Spanish champions Valencia CF began their title defence with a 2-0 win at RCD Mallorca as the new season in Spain began at the weekend.
Champions bounce back
Gonzalo de los Santos and Ruben Baraja were the scorers as Valencia bounced back from losing the Spanish Super Cup to RC Deportivo La Coruña. Club Atlético de Madrid, meanwhile, marked their return to the Primera División by holding FC Barcelona 2-2 at the Camp Nou thanks to Fernando Correa's late equaliser. Deportivo fared less well, beaten 4-2 at home by Real Betis Balompié.
Tottenham go top
Tottenham Hotspur FC took top spot in the English Premiership on Saturday after a last-minute Teddy Sheringham penalty secured a 2-1 victory over Southampton FC, while ten-man Manchester United FC were held 1-1 by Sunderland AFC. Norwegian striker Tore Andre Flo scored a late equaliser on his Sunderland debut before United captain Roy Keane was sent off in injury time.
Vieira sent off
Kolo Touré rescued a point for Arsenal FC in a 1-1 draw at Chelsea FC, after the visitors had had Patrick Vieira sent off. It was a better weekend for another Frenchman, striker Nicolas Anelka, who scored a hat-trick in Manchester City FC's defeat of Everton FC.
More joy for Nice
RC Lens continued their unbeaten start to the season but it is newly promoted OGC Nice who top the table after the weekend's action in the 1 Ligue. Surprise leaders Nice showed their mettle with a 1-1 draw at Paris Saint-Germain FC, while Lens claimed a 1-0 home win over AS Monaco FC thanks to Pape Bouba Diop's 38th-minute penalty.
AFC Ajax maintained their 100 per cent record in the Eredivisie yesterday with a 3-1 victory against FC Groningen. Rafael van der Vaart struck twice as the Amsterdam club inflicted a third defeat of the season on bottom-placed Groningen.
Champions Sporting Clube de Portugal beat CD Santa Clara 2-1 to move level with SL Benfica and Vitória Guimarães at the top of the Portuguese Super Liga. Beto and Pedro Barbosa scored either side of João Pedro's penalty to secure the win, after Benfica and Guimarães had beaten SC Beira-Mar and CD Nacional respectively.
In Greece, Panathinaikos FC fell to their second successive Ethniki Katigoria defeat of the season, losing 1-0 at the hands of Proodeftiki FC. The only goal of the game came after just five minutes from Giorgos Poulopoulos to condemn Panathinaikos to bottom spot in the table.
RSC Anderlecht were deposed as early leaders of Belgium's Jupiler League after dropping their first points of the season in a 2-2 home draw with KAA Gent on Saturday. South Korean Ki-Hyeon Seol scored twice for Anderlecht but Greek striker Alexandros Kaklamanos and Nenad Vanic denied the hosts the three points.
Old Firm in charge
Celtic FC and Rangers FC maintained their dominance of the Scottish Premier League with comfortable victories this weekend. Claudio Caniggia scored a hat-trick as Rangers demolished Dunfermline Athletic FC 6-0 to keep the pressure on Celtic, but the leaders kept up their end of the bargain as goals from Henrik Larsson and Dianbobo Balde secured a 2-0 win against Livingston FC.
Hertha BSC Berlin were the only top-flight casualties on a busy weekend of German Cup first-round action. Hertha, three-times beaten finalists, were left to rue a succession of missed chances as they eventually lost 3-0 on penalties against amateur side KSV Holstein.
Big guns through
FC Bayern München and BV Borussia Dortmund enjoyed comfortable wins on Saturday, beating SV Werder Bremen's amateur side and SV Concordia Ihrhove respectively. Elsewhere, Bayer 04 Leverkusen, cup runners-up last term, scraped into the next round thanks to Brazilian defender Lucio's first-half goal against Rot-Weiss Essen.
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