Ups and Downs in the football weekend

Italy: Inter go top

Luataro Martinez scored twice to give Inter the edge over SPAL and put the neroazzuri one point ahead of Juventus. Martinez has now scored five goals in three games. The Argentine opened the scoring with a shot from the edge of the area in the 16th minute. His second came from a header just before the break. Mattia Valoti scored for SPAL but Inter held on to the lead. Juventus failed to win their home match against Sassuolo and lost the top spot in Serie A. Juventus took the lead from Bonnucci’s deflected shot after 20 minutes, only for Boga to equalize after two minutes for Sassuolo. Caputo gave the visitors a shock lead when veteran goalkeeper Buffon fumbled his shot into the net. Cristiano Ronaldo rescued a point for the champions from the penalty spot. Lazio moved into third place with a comfortable win at home over Udinese. Ciro Immobile scored twice to take his goal tally for the season to 17 goals in 14 games.

Germany: Bayern Munich slip to fourth.

Bayern Munich suffered their second home defeat of the season at the hands of Bayer Leverkusen. The visitors scored twice through Leon Bailey while Thomas Muller had shortly drew Bayern level in the first half. The hosts hit the woodwork 3 times and missed a number of scoring chances as Leverkusen held on for their first victory in Munich for 7 seven years. The defeat means that Bayern slipped down to fourth in the Bundesliga.  Borussia Monchengladbach regained top spot with a merited win against Frieburg. With this victory Monchengladbach move one point above RB Leipzig following their 3 – 2 victory against Paderborn on Saturday. Jurgen Klinsmann was appointed as Herta Berlin interim manager this week. The former United States and Germany boss lost his first game in charge against Borussia Dortmund. The hosts took a two goal lead through Sancho and Hazard, Darida pulled a goal back for Herta. Lucien Favre’s side held on to the advantage in spite playing the second half with ten men after the dismissal of Mats Hummels just before half time.

England: Liverpool do it the hard way

Liverpool continued their impressive start to the season with a 2 – 1 victory at home against Brighton and Hove Albion. This was the red’s fourteenth consecutive home victory in the Premier league. Two headers in the space of 6 minutes from Dutch defender van Dijk had given Liverpool a commanding position in the game. What looked like a straightforward end of the game changed dramatically when Liverpool’s goalkeeper Alisson got sent off after handling the ball outside the penalty area. Brighton scored from the resulting free kick making the last few minutes a nerve-wracking affair for Jurgen Klopp’s man. At St James’s park in Newcastle reigning champions Manchester City saw their hopes or retaining their Premier League title suffer another blow when they were held to a 2 – 2 draw. This result leaves Guardiola’s men 11 points behind leaders Liverpool. Leicester City remained on the heels of the leaders with dogged win over Everton at The King Power stadium. The Toffees took the lead through Richarlison in the 23rd minute with a powerful header. Jamie Vardy equalized for the Foxes in the 68th minute and in added time Ilheanacho placed a composed finish past goalkeeper Pickford to unleash wild celebrations from the stands.

Spain

Lionel Messi was the hero for Barcelona with a wonder strike that earned the Catalans a dramatic 1 – 0 victory over Atletico Madrid at the Wanda Metropolitano  Stadium in Madrid. In a typically intense 90 minutes of football between two of Spain’s football giants. The game was decided  by a slick one-two combination between Suarez and Messi who finished with a first time shot past goalkeeper Oblak. Three hard earned points that put Barca top of La Liga above Real Madrid  on goal difference. Real Madrid produced a dull performance in their victory away to Alaves on Saturday. After a frustrating first half they managed to break the dead lock through captain Sergio Ramos who then conceded a penalty converted by Lucas Perez. Dani Carvajal scored the goal that gave Zidane’s men 3 points when he bundled home from close range in the 69th minute. Sevilla moved up to third with a 1 – 0 victory over Leganes in a hard earned victory that keeps them challenging at the top of the table. It was a goal in the 63rd minute scored by Diego Carlos that gave Andalusians the win. Leganes piled on the pressure to find the equalizer but Sevilla held on to what proved to be the only goal of the game.