It’s that time again, when we highlight those who had a terrific weekend, and contrast with those who had a horrific time out, forgive the Halloween analogy. Let’s take a look at who had a treat, and those who might still be haunted.
Good Weekend For…
Girona: The Catalan club have only been in La Liga for a few months in their history, but they claimed a result to last a lifetime in memories, coming from behind at home to beat champions and mighty Real Madrid on Sunday. At the end of a week where a formidable Catalonia figure was dismissed from his duty and urged the region not to give in to Madrid, this win seemed symbolic.
Edinson Cavani: No Neymar, no problem for PSG; especially if you have someone like Cavani on your side. Two goals against Nice to follow up his derby rescue at the previous weekend, you’d almost think he’s enjoying life without the expensive Brazilian on the pitch.
Gonzalo Higuain: Scored twice to fire Juventus past AC Milan in the Serie A at the weekend, and he became the first player to reach 100+ goals in both the Italian and Spanish top flight.
Malaga: At the tenth time of asking, the Andalusians finally bagged their first win of the season, a late Keko Recio penalty at home to Celta Vigo easing the pressure on manager Michel.
Ihlas Bebou: The Togolese forward announced himself with a double for Hannover as they caused bedlam in the Bundesliga by beating Borussia Dortmund 4-2.
Stoke City: The Potters halted their hitherto alarming form with a much-needed win at Watford, and a clean sheet as well.
Bad Weekend For…
Real Madrid: The Spanish giants looked to be on course for a routine after Isco gave them the lead at Girona, but two goals conceded in the space of three second-half minutes sees Zinedine Zidane’s team eight points behind table-topping Barcelona.
Borussia Dortmund: Suddenly it’s two league games without a win, and one win in four for Die Schwarzgelben, as a 4-2 loss at Hannover sees them surrender their lead atop the Bundesliga.
Koln: The Billy goats are still winless in the Bundesliga, and they were on the receiving end of a loss to Leverkusen in the Rhein derby. At least they’re still accompanied by…
…Werder Bremen: Also winless in the German top-flight, they were hammered in their own backyard by Augsburg.
AC Milan: It’s probably time to start counting the days until Vincenzo Montella is relieved from his managerial post at the Rossoneri; another against a direct rival ending in a chastening defeat, this time at home to Juventus.
Levante: The Valencia-based club were guilty of going to sleep early on Sunday, as they threw away a two-goal lead at Eibar and had to settle for a point.