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Mixed fortunes for European heavyweights

Published: Monday 1 September 2014, 0.27CET
Real Madrid CF and Manchester City FC both lost and FC Bayern München were held on a weekend that brought six goals for Chelsea FC and three for Zlatan Ibrahimović.

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Published: Monday 1 September 2014, 0.27CET

Mixed fortunes for European heavyweights

Real Madrid CF and Manchester City FC both lost and FC Bayern München were held on a weekend that brought six goals for Chelsea FC and three for Zlatan Ibrahimović.
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Real Sociedad celebrate

Spain
Real Sociedad de Fútbol ended a torrid week on an almighty high as they came from 2-0 down to stun Real Madrid CF. Having lost to Liga new boys SD Eibar and exited the UEFA Europa League, another chastening defeat was on the cards, but the Basque club completed a stunning turnaround to win 4-2. "Something has to change and it will change," said despondent Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti. Club Atlético de Madrid, Athletic Club and Sevilla FC picked up their first Liga victories this term, while FC Barcelona made it two from two as Sandro Ramírez scored minutes after coming on for his club debut to earn a 1-0 triumph at a Villarreal CF side denied by the woodwork three times.

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Diego Costa hit two for Chelsea

England
Three games into the Premier League season and two sides have maximum points. To no real surprise, Chelsea FC are one of them after a remarkable 6-3 victory at Everton FC that featured five goals in ten minutes at one point. The presence alongside them of Swansea AFC, 3-0 victors over West Bromwich Albion FC, was less foreseen. Manchester City FC lost to Stoke City FC and Liverpool FC overran Tottenham Hotspur FC 3-0, while Louis van Gaal is still seeking his first competitive win as Manchester United FC boss. "When you have two points from nine, that is not good enough," said the Dutchman.

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Filippo Inzaghi made a winning start

Italy
Juventus and AS Roma, first and second last term, eased out of the blocks with opening-day wins, but it was AC Milan who caught the eye as Filippo Inzaghi made a winning start to his reign with a 3-1 success against SS Lazio, watched by Fernando Torres after his two-year loan switch from Chelsea FC. "The Milan DNA is returning," said Inzaghi. "Torres will give us a big hand." Another newcomer from the Premier League, Nemanja Vidić, had a less auspicious start as he was sent off late on as FC Internazionale Milano drew 0-0 at Torino FC, Samir Handanovič saving a Marcelo Larrondo penalty. Antonio Di Natale scored twice for Udinese Calcio.

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Dortmund got back to winning ways

Germany
The weekend ended with the Bundesliga's first scoreless Sunday since 2001, but there was no shortage of goals or drama in the preceding two days. Borussia Dortmund, who ended the weekend with the capture of Shinji Kagawa, held off an FC Augsburg comeback to win 3-2 on Friday, while on Saturday FC Bayern München were held 1-1 by injury-hit FC Schalke 04, Benedikt Höwedes getting the equaliser. "The first 25 or 30 minutes were our best in the last six months," commented Bayern boss Josep Guardiola. "After that, we no longer controlled possession." Bayer 04 Leverkusen are the only team left with a 100% record as they twice came from behind to beat Hertha BSC Berlin 4-2.

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Zlatan Ibrahimović starred for Paris

France
Not for the first time, Zlatan Ibrahimović grabbed the headlines with a hat-trick as champions Paris Saint-Germain demolished AS Saint-Étienne 5-0. It is FC Girondins de Bordeaux who continue to lead the way, though, even if their perfect record ended in a 1-1 draw with SC Bastia. "We could talk about disappointment after not getting three points at home, but the players can be proud of what they've done over the last nine weeks," said Bordeaux coach Willy Sagnol. LOSC Lille drew 1-1 at AS Monaco FC and Olympique de Marseille downed OGC Nice 4-0 – but things went from bad to worse for Olympique Lyonnais as they lost 2-1 at FC Metz, fresh from crashing out of the UEFA Europa League.

Elsewhere
• It was honours even in the Lisbon derby as SL Benfica and Sporting Clube de Portugal traded early goals in a 1-1 draw.
• Hallur Hansson was the hero, scoring two minutes from time as Víkingur clinched a third successive Faroese Cup.
• "The greatest thing ever in Danish club football" happened. Daniel Agger rejoined Brøndby IF.

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