European round-up: This weekend’s reports and results


Get up to date with all of this weekend’s action in Spain’s LaLiga, Italy’s Serie A, Germany’s Bundesliga, France’s Ligue 1 and Holland’s Eredivisie.

Italy’s Serie A
Juventus launched their bid for a seventh successive Serie A title with a routine 3-0 home win over Cagliari.
Mario Mandzukic, Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain all found the net in a comfortable victory, although Diego Farias missed a penalty for the visitors.
Juve needed just 12 minutes to take control, Mandzukic drilling home with a low shot after good approach play from Stephan Lichtsteiner.
Dybala curled wide from distance as Juve continued to push for a second goal, but the hosts were quickly pinned back as Cagliari rallied.
First Farias saw a sound effort well saved, then Paolo Farago blasted well over the bar.
And when Alex Sandro upended Duje Cop, Cagliari had a penalty and their finest chance for an equaliser.
Farias’ spot-kick was saved comfortably however, and after that Juve quickly regained control.
Miralem Pjanic played in Dybala and the Argentina forward did the rest, firing into the top corner to double the hosts’ lead.
Dybala hit the bar after good work from Cuadrado as Juve picked up the pace after the break. Sandro then atoned for conceding the penalty by teeing up Higuain for Juve’s third, with the Argentina hitman slotting home with ease.
France midfielder Blaise Matuidi joined the fray late on for his Juve debut, fresh from his midweek switch from Paris St Germain.
The new recruit laid on one long-range effort for Dybala, but the hosts wound up happy to settle for their three goals.
Napoli coasted to a 3-1 opening-weekend win at Verona, hitting their Serie A stride with precious little fuss or trouble on the road.
Arkaduisz Milik and Faouzi Ghoulam found the net as Napoli eased to victory, with Samuel Souprayen’s own goal setting the visitors on course.
Giampolo Pazzini converted a late penalty for Verona after Napoli’s Elseid Hysaj was sent off, but the hosts still eased to the win.
The hosts were in trouble just after the half-hour, when Souprayen put through his own net to gift Napoli early control.
Napoli quickly doubled their lead thanks to a rapid counter-attack.
Lorenzo insigne played in Milik and the Poland striker fired home to cap a flowing break.
Napoli took that 2-0 cushion into the half-time break and then eased out the second-half largely under precious little duress.
Ghoulam blasted home the third just past the hour to kill the contest.
Verona managed to scramble a consolation however, after Elseid Hysaj upended Alex Ferrari for a penalty.
Hysaj was sent off and Pazzini converted the spot-kick, but in reality all Verona’s late goal did was gloss the scoreline.
Germany’s Bundesliga
Borussia Dortmund coasted past Wolfsburg 3-0 to hand new boss Pierre Bosz the perfect start to managerial life in the Bundesliga.
The visitors kick-started their new campaign in style, with Christian Pulisic, Marc Bartra and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang all on target in a straightforward victory.
Former Ajax manager Bosz was handed the ideal start when his men secured a 2-0 lead at the break, and Dortmund were never troubled in closing out their win.
Hoffenheim left it late but edged out Werder Bremen 1-0, thanks to substitute Andrej Kramaric’s 84th-minute winner.
Former Leicester star Kramaric’s deflected effort swiped the points, with boss Julian Nagelsmann’s late double switch, throwing on Serge Gnabry too, paying dividend.
Kerem Demirbay wasted two fine chances for Hoffenheim, and just when those misses looked likely to be punished, up popped Kramaric with the winner.
Australia striker Mathew Leckie struck twice on his league debut as Hertha Berlin saw off Stuttgart 2-0, with the former Ingoldstadt man finding the net twice after the break to seal the win.
Leckie opened the scoring less than a minute into the second half, cutting in from the right before firing home. And wen he swept home a cross just past the hour, he completed a memorable, match-winning debut.
Nicolai Muller struck the winning goal in just the eighth minute as Hamburg edged out Augsburg 1-0. But the 29-year-old forward injured himself in his celebration and was replaced after 15 minutes with a knee injury.
Muller fell off balance when colliding with the corner flag during his customary spinning goal celebration, twisting a knee in the process and ending his day’s exploits prematurely.
Hannover toasted their return to the top flight with a hard-fought 1-0 win at Mainz.
Martin Harnik fired home to ensure the visitors sneaked away with all three points, after Mainz had squandered several good first-half chances.
Harnik’s close-range strike on 73 minutes settled the affair, with the forward quickly back into his stride after netting 17 times in Bundesliga 2 last term.
Nabil Bentaleb’s penalty and a cool finish from Yevhen Konoplyanka handed Schalke a 2-0 home win over Leipzig.
New coach Domenico Tedesco enjoyed a victory in his maiden Bundesliga tie in charge of Schalke, with the hosts able to control the majority of the contest.
Last season’s Bundesliga runners-up Leipzig were unable to pick up where they left off last term, with ex-Spurs man Bentaleb showing no mercy from the spot to hand his side the lead just before the break.
And when Amine Harit laid on a neat through-ball midway through the second half, Konoplyanka did the rest, curling home in style to seal the victory.
Debut goals from Niklas Sule and Corentin Tolisso helped Bayern Munich get the defence of their Bundesliga title off to a winning 3-1 start on Friday night in monsoon conditions against Bayer Leverkusen.
Sule headed home the opening goal after only nine minutes at the Allianz Arena, meeting a free-kick from his fellow signing from Hoffenheim, Sebastian Rudy.
And Tolisso, the big-money arrival from Lyon, also netted with a header on his league debut to double the lead after only 18 minutes.
There was another first early in the second half as the video assistant referee was called into action for the first time in the Bundesliga, awarding a penalty to Bayern for a foul on Robert Lewandowski which the Pole converted.
Swirling wind and driving rain meant conditions were anything but ideal for much of the game, but Leverkusen could have no complaints.
Despite a fine consolation goal from Admir Mehmedi in the 65th minute and a succession of second-half chances, they never seriously looked like mounting a comeback.
Spain’s LaLiga
Antoine Griezmann was sent off as Atletico Madrid battled back to secure a dramatic 2-2 draw at LaLiga newcomers Girona in their opening match of the new season.
The Catalans were making their debut in Spain’s top flight.
Following a minute’s silence at Estadi Municipal de Montilivi in respect of the victims of the terror attacks in Barcelona and the nearby seaside town of Cambrils, Girona raced into a two-goal lead.
Uruguay forward Cristhian Stuani headed in a cross at the far post on 22 minutes and was on target again just three minutes later when he nodded the ball in after it had been knocked back through the six-yard box following a deep free-kick.
Atletico, who are said to be closing in on a deal to bring wantaway Chelsea forward Diego Costa back to the club, then found themselves down to 10 men.
In the 66th minute, Griezmann was cautioned for what the referee viewed as a dive over Girona goalkeeper Gorka Iraizoz just inside the penalty box.
The French forward, who failed to find the net in pre-season following a barren run in Atletico’s final five LaLiga games, then appeared to say something to the official.
Referee Juan Martinez Munuera swiftly showed Griezmann another yellow card followed by a red to leave Diego Simeone’s men with it all to do.
However, Atleti responded when Angel Correa pulled a goal back with a fine individual strike in the 78th minute before, with just six minutes left, Jose Gimenez headed in an equaliser from Koke’s free-kick
In Saturday’s earlier kick-off, Willian Jose’s late penalty gave Real Sociedad a 3-2 win at Celta Vigo.
Uruguay forward Maximiliano Gomez gave the hosts the lead in the 22nd minute.
Sociedad, tough, were level just 10 minutes later when Mikel Oyarzabal capitalised on a loose pass from goalkeeper Sergio Alvarez to score into an empty net.
Gomez was on target again five minutes into the second half, but the visitors set up a tense finish when Jose Juanmi equalised with 10 minutes left.
Then, with 88 minutes on the clock, Celta Vigo defender Jonny pulled down Carlos Vela and Brazilian frontman Willian Jose made no mistake from the spot, lashing the ball into the bottom corner to snatch all three points.
Saturday’s late kick-off saw Sevilla and Espanyol draw 1-1 at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, where the hosts finished with 10 men following substitute Ever Banega’s late dismissal for foul language.
Clement Lenglet put Sevilla ahead on 26 minutes when the defender bundled the ball in at the near post following a corner, but a fine individual goal from Leo Baptistao had the visitors level before half-time.
Both sides had chances to win the match, with Sevilla forward Luis Muriel rattling the woodwork, before Argentina midfielder Banega – who only came on just before the hour – lost his cool in the 84th minute after being cautioned and was then shown a red card by Alejandro Hernandez.
On Friday, Gabriel’s close-range strike settled the first game of the new LaLiga season as Leganes beat Alaves 1-0.
The Brazilian struck in the 24th minute after Miguel Angel Guerrero’s free-kick took a deflection and Alaves goalkeeper Fernando Pacheco could only push the ball into his path.
In doing so, Gabriel became the first Brazilian since Atletico Madrid midfielder Juninho in 1997 to score the opening goal of a LaLiga season.
Simone Zaza was the match-winner as Valencia started their campaign with a 1-0 home victory over 10-man Las Palmas.
The former Juventus and West Ham forward struck after 22 minutes when Carlos Soler rolled the ball into his path on the edge of the penalty area and he finished with a powerful side-foot which gave keeper Leandro Chichizola no chance.
It got a lot more difficult for Las Palmas when Croatian midfielder Halilovic was sent off after 34 minutes for catching Jose Gaya with a high foot.
France’s Ligue 1
St Etienne moved level on points with Monaco at the top of Ligue 1 after continuing their 100 per cent start with a 3-0 win over struggling Amiens at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard.
Midfielder Jonathan Bamba put the hosts ahead in the 13th minute from the penalty spot after Lois Diony had been tripped by Amiens defender Brighton Labeau.
The referee awarded a second penalty four minutes before the break when Diony was caught as he attempted to round goalkeeper Regis Gurtner, and this time Bryan Dabo converted from 12 yards.
Dabo knocked in a third for St Etienne in the 67th minutes from 20 yards when the ball broke to him off a sliding challenge from the Amiens keeper after Romain Hamouma had sprinted clear.
A third straight defeat leaves Amiens bottom with no points or goals, having conceded seven.
Earlier, Malcom’s dramatic stoppage-time equaliser gave Bordeaux a 3-3 draw at Lyon, who saw midfielder Sergi Darder sent off in the first half as their perfect start to the new season came to an end.
Nabil Fekir put the hosts ahead with a spectacular long-range effort after 10 minutes from just inside the Bordeaux half.
Lyon doubled their lead after 23 minutes through defender Kenny Tete after a free-kick through the six-yard box.
However, midfielder Darder then collected two quick cautions, the second yellow card followed by a red after 36 minutes after catching Bordeaux captain Jeremy Toulalan with a high boot.
Bordeaux pulled a goal back just before half-time through Brazilian forward Malcom with a deflected follow-up after his 20-yard free-kick hit the wall.
Lyon, also looking to keep pace with champions Monaco who beat Metz on Friday night, thought they had wrapped up victory with 15 minutes left when Bertrand Traore curled in a 25-yard free-kick.
However, Danish midfielder Lukas Lerager set up a grandstand finish when he slotted home at the back post with two minutes left and Malcom then slammed home another long-range effort into the top corner.
Elsewhere, there was also late drama at Roazhon Park where a stoppage-time penalty from Julio Tavares earned Dijon a 2-2 draw with Rennes.
A goal in each half from Congo forward Firmin Ndombe Mubele – his second floating in over the goalkeeper from out wide on the left – had put the hosts in control.
Korean Kwon Chang-hoon, though, reduced the deficit in the 51st minutes with a close-range header and the visitors earned a point when Rennes defender Edson Mexer scythed down Naim Sliti and Tavares cracked the penalty into the top corner.
Nice recorded their first win after beating Guingamp with goals either side of half-time from Alessane Plea and Remi Walter.
Montpellier and Strasbourg drew 1-1 at Stade de la Mosson.
Idriss Saadi put the visitors ahead midway through the first half, but defender Daniel Congre equalised from a corner with 18 minutes to go.
Nantes survived the sending off of forward Chidozie Awaziem after only 34 minutes to pick up a first win with a 1-0 victory at Troyes after a late goal from Argentine forward Emiliano Sala.
On Friday night, Monaco set a new Ligue 1 record as a 1-0 win at Metz made them the first team to win 15 consecutive matches in the French top flight.
They made light of the absence of Paris St Germain target Kylian Mbappe, who was left out, with fellow striker Radamel Falcao grabbing the only goal of the game in the 78th minute.
Falcao struck after being fed by an exquisite chip over the Metz backline by substitute Rachid Ghezzal. The left-footed pass forward was carefully controlled by Falcao who ran wide of Metz goalkeeper Thomas Didillon and crashed the ball into the net from close range.
The 15th straight win saw Monaco pass Bordeaux to earn their place in the record books. Bordeaux achieved their 14-in-a-row feat in 2009, spanning the 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons.
Holland’s Eredivisie
Eredivisie newcomers Venlo maintained their perfect start to the campaign with a 2-1 win at FC Twente.
Vito van Crooij put the visitors in front after 23 minutes with an angled drive into the top corner and defender Jerold Promes knocked in a second following a corner shortly before half-time.
Although Tom Boere pulled a goal back for Twente on the hour with a powerful header, Maurice Steijn’s men closed out victory to make it two wins out of two for last season’s Eerste Divisie champions.
AZ Alkmaar shook off last weekend’s defeat to PSV Eindhoven with a 2-0 win over 10-man Den Haag, who had defender Wilfried Kanon sent off after just 28 minutes following two early cautions.
Kanon was shown a red for a pull back on Ron Vlaar, which resulted in a penalty and Wout Weghorst promptly gave AZ the lead.
Teenage midfielder Guus Til ended the match as a contest with 20 minutes left when he headed in from a corner.
At the Abe Lenstra Stadion, Nemanja Mihajlovic netted a stoppage-time equaliser to earn Heerenveen a 1-1 draw against Heracles Almelo.
The visitors looked like to be heading for a second consecutive Eredivisie win after defender Robin Propper had put them ahead from a corner in added time at the end of the first half.
However, with the 90 minutes up, Mihajlovic nodded into the bottom corner as Heerenveen retained their unbeaten start and left Heracles two points off the top.
On Friday, Vitesse made it maximum points from two Eredivisie games with a 3-1 victory at Roda JC.
Tim Matavz, Thomas Bruns and Guram Kashia were on target for Vitesse, with Roda’s only reply through Simon Gustafson coming from the penalty spot.


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