European weekend review: Liverpool battered in Manchester; Messi treble aids derby victory; Bayern Stunned


It seemed to be a weekend of thrashings, with a handful of teams at the receiving end, and covering their faces in utter humiliation.

None was bigger than the one at the Etihad stadium, with Liverpool on the receiving end of a 5-0 walloping from Manchester City in the Premier League. Sergio Aguero had put City in front, before Liverpool got reduced to ten-men after Sadio Mane got sent off for his inadvertent, yet dangerous stamp on City goalkeeper Ederson’s face. The hosts would make the most of that numerical superiority, Gabriel Jesus grabbing a brace either side of halftime, before Leroy Sane scored twice as well, to cap off a superb afternoon for Pep Guardiola’s side, much to the horror of the visiting fans.

Elsewhere, Manchester United’s perfect start to the Premier League season was halted by 2-2 draw against Stoke, while Alvaro Morata scored another goal (another header) for Chelsea who saw off Leicester City and Arsenal grabbed a much-needed win at home to Bournemouth.

In Spain, Barcelona were the ones who handed out a 5-0 shellacking, the Catalan club shredding City rivals Espanyol on Saturday. Ousmane Dembele, the second most-expensive signing in football history, made his debut for the hosts in the second half, but, in predictable manner, the limelight belonged to Lionel Messi, who scored a hat-trick in the rout.

That victory puts Barcelona four points clear of rivals Real Madrid, as the latter could only manage a draw against newly-promoted Levante earlier on Saturday. Los Blancos actually fell behind early on. Levante snatched the lead through Ivi Lopez after just 11 minutes, and they saw striker Karim Benzema go off injured, before midway through the half, Lucas Vazquez restored parity for the hosts. Real had chances to win the game in the second period, but found visiting ‘keeper Raul Fernandez in inspired form. The game turned sour for Zinedine Zidane’s champions when they saw Marcelo get sent off for violent conduct.

In France, Paris Saint Germain also managed five goals of their own, away at Metz; Edinson Cavani grabbed a brace, while Neymar also got on the scoresheet, but the biggest talking point was an instant impact from new boy Kylian Mbappe, who scored on his debut. Mbappe’s former club, Monaco, didn’t have such luck on Saturday, the defending champions suffered a 4-0 defeat away at OGC Nice for the second season in a row. And like last season, Mario Balotelli scored twice and Alassane Plea also got on the scoresheet for Lucien Favre’s team.

In Italy, it was AC Milan who made the headlines by shipping four at Lazio, thanks in no small part to Ciro Immobile’s hatrick, while Juventus scored three at home to Chievo Verona, whose neighbours Hellas lost at home to Fiorentina by five goals to nil.

In the Bundesliga, Bayern Munich were left shocked with a 2-0 loss at Hoffenheim, Mark Uth scored both goals for the hosts; although Bayern’s rivals Borussia Dortmund hardly fared better, as they drew goalless against 10-man Freiburg.

It didn’t seem like a great weekend to bet on, did it?


Premier League

Manchester City 5-0 Liverpool
Stoke 2-2 Manchester United
Everton 0-3 Tottenham
Arsenal 3-0 Bournemouth
Leicester 1-2 Chelsea
Swansea 0-1 Newcastle
Southampton 0-2 Watford
Brighton 3-1 West Brom
Burnley 1-0 Crystal Palace

Ligue 1

Metz 1-5 PSG
Lyon 2-1 Guingamp
Nice 4-0 Monaco
Caen 2-1 Dijon
Lille 0-0 Bordeaux
Troyes 0-0 Toulouse
St. Etienne 1-1 Angers
Strasbourg 0-1 Amiens
Montpellier 0-1 Nantes
Marseille 1-3 Rennes


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

Serie A

Lazio 4-1 Milan
Inter 2-0 SPAL
Juventus 3-0 Chievo Verona
Atalanta 2-1 Sassuolo
Cagliari 1-0 Crotone
Hellas Verona 0-5 Fiorentina
Udinese 1-0 Genoa
Benevento 0-1 Torino
Bologna 0-3 Napoli

La Liga

Leganes 1-2 Getafe
Real Madrid 1-1 Levante
Barcelona 5-0 Espanyol
Athletic Bilbao 2-0 Girona
Celta Vigo 1-0 Alaves
Deportivo 2-4 Real Sociedad
Sevilla 3-0 Eibar
Valencia 0-0 Atletico Madrid
Villarreal 3-1 Real Betis



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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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