Monday, September 18, 2017

Round up of games around Europe.

Real Sociedad 1 Real Madrid 3:
Bale finally turn up as Zidane's men return to winning ways.

Borja Mayoral and Gareth Bale were on target as abReal Madrid side without Ronaldo, Benzema and Marcelo avoided dropping points for the third LaLiga game in a row by ensuring they beat Real Sociedad 3-1 on Sunday.

The current LALIGA champions looked in fine shape right from the kickoff wih Mayoral making his first LaLiga start since April 2016, scored in the 19th minutes.
Real Sociedad's Kevin Rodrigues levelled in 28th minute, and after then the left-back scored an own goal following a swift Madrid break.
Bale broke away to score their third goal just after the hour mark.
A result which gave them the needed push as Barcelona are already up and running after another victory at the weekend away at Getafe.

Manchester United 4 Everton 0:
Is the EPL now a two horse race?
Legend Wayne Rooney didn't get the wish he desired on his first return to Old Trafford since leaving Manchester United.

Manchester United were not at their best for much of the game poor for much of Sunday's but dismantled Everton in the closing stages after Rooney had previously missed a couple of good chances to score.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Romelu Lukaku and Anthony Martial all scored additional goals after Antonio Valencia wonder strike early in the first half.
A result which has begin to gather momentum and concerns that this season might just be a race between the two Manchester clubs, as city were on rampage over the weekend, tearing Watford apart 6 nil.

Chelsea 0 Arsenal 0:

Another consecutive Red card for Chelsea as David Luiz is sent off in goalless draw at the bridge.

Both Arsenal and Chelsea rued first-half missed opportunities in a match that failed to bring all fireworks as expected until the Brazilian defender Luiz received his first-ever Premier League red card with three minutes remaining.

Arsenal had the better of the opportunities with Aaron Ramsey hitting the post and Alexandre Lacazette somehow fired over from the close-range rebound.

Pedro also had earlier missed a one-on-one opportunity which was foiled by Petr Cech after a pass from Fabregas.

The second half lacked the excitement of the first and the introductions of Eden Hazard and Alexis Sanchez from the two substitutes' benches did not provide the desired spark.

Borussia Dortmund 5 Cologne 0:
Video assistant referee twice decided goals as Aubameyang and Philipp bag braces as BVB return to the top of the table.
Leading 2-0 at the break, Dortmund turned on the style in the second half as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Maximilian Philipp both bagged braces with philip claiming his first goals for the club.

Sokratis Papastathopoulos also got in on the scoring fun to extend the hosts' unbeaten start to their league campaign.
Although Dortmund twice benefited from the intervention of the Video Assistant Referee, but Andriy Yarmolenko also starred following his superb Champions League goal against Tottenham as Peter Bosz's side recovered from that 3-1 loss to canter to victory and a fourth straight Bundesliga clean sheet.

Sassuolo 1 Juventus 3:

Argentine Dybala marks 100th appearance with stunning hat-trick.

Paulo Dybala had a 100th Juventus appearance capped with a 100% performance after sensational hat-trick as the Serie A champions claimed a 3-1 win at Sassuolo.

Dybala put Juve in the lead, expertly tucking home from a Juan Cuadrado pass.

Sassuolo pulled one back through Matteo Politano two minutes later, scoring from close range but a sublime Dybala free-kick made the points safe.

Juve climb back above Inter, who are also on 12 points following Saturday's win over Crotone, while Sassuolo remain just a point above bottom-club Benevento.

Paris Saint-Germain 2 Lyon 0:
Two Own goals ensure PSG maintains 100% start to the season.

Two late own goals from Lyon ensured that PSG got a hard fought 2-0 win over Lyon at the Parc des Princes.

PSG were some way off their free-flowing best, with their vaunted attacking trio of Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani struggling to break down a stubborn and composed Lyon backline for much of the game.

PSG finally broke the deadlock after defender Marcelo got the final touch to Cavani's flick to score an unfortunate own goal.
Few minutes later, Cavani then saw a penalty brilliantly saved by Anthony Lopes after Mbappe had been held down by a defender as he went for the ball, before another own goal - this time from Jeremy Morel - added an undeserved gloss to the scoreline four minutes from time.

A game which would have taken a different turn if Tanguy Dombele's thunderous second-half effort had not cannon against the crossbar when the score was still 0-0.

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