Lacklustre Juventus began life without Cristiano Ronaldo by suffering a shock 1-0 defeat at home to promoted Empoli in Serie A on Saturday.
Juve, who this week agreed a deal with Manchester United to sell Ronaldo to the Premier League club, looked shorn of ideas up front in the Portuguese forward’s absence.
Other than some fierce Federico Chiesa strikes from range, the hosts did not threaten to score in the first half as Empoli edged into a surprise lead when captain Leonardo Mancuso swept the ball home at the far post in the 21st minute.
After the break, Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri introduced Alvaro Morata, Dejan Kulusevski and new signing Manuel Locatelli from the bench but, even with all that firepower on the pitch, they created few openings of note.
Empoli saw out their first win back in the Italian top flight in relative comfort, leaving Juve on one point from their opening two matches of the season.
Ciro Immobile’s hat-trick inspired Lazio to a 6-1 thrashing of Spezia as the Rome club made it two wins from two at the start of the new Serie A season in style on Saturday.
The visitors did take the lead in the fourth minute, with Daniele Verde on hand at the back post to tap home, but that lasted less than one minute as Immobile pounced to level.
The Italy striker then arrowed a brilliant strike into the net to give his side the advantage inside 15 minutes, before missing a penalty just before the break. Immobile almost immediately completed a hat-trick though as he made it 3-1 in first-half stoppage time.
Lazio’s close-season signing Felipe Anderson raced clear to add a fourth two minutes into the second period, before Spezia’s task was made all the more difficult after Kelvin Amian was sent off in the 54th minute.
Elseid Hysaj and Luis Alberto completed the rout as Maurizio Sarri’s men climbed to the top of the standings, above Inter Milan on goal difference.
In Saturday’s other early kick-off, last season’s top Serie A scorers Atalanta were held to a disappointing 0-0 stalemate by Bologna in Bergamo.
Bundesliga: Lewandowski shines in Bayern rout
Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski continued his imperious form with a superb hat-trick as they cruised past Hertha Berlin with a 5-0 win at the Allianz Arena on Saturday.
The Poland striker has scored at least once in each of his last 16 official matches for Bayern, bettering Gerd Mueller’s record of netting in 15 consecutive games between 1969 and 1970.
The victory left Bayern second in the Bundesliga, behind Bayer Leverkusen on goal difference, with seven points from three games. Hertha sit bottom of the table having lost all their games so far.
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Robert Lewandowski scored a hat-trick as Bayern Munich beat Hertha Berlin 5-0 in the Bundesliga
Thomas Muller struck for the German champions after six minutes, finishing off a slick team move, before Lewandowski doubled the advantage half an hour later, heading in from a Serge Gnabry cross.
Hertha did their best to press Bayern higher up the pitch but struggled to create clear opportunities as the home side’s wide men took full advantage of the space left behind.
Bayern continued their assault in the second half, with substitute Jamal Musiala grabbing a third soon after the break and Lewandowski adding two more for a hat-trick, his second goal made possible by some brilliant wing play from Leroy Sane.
Meanwhile, Bayern Leverkusen had plenty of help as they won 4-1 at Augsburg on Saturday to top the Bundesliga, with the hapless hosts gifting them two own goals in the opening 14 minutes.
Augsburg went behind in the fourth minute when left-back Iago put the ball into his own net and were two down 10 minutes later when Florian Niederlechner deflected a shot past his own goalkeeper.
Niederlechner pulled one back in the 31st, snapping up the ball after a defensive error and slotting it into net but Leverkusen added two more goals in the second half to secure a comfortable win.
Leverkusen lead the league on seven points after their opening three matches, ahead of Bayern Munich on goal difference.
La Liga: Elche frustrate Sevilla
Sevilla had to make do with a point as they were held to a 1-1 draw at Elche in La Liga on Sunday, ending their 100 per cent start to the season.
Elche, who avoided relegation on the final day of last term, took the lead through centre-back Enzo Roco in the 11th minute after an exquisite through ball from Fidel Chaves.
Sevilla levelled in the 40th minute with a header from last season’s top scorer Youssef En-Nesyri and went all out for the win late in the game.
New striker Rafa Mir had two good chances to snatch victory, skying a first-time strike from inside the area before heading over the bar with the final opportunity of the game deep in stoppage time.
Sevilla have seven points from their opening three games after beating Rayo Vallecano 3-0 and Getafe 1-0 while Elche have two.
Real Sociedad beat Levante 1-0 at home thanks to an Ander Barrenetxea strike shortly before half-time to reach six points and end the visitors’ unbeaten start to the campaign.
Ligue 1: Nice crush Bordeaux to go second
Nice hammered Bordeaux 4-0 to continue their fine start to the Ligue 1 season on Saturday a week after crowd trouble marred their previous outing.
In a game played behind closed doors pending investigations into the incidents that caused their home match against Marseille to be abandoned last Sunday, Nice prevailed through an early Justin Kluivert goal, a double by Amine Gouiri and Khephren Thuram’s late strike.
The result lifted them to second on seven points from three completed matches, two behind Paris Saint-Germain, who travel to Reims on Sunday.
Dutch winger Kluivert opened the scoring after seven minutes when he volleyed home from Hicham Boudaoui’s cross to give Christophe Galtier’s side a perfect start.
He also assisted in the second goal, playing Gouiri through for the striker to finish the job with a left-footed effort on 33 minutes.
Kluivert then limped off the pitch but Galtier said he was taken out only as a precaution after feeling pain in his groin.
Gouiri made it 3-0 three minutes before the interval as he converted a penalty after being brought down by centre-back Laurent Koscielny.
Thuram, the former French international Lilian’s second son and brother of France striker Marcus, added another with five minutes left from inside the area shortly after coming on as a substitute.
Bordeaux, who have yet to win a game this season, are 17th with two points from four outings.
Marseille are fifth after Cengiz Under found the net for the third time this season in a 3-1 home victory against St Etienne.
Turkey striker Under, who joined from AS Roma in the close season, added to Matteo Guendouzi and Gerson’s goals with a fine curled strike to put the hosts on seven points from three games.
Pep Guardiola will be reunited with Lionel Messi – with whom he won two Champions League titles – after Manchester City were drawn to play Paris Saint-Germain in this season’s group stage.
The two clubs are joined in Group A by RB Leipzig and Belgian champions Club Brugge.
Chelsea – who beat Manchester City in last season’s final to lift their second Champions League trophy – will play Juventus, as well as Russian champions Zenit and Swedish champions Malmo.
Liverpool have been drawn into a tough Group B, where they will take on three-time runners-up Atletico Madrid, seven-time winners AC Milan and two-time winners Porto.
Manchester United face a rematch with Villarreal, who beat them on penalties in the final of last season’s Europa League. Also in Group F are Atalanta and Swiss champions Young Boys.
Bayern Munich and Barcelona – who have won 11 Champions Leagues between them – headline Group E. Barcelona will be competing in the competition without Messi for the first time in 17 years.
Also in Group E are Benfica and Ukrainian title-winners Dynamo Kiev.
Real Madrid – who have won the competition a record 13 times – will take on Italian champions Inter Milan, as well as Shakhtar Donetsk and Sheriff Tiraspol, who are the first Moldovan side to compete in the Champions League.
Group C contains Portuguese champions Sporting, Borussia Dortmund, four-time Champions League winners Ajax and Besiktas.
In Group G, French title winners Lille face Sevilla, Austrian champions Red Bull Salzburg and Wolfsburg.
The group stage begins on September 14 and 15, with the final being held in St Petersburg on May 28.
Champions League group-stage draw
Group A: Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain, RB Leipzig, Club Brugge
Group B: Atletico Madrid, Liverpool, Porto, AC Milan
Group C: Sporting, Borussia Dortmund, Ajax, Besiktas
Group D: Inter Milan, Real Madrid, Shakhtar Donetsk, Sheriff Tiraspol
Group E: Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Benfica, Dynamo Kiev
Group F: Villarreal, Manchester United, Atalanta, Young Boys
Group G: Lille, Sevilla, Red Bull Salzburg, Wolfsburg
Group H: Chelsea, Juventus, Zenit, Malmo
When will the matches be played?
Matchday one: September 14/15
Matchday two: September 28/29
Matchday three: October 19/20
Matchday four: November2/3
Matchday five: November 23/24
Matchday six: December 7/8
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Bayern Munich secured their first win of the Bundesliga campaign with a 3-2 victory over battling Cologne thanks to Serge Gnabry’s double and a Robert Lewandowski strike.
Gnabry thundered the ball past Cologne goalkeeper Timo Horn in the 71st minute of the contest at the Allianz Arena to settle his team’s nerves, after the visitors had struck through Anthony Modeste and Mark Uth to make it 2-2.
The contest began on a sombre note after Bayern paid tribute to club hero Gerd Müller who died at the age of 75 last week, and it was Lewandowski who sparked it to life five minutes after the break by tapping in Jamal Musiala’s pass.
Gnabry doubled their advantage with a side-footed goal from Thomas Müller’s low cross, but Modeste pulled one back almost immediately in the 60th minute before Uth finished in style to level the contest two minutes later.
Earlier, 10-man Union Berlin drew 2-2 with Hoffenheim, with Taiwo Awoniyi netting a second-half equaliser, after team-mate Niko Giesselmann had scored the opener in the 10th minute.
Hoffenheim’s Kevin Akpoguma had drawn his side level at 1-1 in the 14th minute before Jacob Bruun Larsen thought he had sealed all three points with a well-taken goal.
The game turned scrappy towards the end and Berlin defender Marvin Friedrich was sent off in added time when he brought down Sargis Adamyan just outside the box for his second yellow card.
Elsewhere, Union Berlin came from behind to deny hosts Hoffenheim a second win from two games through Taiwo Awoniyi’s second-half strike which earned them a 2-2 draw.
Niko Gieselmann put the visitors ahead with 10 minutes gone but Kevin Akpoguma levelled shortly after, and by the half-hour mark the turnaround was complete when Jacob Bruun Larsen fired Hoffenheim ahead.
Awoniyi struck two minutes after the break to restore parity, before Marvin Friedrich was sent off for a second yellow card in added time.
Ligue 1: Lyon denied by two-goal comeback
Ligue 1 newcomers Clermont Foot fought back from two goals down to salvage a 3-3 draw at Lyon after second-half substitute Elbasan Rashani netted a superb brace to continue their good start in the top flight.
In the day’s other matches, Montpellier celebrated a comeback 3-1 home win over Lorient, Strasbourg were held to a 1-1 draw by visiting Troyes and Angers earned a 1-1 draw at Bordeaux.
Metz were also held to a 1-1 home draw by Reims, with home manager Frederic Antonetti and his counterpart Oscar Garcia shown red cards for dissent by referee Florent Batta in the 87th minute of a contest littered by fouls.
Lyon appeared to be cruising towards their first league win of the season after a Moussa Dembele double helped them to a 3-1 first-half lead, with Lucas Paqueta adding the other to cancel out a Sinaly Diomande own goal.
The home side missed a string of chances after the break and were punished after Swedish-born Kosovo winger Rashani pulled one back with a dinked finish and then levelled in stoppage time with a superb header.
The result left Clermont, who had never played in the top tier before, third in the standings on seven points from three games, behind second-placed Angers on goal difference.
PSG are top with a maximum nine points after Friday’s 4-2 win at Brest. Angers also kept their unbeaten record intact after Romain Thomas struck in the 38th minute at Bordeaux, whose forward Sekou Mara gave the home side a 10th-minute lead.
Marshall Munetsi headed Reims against Mets into a seventh-minute lead before Habib Maiga equalised with a rasping long-range shot into the top corner in the 14th.
A Dimitry Bertaud own goal fired Lorient ahead at Strasbourg but the home side hit back through Teji Savanier, Stephy Mavididi and Andy Delort before the visitors had Houboulang Mendes sent off in the closing stages.
Bayern Munich are interested in a swap deal involving Corentin Tolisso and Tottenham’s Tanguy Ndombele, according to Sky Germany.
Bayern were willing to offer French midfielder Tolisso plus €20m (£17.2m) for Ndombele but Spurs refused to take the initial talks further.
Tottenham are hoping to sign another attacker before the transfer window deadline on August 31, with Wolves winger Adama Traore and Rubin Kazan’s Kvicha Kvaratskhelia two of their potential options.
Club-record signing Ndombele is yet to feature this season with Sky Sports News confirming he has asked if he can leave the club this month.
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The midfielder, who did not play a minute of pre-season, is not part of Nuno’s squad for Sunday’s match against Wolves.
Ndombele joined from Lyon in July 2019 for £54m and has four years left on his contract.
The Frenchman has struggled to shine for Spurs since his arrival and in last year’s Amazon documentary he was seen admitting to Levy he was not enjoying his time at the club.
Ahead of Sunday’s game against Wolves, Tottenham boss Nuno Espirito Santo said it was not his job to convince anyone to play for the club.
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Head coach Nuno Espirito Santo has said the best of Tanguy Ndombele ‘has to come from himself’ and suggested it is not his job to try to convince the midfielder to play for Tottenham.
Nuno raised the issue of motivation when asked why the 24-year-old is not being selected.
“What happened in the past I can’t even think about, I don’t mention out of respect,” he said.
“What I can tell you is that Tanguy is with us, he works but we have to speak honestly and to take the best out of Tanguy [it] has to come from himself.
“I don’t want to go much further than that but it has to come from himself.
“We already had a chance to talk but it must come from himself. I said it before, my job here is not to convince players to play for Tottenham Hotspur, it is to prepare players to play for Tottenham Hotspur.”
Spain international Traore, who played under Spurs boss Nuno at Wolves, could join the north London club on loan.
Tottenham’s interest in Kvaratskhelia, a 20-year-old Georgia international, is still in the early stages, with a requirement for the club to first offload players before they can sign.
Meanwhile, Spurs are close to completing a deal for midfielder Pape Sarr, although he is set to remain on loan at Metz, while PSV attacking midfielder Noni Madueke is also under consideration.
Tottenham, who have made right-back Serge Aurier and midfielder Moussa Sissoko available for sale, first need to offload players before they can prioritise another attacking player.
Sky Sports to show Bundesliga live
Sky Sports has become the new home of the Bundesliga in the UK and Ireland after winning exclusive rights for the next four seasons.
As the home of German top-flight football in the UK and the Republic of Ireland, football fans will be able to tune in to Sky Sports to watch the likes of Erling Haaland, Jude Bellingham and Robert Lewandowski, while 30-time Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich look to hold off their rivals to claim another title.
The premium fixture of each weekend will be shown live every Saturday at 5.30pm on Sky Sports Football, with further matches broadcast via Sky Sports’ linear or digital channels including Sky Sports YouTube.
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