There was derby joy for Manchester City FC and AS Roma this weekend as the two clubs defeated respective neighbours Manchester United FC and SS Lazio. Roma continue to boast a 100% record in Serie A, as do SSC Napoli after downing AC Milan, while FC Barcelona and Club Atlético de Madrid extended their own perfect starts in Spain and the big game in France ended all square. UEFA.com recaps the action.
"We were aggressive going forward and solid in defence," explained Manuel Pellegrini after his Manchester City team dismantled Manchester United 4-1. "We must continue improving, but this game will be very important for our confidence." The result lifted the Citizens into third, two points behind Arsenal FC, 3-1 victors against Stoke City FC, and Tottenham Hotspur FC, who required a last-gasp Paulinho effort to prevail 1-0 at Cardiff City AFC. On Saturday, Liverpool FC's unbeaten start to the season ended with a 1-0 home defeat by Southampton FC, while Chelsea FC beat west London rivals Fulham FC 2-0 at Stamford Bridge.
Napoli continue to impress in Serie A after giving another indication of their potential with a 2-1 victory at Milan. That kept them level at the summit with Roma, whose own perfect start was extended by defeating capital derby neighbours Lazio 2-0. "I want to say something to our fans which is that now I feel like one of you – I feel like a Romanista," commented Roma's French coach Rudi Garcia after the win. "I really like experiencing these games; I'd like to have them every week." As for Juventus, Carlos Tévez and Fernando Llorente were both on target in a 2-1 comeback victory versus Hellas Verona FC, while FC Internazionale Milano cruised to a 7-0 triumph at US Sassuolo Calcio.
Pedro Rodríguez hit a hat-trick and Víctor Valdés saved another penalty to help Barcelona to a 4-0 win at Rayo Vallecano de Madrid. "We're trying to maintain our own style of play and we have a coach [Gerardo Martino] who's bringing in new ideas," said Valdés. "The most important thing is that we continue to win." Atlético also made it five wins from as many Liga games by easing past Real Valladolid CF 2-0, a day before Cristiano Ronaldo plundered a pair of goals as Real Madrid CF came back to sweep aside Getafe CF 4-1 at home, having lost Gareth Bale to a thigh injury during their warm-up.
Paris Saint-Germain FC could not displace AS Monaco FC at the top of Ligue 1 as the two sides played out a 1-1 draw in the French capital, with Falcao cancelling out Zlatan Ibrahimović's early strike for the hosts to maintain the two-point cushion. "We tried to play to win," said Monaco coach Claudio Ranieri. "The draw is good for us. I don't know if we can rival PSG, though – it's too early to say." AS Saint-Étienne would have ended the weekend in first place with a win, but they lost out 2-1 at home to Toulouse FC, while Olympique de Marseille are without a victory in four matches in all competitions after being held to a goalless stalemate at SC Bastia.
Bayern ended FC Schalke 04's winning run with an emphatic 4-0 victory in Gelsenkirchen to move level on points with early Bundesliga frontrunners Dortmund. "That was our best Bundesliga performance of the season so far," enthused coach Josep Guardiola. "We totally dominated one of the strongest teams in Germany. We did very well. I'm satisfied and proud of this performance and my players." As for Dortmund, they let slip a one-goal lead to draw 1-1 at 1. FC Nürnberg, while third-placed Bayer 04 Leverkusen overpowered 1. FSV Mainz 05 4-1 thanks in part to a pair of goals from summer signing Robbie Kruse.
PSV Eindhoven made their mark in the Netherlands as they scored four times in 15 second-half minutes to dispatch rivals AFC Ajax 4-0 and go top of the table. In Russia, FC Spartak Moskva replaced PFC CSKA Moskva at the head of the standings on goal difference after beating their city rivals 3-0, while in Ukraine FC Shakhtar Donetsk ended their three-game winless streak by beating FC Vorskla Poltava 3-0. That was not enough to close the gap to leaders FC Metalist Kharkiv, though, as they saw off SC Tavriya Simferopol by the same scoreline. In Portugal, finally, FC Porto's perfect record was ended in a 2-2 draw at Estoril Praia.
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