European football review: Chelsea grab first win of new campaign against Spurs, Real see off Deportivo, Monaco set Ligue 1 record

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Three of the top leagues in Europe resumed on Friday – the German Bundesliga, Spanish La Liga and the Italian Serie A all kicked off to join the already commenced English Premier League and French Ligue 1.

The biggest headline made was arguably in the Premier League, where defending champions Chelsea registered their first win of the season with a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Tottenham at Wembley. The Blues had lost their first game at home to Burnley last weekend, but took the lead at Wembley – Spurs’ temporary new home, thanks to a brilliant free-kick from Marcos Alonso on 24 minutes. Harry Kane struck the post for the hosts towards the end of the first half, while Willian did the same for Chelsea in the second period, before Spurs found an equaliser thanks to an own goal from substitute Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi. But the champions would have the last word, as Alonso’s shot slipped under Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris and into the net with three minutes left to play, to give the Blues three much-needed points. It’s the second time in five months that Chelsea have beaten Spurs at that stadium.

In Spain, defending La Liga champions Real Madrid began the defence of their crown with a comprehensive 3-0 win at Deportivo La Coruna. Despite missing Cristiano Ronaldo, who was serving the second of his five-game suspension for pushing the referee in the Spanish Super Cup, Zinedine Zidane’s team took Deportivo apart with goals from Gareth Bale, Casemiro and one in the second half from Toni Kroos. Deportivo missed a penalty late on while Real had skipper Sergio Ramos sent off, a feeling he knows all too well.

Still in Spain, Barcelona also got their season off to a winning start, following a 2-0 win over Real Betis. Both sides met in the opening game of the previous season, and Barcelona won 6-2, but it was a less mountainous scoreline this time, with an own goal by Alin Tosca, and a goal from Sergi Roberto, both in the space of three minutes, enough for the points. They could have added more but Lionel Messi was denied three times by the woodwork, as Barcelona registered their first win under new boss Ernesto Valverde despite missing the injured Andres Iniesta and Luis Suarez, and the departed Neymar.

Speaking of Neymar, the Brazilian appears to be slotting in seamlessly at his new club, Paris Saint-Germain, who beat Toulouse 6-2 on Sunday night. Despite falling behind inside 20 minutes, PSG responded with goals from Neymar and Adrien Rabiot to lead at half-time. A red card for midfielder Marco Verratti looked to have put their position in jeopardy, but further goals from Edinson Cavani and Layvin Kurzawa among others, including a second from Neymar, sealed the win.

While PSG and Neymar may have been the headline act in France, it was champions Monaco who set a new Ligue 1 record of 15 successive wins following a lone-goal victory at Metz. Leonardo Jardim’s side still haven’t dropped a point since the season began; so much for selling players.

In other games, Manchester United continued their fine start to the season with another 4-0 win, this time away at Swansea, while in that same division Arsenal had an all-too familiar feeling of tasting defeat at Stoke. In Germany Bayern Munich got their campaign off to the best possible start, as did Borussia Dortmund; while in the Serie A, all of Juventus, Napoli, AC Milan, Roma and Inter Milan won their first games of the season and in Spain Atletico Madrid came from two goals down to rescue a point a newly-promoted Girona, despite having a man sent off.

Results:

Premier League
Tottenham 1-2 Chelsea
Swansea 0-4 Man Utd
Stoke 1-0 Arsenal
Liverpool 1-0 Crystal Palace
Southampton 3-2 West Ham
Bournemouth 0-2 Watford
Huddersfield 1-0 Newcastle
Leicester 2-0 Brighton
Burnley 0-1 West Brom

La Liga
Deportivo 0-3 Real Madrid
Celta Vigo 2-3 Real Sociedad
Girona 2-2 Atletico
Barcelona 2-0 Real Betis
Sevilla 1-1 Espanyol
Athletic Bilbao 0-0 Getafe
Valencia 1-0 Las Palmas
Leganes 1-0 Alaves

Ligue 1
PSG 6-2 Toulouse
Metz 0-1 Monaco
Lyon 3-3 Bordeaux
Marseille 1-1 Angers
Montpellier 1-1 Strasbourg
Nice 2-0 Guingamp
Rennes 2-2 Dijon
Troyes 0-1 Nantes
St. Etienne 3-0 Amiens
Lille 0-2 Caen

Bundesliga
Freiburg 0-0 Frankfurt
Borussia Monchengladbach 0-0 Koln
Wolfsburg 0-3 Borussia Dortmund
Bayern Munich 3-1 Bayer Leverkusen
Hamburg 1-0 Augsburg
Hertha BSC 2-0 Stuttgart
Mainz 0-1 Hannover
Schalke 2-0 RB Leipzig
Hoffenheim 1-0 Werder Bremen

Serie A
Atalanta 0-1 Roma
Juventus 3-0 Cagliari
Inter Milan 3-0 Fiorentina
Crotone 0-3 AC Milan
Lazio 0-0 SPAL
Sampdoria 2-1 Benevent0
Sassuolo 0-0 Genoa
Udinese 1-2 Chievo Verona
Hellas Verona 1-3 Napoli
Bologna 1-1 Torino

About Olakunle Ajao 259 Articles
Olakunle Ajao is a Mass Communication student at the University of Lagos. Commonly known as 'The Major' by friends and fiends alike, he has quite the obsession with football, watching, reading, writing and playing- although he's not very good at that last part.

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