Bale and Ozil shine in first matches with new clubs
World record signing Gareth Bale scored
on his first appearance for Real Madrid but it was a bitter-sweet debut
for the $132.59-million man as Real dropped their first points of the
season in a 2-2 draw at Villarreal.
Champions Barcelona and King’s
Cup holders Atletico Madrid are the only teams with perfect records
after four matches with Barca winning 3-2 at home to Sevilla and
Atletico beating promoted Almeria 4-2 at the Calderon.
Barca left it late to secure the points against Sevilla after squandering a two-goal lead at the Nou Camp.
Alexis Sanchez struck in the fourth minute of stoppage time after World
Player of the Year Lionel Messi had scored his sixth of the campaign
and Daniel Alves had netted a rare header against his former club.
Barca and Atletico lead on 12 points, with Real and promoted Villarreal two points behind.
Manchester United laboured to a 2-0 win over 10-man Crystal Palace,
while Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea lost 1-0 at Everton as they suffered their
worst start to a Premier League season during the big-spending era of
With early pacesetters Liverpool not playing
until Monday, when they travel to Swansea City, Arsenal and Tottenham
Hotspur jumped above them on goal difference with victories over
Sunderland and Norwich City respectively.
Arsenal’s new recruit
Mesut Ozil gave fans a glimpse of his talents in their 3-1 away win,
making his mark after just 11 minutes when he killed a long ball forward
with a wonderful touch before squaring for Olivier Giroud to open the
Manchester United’s transfer deadline-day signing
Marouane Fellaini started on the bench at Old Trafford before coming on
in the second half but it was goals from the familiar names of Wayne
Rooney and Robin van Persie that secured the three points.
goals from Gonzalo Higuain and Jose Callejon sent Napoli top of Serie A
with a 2-0 win over Atalanta with nine points from three games.
Inter Milan and champions Juventus drew 1-1 in the Derby of Italy, a result which put both on seven points.
Mauro Icardi’s first goal for Inter put them ahead in the 73rd minute before Arturo Vidal snatched a superb equalizer.
also on seven points, lost their 100 percent record in a 1-1 draw with
Cagliari after conceding a late equalizer, scored by Mauricio Pinilla.
stoppage-time Mario Balotelli penalty helped AC Milan come from two
goals down to draw 2-2 at Torino, avoiding a second defeat in three
Leaders Borussia Dortmund
scored four goals in 16 minutes to demolish Hamburg SV 6-2 and maintain
their 100 percent record after five games of the Bundesliga season.
signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Robert Lewandowski netted twice
each, Marco Reus capped a virtuoso performance with a goal and Henrikh
Mkhitaryan completed the scoring. Zhi-Gin Lam and Heiko Westermann
replied for Hamburg.
Champions Bayern Munich, also unbeaten and
two points behind in second place, beat Hanover 96 2-0 with goals from
Mario Mandzukic and Franck Ribery.
Stefan Kiessling scored twice
to give third-placed Bayer Leverkusen a 3-1 win over VfL Wolfsburg, who
had Luiz Gustavo sent off for the second time in three games since his
move from Bayern.
Kevin-Prince Boateng’s first goal for Schalke 04 following his move from AC Milan earned a them 1-0 win at Mainz 05.
Monaco stayed in command in Ligue 1 after Radamel Falcao’s early penalty earned them a 1-0 win at home to Lorient.
Russian-backed team from the principality, who won promotion from Ligue
2 last season, have 13 points from five matches and lead second-placed
St Etienne by one point.
Champions Paris St Germain, who drew
their first two league games, are third on 11 points after Lucas scored
his first goal for the capital side in a 2-0 win at Girondins de
Monaco and PSG, the league’s two big spenders, are the only two unbeaten teams left in Ligue 1 after five rounds of matches.
Ajax Amsterdam ended the unbeaten run of surprise early leaders PEC
Zwolle by beating their visitors 2-1 with Thulani Serero opening the
scoring on 72 minutes before an own goal from Maikel van der Werff four
Giovanni Gravenbeek netted a late consolation for PEC, who remain top of the standings with 13 points from six games.
PSV Eindhoven, on 12 points, were held to a 2-2 draw at Twente Enschede
while third-placed Heerenveen beat FC Groningen 4-2, helped by two
goals from Alfred Finnbogason who took his league tally for the season
Ajax are level on 11 points with Heerenveen.
stuttering start to the season continued as the Greens were held to a
1-1 draw at Platanias, while arch rivals Olympiakos Piraeus maintained
their 100 percent start to the defence of their Super League title.
international break did little to invigorate Yiannis Anastasiou’s
struggling Panathinaikos team, who fell behind to a Thomas Nazilidis
strike on the stroke of halftime in Crete.
The visitors had to
wait until six minutes from time to draw level, with substitute Abdul
Ajagun saving the day with a close-range effort to leave Panathinaikos
with five points from four matches.
Olympiakos continue to lead
the way after recording their fourth successive win with a resounding
4-0 victory over Skoda Xanthi that featured a second hat-trick in a row
for Greece striker Kostas Mitroglou.
Michy Batshuayi scored a 30-minute hat-trick to help leaders Standard
Liege to a 4-2 win at Oostende, maintaining their perfect start to the
season after seven matches.
The weekend’s eight games produced 31
goals with Club Bruges, second on 17 points, beating Lierse 4-1 Lierse
and Anderlecht thrashing Mechelen 5-0, helped by two goals from
18-year-old Serb Aleksandar Mitrovic who was signed from Partizan
Belgrade in the latest transfer window.
FC Salzburg thrashed hosts SV Ried 5-0 with Brazilian striker Alan
scoring twice before being sent off in the 61st minute.
compatriot Ramalho had opened the scoring in the ninth minute and Kevin
Krampl scored two more late in the game to leave Salzburg unbeaten with
18 points from eight games.
Wolfsberger gave new coach Dietmar
Kuehbauer a winning start, beating Admira Wacker 3-1, and Austria
Vienna, who face Porto in the Champions League on Wednesday, lost 3-2 at
home to promoted Groedig.