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European Review: Manchester’s Win, Barca Draws and Inter Loses

Inter Milan kicked off the new Serie A season with a defeat and there was frustration elsewhere for European champions FC , but the goals continue to flow for Mario Gomez and Wayne Rooney as the duo helped respective sides and record big wins.

Italy
Inter were hoping to make the most of Friday’s 2-2 draw for champions against , but Inter were upset 4-3 away to against Palermo, despite two goals for Diego Milito and a first for summer signing Diego Forlán. The season curtain-raiser proved equally bad for , who lost 2-1 at home against Cagliari, but no such problems befell , 3-1 winners against Cesena, or , who beat Parma 4-1 at their impressive new home.

Spain
opened up a two point gap on Liga rivals Barcelona after beating Getafe 4-2. Karim Benzema scoring either side of a Cristiano Ronaldo penalty before Gonzalo Higuaín’s late strike. The victory was all the sweeter for Barça’s 2-2 draw against , which came despite the European club champions taking an early two-goal lead through Xavi Hernández and Cesc Fàbregas. are level at the summit with Madrid after their 1-0 defeat of Atlético de Madrid, and Real Betis Balompié joined them on Sunday via a 1-0 defeat of Mallorca.

Germany
Gomez followed up his hat-trick against FC Kaiserslautern with four more goals as Bayern swept aside Freiburg 7-0 to stay top of the pile. Champions are certainly learning not to take anything for granted after they lost for the second time this term, 2-1 at home against Hertha Berlin. Instead, it is keeping the pressure on at the summit as they beat bottom side Hamburg 2-0 to join Bayern on 12 points, while TSG 1899 Hoffenheim won 4-0 at FSV Mainz 05.

England
Manchester continues to take the Premier League by storm after and Man United each registered a fourth successive top-flight victory. Roberto Mancini’s side laid down a marker with a 3-0 defeat of Wigan, Sergio Agüero scoring all three goals, before Rooney fired a hat-trick of his own – for the second league match running – in United’s 5-0 rout of Bolton. There were also narrow wins for , who are two points adrift of the top two, and , against Sunderland and respectively.

France
Montpellier remain top thanks to their fourth victory in five games, a 1-0 home win against Nice. Montpellier are a point clear of Olympique Lyonnais, who triumphed 2-1 at Dijon, while titleholders Lille geared up for their UEFA return by winning 3-1 at Saint-Étienne, Eden Hazard scoring twice. There was also a notable 1-0 success for Stade Rennais at Olympique de , and Javier Pastore opened his account as the capital side edged Stade Brestois 29 1-0.

Elsewhere
Samuel Eto’o scored his second goal in two matches for new side FC Anzhi Makhachkala as they beat FC Volga Nizhny Novgorod 2-1 to climb within six points of Russia’s joint leaders CSKA Moscow and Zenit St Petersburg, who both lost.