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Roma on a roll, Atlético end derby drought

Published: Monday 30 September 2013, 0.09CET
AS Roma strolled to another superb success in Serie A, maintaining perfection like Club Atlético de Madrid – who clinched a long-awaited derby win – and FC Barcelona.

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Published: Monday 30 September 2013, 0.09CET

Roma on a roll, Atlético end derby drought

AS Roma strolled to another superb success in Serie A, maintaining perfection like Club Atlético de Madrid – who clinched a long-awaited derby win – and FC Barcelona.

AS Roma show no signs of their superb start to the Serie A season grinding to a halt as they extended their 100% start with another eye-catching success, while Spanish duo FC Barcelona and Club Atlético de Madrid also maintained perfection – including a first derby win in the Liga since 1999 for Atlético against Real Madrid CF. Arsenal FC are the form side in England, meanwhile, and Paris Saint-Germain FC closed the gap at the top in France. recaps the action.

Roma remain two points better off than their rivals after strolling to a 5-0 triumph against Bologna FC to maintain their 100% start, Gervinho scoring twice in a win that midfielder Daniele de Rossi was nevertheless keen to play down. "We are top after six rounds, so it's normal someone will think about [the title], but we're not the strongest team," he said. "Our objective is to get back into Europe." SSC Napoli and title holders Juventus are doing their best to keep up, and while Napoli dispatched Genoa CFC 2-0 thanks to a Goran Pandev double, Paul Pogba made the difference as Juve edged neighbours Torino FC 1-0. Elsewhere, AC Milan saw off UC Sampdoria 1-0 and FC Internazionale Milano drew 1-1 at Cagliari Calcio.

Atlético defeated Madrid in the league for the first time this century to make it seven Liga wins from seven and keep pace with Barcelona at the top. "Tonight the players played an awesome match from a tactical and psychological point of view – congratulations to them," said coach Diego Simeone, after Diego Costa got the only goal of the game to earn a first league triumph against the Merengues in 14 years. The victory was matched by Barça, who lost Lionel Messi to a thigh injury, but not before the Argentina forward scored in the 2-0 win at UD Almería. Valencia CF made it three wins in a row with a 1-0 success against Rayo Vallecano de Madrid while Villarreal CF suffered a first loss of the campaign.

Arsenal strode two points clear at the Premier League summit after a 2-1 defeat of Swansea City AFC shaped by Serge Gnabry's first senior goal and Aaron Ramsey's eighth strike in all competitions this term. "The first half was difficult; Swansea played well, were sharper than us and we did not play with enough purpose," said Gunners manager Arsène Wenger. "In the second half we played in a more compact way and took advantage every time we won the ball." Elsewhere, third-placed Tottenham Hotspur FC drew 1-1 at home to Chelsea FC and there were eye-catching upsets as Manchester United FC succumbed 2-1 against West Bromwich Albion FC at Old Trafford, while Aston Villa FC beat Manchester City FC 3-2.

AS Monaco FC lead the way in Ligue 1 on goal difference alone after encountering stern opposition in the shape of Stade de Reims on Sunday, Claudio Ranieri's troops having to settle for a 1-1 draw. The principality side find Paris Saint-Germain right on their tails as a result, the capital club having defeated Toulouse FC 2-0 – and goalscorer Edinson Cavani feels they can only improve. "We need to work to get to know each other even better," said the summer acquisition from SSC Napoli. "There are things to improve so that everyone has their role in the team." As for Olympique de Marseille, they prevailed 2-0 at FC Lorient, while the game between Olympique Lyonnais and LOSC Lille ended goalless.

Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern München continue to set the pace in the Bundesliga after both recorded wins on Saturday. Jürgen Klopp's charges flexed their muscles by powering five unanswered goals past ten-man SC Freiburg. "When my team get on a roll, it makes the job fun. That's why we did not shift into a lower gear after the second or third goal but kept our foot on the gas," enthused Klopp. Meanwhile, Thomas Müller's second-half strike earned a 1-0 home win for Bayern against VfL Wolfsburg, while fellow UEFA Champions League contenders Bayer 04 Leverkusen – a point back – downed Hannover 96 2-0 courtesy of goals from Simon Rolfes and Sidney Sam. 

A 5-0 success against FC Groningen took FC Twente top in the Netherlands after previous frontrunners PSV Eindhoven fell 2-1 at AZ Alkmaar – who nonetheless parted company with coach Gertjan Verbeek the following day – while R. Standard de Liège made it nine wins from nine in Belgium with a 5-0 victory at Cercle Brugge KSV. FC Porto maintained their two-point advantage over Sporting Clube de Portugal via a narrow 1-0 success against Vitória SC, while Russian champions PFC CSKA Moskva surrendered more ground by slipping to a 2-0 defeat at FC Terek Grozny, with FC Zenit stretching their advantage by overcoming FC Spartak Moskva 4-2.

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