Getty Images Europe

Edinson Cavani was on the scoresheet once again for league leaders Paris Saint-Germain, but the Parisiens had to settle for a point in a 1-1 draw away against Reims.

 

However, second-placed Rennes failed to capitalize on PSG’s slip-up, also drawing 1-1 over the weekend with Lille.

 

Meanwhile, Saint-Etienne took advantage of these draws, defeating Nantes 2-0 to move into third place, just two points behind PSG and one behind Rennes.

 

In a fierce battle between old rivals, Marseille and Lyon settled for a point each in a 1-1 draw, with Lyon – and former Marseille – attacker Mathieu Valbuena receiving the most hostile of receptions, with his former supporters hanging an effigy of him before the game.

 

 

Written by Marco Balsamo

 

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