Another weekend of football has come and gone, and, as usual, it has left its mark. Lets take a look at who had a good weekend, and who were not so lucky ones?
A week to remember…
Lionel Messi: It was a memorable weekend for the Argentine maestro, who picked up where he left off before the international break, registering a hat-trick as Barcelona romped to a 5-0 win against Catalan neighbours Espanyol. It’s five goals in two games for him, routine by his sky-scraping standards.
Ciro Immobile: The Italian forward also bagged a hat-trick, as his Lazio side comprehensively saw off big-spending AC Milan 4-1 at the Stadio Olimpico.
Mark Uth: Continues his fine start to the season with a brace against mighty Bayern Munich for Hoffenheim in their 2-0 win at home to the German champions.
Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting: The Cameroonian international might not have had the best international break with his country, but on return to Premier League duty with Stoke, he scored twice against Manchester United to end the Red Devils’ perfect start to the season.
Harry Kane: After his now-customarily blank August, he returned back amongst the goals for Tottenham Hotspur, scoring twice as they saw off Everton 3-0 at Goodison Park. His first of the game, which looked more like a cross than an attempt at goal, was his 100th for the club.
Real Sociedad: It’s been a golden start to the La Liga season for the Basque club, as Eusebio Sacristan’s team scored two late goals against Deportivo to maintain their perfect record and stay joint-top. Three wins from three. No team in the league has scored more times than Los Txuri-Urdin, not even the mighty Barcelona or Real Madrid.
Kylian Mbappe: The young hotshot began his PSG career with a goal against Metz on Friday. He’s showing no signs of stage fright or pressure.
Brighton & Hove Albion: The Seagulls got off the mark in the Premier League with a 3-1 win over West Brom, their first goals and win in the top flight for 34 years.
Gabriel Jesus: It was a weekend to cherish for the Manchester City forward, who scored twice in his side’s emphatic 5-0 win over Liverpool.
Raul Fernandez: The Levante goalkeeper was in astonishing form on Saturday as he helped the La Liga newbies to priceless point away at Real Madrid.
Mario Balotelli: The enigmatic Italian netted a brace as OGC Nice were rampant in their 4-0 win over French Ligue 1 champions Monaco.
A week to forget…
Sadio Mane: A good-looking week turned sour for the Liverpool man, as after being named the Premier League’s Player of the Month for August in midweek, on Saturday he was sent off for a reckless high-boot lunge on Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson, although his apology on Social Media was more than commendable.
Liverpool: The Reds left the Etihad stadium on Saturday with a bitter taste in their mouths, as Mane’s red card contributed to a 5-0 loss to Manchester City.
AC Milan: big-spending Italian fallen giants hit a snag in their bid to return to previous heights, after a chastening 4-1 defeat at Lazio.
Monaco: The French top division champions didn’t have the best of weekends, to put it mildly, Leonardo Jardim’s team suffered a heavy defeat away at Nice.
Bayern Munich: Any defeat is considered an aberration for the mighty Bavarians, so to lose so tamely at Hoffenheim, without as much as a goal, will be seen as a massive disappointment for Carlo Ancelotti and his team.
Everton: After their heavy summer outlay, the expectation and ambition was for the club to prove they could go toe-to-toe with the top six in England. But on Saturday it was almost as though the Toffees had their toes chopped off, as they were humbled in their own backyard. There’s still quite a long way for Ronald Koeman’s men to go before coming of age.
Crystal Palace: The Eagles are yet to pick up a point, or even score a Premier League goal, after four games this season. Manager Frank de Boer is already under pressure to turn things around.
Marcelo: The flamboyant Real Madrid left-back didn’t have the best of games on Saturday against Levante, and that was summed with him receiving a red card for a violent retaliation.