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European football: Ronaldo fires 700th career goal; Verona, Lyon sacked coach

European football: Ronaldo fires 700th career goal; Verona, Lyon sacked coach

In another European football action this weekend, a couple of intense actions and impressive results were recorded. Relive the games and catch the highlights of the most recent soccer action in Europe’s top five leagues. Catch updates and sure bet prediction here! 

England

Cristiano Ronaldo scores his first Premier League goal of the season in Manchester United’s 2-1 victory against  Everton, taking his career goal tally to 700 and his 144th for United across two spells. Arsenal kept the top spot after beating Liverpool 3-2, while Manchester City remained unbeaten and behind leaders after thrashing Southampton 4-0 at home. 

Without a coach, Wolverhampton Wanderers failed to score against Chelsea 3-0. Harry Kane’s goal in the 22nd minute was enough to seal the win against Brighton at home 0-1, while Newcastle United scored 5 goals to win against Brentford. Leicester City remain at the rock bottom of the table following their latest defeat against Bournemouth 2-1. 

Spain

A matchday before the much awaited El Clasico, Pedri’s first-half goal was enough for Barcelona to reclaim the top spot as they won against Celta Vigo at Camp Nou. They are leveled on 22 points with Real Madrid, who also scored only 1 goal to win against Getafe. Athletic Club dropped points as they shared spoils with Sevilla 1-1, while Atletico Madrid won against Girona 2-1, thanks to Angel Correa’s brace. 

Three of the eight red cards shown in this matchday alone came from Valencia’s 1-2 win against Osasuna, who lost 2 players due to red cards. The bottom team Elche settled for a 1-1 draw against mid-table side Mallorca, while ten-man Real Betis also settled for a goalless draw against Valladolid. Real Sociedad avoided defeat against Villarreal 1-0, thanks to Brais Mendez’s first-half goal. 

Italy

In Serie A, Simone Inzaghi’s side beat Sassuolo 1-2 at home, with Edin Dzeko scoring both of Inter’s winning goals. AC Milan moved fifth of the table as they sank Juventus in 2-0 win at San Siro. The reigning champions level on points with Lazio and Udinese, who won against Fiorentina 0-4 and drew against Atalanta 2-2 respectively. Torino and Empori also settle for a 1-1 draw. 

Monza’s resurgence continued as they won their third consecutive game, beating Spezia 2-0 to move 12th in the league table. Salernitana dropped Verona in the danger zone after the 2-1 win, costing Gabriele Cioffi’s job as coach. Leaders Napoli did the same with Cremonese 1-4 to keep the top spot. Sampdoria remained at the rock bottom after another 1-1 draw against Bologna 1-1 and without a win in 9 games.

Germany

The much-awaited derby between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund ended in a four-goal stalemate, with both teams scoring 2 goals each. Leon Goretzka opened the scoring for Bayern, and Leroy Sane doubled their lead before Youssoufa Moukoko pulled one back. Anthony Modeste headed home to hit a late equalizer. Bayern’s Kingsley Coman was sent off before the equalizer.

Elsewhere, Union Berlin avoided dropping points and kept the top spot after the 0-1 win against Stuttgart, who sacked their head coach Pellegrino Matarazzo a few hours after the loss, which was also his 100th game in charge. Second-placed SC Freiburg dropped points after the 2-2 draw with Hertha Berlin, while Gladbach thrashed Koln 5-2 at home. Mainz settled for a draw with RB Leipzig 1-1.

France

In the Northern derby, Lens ended their unbeaten run after Jonathan David’s penalty earned Lille a 1-0 home victory. It was also Lens’ first Ligue 1 defeat since April 10. Reigning champions and current leaders Paris Saint-Germain dropped points as the match against Reims ended in a goalless draw. Earlier, Lorient’s surprise run continued when they sank Brest 1-2 at home. 

Lyon continued with their poor form that prompted Peter Bosz’s dismissal as head coach following 1-1 draw with newcomer Toulouse. Bosz, who left the team with only one point in their last five league games, will be replaced by former PSG boss Laurent Blanc. Nice escaped defeat as they won 3-2 at home, with Troyes scoring two goals in the last few minutes. 

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