Manchester United continued to slide off the pace in the Premier League as three contenders emerged, while the top two in Italy’s Serie A stumbled and Real Madrid finally over at the top in Spain.
Italian Serie A
After remarkable starts to their seasons, leaders Napoli and second-placed AC Milan both lost for the first time on the same weekend. The big winners of the weekend were Inter Milan, who triumphed 3-2 over Napoli to move within four points of the top two. Lautaro Martinez netted in the 61st minute for what proved to be the match-winner on Sunday.
Milan were humbled 4-3 by Fiorentina on Saturday, with Dusan Vlahovic enhancing his reputation with a brace. Atalanta beat Spezia 5-2 to stay in touch with the leaders, while AS Roma teenager Felix Afena-Gyan netted a double in a 2-0 victory at Genoa. Juventus climbed up to eighth with a 2-0 triumph at Lazio via two Leonardo Bonucci penalties.
English Premier League
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Chelsea maintained top spot with a strong 3-0 win away to Leicester City, while Manchester City stayed three points behind with a 3-0 home victory over Everton. Liverpool returned to the top three with their 4-0 triumph over Arsenal.
West Ham United slipped outside of the top with a 1-0 loss to Wolverhampton who have moved up to sixth, beyond Manchester United who sacked manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after their 4-1 defeat to Watford. United are down to eighth, losing four of their past five, with Tottenham moving above them into seventh with their 2-1 victory over Leeds on Sunday.
Borussia Dortmund narrowed the gap at the top to one point with their 2-1 home win over Stuttgart on Saturday, with Marco Reus popping up with a crucial 85th minute winner. Bayern Munich had been upset 2-1 by Augsburg on Friday night, opening up the opportunity for BVB.
Third-placed Freiburg failed to capitalise, though, with a 2-0 home loss on Sunday to Eintracht Frankfurt, while Bayer Leverkusen moved back into the top four with a 1-0 home victory over Bochum. Union Berlin beat city rivals Hertha BSC 2-0 to get themselves back into the top five after their surprise start to the season. RB Leipzig lost 2-0 at Hoffenheim and are down in seventh.
Spanish La Liga
Real Madrid went top in Spain with a 4-1 win away to 10-man Granada, capitalising on Real Sociedad’s goalless home draw with Valencia. Real’s rivals Barcelona won the Catalan derby over Espanyol 1-0 but remain back in sixth.
Third-placed Sevilla, like Sociedad, dropped points over the weekend with a 2-2 home draw against Alaves, while champions Atletico Madrid got past Osasuna 1-0 to start entering the conversation again. Real Betis eased past struggling Elche 3-0.