Real Madrid CF's high-profile summer signing Gareth Bale enjoyed an excellent debut as he found the net in a 2-2 draw with Villarreal CF, on a weekend when Borussia Dortmund showed their class in a 6-2 defeat of Hamburger SV. Arsenal FC also impressed as they went top in England, while Falcao scored again for AS Monaco FC and the game between Juventus and FC Internazionale Milano ended 1-1. UEFA.com recaps the action.
Bale marked his Madrid debut with a goal and Cristiano Ronaldo also got on the scoresheet, but the Merengues were eventually held to a 2-2 draw by Villarreal. "The team's reaction after the first goal was good," said coach Carlo Ancelotti. "We scored two goals and if we had paid a little bit more attention we could have won, but it's a fair result because Villarreal played well. They are a good team." Also on Saturday, FC Barcelona dug deep to overcome Sevilla FC 3-2 courtesy of Alexis Sánchez's added-time winner, while Club Atlético de Madrid also made it four wins from as many games after consigning UD Almería to a 4-2 reverse.
Dortmund flexed their muscles by overwhelming Hamburg 6-2 to maintain their perfect start to the campaign. "After it became 2-2 we were subdued for a bit, but then it was outstanding," explained Dortmund coach Jürgen Klopp. "It was really fun; we were so hard to stop." FC Bayern München are two points back in second after returning to winning ways with a 2-0 defeat of Hannover 96, while Bayer 04 Leverkusen posted a 3-1 win against VfL Wolfsburg. Elsewhere, Kevin-Prince Boateng scored his first goal for FC Schalke 04 as they edged out 1. FSV Mainz 05 1-0.
Arsène Wenger was a delighted man after Arsenal's record signing Mesut Özil set up Olivier Giroud to open the scoring in a 3-1 win at Sunderland AFC on Saturday. "[Özil] was sick on Thursday night and I decided only today to play him this morning," said Wenger. "He dropped a bit physically in the second half but his first half was outstanding." The result took the Gunners to the Premier League summit ahead of second-placed Tottenham Hotspur FC, who dispatched Norwich City FC 2-0. Elsewhere, Manchester United FC eased past Crystal Palace FC 2-0 at Old Trafford before Manchester City FC drew 0-0 at Stoke City FC. As for Chelsea FC, they succumbed 1-0 against Everton FC.
There was no separating Juventus and Inter in the Derby d'Italia at San Siro as Arturo Vidal cancelled out Mauro Icardi's goal for the Nerazzurri within two minutes of the opener, meaning that both clubs dropped their first points of the season. "Today confirmed that Inter can target the top of the table this season, while we are very tough to beat," said Juve coach Antonio Conte. "I saw my team play very well in a difficult arena against a side that has everything to compete right until the end of the season." That draw allowed SSC Napoli to move top with a 2-0 success against Atalanta BC, while ACF Fiorentina wasted the chance to join them, drawing 1-1 at home to Cagliari Calcio, and Genoa CFC triumphed 3-0 at derby neighbours UC Sampdoria.
Monaco won again on Sunday to make sure they held onto top spot in Ligue 1. Paris Saint-Germain FC defeated FC Girondins de Bordeaux 2-0 on Friday evening to initially displace Claudio Ranieri's side, before AS Saint-Étienne were the next team to briefly go first after a 3-1 Saturday success at Valenciennes FC. However, Monaco earned their fourth win in five games courtesy of Falcao's early penalty in a 1-0 victory against FC Lorient that nonetheless frustrated coach Ranieri. "I was a bit annoyed at the end of the match because we complicated matters," he said. "But we played well in the first half. We were motivated." Meanwhile, Olympique de Marseille dropped points again, drawing 1-1 at Toulouse FC.
FC Shakhtar Donetsk's domestic woes continued as the Ukrainian champions' winless league run stretched to three games with a 3-2 loss at FC Karpaty Lviv, while FC Metalist Kharkiv downed FC Dynamo Kyiv 3-0 to maintain their one-point advantage at the summit. As for PSV Eindhoven, they were prevented from going top in the Netherlands – despite leaders PEC Zwolle losing 2-1 to AFC Ajax – as they could only draw 2-2 with FC Twente, while FC Porto maintained their 100% record in Portugal, seeing off Gil Vicente FC 2-0 to maintain a two-point lead over Sporting Clube de Portugal. Undefeated PFC CSKA Moskva remain three points ahead in Russia, and Kostas Mitroglou struck his second hat-trick in two games as Olympiacos FC beat Skoda Xanthi FC 4-0.
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