European weekend wrap


The Gunners continued their fine early season form with a wonderful display of attacking football in a 4-1 hammering of Norwich City to move two points clear at the Premier League summit.

Some of the Gunners’ play was sublime as they carved apart the Canaries with Jack Wilshere, Mesut Ozil (two) and Aaron Ramsey getting the goals.

Chelsea moved into second when they beat Cardiff City by the same scoreline, Samuel Eto’o scoring his first goal in English football in the process.

Liverpool could not take advantage of a 40th minute red card to Newcastle United’s Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa as they were forced to come from behind to earn a 2-2 draw at St James’ Park.

Steven Gerrard scored his 100th goal in league football from the penalty spot during the match, but in the end the Reds were left feeling blue.

Manchester United’s dismal start to the season continued when they wasted a host of chances to bury Southampton, and then had to settle for a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford as the Saints equalised through Adam Lallana with a minute left to play. Robin van Perse had put the Red Devils ahead.

Sergio Aguero scored twice as Manchester City brushed aside West Ham United, while Tottenham Hotspur eased past Aston Villa 2-0 and Steven Pienaar scored 10 seconds after coming on as a substitute as Everton won 2-1 at home to Hull City.

Meanwhile, Barcelona dropped their first points of the season as they were held 0-0 at Osasuna in the Spanish La Liga. It is the first time in 65 matches that the Catalan giants have played to goalless draw.

Second-placed Atletico Madrid could not capitalise though as they too dropped their first points of the campaign, succumbing to a 1-0 loss at Barca’s city rivals Espanyol.

That allowed Real Madrid to close the gap on the leaders to just three points as they won 2-0 at home to Malaga, Cristiano Ronaldo netting a penalty in injury-time to seal the win. 

In the Italian Serie A, Roma were the big winners this weekend as they beat their nearest rivals Napoli and then saw Juventus slip-up away at Fiorentina.

Miralem Pjanic scored twice for Roma as they defeated Napoli to make it eight wins from eight games this season and gives them an early five-point lead in the title race.

Juventus, winners of the last two Scudettos, lost 4-2 in Florence despite leading 2-0 with 25 minutes left to play.

AC Milan won 1-0 at home to Udinese, while Inter Milan were held 3-3 at Torino.

The top five sides in Germany all won as leaders Bayern Munich came from behind to defeat Mainz 4-1, Thomas Mueller scoring two.

Borussia Dortmund defeated Hannover 1-0, while Bayer Leverkusen secured a controversial 2-1 win at Hoffenheim on Friday night.

Stefan Kiessling’s headed winner from a corner went into the side-netting and through into the goal, with none of the match officials noticing. The player, who knew he did not score, did not own up either and Hoffenheim are now demanding the game be replayed.

Former Zambia coach Herve Renard made a good start to his rein at French Ligue 1 side Sochaux as they came back from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Monaco.

The latter had scored twice inside the opening 11 minutes, but strugglers Sochaux showed immense character to come back in the second half and secure the point.

That has allowed Paris St Germain to take over at the top of the table after their 4-0 thumping of Bastia, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic scoring twice.