Updated: Oct 14, 2021
From Messi To Haaland - All The Latest From Europe
The big leagues across Europe are all in full swing now. From Serie A in Italy to the Bundesliga in Germany, the fans are back (for the most part). Here at thepyrrhic.com we’ve got you covered with all the latest from the home of football.
Our first stop this week is Italy where Massimiliano Allegris’Juventus side finds themselves in the relegation zone. It comes after Ante Rebic equalized for AC Milan in their clash against the Old Lady, leaving them winless after four match weeks. After a disappointing season, last term Zebre are in turmoil. It could be a long season ahead for them.
Elsewhere, Jose Mourinho’s new club Roma missed a chance to take the top spot of Serie A after losing 3-2 to Verona. It was an entertaining match-up that was decided by one of the most incredible finishes by Davide Faraoni. The victory confirms Verona as somewhat of a bogey team for Roma, who haven’t defeated them since September 2019.
Inter Milan had a massive 6-1 victory over Bologna that confirmed them at the top of the table with a +11 goal difference. An Edin Dzeko brace sandwiched a Lautaro Martinez opener for the Nerazzurri.
Sassuolo 0-1 Torino
Genoa 1-2 Fiorentina
Inter Milan 6-1 Bologna
Salernitana 0-1 Atalanta
Empoli 0-3 Sampdoria
Venezia 1-2 Spezia
Verona 3-2 Roma
Lazio 2-2 Cagliari
Juventus 1-1 AC Milan
Udinese vs Napoli
In France, all eyes were on the action at the Parc des Princes as the one and only Lionel Messi made his home debut for the Parisien side. Things did not go to script for the home team when Lucas Paqueta put Olympique Lyonnais ahead. A little over ten minutes later, Malo Gusto fouled Neymar in the area and the Brazillian converted the resulting penalty.
An unhappy Lionel Messi was withdrawn with the scores still level after an average display by the mercurial Argentine's standards.
Things remained tight until the last seconds of the match-up. That was when mega star Kylian Mbappe put in an incredible cross for Mauro Icardi to give the capital city side the victory.
Earlier in the day, Marseille secured a relatively easy 2-0 victory over Rennes to maintain pressure on PSG in these early stages of the season. Bordeaux got their first win for the campaign over St Etienne with a 2-1 victory with South Korean striker Hwang Ui-Jo getting a brace.
Strasbourg 3-0 Metz
Lens 1-0 Lille
St Etienne 1-2 Bordeaux
Nice 2-2 Monaco
Angers 1-4 Nantes
Clermont 1-1 Brest
Reims 0-0 Lorient
Troyes 1-1 Montpellier
Marseille 2-0 Rennes
Paris St Germain 2-1 Lyon.
In ‘The Land of Rabbits’ (look it up) the Madrid sides continued their undefeated starts to the La Liga season and cemented their places in the top two spots of the La Liga table.
At the Wanda Metropolitano, a Joao Felix red card prevented Atleti from taking all three points against Athletic Bilbao.
Despite having more of the ball and the better looks at goal, the Madrid side just couldn’t find the decisive solution and when Felix got his marching orders, it just never looked like being anything other than a 0-0 draw.
It was a different story at the Mestalla where cross-town rivals Real faced Valencia. It was notable as Eden Hazard put in an encouraging performance in his nearly 80 mins on the pitch. That aside, however, Los Blancos were down 1-0 when the Belgian left the pitch after going behind to former Madrid loanee Hugo Duro’s 66th-minute strike.
The story wouldn’t end there though as Real would produce yet another late show as the emerging partnership of Vinicius Jr. and Karim Benzema took turns setting each other up to give them a last gasp victory.
Elsewhere Real Betis let a 2-1 lead slip in the 97th minute when Leandro Cabrera equalized for Espanyol with almost the last kick of the game.
Celta de vigo 1-2 Cadiz
Rayo Vallecano 3-0 Getafe
Atletico de Madrid 0-0 Athletic Bilbao
Elche 1-1 Levante
Alaves 0-2 Osasuna
Mallorca 0-0 Villareal
Real Sociedad 0-0 Sevilla
Real Betis 2-2 Espanyol
Valencia 1-2 Real Madrid
Barcelona vs Granada
Finally in Germany Munich and Dortmund rekindled their eternal rivalry with a couple of huge victories.
We will start at the Allianz where Munich continued their unbeaten start to the season with an enormous 7-0 victory over Bochum that was an ominous sign for the rest of the league. Joshua Kimmich managed a brace and there was the standard Robert Lewandowski strike. Sane, Gnabry, and Choupo-Mouting all chipped in as well with an own goal from center half Vasilios Lampropoulos rubbing the salt in the wound for the visitors.
Not to be outdone, Borussia Dortmund had the yellow wall rocking with a 4-2 victory over Union Berlin. And when I mean Dortmund - of course I mean it was Erling Haaland that had the home side rocking with a couple of tremendous finishes that ultimately made the difference in the victory.
In other notable fixtures, Wolfsburg missed the chance to take an unlikely early hold of the top spot after only managing a 1-1 draw with Eintracht Frankfurt, requiring Wout Weghorst to get them a share of the spoils with a 70th-minute equalizer.
Hertha Berlin 2-1 Furth
Bayern Munich 7-0 Bochum
Mainz 0-0 Freiburg
Augsburg 1-0 B. Monchengladbach
Arminia Biefield 0-0 Hoffenheim
FC Koln 1-1 RB Leipzig
Stuttgart 1-3 Leverkusen
B. Dortmund 4-2 Union Berlin
Wolfsburg 1-1 E. Frankfurt
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