Football Weekend Roundup: Manchester City, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Inter Milan win; Barcelona, Chelsea lose

The weekend of club football in Europe saw Manchester City close the gap on top of the Premier League, after demolishing the challenge of Manchester United at Old Trafford by 3-0. One of their rivals at the top of the table, Arsenal registered a comfortable 5-0 at home against Sheffield United.

In some of the other prominent leagues, Real Madrid defeated Barcelona by 2-1 in La Liga in the dying moments of the match, while Bayern Munich and Inter Milan won their respective fixtures in Bundesliga and Serie A to stay around the top of the table. Here is a summary of the results of all important games in Europe over the weekend:

Premier League

Manchester United 0-3 Manchester City: The defending Premier League champions Manchester City won the derby against Manchester United at the Old Trafford by 3-0, to stay in third place on the points table. Erling Haaland found himself on the scoresheet twice, putting away a controversial penalty in the first half, before scoring a header from point-blank range, and he also provided an assist for Phil Foden late in the one-sided contest.

Chelsea 0-2 Brentford: After holding Arsenal to a 2-2 draw at the Stamford Bridge last weekend in the Premier League, Chelsea suffered a tough loss to Brentford by 0-2 to slump into 11th place on the standings. Ethan Pinnock put the Bees early in the second half, while Bryan Mbeumo sealed the three points with a goal in the added time.

Arsenal 5-0 Sheffield United: As one of the Premier League challengers, Arsenal have registered a comprehensive 5-0 win at the Emirates Stadium, to stay in second place on the points table. Eddie Nketieh scored a hat-trick for the Gunners before the hour mark, before Fabio Vieira and Takehiro Tomiyaso got themselves on the scoresheet in the latter stages of the match.

Liverpool 3-0 Nottingham Forest: Diogo Jota, Darwin Nunez, and Mohamed Salah score one goal each, to help Liverpool secure a comprehensive 3-0 win at Anfield against Nottingham Forest. After opening the scoring for Liverpool in the 31st minute, Diogo Jota held the No. 7 shirt of Luis Diaz aloft in front of the home fans, to support him, after his parents were kidnapped in Colombia.

La Liga

Barcelona 1-2 Real Madrid: After Ilkay Gundagon put Barcelona in the lead early in the first half of the El Clasico at the Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys, Real Madrid made a grand comeback. Jude Bellingham levelled the score in the second half, before scoring the winner in 90+2’ minute, helping Real Madrid keep the first place on the standings in La Liga.

Atletico Madrid 2-1 Alaves: Atletico Madrid defeated Alaves in a tough battle by 2-1 at the Cívitas Metropolitano Stadium, to stay in third place on La Liga points table. Rodrigo Riquelme and Alvaro Morata got themselves on the scoresheet for Atletico Madrid in the first half, while Ander Guevara scored a late goal in the second half injury time to reduce the deficit of defeat.

Serie A

Juventus 1-0 Hellas Verona: The Allianz Stadium saw one of the most lopsided contests in the Serie A, but it took Juventus the second half added time to find the winner against Hellas Verona. Andreas Cambiaso scored the only goal of the match in 90+6’ minute, to help Juventus within two points of Inter Milan in the lead of Serie A.

Inter Milan 1-0 Roma: Marcus Thuram’s goal in the 81st minute was the match winner at the San Siro, which led to Inter Milan defeating Roma by 1-0. With this important victory, Inter Milan kept their stranglehold on the top of the table of Serie A, staying two points ahead of Juventus. 

Napoli 2-2 AC Milan: At the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona, AC Milan had to settle for a 2-2 draw against 10-men, after the hosts Napoli made a stunning comeback in the second half through goals from Matteo Politano and Giacomo Raspadori. It was Olivier Giroud, who scored two goals in the first half to put AC Milan in the lead, which they couldn’t manage.

Bundesliga

Bayern Munich 8-0 Darmstadt: In one of the craziest club football matches in Europe, Bayern Munich got the better of Darmstadt by 8-0 at the Allianz Arena, with all the goals coming in the second half, including a hat-trick for Harry Kane, a brace for Leroy Sane and Jamal Musiala, and one for Thomas Muller. The first half of this contest had Joshua Kimmich of Bayern Munich get a red card in the 4th minute, followed by Klaus Gjasula and Matej Maglica receiving red cards for Darmstadt to end the goalless first half.

Eintracht Frankfurt 3-3 Borussia Dortmund: At the Deutsche Bank Park, Borussia Dortmund managed to earn a 3-3 result against Eintracht Frankfurt, to stay in fourth place on the points table in Bundesliga. Omar Marmoush put Eintracht Frankfurt in 2-0 lead before Marcel Sabitzer and Youssoufa Moukoko brought Borussia Dortmund on level terms, Fares Chaibi put the hosts in the lead before Julian Brandt made it 3-3 late in the second half.

Ligue 1

Brest 2-3 Paris Saint-Germain: Kylina Mbappe scored the 89th minute winner for Paris Saint-Germain against Brest by 3-2 at the Stade Francis-Le Ble, to keep themselves within a point of the Ligue 1 leaders Nice. At one stage of this match, Paris Saint-Germain found themselves in a two goal lead with Warren Zaire-Emery and Kylian Mbappe, before Steve Mounie and Jeremy Le Douaron made it 2-2 for Brest.

Saudi Pro League

Al-Fayha 1-3 Al-Nassr: At the King Fahd International Stadium, Al-Nassr defeated the hosts Al-Fayha by 3-1 to keep themselves within four points of Al-Hilal on top of the Saudi Pro League. In the second half, Talisca scored twice and Otavio found himself on the scoresheet once for Al-Nassr to secure the important win, while Hussein Al-Shuwaish got the only goal of the contest for Al-Fayha.

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