BUNDESLIGA: Lewandowski the hero for Bayern, Dortmund stumble
The Pole, astonishingly, scored five goals in nine minutes, and helped Bayern to an eventual 5-1 win. On the way, Lewandowski broke quite a few records, becoming the fastest scorer of five goals in the world and the first substitute to score five goals in the Bundesliga. He broke the internet too.
Meanwhile, staying at the top end of the table, Borussia Dortmund–who started their season like a train–finally had their first stumble as they only managed a point away to Hoffenheim in a 1-1 draw, consequently dropping behind Bayern in the table for the first time this season. Hoffenheim were promising but failed to convert their chances as their winless start to the season has now stretched to six games.
In other results, Schalke needed a late show to get past Eintracht Frankfurt as goals from Joel Matip and Leroy Sane in the final quarter hour saw them emerge 2-0 victors and move up to third. While ex-Man Utd striker Javier Hernandez netted his first goal for Bayer Leverkusen with a solo effort to help his team earn a narrow 1-0 win over Mainz. Hannover remain rooted to the bottom as they lost their third straight home game of the season.
LA LIGA: Barcelona stunned, Madrid duo win, Sevilla rock bottom
Gerard Pique’s return from his four-game suspension was a forgettable experience for the Spaniard as the Barca stalwart struggled to deal with the pace of the Celta forwards, Nolito and Iago Aspas. Barca’s 100 percent record in the league is now over and they now find themselves fifth in the table.
Meanwhile, Rafa Benitez’s Real Madrid continued their ascent up the table with a hard-earned 2-1 win in a seemingly difficult fixture away to Athletic Bilbao at San Mames. Karim Benzema scored his fifth and sixth goals of the season to lead his team to the top of the table. City neighbours Atletico Madrid, too, continued their good start as they saw off Getafe 2-0 at home.
In other news, Real Sociedad’s first win of the season–a 3-0 away win over Granada–eased the mounting pressure on manager David Moyes after their uninspiring start to the season. La Real climbed out of the relegation zone with a hat-trick from striker Imanol Agirretxe. Valencia’s miserly start in front of goal continued as they suffered their first loss of the season against Espanyol at the Cornella-El Prat 1-0.
SERIE A: Juventus, Roma stumble, Inter continue title surge, Balotelli shines
Just when it seemed they had turned a corner after an indifferent start, champions Juventus were pegged back in stoppage time by tiny Frosinone at the Juventus Stadium as they had to settle for a 1-1 draw. Simone Zaza’s second half opener was cancelled out by a dramatic late equaliser from centre-back Leonardo Blanchard as the newly-promoted club earned their first point of the season.
Last season’s runners-up AS Roma suffered their first loss of the season as a late Konstantinos Manolas own goal was enough for Sampdoria to secure a 2-1 win and continue their good start to the season. Rome’s other club, Lazio, recovered from last weekend’s humbling at the hands of Napoli to register a 2-0 win over Genoa, who ended the match with ten men.
Elsewhere, Napoli failed to maintain their momentum after back-to-back 5-0 wins as they were held to a 0-0 draw at newly-promoted Carpi. Chievo recovered from last weekend’s loss to Inter by winning 1-0 against Torino, while Paolo Sousa’s Fiorentina continued their rise as they notched their fourth win of the season, with new signing Jacub Blaszczykowski scoring his first goal for La Viola.
Source: Associate Press, Fox News, Sky Sports, ESPNFC