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Tough Weekend For Some European Heavyweights

Ibra PSGIn a weekend full of surprises Real Madrid and Manchester City both lost and Bayern Munich were held, while Chelsea scored six and Ibra got a hat trick.

Real Sociedad ended a torrid week on an almighty high as they came from 2-0 down to stun Real Madrid. Having lost to Liga new boys Eibar and exited the UEFA Europa League, another chastening defeat was on the cards, but the Basque club completed a stunning turnaround to win 4-2. Atlético Madrid, Athletic Club and Sevilla picked up their first Liga victories this season, while Barcelona made it two from two as Sandro Ramírez scored minutes after coming on for his club debut to earn a 1-0 triumph at a Villarreal side denied by the woodwork three times.

Three games into the Premier League season and two sides have maximum points. To no real surprise, Chelsea are one of them after a remarkable 6-3 victory at Everton that featured five goals in ten minutes at one point. Alongside them at the top of the league are Swansea City, 3-0 victors over West Brom. Manchester City stunningly lost 1-0 at home to Stoke City while Liverpool once again dominated Tottenham Hotspur 3-0

Juventus and AS Roma, first and second last term, eased out of the blocks with opening-day wins, but it was AC Milan who caught the eye as Filippo Inzaghi made a winning start to his reign with a 3-1 success against SS Lazio, watched by Fernando Torres after his two-year loan switch from Chelsea FC. Another newcomer from the Premier League, Nemanja Vidić, had a less auspicious start as he was sent off late on as FC Internazionale Milano drew 0-0 at Torino FC, Samir Handanovič saving a Marcelo Larrondo penalty. Antonio Di Natale scored twice for Udinese Calcio.

The weekend ended with the Bundesliga’s first scoreless Sunday since 2001, but there was no shortage of goals or drama in the preceding two days. Borussia Dortmund, who ended the weekend with the capture of Shinji Kagawa, held off an FC Augsburg comeback to win 3-2 on Friday, while on Saturday Bayern Münich were held 1-1 by injury-hit Schalke, Benedikt Höwedes getting the equaliser. Bayer Leverkusen are the only team left with a 100% record as they twice came from behind to beat Hertha Berlin 4-2.

Not for the first time, Zlatan Ibrahimović grabbed the headlines with a hat-trick as champions Paris Saint-Germain demolished AS Saint-Étienne 5-0. It is Bordeaux who continue to lead the way, though, even if their perfect record ended in a 1-1 draw with SC Bastia. Lille drew 1-1 at AS Monaco and Olympique de Marseille downed Nice 4-0 – but things went from bad to worse for Olympique Lyonnais as they lost 2-1 at Metz, fresh from crashing out of the UEFA Europa League.