FC Internazionale Milano kicked off the new Serie A season with a defeat and there was frustration elsewhere for European champions FC Barcelona, but the goals continue to flow for Mario Gomez and Wayne Rooney as the duo helped respective sides FC Bayern München and Manchester United FC record big wins.
Inter were hoping to make the most of Friday's 2-2 draw for champions AC Milan against S.S. Lazio, but those plans were scuppered as they fell to a 4-3 loss away against US Città di Palermo, despite two goals for Diego Milito and a first for summer signing Diego Forlán. "It's always great for a striker to score twice, but I can't hide my sadness about the result," said Milito. "Now we must look forward and try to improve." The season curtain-raiser proved equally bad for AS Roma, who lost 2-1 at home against Cagliari Calcio, but no such problems befell SSC Napoli, 3-1 winners against AC Cesena, or Juventus, who beat Parma FC 4-1 at their impressive new home.
Real Madrid CF stole a march on Liga rivals Barcelona after engineering a 4-2 defeat of Getafe CF, 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 Real Sociedad de Fútbol, which came despite the European club champions taking an early two-goal lead through Xavi Hernández and Cesc Fàbregas. "What is clear now is that we will have to perform better this season than last if we want to win again," said Barcelona coach Josep Guardiola. "When you win, it becomes harder." Valencia CF are level at the summit with Madrid after their 1-0 defeat of Club Atlético de Madrid, and Real Betis Balompié joined them on Sunday via a 1-0 defeat of RCD Mallorca.
Gomez followed up his hat-trick against 1. FC Kaiserslautern with four more goals as Bayern swept aside SC Freiburg 7-0 to stay top of the pile. "The goalscoring looks easy, but all the goals were the result of wonderful moves," said Gomez. "We shouldn't get carried away; it won't be like that every day." Champions Borussia Dortmund are certainly learning not to take anything for granted after they lost for the second time this term, 2-1 at home against Hertha BSC Berlin. Instead, it is SV Werder Bremen keeping the pressure on at the summit as they beat bottom side Hamburger SV 2-0 to join Bayern on 12 points, while TSG 1899 Hoffenheim prevailed 4-0 at 1. FSV Mainz 05.
Manchester continues to take the Premier League by storm after Manchester City FC and Sir Alex Ferguson's United each registered a fourth successive top-flight victory. Roberto Mancini's side laid down a marker with a 3-0 defeat of Wigan Athletic FC, 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 Wanderers FC. "We got an early goal, kicked on from there and it could have been more," said the England international, who has registered eight league goals already. There were also narrow wins for Chelsea FC, who are two points adrift of the top two, and Arsenal FC, against Sunderland AFC and Swansea City FC respectively.
Montpellier Hérault SC remain top thanks to their fourth victory in five outings, a 1-0 home win against OGC Nice. "Our goal was to take the three points and we managed that, but it was far from easy," commented midfielder Jamel Saihi. His side are a point clear of Olympique Lyonnais, who triumphed 2-1 at Dijon FCO, while titleholders LOSC Lille Métropole geared up for their UEFA Champions League return by winning 3-1 at AS Saint-Étienne, Eden Hazard scoring twice. There was also a notable 1-0 success for Stade Rennais FC at Olympique de Marseille, and Javier Pastore opened his Paris Saint-Germain FC account as the capital side edged Stade Brestois 29 1-0.
Samuel Eto'o racked up 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 PFC CSKA Moskva and FC Zenit St Petersburg, who both lost. In the Netherlands, FC Twente slipped out of pole position after succumbing 2-1 at Roda JC, and that allowed AFC Ajax to go first by triumphing 3-2 at Heracles Almelo. KAA Gent and Cercle Brugge KSV continue to share top in Belgium, meanwhile, and SL Benfica and SC Braga both won to stay within two points of Portuguese leaders FC Porto. In Turkey, finally, the opening round of action contained a 3-0 success for Bursaspor against Kayserispor and Galatasaray AŞ's 2-0 derby loss at İstanbul BB SK.
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