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European Leagues: Juve, Napoli play out thriller as giants elsewhere falter

Action in the top European Leagues continued this past weekend as we head into the international break.

In Italy, top two from last season clashed at the Allianz Stadium in Torino.

After 7 goals and a come-back that never materialized, the defending champions edged the game 4-3.

Debutant Danilo opened the scoring for Juve and by the 62nd minute, the Old Lady was leading 3-0 thanks to two other goals by Gonzalo Higuain and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Napoli mounted a come-back and scored three goals of their own through Konstant Manolas, Herving Lozano and Di Lorenzo.

However, deep into additional time, Kalidou Koulibaly converted a Paolo Dybala free-kick into his own net to hand Juve the victory which sees them move onto 6 points from their first two games.

The other two sides that still hold a 100% record in the Serie A are Inter Milan and Torino who also won their respective fixtures on Sunday against Cagliari and Atalanta.

Inter required a Romelu Lukaku 72nd minute penalty to seal all three points after Cagliari’s Joao Pedro had canceled out Lautaro Martinez’s opener.

For Torino, they came from 2-1 to take care of Atalanta 3-2 at the Stadio Ennio Tardini. Kevin Bonifazi opened the scoring for the visitors but they found themselves 1-2 down by the 50th minute thanks to a Duvan Zapata brace.

However, two goals in 11 minutes from Alex Berenguer and Armando Izzo ensured a second win of the season for Walter Mazzari’s men.

The first Rome derby of the season ended in a share of the spoils as Lazio drew with Roma 1-1 at the Olimpico. Alexander Kolarov put the victors ahead on 17 minutes before Luis Alberto equalized for Lazio early in the second half.

The draw is Roma’s second of the season having drawn 2-2 with Genoa last weekend while Lazio now have 4 points from two games following a 3-0 victory away to Sampdoria 7 days ago.

Elsewhere, AC Milan, Bologna, Genoa, Hellas Verona, Sassoulo and Parma were also victorious in their match-day Two fixtures.

Milan were 1-0 winners at home to Brescia, Bologna defeated SPAL by the same score-line, Genoa beat Fiorentina 2-1, Hellas Verona scrapped to a 1-0 victory at Lecce, Sassuolo powered to a 4-1 win at home to Sampdoria while Parma shocked Udinese 3-1 away from home.

In Spain, both Barcelona and Real Madrid had to settle for a point in their Match-Day three fixtures as they drew 2-2 against Osasuna and Villareal respectively.

Still without the injured Lionel Messi, Barcelona found themselves behind as early as the 7th minute, conceding a Roberto Torres goal. However, they scored two early second-half goals through substitutes Anssumane Fati and Arthur to turn the game on its head. With 9 minutes to play Gerald Pique handled in the area prompting Torres to convert the resultant penalty and see the game end all square.

The points drop mean that Barca have now dropped 5 (points) in three games and currently sit 8th on the log, five points behind leaders Atletico Madrid.

Barca are now five points off the summit.

For Real Madrid, they required a late Gareth Bale goals to take a point away from Villareal before the Welshman was sent-off in the 90th minute.

Bale who had also equalized at the stroke of halftime to cancel out Gerard Moreno’s opener was the only positive for Real on a trying night. Moi Gomez had initially made it 2-1 to the hosts with 16 minutes to play.

Real have now drawn two and won one of their opening three games and are four points off the top of the log.

At the top is a familiar name in Atletico Madrid who still hold a 100% record after 3 rounds.

This past weekend, Atletico scrapped to a 3-2 victory at home to Eibar in a game that they had to come from two goals down.

Charles opened the scoring on the afternoon on 7 minutes before Arbilla Zabala made it 2-0 for the visitors 12 minutes later. Atletico then started their come back with Joao Felix reducing the deficit on 27 minutes before Vitolo equalizing early in the second half.

The game looked to be headed for a draw until Thomas Partey scored Atletico’s third to hand them a third win in as many games and ensure they sit top of the standings.

Sevilla who sit second threw away an 81st minute lead to draw 1-1 with Celta Vigo while Inaki Williams and Raul Garcia scored in the first half to see thrid placed Athletic Bilbao beat Real Sociedad 2-0 at San Mames.

Elsewhere, Levante beat Valladolid 2-0, Betis defeated Leganes 2-1, Valencia were 2-0 winners at home to Mallorca while Granada humiliated Espanyol 3-0 at the RCDE Stadium.

In the Germany Bundesliga, Bayern Munich made it two wins in their last as many games as they annihilated Mainz 05 6-1 at the Allianz Arena.

This is Bayern’s second win of the season. (PHOTOS/Courtesy)

It was a six-star performance by the Bavarians as Benjamin Pavard, David Alaba, Ivan Perisic, Kingsley Coman, Robert Lewandowski and Alphonso Davis all got their names onto the score-sheet after Jean-Paul Boetius had given Mainz the lead inside 6 minutes.

On the day Bayern was winning, their rivals Dortmund were losing 3-1 at newly-promoted Union Berlin. Marius Bulter opened the scoring for Union before Paco Alcacer equalized to ensure the first half ends all square.

Five minutes into the second, Bulter restored the home side’s lead before Sebastien Andersson made the points safe for Union.

This was Dortmund’s first loss of the season having won their first two games while it was also Union Berlin’s first-ever top-flight victory.

The only side who still holds a 100% record in the Bundesliga is Julian Negelsmann’s, RB Leipzig.

Leipzig who have now won three of their first as many games defeated Monchengladbach 3-1 away from home of Friday night. Timo Werner grabbed the headlines, scoring all three of the visitors’ goals. Breel Embolo had temporarily made it 2-1, scoring Gladbach’ consolation.

Leipzig currently sits top of the standings with 6 points, having also beaten Union Berlin and Frankfurt in their first two games.

Elsewhere, Koln beat Freiburg 2-1, Schalke were 3-0 victors over Hertha Berlin, Bremen defeated Augsburg 3-2 while Frankfurt recorded their second victory of the season thanks to a 2-1 win at home to Dusseldorf.

In France, PSG made it three wins in four games, beating Metz 2-0 away from home on Friday.

Still without Neymar Jr, Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani, Angel Di Maria and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting scored the goals for Tomas Tuchel’s side.

Di Maria (L) and Choupo-Moting (R) were both on target for PSG.

Victory for PSG sees them move on top of the standings on goal difference as they are level on points with three other sides, Rennes, Nice and Angers.

On Sunday, Nice beat Rennes 2-1 away from home while Angers were 2-0 winners at home to Dijon.

Elsewhere, Lyon were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Bordeaux, Lille lost 2-0 away to Reims, Marseille beat Saint Etienne 1-0, Strasbourg drew 2-2 with Monaco while Nantes beat Montpellier 1-0.

All results from the Italian Serie A match-day 2

– Bologna 1-0 SPAL

-AC Milan 1-0 Brescia

-Juventus 4-3 Napoli

-Lazio 1-1 Roma

-Atalanta 2-3 Torino

-Cagliari 1-2 Inter Milan

-Genoa 2-1 Fiorentina

-Lecce 0-1 Hellas Verona

-Sassuolo 4-1 Sampdoria

-Udinese 1-3 Parma

All the Spanish La Liga results for Match-Day 3

-Sevilla 1-1 Celta Vigo

-Athletic Bilbao 2-0 Real Sociedad

-Osasuna 2-2 Barcelona

-Getafe 1-1 Deportivo Alaves

-Levante 2-0 Valladolid

-Valencia Mallorca

-Real Betis 2-1 Leganes

Atletico 3-2 Eibar

-Espanyol 0-3 Granada

-Villarreal 2-2 Real Madrid

All results from the Germany Bundesliga match-day 3

-Mönchengladbach 1-3 Leipzig

-Bayern 6-1 Mainz 05

-Leverkusen 0-0 Hoffenheim

-Wolfsburg 1-1 Paderborn

-Freiburg 1-2 Koln

-Schalke 3-0 Hertha

-Union 3-1 Dortmund

-Bremen 3-2 Augsburg

-Frankfurt 2-1 Dusseldorf

All the French Ligue One results from Match-Day 4

-Metz 0-2 PSG

-Lyon 1-1 Bordeaux

-Angers 2-0 Dijon

-Toulouse 2-0 Amiens

-Nantes 1-0 Montpellier

-Nimes 3-0 Brest

-Reims 2-0 Lille

-Rennes 1-2 Nice

-Strasbourg 2-2 Monaco

-Marseille 1-0 Saint Etienne

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