European weekend wrap


David Moyes’ mediocre start as Red Devils manager took a turn for the worse when the English champions succumbed to a 2-1 loss at home to struggling West Brom on Saturday.

It was always going to be hard for the Scot to follow the legend that is Sir Alex Ferguson, but he would have expected more than just two wins in his first six league matches, even with a difficult run of fixtures at the start of the campaign.

Arsenal consolidated their position at the top of the Premiership with a 2-1 away win at Swansea, Aaron Ramsey netting his eighth goal of the campaign in the process. That is already more than he managed in the last three seasons combined.

Liverpool are up to second as controversial Uruguayan Luis Suarez netted a brace in a 3-1 win at bottom side Sunderland.

It was a first league game back for Suarez following the completion of his 10-game ban for biting Branislav Ivanovic of Chelsea towards the end of last season.

The battle of 'Master vs Pupil' ended all squad on Saturday as Tottenham held Chelsea to a 1-1 draw.

Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas was a long-time assistant of Jose Mourinho during the most successful part of his career, and is now looking to emulate his former boss.

Manchester City’s rocky start to the season continued as they lost 3-2 at lowly Aston Villa, the honeymoon most certainly over for manager Manuel Pellegrini.

Villa’s strange start continues. They have generally battled, but have now recorded wins over Arsenal and big-spending City, suggesting they can lift themselves for the big matches.

Atletico Madrid gave a signal that they are perhaps genuine title contenders this season when they defeated city rivals Real Madrid 1-0 on Saturday night.

The side have now won seven from seven at the start of the La Liga campaign and this victory over one of the ‘big two’ in Spain will give them plenty of confidence.

Brazilian Diego Costa netted his eighth goal of the campaign for Atletico.

It leaves them level on points with Barcelona, who also maintained their 100 percent start with a 2-0 win at Almeria, though they lost Messi to injury in the first half of that game. 

Not before the Argentine maestro had scored the opener though, with Adriano adding a second.

Roma’s perfect start to the Italian Serie A season continued as they won 5-0 at home to Bologna, former Arsenal forward Gervinho scoring twice.

Second-placed Napoli got back to winning ways with a 2-0 success at Genoa, while Juventus moved up to third with a 1-0 win over city rivals Torino, Paul Pogba with the goal.

AC Milan won 1-0 at home to Sampdoria, but Inter were held 1-1 at Cagliari.

Robert Lewandowski scored twice as Borussia Dortmund crushed Freiburg 5-0 to stay top of the German Bundesliga, ahead of Bayern Munich who needed a Thomas Muller goal to win 1-0 at home to Wolfsburg.

Monaco stayed on top of the French Ligue 1 despite being held to a 1-1 draw at Reims.

Paris St Germain moved level on points with them, but behind on goal-difference, as they beat Toulouse 2-0.

Marseille are a point back following a 2-0 win at Lorient.