European weekend wrap


It had looked as though the Red Devils' disastrous start to the new season might get a whole lot worse, before the 18-year-old Januzaj spared their blushes with two second-half strikes.

He is the first United player to score twice on his league debut since Dutch striker Ruud van Nistelrooy 12 years ago. Remember the name.

Liverpool kept up their good early season form with a 3-1 home win over battling Crystal Palace – who were without South African star Kagisho Dikgacoi through injury – as Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez were once again on the scoresheet.

Manchester City returned to winning ways as they came from behind to defeat previously unbeaten Everton 3-1, Sergio Aguero putting in a lively display and scoring one of the goals.

The Toffees may feel hard done by though, as they were denied what looked a good penalty shout in the first half and then had one given against them when there seemed minimal contact from Seamus Coleman on Pablo Zabaleta.

West Ham caused perhaps the surprise of the weekend when they downed Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 away from home, Ravel Morrison with a stunning third goal for them.

Chelsea needed two late goals from Eden Hazard and Willian, the latter's first for the club, to see off Norwich City 3-1.

Leaders Arsenal were perhaps fortunate to get a 1-1 draw at West Brom, but remain top of the table on goal-difference from Liverpool, with Chelsea and Southampton a further two points back.

Real Madrid scored twice in injury time to defeat Levante 3-2 after it had looked as though they were headed for another deflating defeat. Ronaldo got their winner with virtually the last kick of the game.

A Lionel Messi-less Barcelona cruised past Real Vallodolid 4-1, Alexi Sanchez scoring two and Neymar also getting among the goals.

Atletico Madrid kept up their 100 percent record this season with an eighth straight victory, this time a 2-1 success over Celta Vigo.

The Brazilian Diego Costa, who scored 10 La Liga goals last season, netted a brace to match that tally already in this campaign.

Ghana midfielder Sulley Muntari netted twice for AC Milan on Sunday but it was not enough to avoid a 3-2 defeat at Italian Serie A champions Juventus, a result that leaves Milan in the bottom half of the table.

Roma kept up their perfect start to the season with a seventh straight victory as they brushed aside Inter Milan 3-0, while second-placed Napoli were 4-0 winners at home to Livorno.

Juve are in third in what is already looking like a breakaway by those three clubs from the rest of Serie A.

Two goals in the final eight minutes helped Borussia Moenchengladbach stun Borussia Dortmund with a 2-0 success that saw Bayern Munich take over at the top of the table.

Bayern are now a point ahead of Dortmund after they were held to a 1-1 draw by Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday. Both goals came within a minute of each other in the first half, with Toni Kroos giving Bayern the lead, only for them to concede immediately.

Paris St Germain came from behind to beat Marseille 2-1 in the French Ligue 1 and stayed level at the top with Monaco.

Ghanaian Andrew Ayew had netted a penalty to give his side the lead, but Maxwell and Zlatan Ibrahimovic also scored from the spot, giving the points to the Parisian club.

Monaco had earlier defeated St Etienne 2-1, while Lyon were surprise 5-1 losers at Montpellier.