Last season's UEFA Champions League finalists were reacquainted with defeat this weekend as FC Bayern München and Chelsea FC lost their unbeaten starts to the season. Bayern were undone by Bayer 04 Leverkusen after compiling eight straight wins in the Bundesliga and Chelsea lost at home to Manchester United FC. In contrast, FC Barcelona and Club Atlético de Madrid kept their momentum going in Spain and Serie A leaders Juventus were again triumphant. UEFA.com recaps the action.
Bayern's record start to the season – comprising eight victories from as many opening games – ended with a 2-1 home defeat by Leverkusen. Mario Mandžukić thought he had rescued a point for the home side after cancelling out Stefan Kiessling's opener, before Sidney Sam's header three minutes from time deflected in off Jérôme Boateng. "The defeat will not discourage us, but we must learn lessons from it," said Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes "We have to maintain the same level of intensity over the 90 minutes." FC Schalke 04 moved to within four points of the Bundesliga pacesetters after edging 1. FC Nürnberg 1-0, while Eintracht Frankfurt dropped to third after their 2-1 reverse at VfB Stuttgart and Borussia Dortmund swept aside SC Freiburg 2-0.
A riveting weekend in the upper echelons of the Premier League culminated in a dramatic tussle at Stamford Bridge, where Chelsea had two players sent off in a 3-2 defeat at home to Manchester United. Javier Hernández scored the winner ten minutes after coming on and, after the dust had settled, the hosts' lead had been cut to a single point. "It's been ten years since we have won down here," said Sir Alex Ferguson after the victory. "We had a good record until José [Mourinho] came along and spoiled the party." Manchester City FC are level with their neighbours in third thanks to a 1-0 win against Swansea City FC, while the Merseyside derby ended in a 2-2 draw between Everton FC and Liverpool FC.
Barcelona and Atlético are tied on points at the top of the Liga having both racked up their eighth wins in nine games this term. The Catalans' success was a particularly stylish one, Lionel Messi scoring twice more to surpass 300 career goals in a 5-0 defeat of Rayo Vallecano de Madrid. "Winning 25 out of 27 points is not an easy feat," said Barça coach Tito Vilanova. "We could have drawn a couple of our matches, but we fought until the end and we deserve the points we've won." Real Madrid CF's resurgence continued with a 5-0 victory at RCD Mallorca – Cristiano Ronaldo and Gonzalo Higuaín registering twice apiece – but they are still eight points off the summit.
Juventus enjoyed an eighth success in nine Serie A outings as Arturo Vidal's second-half effort made the difference in a 1-0 defeat of Calcio Catania. The title holders remain three points clear of SSC Napoli, who edged AC Chievo Verona by the same margin, while third-placed Internazionale Milano posted a fifth straight league win with a 3-1 success at Bologna FC. The Nerazzurri's city rivals AC Milan won too – for just the third time in the league this term – as Stephan El Shaarawy marked his 20th birthday with the only goal of their game against Genoa CFC. "Criticism has been too harsh, considering what we have seen on the field," commented Rossoneri coach Massimiliano Allegri. "The situation at Milan is simply an issue of results, not performances."
Paris Saint-Germain FC are in charge at the Ligue 1 summit thanks to a 1-0 victory against AS Nancy-Lorraine. Zlatan Ibrahimović was once again the capital club's match winner, scoring his tenth league goal of the season with 16 minutes left. "It's a great win and very important after beating Reims and Dinamo Zagreb without conceding a goal," said PSG coach Carlo Ancelotti. "Our team is very stable at the moment." Toulouse FC are three points behind in second following a 3-1 victory against Stade Brestois 29, with Olympique de Marseille level on points in third after their meeting with fourth-placed Olympique Lyonnais was postponed due to high winds. Elsewhere, Gilles Sunu rescued a point for FC Lorient in an eight-goal thriller against AJ Ajaccio.
FC Shakhtar Donetsk's winning run in the Ukrainian top flight now stands at 22 games after they saw off SC Tavriya Simferopol thanks to a lone Alex Teixeira goal, his effort keeping the Pitmen 12 points clear at the top. Celtic FC have no such cushion at the Scottish Premier League summit after their 2-0 reverse at the hands of Kilmarnock FC left their lead over Hibernian FC at two points. As for PFC CSKA Moskva, they are the new frontrunners in Russia thanks to a 2-1 win at FC Terek Grozny and a loss by the same scoreline for previous incumbents FC Anji Makhachkala at FC Rubin Kazan. Lastly, FK Molde took a big step towards retaining their Norwegian crown by downing Rosenborg BK 2-0 and HJK Helsinski are celebrating their fourth consecutive Finnish title.
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