European Football Round-Up

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

 

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Michael Regan/Getty Images Europe

Klopp’s debut ends in stalemate

 

Jürgen Klopp walked away from his first game in the Liverpool hotseat with a solitary point, drawing 0-0 away with Mauricio Pochettino‘s in-form Tottenham side.

 

Ex-coach Brendan Rodgers has left his successor with a lot of work to do, with the Reds sitting in 10th place – eight points behind leaders Manchester City.

 

Raheem Sterling and Wilfried Bony stepped up in the absence of Sergio Agüero, allowing Manchester City to cruise to a 5-1 victory over Bournemouth.

 

Sterling scored his first professional hat-trick and Bony added a brace to ensure the table toppers would maintain their two-point lead over Arsenal and Manchester United.

 

The Gunners and the Red Devils were impressive away from home, both scoring comfortable 3-0 wins against Watford and Everton respectively to stay close to City.

 

Reigning champions Chelsea returned to winning ways with a 2-0 victory over Aston Villa, while a four-goal haul from Georginio Wijnaldum helped Newcastle clinch their first win of the season, smashing Norwich 6-2.

 

 

Derby d’Italia ends goalless

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Marco Luzzani/Getty Images Europe

Inter Milan and Juventus played out a goalless draw in arguably the biggest fixture on the Serie A calendar in a heated affair at the San Siro.

 

The tie leaves Inter one point off leaders Fiorentina, while Juventus remain eight points behind in 14th place.

 

Napoli scored an important 2-1 win over leaders Fiorentina to continue their impressive run of form, with Lorenzo Insigne and Gonzalo Higuaín scoring for the hosts.

 

Fiorentina remain in top spot despite the loss, leading Roma and Inter by a single point and Napoli, Sassuolo and Lazio by three points.

 

Roma clinched a 3-1 win against Empoli to maintain second place, with Daniele De Rossi scoring in his 500th appearance for the capital club.

 

Meanwhile, A.C. Milan’s inconsistency continued as they sacrificed a one-goal lead to draw 1-1 away with Torino.

 

 

Real Madrid, Celta Vigo and Barcelona all square

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David Ramos/Getty Images Europe

With Lionel Messi sidelined, Brazilian superstar Neymar put on a masterclass against Rayo Vallecano, netting four goals in Barcelona’s 5-2 victory.

 

The win keeps the reigning champions equal with Real Madrid and Celta Vigo, who both scored crucial wins over the weekend.

 

Real Madrid scored a comfortable 3-0 win over Levante, with Marcelo, Cristiano Ronaldo and James Rodríguez all finding the back of the net.

 

Celta Vigo’s superb start to the La Liga season continued, as star player Nolito scored a last-minute winner in a 2-1 away victory over fifth-placed Villarreal.

 

Atlético Madrid remain within two points of the pace setters, following their 2-0 away win over Real Sociedad.

 

 

Record-breaking Bayern continue dominance

Joerg Sarbach/Associated Press

Joerg Sarbach/Associated Press

Bayern Munich became the first team to win their opening nine games of a Bundesliga season, clinching a 1-0 victory over Werder Bremen.

 

Thomas Müller scored in the 23rd minute to take his tally to nine goals this season, keeping the Bavarians seven points clear of Borussia Dortmund.

 

Borussia Dortmund scored a 2-0 away win over Mainz to remain in second place, while an injury-time winner from Max Meyer helped third-placed Schalke to a 2-1 victory against Hertha Berlin.

 

Hat-trick hero Max Kruse inspired Wolfsburg to a 4-2 win over Hoffenheim, elevating them back into the top four.

 

Meanwhile, Aussie Mathew Leckie missed a fourth-minute penalty in Ingolstadt’s 1-0 loss against Stuttgart.

 

 

PSG move five points clear

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Thomas Samson/Getty Images Europe

Zlatan Ibrahimović scored a double to help Paris Saint-Germain claim all three points in a 2-0 victory away to Bastia.

 

The win keeps the Parisiens five points ahead of newly-promoted Angers, who sit in second position after their 2-1 away win over Toulouse.

 

Caen round out the top three following their 1-0 win on the road against Reims, while Saint-Etienne sit two points behind them after their 2-0 home victory against Ajaccio.

 

Meanwhile, Lyon scored a late equalizer to deny Monaco all three points in their 1-1 draw over the weekend.

 

 

Written by Marco Balsamo

 

 

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