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Cheat Sheet: A Roundup Of This Weekend’s European Action

Pundit Arena’s Cheat Sheet summarises the weekend action from Spain, Italy, Germany and France, including a thriller at Camp Nou.

Spain 

  • Gerard Piqué salvaged a point for 10-man Barcelona after clearing one shot off the line and making mistakes for each of Girona’s goals in an enthralling 2-2 draw at the Camp Nou on Sunday.
  • Ben Yedder scored a hat-trick as Sevilla thrashed Levante 6-2.
  • Real Betis came from behind to draw 2-2 at home to Athletic Bilbao.
  • Valencia and Villarreal drew 0-0.
  • Thomas Lemar scored his first goal for Atletico Madrid against Getafé, while Marco Asensio sealed the points for Real in a 1-0 win against Espanyol to take them level on points with Barca at the top of the league.

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Italy

  • Cristiano Ronaldo helped Juventus maintain their perfect start by scoring the opener and setting up Federico Bernardeschi for a second in a 2-0 win at promoted Frosinone on Sunday.
  • Juventus – the only unbeaten team in Serie A – have 15 points from five games, three points ahead of Napoli who beat Torino 3-1 earlier on Sunday.
  • Napoli, last season’s runners-up, will go head-to-head with Juve next Saturday in Turin.
  • Roma plunged to a 2-0 defeat against Bologna, meaning they have not won since the opening day of the season and sit in 14th.
  • Inter Milan snatched a late 1-0 win against Sampdoria in Genoa on Saturday to move into ninth, two points ahead of city rivals AC Milan who were held 2-2 by Atalanta despite leading twice at the San Siro.

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Germany

  • Two French junior internationals were dropped in RB Leipzig’s 1-1 draw at Eintracht Frankfurt on Sunday after the pair were caught using their phones in the build-up to a mid-week Europa League match.
  • Rising Germany star Kai Havertz ended Bayer Leverkusen’s miserable losing start to the season with a second-half winner to seal a 1-0 victory over Mainz and escape the Bundesliga’s bottom three.
  • After losing their first three games of 2018/19, Leverkusen climbed up to 15th, leaving bottom side Schalke, who were beaten 2-0 at home by league leaders Bayern Munich on Saturday, as the only team in Germany’s top flight to have lost all four games this season.

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France

  • From a deeper than usual playmaker role Brazil’s Neymar pulled the strings as Paris Saint-Germain came from behind to beat Rennes 3-1 in Ligue 1 on Sunday, helping to dispel midweek memories of a European flop at Liverpool.
  • Hosts Rennes took a surprise 11th minute lead when PSG midfielder Adrien Rabiot nodded past his own ‘keeper, Gianluigi Buffon, from a corner before goals from Ángel Di María, Thomas Meunier and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting gave them a hard-fought sixth straight Ligue 1 win.
  • In Sunday’s late match Lyon, who stunned Manchester City in the Champions League in midweek, continued to show signs of exiting their early season slump with an entertaining 4-2 win over Marseille, a win which still left Bruno Genesio’s men eight points adrift of PSG.

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