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Weekend Developments From Europe's Top Leagues 3/9

Weekend Developments From Europe's Top Leagues 3/9 Photo: TT

Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester United, Manchester City, Juventus, AC Milan and Bayern Munich were all winners this weekend as the big guns made statements.

English Premier League

Weekend Results, Saturday; West Ham 3 Fulham 0, Swansea City 2 Sunderland 2, Tottenham 1 Norwich City 1, West Bromwich 2 Everton 0, Wigan 2 Stoke City 2, Manchester City 3 QPR 1, Sunday; Liverpool 0 Arsenal 2, Newcastle 1 Aston Villa 1, Southampton 2 Manchester United 3

Pos Team Pts
1 Chelsea 9
2 Swansea City 7
3 West Bromwich 7
4 Manchester City 7
5 Manchester United 6

Robin Van Persie scored a hat-trick on Sunday to save Manchester United from defeat as they fought back to knock off newly-promoted Southampton 3-2. Carlos Tevez was on song as Manchester City battled hard to get past QPR 3-1, while Arsenal scored their first goals of the season and got their first victory of the campaign with a 2-0 triumph over struggling Liverpool. The Gunners are now eighth.

Pos Team Pts
16 Reading 1
17 Aston Villa 1
18 Liverpool 1
19 QPR 1
20 Southampton 0

The pressure is already mounting on Brendan Rodgers after Liverpool’s 2-0 loss to Arsenal left them with just one point after three games. Paul Lambert eased the tension at Aston Villa with an improved performance and commendable 1-1 draw away to Newcastle, while Southampton are still pointless after their harsh 3-2 loss to United, but have played both Manchester clubs already this term.

Spanish La Liga

Weekend Results, Saturday; Celta Vigo 2 Osasuna 0, Real Zaragoza 0 Malaga 1, Deportivo Coruna 1 Getafe 1, Real Mallorca 1 Real Sociedad 0, Sunday; Rayo Vallecano 0 Sevilla 0, Athletic Bilbao 2 Valladolid 0, Levante 3 Espanyol 2, Real Madrid 3 Granada 0, Barcelona 1 Valencia 0

Pos Team Pts
1 Barcelona 9
2 Real Mallorca 7
3 Malaga 7
4 Rayo Vallecano 7
5 Valladolid 6

Barcelona continued their perfect start to the season with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Valencia with Adriano netting a fine strike for the winner, while Cesc Fabregas spurned some good chances to seal the deal. Real Madrid finally got their first win of the campaign, 3-0 over Granada, although Cristiano Ronaldo refused to celebrate his strikes due to undisclosed issues at the club. Watch this space. Malaga continued their fine start with a win away to Zaragoza.

Pos Team Pts
16 Athletic Bilbao 3
17 Valencia 2
18 Granada 1
19 Espanyol 0
20 Osasuna 0

Valencia’s difficult early season fixture list has left them with only two points from their first three games and down in 17th, while Europa League runners-up Athletic Bilbao finally got their first points of the campaign easily accounting for Valladolid. There’s a few concerns for both Espanyol and Osasuna who have started the season poorly.

German Bundesliga

Weekend Results, Friday; Mainz 0 Greuther Furth 1, Saturday; Fortuna Dusseldorf 0 Borussia Moenchengladbach 0, Bayer Leverkusen 2 SC Freiburg 0, Nurnberg 1 Borussia Dortmund 1, Schalke 3 Augsburg 1, Hoffenheim 0 Eintracht Frankfurt 4, Werder Bremen 2 Hamburg SV 0, Sunday; Wolfsburg 0 Hannover 4, Bayern Munich 6 Stuttgart 1

Pos Team Pts
1 Bayern Munich 6
2 Eintracht Frankfurt 6
3 Hannover 96 4
4 Schalke 04 4
5 Fortuna Dusseldorf 4

Bayern Munich made a big statement on Sunday evening with a 6-1 hammering of Stuttgart with Thomas Muller grabbing a double while big purchase Javi Martinez made a brief debut. Hannover 96 crushed Wolfsburg 4-0 on the road in a Lower Saxony derby with Szabolcs Huszti inspiring. Dortmund stumbled to a 1-1 draw at Nurnberg, while Schalke crushed Augsburg 3-1.

Italian Serie A

Weekend Results, Saturday; Torino 3 Pescara 0, Bologna 1 AC Milan 3, Sunday; Udinese 1 Juventus 4, Cagliari 1 Atalanta 1, Catania 3 Genoa 2, Inter Milan 1 AS Roma 3, Lazio 3 Palermo 0, Napoli 2 Fiorentina 1, Parma 2 Chievo Verona 0, Sampdoria 2 Siena 1

Pos Team Pts
1 Juventus 6
2 Napoli 6
3 Lazio 6
4 Sampdoria 5
5 AS Roma 4

Sebastian Giovinco scored twice as champions Juventus moved into top spot with a 4-1 triumph away to Udinese on Sunday. Giampaolo Pazzini netted a hat-trick for AC Milan as they knocked off Bologna 3-1 on Saturday, while AS Roma made a statement with a 3-1 victory away to Inter Milan.

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