Real Madrid CF are licking their wounds after tasting their first reverse of the Liga season at Levante UD and it also proved a miserable weekend for AC Milan, but Manchester United FC remain unblemished following their 3-1 defeat of Chelsea FC and FC Bayern München are still buzzing in the Bundesliga.
It was a weekend of wildly divergent results for eternal rivals Madrid and FC Barcelona as José Mourinho's men followed up the champions' 8-0 defeat of CA Osasuna – Lionel Messi plundering a treble – with a 1-0 loss at Levante that featured a first-half red card for Sami Khedira. "Being one man down allows your opponents to create opportunities, but that is not an excuse and we shouldn't focus only on one player – we are all guilty," said Madrid defender Sergio Ramos. Only two sides now boast 100% records in the division, Valencia CF having kept their run going with a 1-0 success at Real Sporting de Gijón and promoted Real Betis Balompié edging Athletic Club 3-2.
Edinson Cavani grabbed the headlines in Serie A as his hat-trick steered SSC Napoli to a 3-1 comeback success against titleholders and fellow UEFA Champions League hopefuls Milan. "We certainly made mistakes on the counterattack," explained Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri, whose team have yet to win after two matches. "Napoli tended to play on the break, which was unusual considering they were the home team. They're very fast and we should've done better in stopping that weapon." Also without a league victory – or, indeed, a victory of any sort this season – are FC Internazionale Milano, who played out a goalless stalemate with AS Roma. In contrast, four teams have won both their assignments so far, Napoli being joined at the top by Juventus, Udinese Calcio and Cagliari Calcio.
Manchester United are the only Premier League team still protecting a perfect record after dispatching title rivals Chelsea 3-1 in a pulsating match at Old Trafford, where Chris Smalling, Nani and Wayne Rooney contributed the goals for the hosts. "Chelsea had a lot of chances to score as well, but our performance was better and that's why we scored three goals," said Nani. "Our confidence was higher and we deserved the win." The result moved United two points clear of Manchester City FC, who took a 2-0 lead at Fulham FC courtesy of a Sergio Agüero double only to draw 2-2. Elsewhere, Emmanuel Adebayor struck twice as Tottenham Hotspur FC defeated nine-man Liverpool FC 4-0 and Arsenal FC suffered a third league reverse this term, succumbing 4-3 at Blackburn Rovers FC.
Bayern continue to go from strength to strength after recording their eighth successive win in all competitions by engineering a 2-0 triumph at FC Schalke 04, Nils Petersen and Thomas Müller serving up the goals. Jupp Heynckes's men now have a two-point lead at the top, with second-placed SV Werder Bremen only able to draw 1-1 at 1. FC Nürnberg, while VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach, in third, clinched a 1-0 success at Hamburger SV. As for champions Borussia Dortmund, they slipped to a third Bundesliga loss this season as Karim Haggui and Didier Konan Ya pounced in the last three minutes to give Hannover 96 a dramatic 2-1 home victory. "We only have ourselves to blame," said Dortmund coach Jürgen Klopp. "The way we played wasn't bad, but the final result is."
"Being top gives us a lot of pleasure," said Olympique Lyonnais Rémi Garde after his troops moved a point clear in Ligue 1 by inflicting a 2-0 reverse on rivals Olympique de Marseille. "We've put in a lot of work to get here since the start of the season, even if we're still a long way from the finishing line." Previous pacesetters Montpellier Hérault SC could only draw 2-2 at Stade Brestois 29, meanwhile, despite an Olivier Giroud double. They now lie level on points with Toulouse FC, who overcame FC Girondins de Bordeaux 3-2, and two ahead of last season's top dogs LOSC Lille Métropole, who drew 2-2 with FC Sochaux-Montbéliard.
Rangers FC won the first Old Firm derby of the season against Celtic FC to move four points clear of the rivals at the top in Scotland, Steven Naismith finding the net twice as Ally McCoist's men came back from 2-1 down to prevail 4-2. There was a meeting between old rivals in the Netherlands too, where titleholders AFC Ajax twice fought back to draw 2-2 at PSV Eindhoven, and that allowed FC Twente and AZ Alkmaar to take over at the summit. FC Zenit St Petersburg moved two points clear in Russia, finally, their 3-2 success at FC Rubin Kazan coinciding with a 1-1 stalemate at FC Rostov for previous leaders PFC CSKA Moskva.
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