European football: Haaland, Foden scored hat-tricks; Real Madrid ended perfect record

In the return of European football action after the international break, intense derbies were played, red cards were given and histories were made. Relive the games and catch the highlights of the most recent soccer action in Europe‚Äôs top five leagues. If you’re looking for today’s soccer prediction sites, continue reading to know more!¬†

England

Manchester City’s Erling Haaland and Phil Foden both scored hat tricks in a nine-goal Manchester derby thriller where United faltered against local rivals. City remain unbeaten in the league and maintain a point behind leaders Arsenal, who won against 10-man Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 in the first North London derby. Meanwhile, new Brighton coach Roberto De Zerbi debuted with a 3-3 draw against Liverpool.

New Chelsea coach Graham Potter, who replaced Thomas Tuchel at Stamford Bridge, also marked a debut but with a 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace. Everton scored twice for the first time this season as they beat Southampton 2-1 from behind, extending their unbeaten run to six matches. At the bottom of the table, West Ham move out of the danger zone as they sink Wolves 2-0 to their former place.

Spain

Karim Benzema marked his return with a penalty miss that cost his Real Madrid side to lose their perfect record and drop a point after sharing spoils with Osasuna 1-1. Real now shares the overall points with Barcelona, who won against Mallorca 1-0 that helped them top the league table. In goalfest games, Athletic Club thrashed Almeria 4-0, while Real Sociedad rallied away from home to beat Girona 3-5.

Real Betis recorded their second defeat of the season after the first-half red card crippled the team against Celta Vigo 1-0, which was without a coach during the match. In the mid-table, Espanyol goalkeeper √Ālvaro Fern√°ndez made an error six minutes into second-half stoppage-time, helping Valencia avoid defeat and settled for a 2-2 draw.¬†

Italy

Needing a victory to catch up in the league, Massimiliano Allegri’s Juventus beat Bologna 3-0 to trail leaders Napoli by seven points. Napoli, on the other hand, strengthened their hold to the top spot with a 3-1 win against Torino, thanks to Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa‚Äôs brace in the first 12 minutes of the match, his first goals in Serie. Atalanta moved joint top with a 1-0 win over Fiorentina.

Jose Mourinho’s Roma handed Inter Milan with another defeat 1-2 this season to keep four points behind leaders. At Sassuolo, Ferrieri Caputi¬†became the first woman to referee a Serie A match, as the home side thrashed Salernitana 5-0. Sampdoria sacked coach Marco Giampaolo following their 3-0 defeat against Monza, who moved out of the danger zone with this win.¬†

Germany

Bayern Munich thrashed Leverkusen 4-0, ending their run of three draws and one defeat. They now level with Dortmund, who fell short in snatching the top spot after losing to Cologne 3-2. Frankfurt handed leaders Union Berlin 2-0 their first loss in the league to win their first home win of the season. Meanwhile, Freiburg propelled to second after a 2-1 win against Mainz. 

Timo Werner scored a brace to help Leipzig claim victory against winless Bochum 4-0. In Saturday’s late game, Borussia Mönchengladbach visited promoted Werder Bremen to concede 5 goals and scored only 1. Hertha Berlin and Hoffenheim recorded the only draw of the weekend 1-1, while 10-man Augsburg grabbed a heated 3-2 win at Schalke, who now left near the danger zone. 

France

Holders PSG avoided defeat as Kylian Mbappe came to rescue 2-1 in coach Christophe Galtier’s reunion with his former side Nice. The defending champions reclaimed the top spot to Marseille, who earlier won at Angers 0-3. Ten-man Lorient extended its winning streak to five games after Bafode Diakite’s early own goal and a superb Theo Le Bris goal to break the equalizer and seal the win.

Promoted Toulouse beat Montpellier 4-2 in a match that was suspended for 15 minutes after tear gas was thrown onto the pitch by the visiting side. Meanwhile, the other promoted side Ajaccio suffered another defeat 1-2 as Clermont sank them at the bottom of the table. Jackson Porozo leveled in stoppage time to save Troyes from defeat and settled to a 2-2 draw with 10-man Reims.

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