Euro Roundup

Euro Roundup: Barcelona open up the gap in Spain while Inter maintain their top spot in Italy

Manchester City left it late once again as they continued their incredible start to the season, but what went on across the other top European leagues?

Barcelona went five points clear at the top of La Liga despite a 2-2 draw at home to Celta, where former Liverpool man Aspas opened the scoring before Messi and Suarez turned it around, yet the Catalan club conceded with 20 minutes remaining in an entertaining draw. Valencia remain second after a surprise 1-0 loss to ten-man Getafe, while Atletico sit third as Griezmann came back to haunt his former club, scoring late on in the 2-1 victory at home to Real Sociedad. Real sit two points behind their Madrid rivals in fourth as Ramos saw red in a goalless draw at Bilbao.

Inter sit at the top of Serie A as Perisic bagged a hat-trick in their 5-0 thrashing of ChievoVerona, while Higuain’s sole goal was enough for Juventus to overcome Napoli. The result leaves Juventus two points off the top, while Roma are now just five points off the league leaders as they beat ten-man SPAL 2013 3-1. Lazio meanwhile sit fifth after a 2-1 victory at Sampdoria. The story of the weekend in Italy however arrived at Benevento, where goalkeeper Brignoli grabbed a 94th-minute equaliser after venturing forward for a free-kick, giving his side their first points of the season in an amazing 2-2 draw with AC Milan.

Bayern Munich are now six points clear in Germany after beating Hannover 3-1 through Vidal, Coman and Lewandowski. Borussia Dortmund meanwhile slipped to sixth place after they could only draw 1-1 with the ten men of Bayer Leverkusen, allowing Hoffenheim to move into fifth as they demolished second place RB Leipzig 4-0, with Gnabry scoring a brace including a sensational strike from all of fifty yards. Schalke sit third after taking a point in their disappointing 2-2 draw at home to Cologne, with Borussia Monchengladbach in fourth despite a 3-0 loss at Wolfsburg.

Finally in France it was PSG who once again stole the headlines, yet this time for the wrong reasons as they somehow missed out on any points at Strasbourg, with Mbappe’s goal not enough for the French giants as they lost the game 2-1. Depay bagged a brace of assists in Lyon’s 2-1 win at Caen which moved them onto 32 points, joint second with Monaco, who beat Angers 1-0 thanks to Falcao’s second-minute goal. Marseille also find themselves on 32 points after drawing 1-1 at Montpellier, yet the Ligue 1 game of the weekend was battled out on Friday night between Dijon and Bordeaux, with the home side coming from behind to steal all three points late on and win the match 3-2.

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