Euro Roundup

Euro Roundup: Barca maintain 100% record while Bayern lose out to Hoffenheim

As Manchester City stormed to victory over Liverpool and Manchester United slipped up at Stoke, what went on around the other top European leagues over the weekend?

We begin in Spain with champions Real Madrid, who have now failed to win either of their opening two home La Liga games for the first time since 1995, as they drew 1-1 with Levante. It is also the first time in 32 La Liga games that Madrid have failed to beat a newly promoted team at the Bernabeu, since Levante once more in February 2007. Barcelona meanwhile made it three wins from three as Messi’s 42nd career hat-trick ensured a 5-0 derby win over Espanyol. Real Sociedad are also three from three after Sunday’s 4-2 victory at Deportivo, while Atletico could only manage a scoreless draw at Valencia on Saturday.

Both Juventus and Inter Milan made it three wins from three in Italy, the former picking up three points in a 3-0 victory at home to Chievo, the latter winning 2-0 at home to SPAL, where Perisic’s wonder-strike ensured the win after Icardi’s opener. Napoli also made it three from three with a 3-0 win over Bologna, while a hat-trick from Ciro Immobile helped Lazio to a stunning 4-1 victory over a revived AC Milan side.

German champions Bayern Munich find themselves in fifth after a shock 2-0 loss to Hoffenheim, while Borussia Dortmund failed to capitalise as they were held to a 0-0 draw at Freiburg. Naby Keita’s wonder goal helped RB Leipzig to a 2-0 victory over Hamburg on Friday night, while Hannover remain unbeaten along with Dortmund and Hoffenheim as they drew 1-1 at Wolfsburg. Bayern’s loss and Dortmund’s draw now means no side have won three games from three in a tightly contested Bundesliga.

All eyes were on Kylian Mbappe as he made his PSG debut on Friday night at Metz, and the youngster didn’t disappoint as he scored a well-taken goal in a 5-1 rout, with Cavani (2), Neymar and Lucas adding the others in a match that saw former Spurs man Assou-Ekotto sent off for a late tackle on the tricky Mbappe. Elsewhere in Ligue 1 Nice produced the shock of the weekend as they stormed to a 4-0 win over title challengers Monaco, with Balotelli’s double ensuring all three points went to the home side.

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