Novara Calcio ended a 55-year wait for a Serie A win with a 3-1 victory that continued FC Internazionale Milano's miserable opening to the season, while Sevilla FC's hopes of taking an overnight Liga lead were thwarted by CA Osasuna.
Both Novara and Inter went into Tuesday's only Serie A fixture with one point from two games, but it was the Piedmont side – in the top division for the first time since 1956 – who looked the better team from the off. The hosts got their reward on 38 minutes when Esteban Cambiasso lost possession and Riccardo Meggiorini produced a confident finish.
The Nerazzurri, who began their UEFA Champions League campaign last week with a home loss to Trabzonspor, improved in the second half but with four minutes left their deficit doubled when Andrea Ranocchia brought down Takayuki Morimoto in the area – earning a red card – and Marco Rigoni converted the penalty. Giampaolo Pazzini set up Cambiasso to pull one back but Rigoni soon struck again. The midweek Serie A programme continues with eight Wednesday games.
One of Inter's Group B rivals, LOSC Lille Métropole, were also in action on Tuesday and drew 1-1 at FC Girondins de Bordeaux thanks to Eden Hazard's second-half goal to remain in fourth place. The rest of Ligue 1 plays tomorrow.
In Spain there was victory for one UEFA Champions League club as Villarreal CF ended their winless start, seeing off RCD Mallorca 2-0 through Guiseppe Rossi and Nilmar. Unbeaten Sevilla are a point adrift of perfect pair Valencia CF and Real Betis Balompié after being held 0-0 at Osasuna. Real Sociedad de Fútbol are within a point of Sevilla following a 1-0 defeat of Granada CF. FC Barcelona's trip to Valencia CF is the highlight of Spain's Wednesday programme.
In England the UEFA competition entrants began their League Cup campaigns in the last 32, with Manchester United FC winning 3-0 at traditional rivals Leeds United AFC and Arsenal FC coming from behind to prevail 3-1 against Shrewsbury Town FC. Among those also through are Stoke City FC – after knocking out fellow UEFA Europa League contenders Tottenham Hotspur FC on penalties – Blackburn Rovers FC, Bolton Wanderers FC, Newcastle United FC and Wolverhampton Wanderers FC.
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