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Arsenal and Roma stretch leads, PSG go top

Published: Sunday 20 October 2013, 23.32CET
The season may still be in its infancy, but Arsenal FC, AS Roma and Paris Saint-Germain FC all enjoyed sparkling weekends at the top of their respective championships.

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Published: Sunday 20 October 2013, 23.32CET

Arsenal and Roma stretch leads, PSG go top

The season may still be in its infancy, but Arsenal FC, AS Roma and Paris Saint-Germain FC all enjoyed sparkling weekends at the top of their respective championships.

The season may still be young, but Arsenal FC, AS Roma and Paris Saint-Germain FC all enjoyed sparkling weekends at the top of their respective championships, the Gunners and the Giallorossi both extending their leads and PSG moving ahead of AS Monaco FC in France. Roma's defeat of SSC Napoli maintained their perfect start to the campaign, a feat FC Barcelona and Club Atlético de Madrid were unable to match in Spain, while FC Bayern München prevailed in Germany. recaps the action.

Arsenal overwhelmed Norwich City FC 4-1 on Saturday to go two points clear of Liverpool FC, who drew 2-2 with Newcastle United FC, and Chelsea FC, 4-1 comeback victors versus Cardiff City AFC. "It was the combination and speed I like to play," said Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger in praise of Jack Wilshere's sublime opener. "It was a mix of technical quality, speedy thinking and quick reaction. It was a great goal." Elsewhere, Manchester United FC's slow start to the season continued at home to high-flying Southampton FC, who salvaged a 1-1 draw a minute from time. As for Manchester City FC, they edged West Ham United FC 3-1, and Tottenham Hotspur FC downed Aston Villa FC 2-0.

Roma stretched their advantage at the top of Serie A, extending their 100% start to eight wins with a 2-0 success against second-placed SSC Napoli. "It is a magic moment for me and I hope to continue like this," beamed Giallorossi midfielder Miralem Pjanić, who scored both goals. Meanwhile, third-placed Juventus surrendered a two-goal lead to lose 4-2 at ACF Fiorentina on Sunday. "Something strange and unthinkable happened," said Juve coach Antonio Conte. "We lost a match that we had been dominating. There are huge regrets." Hellas Verona FC's good start continued with a 3-2 win against Parma FC while AC Milan defeated Udinese Calcio 1-0 and FC Internazionale Milano drew 3-3 at Torino FC.

PSG stand two points clear in the Ligue 1 reckoning after Zlatan Ibrahimović and Edinson Cavani both struck twice in a 4-0 defeat of SC Bastia, a result that put pressure on rivals AS Monaco FC to respond. Claudio Ranieri's troops raced into a two-goal lead at FC Sochaux-Montbéliard but were ultimately pegged back 2-2. "Am I angry? No," said the principality side's coach. "Football is a marvellous sport. We scored two fantastic goals early on and after that we lost concentration, but Sochaux played the game I expected." Third-placed LOSC Lille continued their fine form with a 1-0 success at Montpellier Hérault SC, but Olympique de Marseille succumbed 1-0 at OGC Nice.

Real Madrid CF eroded the gap atop the Liga standings to three points courtesy of a 2-0 success at home to Málaga CF.  "I enjoyed the game and liked the attitude of the players," explained the Merengues' coach Carlo Ancelotti. "We defended more aggressively and we had a lot of chances. I expect the same in the coming games." Earlier in the day, Barcelona and Atlético's perfect starts to the season came to an end, the former being held to a goalless draw at CA Osasuna, while Diego Simeone's side succumbed 1-0 away to RCD Espanyol.

"We really struggled in the first half and lacked concentration; it happens a lot following international breaks," said Bayern captain Philipp Lahm after his team sent four unanswered second-half goals past 1. FSV Mainz 05, having trailed 1-0 at the break. "We switched things around a little after that and it paid off." The result maintained the Bavarians' one-point lead over second-placed Borussia Dortmund, who overcame Hannover 96 1-0. Also on Saturday, FC Schalke 04 required an added-time Roman Neustädter effort to see off TSV Eintracht Braunschweig 3-2, while on Friday, Bayer 04 Leverkusen consigned TSG 1899 Hoffenheim to a 2-1 reverse.

FC Twente remain top in the Netherlands after drawing 1-1 with AFC Ajax, while PSV Eindhoven fell 1-0 at FC Groningen to miss the chance usurp the leaders. FC Zenit saw off champions PFC CSKA Moskva in Russia to maintain their five-point cushion, while R. Standard de Liège dropped points for the second week running in Belgium – although second-placed Club Brugge KV failed to take advantage with a 4-1 defeat at KV Kortrijk. Meanwhile, Olympiacos FC hit four past Platanias FC to maintain a three-point advantage in Greece, FC Metalist Kharkiv drew 0-0 with FC Chornomorets Odesa to allow FC Shakhtar Donetsk to move within a point, and HB Tórshavn clinched their 22nd Faroese title.

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