A record-breaking weekend in major league football

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As numbers and records go, this last football weekend of October provided us with some moments to relish. Polish striker Robert Lewandowski became the first player to score in the first nine matches of the season. His goal in Bayern Munich’s victory over Union Berlin was also his 19th of the season. He has made 37 appearances in 2019 and has scored 37 goals. That is more than any other player in European football. In the English Premier League Leicester City recorded the biggest ever victory by an away side in an English top-flight league match in the 131-year history of the football league. They played away to Southampton and beat them by nine goals to nil on Friday night. Atalanta became the most prolific side in the three points for a win era with their 7-1 thrashing of Udinese. In the first 9 games of the season, they have scored 28 goals.

Juventus lose two important points

In Italy leaders, Juventus failed to win for the second time this season and dropped two important points after drawing at Lecce. It was a game of two penalties with Paulo Dybala putting Juventus in front from the penalty spot only for Marco Mancosu to level the score six minutes later after De Ligt’s handball had resulted in another penalty in Lecce’s favour. Second-placed Inter failed to replace Juventus at the top of Serie A as they could only manage a 2 – 2 draw away at Parma. At the Olimpico in Rome, Roma inflicted the first defeat to new Milan Coach Pioli as they beat the Rossoneri 2-1 with goals from Dzeko and Zaniolo, Hernandez had equalized for Milan on the hour mark. 

La Liga

In Spain, the postponement of El Classico due to security reasons meant that Granada took advantage and claimed the top spot of La Liga with a one-nil victory over Real Betis. Granada who were promoted to La Liga this season have 20 points from 10 games. Barcelona is on 19 points from 9 games and can go back to the top on Tuesday when they play Real Valladolid. There is a full set of games during the week in La Liga and the Italian Serie A.

Premier League

Liverpool remain unbeaten in the English Premier League as they fought back to a marginal victory at home against Tottenham Hotspur. Harry Kane had given Spurs the lead within 48 seconds of kick-off, two goals after the break from Jordan Henderson and a penalty from Mo Salah restored their six-point lead over Manchester City at the top of the table. Manchester United won their first away game since February when they beat Norwich City  3-1 at Carrow Road. United reached the milestone of the 2000th goal in the Premier League era when McTominay opened the score on the 21st minute. In London Arsenal surrendered a two-goal lead against Crystal Palace and captain Xhaka was booed off the pitch by the Gunners’ supporters when he was substituted on the hour mark. This was another disappointing afternoon for Arsenal and their coach Emery.

Borrusia Monchengladbach regained top spot in Germany when they overcame Eintracht Frankfurt with a six-goal thriller in a 4-2 victory on Sunday evening. This win puts Gladbach one point above Bayern Munich with nine games played. Borrusia Dortmund and FC Schalke played a 0-0 draw in an entertaining Revierderby.  Freiburg defeated Leipzig by two goals to one to move up to third place with 17 points.