Lionel Messi made headlines yet again as he fired a club record 15th Liga hat-trick for FC Barcelona in a thrilling 5-4 win against RC Deportivo La Coruña, but he had to share the plaudits as Chelsea FC shone in England, Paris Saint-Germain FC went top in France and FC Bayern München set a Bundesliga record. UEFA.com recaps the action.
FC Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fàbregas could only respond with awe after irrepressible Argentinian forward Messi served up another dazzling performance, notching his 21st hat-trick for the club in a sensational 5-4 triumph at RC Deportivo La Coruña. "Messi came here from a long trip with the national team and still performed at his best," said Fàbregas. "He gives us a lot. Messi is from another world." Barcelona still cannot shake off Club Atlético de Madrid, though, after Falcao's last-minute free-kick sealed a 1-0 defeat of Real Sociedad de Fútbol that kept the Rojiblancos joint level at the summit. As for Real Madrid CF, they continue to climb the standings, goals from Gonzalo Higuaín and Cristiano Ronaldo shaping a 2-0 victory against RC Celta de Vigo.
Juventus strengthened their grip atop the Serie A standings by edging out second-placed SSC Napoli 2-0 courtesy of two late goals in as many minutes from Martín Cáceres and Paul Pogba. "It was a difficult match for us. We deserved to win," said Cáceres. AC Milan's miserable start to the season continued, meanwhile, as they slumped to a fifth league reverse, losing 3-2 at third-placed S.S. Lazio. "We created chances, and we got into their area, but we obviously need to improve," said coach Massimiliano Allegri. FC Internazionale Milano are level on points with Lazio after recording a fourth consecutive Serie A success at the expense of Calcio Catania.
PSG are the new leaders of Ligue 1 after Olympique de Marseille suffered a surprise 1-0 defeat at lowly ES Troyes Aube Champagne on Sunday. PSG went top 24 hours earlier when Kevin Gameiro headed the only goal of the game to see off Stade de Reims Champagne in Paris, and Elie Baup's side were unable to respond as Benjamin Nivet's late goal condemned the early pacesetters to defeat. Olympique Lyonnais remain a point behind the leading duo after Bafétimbi Gomis' goal proved enough to down Stade Brestois 29. "It's important to stay in touch with the two top teams," said match winner Gomis. "Now we go to Marseille next Sunday and must hope we can get ourselves a good result."
Chelsea remain four points clear at the Premier League summit after triumphing 4-2 at Tottenham Hotspur FC, thanks in part to a pair of second-half goals from Juan Mata. The European champions are now eight matches unbeaten, but manager Roberto Di Matteo is eager not to get carried away. "The start we have made makes our team strong, but there are still 30 more games to play," he said. Manchester United FC remain hot on their trail, Wayne Rooney scoring twice after putting through his own net in an entertaining 4-2 win against Stoke City FC, while ten-man Manchester City FC staged a dramatic comeback as two late goals from substitute Edin Džeko condemned West Bromwich Albion FC to a 2-1 reverse.
Bayern set a new Bundesliga record as they maintained their perfect start to the season with a 5-0 win at Fortuna Düsseldorf 1895. Thomas Müller scored twice in the victory, which ensured that Jupp Heynckes' team became the first to win their opening eight league fixtures. Eintracht Frankfurt remain Bayern's closest contenders, lying five points behind after a 3-1 win against Hannover 96, while FC Schalke 04 won 2-1 in the weekend's biggest game at defending champions Borussia Dortmund. "We fought a great battle and brought home a well-earned victory," said Schalke coach Huub Stevens, after efforts from Ibrahim Afellay and Marco Höger helped his side prevail in the Ruhr Valley derby.
Second-placed PFC Levski Sofia were the form team going into their 130th league meeting with rivals PFC CSKA Sofia, but that mattered little as they were undone by Serge Nyuiadzi's solitary strike. There was derby action in Austria too, with Alexander Gorgon scoring twice in FK Austria Wien's 2-0 home victory against SK Rapid Wien. In the Eredivisie, PSV Eindhoven moved to within a point of the summit after earning a 3-2 comeback victory at home to Willem II, while leaders FC Twente were held to a 1-1 draw at Roda JC. Finally, FC Shakhtar Donetsk made it 12 wins from 12 in Ukraine, overcoming FC Illychivets Mariupil 2-1, and FC Shakhter Karagandy reclaimed their Kazakh Premier League title with a game to spare.
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