PSG made light weight of sworn enemies-Marseille on Sunday to make it a perfect 11 wins in as many games at the start of the 2018/19 Ligue One season. Thomas Tuchel’s side had to wait until the 65th minute to break the deadlock through teenage sensation, Kylian Mbappe who had been on the pitch barely four minutes after replacing surprise starter Eric Maxim Choupa-Mouting. Victory for PSG means they are the first team since Tottenham Hotspurs in 1960 to start the season in one of Europe’s top five leagues with 11 consecutive victories. The result puts them eight points ahead of Lille, who visit the Parc des Princes on Friday in a match that already looks like it could decide whether the title race becomes in any way complicated.
Elsewhere in Ligue One, Second place Lille required a Rafael Leao 56th minute strike to overcome a hard battling Caen side in one of five Saturday evening late kick-offs.
Olympique Lyon were 2-1 winners over 10 men Angers. Mephis Depay and Houssem Aouar were on target while Christain Lopez scored a late consolation for the home side who had earlier seen Ismael Traore given his marching orders six minutes to halftime.
For Theirry Henry, he is still looking for his first three points as Monaco manager following his side’s 2-2 draw at home to Dijon where they required Kamil Glick’s 78th equalizer to register a first league point under the French great.
In Italy, second from bottom-Frosinone registered their first three points of the season thanks to a convincing 3-0 victory away to SPAL. Ghanian Raman Chibsah got the ball rolling for Moreno Longo’s side with five minutes to play in the first half. Italian duo of Camillo Ciano and Andrea Pinamonti added two more goals in the second half to hand the visitors their first ever victory in Italian top flight football.
Elsewhere, Cristaino Ronaldo scored a brace away to Empoli to ensure Juventus win the 9th game of their first 10 fixtures despite falling behind early to Francesco Caputo’s 28th minute strike.
In the biggest fixture of the weekend, Napoli had to settle for just a point at home to Roma. Napoli’s blushes were only saved by Dries Martens late equalizer after Stephan El-Sharrawy had put the Romans 0ne up inside the opening 14 minutes of the game. The result means that Napoli are now six points behind leader Juventus after 10 rounds of matches.
For Milan, they had to come from 2-1 down to defeat a stubborn Sampdoria side 3-2 at the San Siro. Patrick Cutrone put Genarro Gattuso’s charges in the lead after seven minutes but they soon found themselves behind thanks to two goals in 10 minutes by Sampdoria duo of Riccardo Saponara and Fabio Quagiliara. However, Milan responded with two second-half goals of their own as Gonzalo Higiune and Suso found the back of the net to propel Milan into fifth on the log.
In Spain, no Messi no problem as Barcelona humiliated Real Madrid 5-1 in the Classico. Ernesto Velverde’s side who were missing their star player and Captain started strongly and would soon find themselves two nil up before the break through Philip Coutinho’s 11th-minute tap-in and a Luis Suarez penalty at the half-hour mark. With five minutes played in the second half, Mercelo reduced the deficit for the visitors but he too could only look on as Barce completed the route. Suarez completed a his hat trick with a brace inside eight second minutes with the first coming on 75 minutes, to put the Bulgrana 4-1 up before Arturo Vidal joined the party with a thumping header off Ousman Dembele’s cross on 87 minutes.
Third-placed Sevilla defeated Huesca 2-1 on Sunday night. In-form pablo Sarabia helped himself to a second-half brace before Jorge Pulido pulled one back for the visitors in injury time.
Surprise package-Deportivo Alaves continued their impressive start to the current campaign with a 2-1 home victory over Villareal. Jonathan Calleri and Borja Baston were on target for Albelardo’s men who had earlier fallen behind to Gerard Moreno’s 10th-minute header.
Diego Simione’s Atletico required two second-half goals from defenders Diego Godin and Felipe Luis to take care of Real Sociedad at the Wanda Metropolitano on Saturday evening.
In Germany, Borrusia Dortmund winning run came to an end on Saturday afternoon as they were held to a 2-2 draw at home to Hertha Berlin. Lucien Favre’s men were undone by a 90th minute Solomon Kalou penalty counseling out Jordan Sancho’s brace that had put 2-1 up earlier. The draw means Dortmund are now only two points ahead of Bayern Munich who defeated Mainz 2-1 on the same day.
Third placed Borrusia Monchengladbach were treated to a second defeat of the season as they went down 3-1 away to Freiburg. Elsewhere, RB Leipzig were held to a goalless draw at home to troubled Schalke 04.
All the results from Ligue 1:
-Nimes 1-1 Saint Etienne
-Monaco 2-2 Dijon
-Guingamp 1-1 Strasbourg
-Toulouse 0-3 Montpellier
-Angers 1-2 Olympique Lyon
-Amiens 1-2 Nantes
-Rennes 0-2 Reims
-Bordeaux 0-1 Nice
-Marseille 0-2 Paris Saint Germain
All results from Bundesliga:
-Freiburg 3-1 Borussia Moenchengladbach
-Borussia Dortmund 2-2 Hertha Berlin
-Hannover 1-2 Augsburg
-Fortuna Dusseldorf 0-3 Wolfsburg
-Mainz 1-2 Bayern Munich
-Hoffenheim 4-0 Stuttgart
-Nuremberg 1-1 Eintracht Frankfurt
-Red Bull Leipzig 0-0 Schalke
-Werder Bremen 2-6 Bayer Leverkusen
All results from La Liga:
-Real Valladolid 1-1 Espanyol
-Girona 2-1 Rayo Vallecano
-Bilbao 0-0 Valencia
-Celta Vigo 4-0 Eiber
-Levante 2-0 Leganes
-Atletico Madrid 2-0 Real Sociedad
-Getafe 2-0 Real Betis
-Barcelona 5-1 Real Madrid
-Deportivo Alaves 2-1 Villareal
-Sevilla 2-1 Huesca
All results in the Serie A:
-Atalanta 3-0 Parma
-Empoli 1-2 Juventus
-Torino 1-1 Fiorentina
-Sassoulo 2-2 Bologna
-Cagliari 2-1 Chievo
-Genoa 2-2 Udinese
-SPAL 0-3 Frosinone
-Milan 3-2 Sampdoria
-Napoli 1-1 Roma
**Lazio vs Inter Milan, Monday @10:00pm