Where does one start? A weekend of lasting impressions and dramatic turnouts has made up for a two-week absence of club football in some style.
Perhaps we should begin in Spain, where La Liga leaders Barcelona paid their first visit to Atletico Madrid’s new home as they sought to continue their perfect league start. They went behind after 20 minutes though, an arrowed finish from Saul putting Atleti in front. The scoreline stayed that way until nine minutes from time, when Barça substitute Gerard Deulofeu’s cross was headed by Luis Suarez. The result means Barcelona maintain their six-point gap over Diego Simeone’s team, but see their 100% record come to an end.
That means the big winners in Spain this weekend were Real Madrid, who managed a hard-fought win at city rivals Getafe. Karim Benzema made a return to the Los Blancos side and marked it with a goal in the first half to put the visitors ahead. Getafe levelled matters in the second period through Jorge Molina’s sixth goal of the season against Real in six years; but Zinedine Zidane’s team found their winner in the 85th minute thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo, who made up for an earlier miss by scoring his first league goal of the campaign.
In England, Manchester City ran riot once again in the Premier League, as Stoke City were on the receiving end of a 7-2 battering. Yes, 7-2. A Gabriel Jesus double and an outstanding display from Kevin de Bruyne were the highlights as Pep Guardiola’s men went two points clear at the top.
That gap came about as a result of Liverpool and Manchester United sharing the spoils at Anfield in a goalless stalemate. Much was made of Jose Mourinho’s unsurprising cautious setup with the visitors.
Something that was surprising happened at Selhurst Park, as Crystal Palace managed their first goals and win of the season against champions Chelsea; a Cesar Azpilicueta own goal and an effort from returning Eagles winger Wilfried Zaha was enough for the points, either side of Tiemoue Bakayoko heading one win for Antonio Conte’s Blues.
In the Serie A, there was a Derby Della Madonnina victory for Inter Milan, a hatrick from Mauro Icardi leading the Nerazzurri to a 3-2 victory, and they went above Juventus, as the champions were shocked at home by Lazio thanks to a brace from Ciro Immobile.
Elsewhere; Arsenal were stunned with a late goal in their defeat at Watford, while Bayern Munich began their fourth spell under Jupp Heynckes with a 5-0 win over Freiburg and Tottenham managed a first league home win of the season against Bournemouth.
Borussia Dortmund were on the end of a surprising defeat at home to Leipzig, Lyon saw off Ligue 1 champions Monaco by the odd goal in five, and there was a thrilling 6-3 win for Valencia at Real Betis.
La Liga: Real Betis 3-6 Valencia; Atletico Madrid 1-1 Barcelona; Espanyol 0-0 Levante; Alaves 0-2 Real Sociedad; Getafe 1-2 Real Madrid; Malaga 0-0 Leganes; Eibar 0-0 Deportivo; Girona 1-2 Villarreal; Athletic Bilbao 1-0 Sevilla
Bundesliga: Bayern Munich 5-0 Freiburg; Dortmund 2-3 RB Leipzig; Hoffenheim 2-2 Augsburg; Leverkusen 2-2 Wolfsburg; Werder Bremen 0-2 Borussia Monchengladbach; Hannover 1-2 Frankfurt; Stuttgart 2-1 Koln; Mainz 2-3 Hamburg; Hertha BSC 0-2 Schalke
Premier League: Liverpool 0-0 Manchester United; Swansea 2-0 Huddersfield; Watford 2-1 Arsenal; Manchester City 7-2 Stoke; Tottenham 1-0 Bournemouth; Burnley 1-1 West Ham; Brighton 1-1 Everton; Southampton 2-2 Newcastle; Crystal Palace 2-1 Chelsea
Serie A: Juventus 1-2 Lazio; Roma 0-1 Napoli; Fiorentina 2-1 Udinese; Bologna 2-1 SPAL; Cagliari 2-3 Genoa; Sassuolo 0-0 Chievo Verona; Crotone 2-2 Torino; Sampdoria 3-1 Atalanta; Inter Milan 3-2 AC Milan
Ligue 1: Lyon 3-2 Monaco; Dijon 1-2 PSG; Caen 0-2 Angers; Guingamp 2-0 Rennes; Lille 2-2 Troyes; Montpellier 2-0 Nice; Strasbourg 3-3 Marseille; St. Etienne 3-1 Metz; Toulouse 1-0 Amiens; Bordeaux 1-1 Nantes