• Stuart Kavanagh

Continental Catch-Up

Updated: Oct 13, 2021

From Messi To Haaland - All The Latest From Europe


The big leagues across Europe are all in full swing now. From Serie A in Italy to the Bundesliga in Germany, the fans are back (for the most part). Here at thepyrrhic.com we’ve got you covered with all the latest from the home of football.



SERIE A

Our first stop this week is Italy where Massimiliano Allegris’Juventus side finds themselves in the relegation zone. It comes after Ante Rebic equalized for AC Milan in their clash against the Old Lady, leaving them winless after four match weeks. After a disappointing season, last term Zebre are in turmoil. It could be a long season ahead for them.


Elsewhere, Jose Mourinho’s new club Roma missed a chance to take the top spot of Serie A after losing 3-2 to Verona. It was an entertaining match-up that was decided by one of the most incredible finishes by Davide Faraoni. The victory confirms Verona as somewhat of a bogey team for Roma, who haven’t defeated them since September 2019.


Inter Milan had a massive 6-1 victory over Bologna that confirmed them at the top of the table with a +11 goal difference. An Edin Dzeko brace sandwiched a Lautaro Martinez opener for the Nerazzurri.


Results

Sassuolo 0-1 Torino

Genoa 1-2 Fiorentina

Inter Milan 6-1 Bologna

Salernitana 0-1 Atalanta

Empoli 0-3 Sampdoria

Venezia 1-2 Spezia

Verona 3-2 Roma

Lazio 2-2 Cagliari

Juventus 1-1 AC Milan

Udinese vs Napoli


Table


LIGUE 1

In France, all eyes were on the action at the Parc des Princes as the one and only Lionel Messi made his home debut for the Parisien side. Things did not go to script for the home team when Lucas Paqueta put Olympique Lyonnais ahead. A little over ten minutes later, Malo Gusto fouled Neymar in the area and the Brazillian converted the resulting penalty.


An unhappy Lionel Messi was withdrawn with the scores still level after an average display by the mercurial Argentine's standards.


Things remained tight until the last seconds of the match-up. That was when mega star Kylian Mbappe put in an incredible cross for Mauro Icardi to give the capital city side the victory.


Earlier in the day, Marseille secured a relatively easy 2-0 victory over Rennes to maintain pressure on PSG in these early stages of the season. Bordeaux got their first win for the campaign over St Etienne with a 2-1 victory with South Korean striker Hwang Ui-Jo getting a brace.


Results

Strasbourg 3-0 Metz

Lens 1-0 Lille

St Etienne 1-2 Bordeaux

Nice 2-2 Monaco

Angers 1-4 Nantes

Clermont 1-1 Brest

Reims 0-0 Lorient

Troyes 1-1 Montpellier

Marseille 2-0 Rennes

Paris St Germain 2-1 Lyon.


Table


LA LIGA

In ‘The Land of Rabbits’ (look it up) the Madrid sides continued their undefeated starts to the La Liga season and cemented their places in the top two spots of the La Liga table.

At the Wanda Metropolitano, a Joao Felix red card prevented Atleti from taking all three points against Athletic Bilbao.


Despite having more of the ball and the better looks at goal, the Madrid side just couldn’t find the decisive solution and when Felix got his marching orders, it just never looked like being anything other than a 0-0 draw.


It was a different story at the Mestalla where cross-town rivals Real faced Valencia. It was notable as Eden Hazard put in an encouraging performance in his nearly 80 mins on the pitch. That aside, however, Los Blancos were down 1-0 when the Belgian left the pitch after going behind to former Madrid loanee Hugo Duro’s 66th-minute strike.


The story wouldn’t end there though as Real would produce yet another late show as the emerging partnership of Vinicius Jr. and Karim Benzema took turns setting each other up to give them a last gasp victory.


Elsewhere Real Betis let a 2-1 lead slip in the 97th minute when Leandro Cabrera equalized for Espanyol with almost the last kick of the game.


Results

Celta de vigo 1-2 Cadiz

Rayo Vallecano 3-0 Getafe

Atletico de Madrid 0-0 Athletic Bilbao

Elche 1-1 Levante

Alaves 0-2 Osasuna

Mallorca 0-0 Villareal

Real Sociedad 0-0 Sevilla

Real Betis 2-2 Espanyol

Valencia 1-2 Real Madrid

Barcelona vs Granada


Table


BUNDESLIGA

Finally in Germany Munich and Dortmund rekindled their eternal rivalry with a couple of huge victories.


We will start at the Allianz where Munich continued their unbeaten start to the season with an enormous 7-0 victory over Bochum that was an ominous sign for the rest of the league. Joshua Kimmich managed a brace and there was the standard Robert Lewandowski strike. Sane, Gnabry, and Choupo-Mouting all chipped in as well with an own goal from center half Vasilios Lampropoulos rubbing the salt in the wound for the visitors.


Not to be outdone, Borussia Dortmund had the yellow wall rocking with a 4-2 victory over Union Berlin. And when I mean Dortmund - of course I mean it was Erling Haaland that had the home side rocking with a couple of tremendous finishes that ultimately made the difference in the victory.


In other notable fixtures, Wolfsburg missed the chance to take an unlikely early hold of the top spot after only managing a 1-1 draw with Eintracht Frankfurt, requiring Wout Weghorst to get them a share of the spoils with a 70th-minute equalizer.


Results

Hertha Berlin 2-1 Furth

Bayern Munich 7-0 Bochum

Mainz 0-0 Freiburg

Augsburg 1-0 B. Monchengladbach

Arminia Biefield 0-0 Hoffenheim

FC Koln 1-1 RB Leipzig

Stuttgart 1-3 Leverkusen

B. Dortmund 4-2 Union Berlin

Wolfsburg 1-1 E. Frankfurt


Table


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