Euro Roundup

European Roundup: Barcelona edge ahead of Real as Juve complete terrific comeback

Barcelona went joint top of La Liga with a 2-0 win at Alaves, where Lionel Messi missed an early penalty yet recovered to score both goals in the second half. Real Madrid meanwhile could only manage a 2-2 draw with Valencia thanks to Marco Asensio’s fantastic double, while Atletico ran riot at Las Palmas with a 5-1 victory. Wins for Leganes and Real Sociedad also leave them with six points from six at the top of the table.

Juventus recovered from an early scare at Genoa after Miralem Pjanic sent the ball into his own net just seconds into his 50th appearance for the club, eventually going on to win the game as Paulo Dybala completed a stunning hat-trick with a 90th-minute goal. An impressive second half display from Inter saw them edge past Roma after going one nil down in the capital, yet Matias Vecino’s late goal added to Mauro Icardi’s double as the visitors won the game 3-1. Suso provided a goal and an assist as AC Milan overcame Cagliari 2-1, while Sampdoria beat Udinese by the same score line and Napoli defeated Atalanta 3-1 to complete the teams on two wins from two.

PSG are now four wins from four after Edinson Cavani scored either side of a Thiago Motta goal as they beat Saint-Etienne 3-0, while Monaco are also four from four after a Radamel Falcao double helped them to thrash Marseille 6-1. Ex-Premier League man Morgan Amalfitano saw red in a five goal thriller at Toulouse, who beat Rennes 3-2 in a game that involved two Jimmy Durmaz penalties along with eight yellow cards, meaning they away side are still yet to pick up a win after four games.

Lewis Holtby helped Hamburg to two wins from two in Germany as he scored the final goal in a 3-1 win over Cologne, while Hannover are also on maximum points after beating Schalke by a single goal. RB Leipzig finally got their season underway with their first win as Timo Werner’s double helped them to a 4-1 win over Freiburg, while Dortmund and Bayern both picked up 2-0 wins to reach maximum points after two games. Nuri Sahin’s goal and assist helped the former beat Hertha Berlin, while two Robert Lewandowski goals in the space of three minutes ensured Bayern’s victory over Werder Bremen, who sit rock bottom of the Bundesliga with zero points from their two games.

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