CL round-up: Bayern beat Barca, Juve see off Malmo

Robert Lewandowski scored twice as Bayern Munich opened Group E with an impressive 3-0 win in Barcelona.

Thomas Muller’s deflected effort put the Germans in front in the 34th minute. Lewandowski then scored for the 18th club game in a row in the 56th minute after the ball came back off the post.

The Poland striker grabbed his second five minutes from time when he knocked the ball in after Serge Gnabry’s shot had also hit the upright.

Juventus claimed their first win of the post-Cristiano Ronaldo era by beating Malmo 3-0 with a flurry of first-half goals.

Juventus are yet to win in Serie A this season, the last two games being losses after the departure of Ronaldo to Manchester United.

But Alex Sandro’s 23rd-minute opener was followed by two goals in the space of 60 seconds. Paulo Dybala scored from the penalty spot before and Alvaro Morata added the third on the stroke of half-time.

Juventus will be hoping they can take some of the momentum into Sunday’s Serie A clash against AC Milan.

Juventus' Paulo Dybala scored from the penalty spot against Malmo
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Juventus’ Paulo Dybala scored from the penalty spot against Malmo

Cristiano Ronaldo scored again for Man Utd, but they were beaten 2-1 late on by Young Boys in their Champions League opener after Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s red card.

Romelu Lukaku’s second-half header saved an under-par Chelsea as they began their Champions League defence with a 1-0 win over Zenit at Stamford Bridge.

Sevilla were held to a 1-1 draw at home to RB Salzburg after a chaotic first half in which four penalties were awarded, three to the visitors, while the hosts were forced to play most of the second half with 10 men.

Karim Adeyemi missed from the spot early one, but the Austrian’s earned a second penalty in the 21st minute, which Luka Sucic managed to tuck away.

Salzburg then won another penalty just before the break, but Sucic hit the post with his second effort. Sevilla were then awarded a penalty of their own to mark the first time in Champions League history in which four penalties were awarded in the first half.

Ivan Rakitic confidently dispatched his kick to pull Julen Lopetegui’s side level, but the hosts were soon on the back foot again early in the second half when striker Youssef En-Nesyri was sent off for a second booking.

There were a whopping four penalties awarded in the first half between Sevilla and RB Salzburg
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There were four penalties awarded in the first half between Sevilla and RB Salzburg

Sevilla ‘keeper Bono made a string of saves as the Spaniards held on for a draw, but Lopetegui’s 10 men could have won the match with a late header from substitute Erik Lamela which went narrowly wide.

In Tuesday night’s other Group F game, Villarreal and Atalanta drew 2-2 at El Madrigal.

Remo Freuler gave the Italians the lead in the sixth minute, but Manuel Trigueros hauled Villarreal level shortly before half-time.

Villarreal – who beat United on penalties to lift the Europa League trophy – equalised through Arnaut Danjuma in the 73rd minute. Robin Gosens, though, struck late to earn Atalanta a point.

Dynamo Kiev saw a stoppage-time goal from Mykola Shaparenko ruled out following a VAR review as they had to settle for a point following a 0-0 draw at home against Benfica.

It finished goalless between Lille and Wolfsburg – but there was late drama after a penalty for the French side deep into stoppage-time was overturned by VAR.

Lille had earlier seen a goal for Jonathan David ruled out by VAR at the start of the second half before Wolfsburg had defender John Brooks sent off for two cautions.

Euro round-up: Haaland inspires Dortmund to thrilling win

Erling Haaland scored two goals and made another as Borussia Dortmund repeatedly came from behind before beating Bayer Leverkusen 4-3 and Bayern Munich thumped RB Leipzig 4-1 in a pair of highly-entertaining Bundesliga games on Saturday.

Florian Wirtz opened the scoring for Leverkusen against Dortmund, toe-poking a goal in the ninth minute. However, striker Haaland equalised with a towering header in the 37th before Jude Bellingham had a second for Dortmund ruled out due to a foul in the build-up.

Patrik Schick scored in first-half stoppage time to put Leverkusen 2-1 up and there was to be no let-up after the break.

Julian Brandt levelled again in the 49th minute, deftly controlling Haaland’s pass with his heel before rifling the ball into the roof of the net, but within six minutes Leverkusen were ahead again through Moussa Diaby’s strike from the edge of the area.

Again Dortmund equalised, this time through a superb Raphael Guerreiro free-kick, and they went into a 4-3 lead from the penalty spot in the 77th minute when Haaland fired home after Marco Reus was struck in the face by the arm of Odilon Kossounou.

In the late game, teenage attacking midfielder Jamal Musiala came off the bench to score one goal and make another as Bayern Munich out-classed RB Leipzig, with Robert Lewandowski, Leroy Sane and Maxim Choupo-Moting also getting on the scoresheet.

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Highlights of the Bundesliga clash between RB Leipzig and Bayern Munich

Earlier in the afternoon, VfL Wolfsburg made it four wins out of four with a comfortable 2-0 victory over struggling Greuther Furth, while FC Cologne managed to hang on for a 1-1 draw at Freiburg despite losing Florian Kainz to a second yellow card in the 74th minute.

Mainz scored a goal in each half as they beat Hoffenheim 2-0 while Union Berlin were held to a scoreless draw at home to Augsburg.

Wolfsburg have a maximum 12 points after four games, with Bayern Munich second on 10 points and Dortmund third, a point further back.

Hertha Berlin will go in search of their first points of the season when they travel to Bochum on Sunday, while fellow strugglers Eintracht Frankfurt and Borussia Moenchengladbach host VfB Stuttgart and Arminia Bielefeld respectively.

Robert Lewandowski was in the goals once again
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Robert Lewandowski was in the goals once again

Serie A: Juventus beaten at Napoli

Kalidou Koulibaly celebrates Napoli's win over Juve
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Kalidou Koulibaly celebrates Napoli’s win over Juve

Napoli piled more misery on Juventus on Saturday as Kalidou Koulibaly’s late winner clinched a 2-1 comeback victory to continue the hosts’ perfect start to the Serie A season and leave the Turin club winless after three games.

Massimiliano Allegri’s side were without several key players due to injuries and late returns from the international break, but they took an early lead at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona when Morata curled a fine finish beyond David Ospina.

Napoli dominated possession but struggled to turn opportunities into goals, until Wojciech Szczesny weakly palmed a Lorenzo Insigne effort into the path of Matteo Politano for an easy tap-in on the 57th minute.

The hosts kept pushing for a decisive second and were rewarded in bizarre circumstances with five minutes remaining, when Juve substitute Moise Kean’s headed backpass from a corner required a reflex save from Szczesny but left Koulibaly with a tap-in.

The result leaves Napoli top of the standings with nine points ahead of the remaining eight weekend fixtures, while Juve dropped to 16th, with one point on the board from the first three rounds.

Ligue 1: PSG win to stay perfect

Ander Herrera celebrates giving PSG the lead
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Ander Herrera celebrates giving PSG the lead

Paris Saint-Germain kept their perfect Ligue 1 record intact as they hammered promoted Clermont 4-0 with a brutal display on Saturday.

In the absence of Lionel Messi and Neymar, who were not in the squad after returning late from international duty with Argentina and Brazil, Kylian Mbappe netted his fourth goal on his first appearance at the Parc des Princes since his failed transfer to Real Madrid.

The France striker, who has just recovered from a calf injury, was a constant threat as he added to Ander Herrera’s first-half brace with Idrissa Gueye rounding if off after the hour.

PSG, who travel to Club Brugge for their Champions League Group A opener on Wednesday, lead the standings on 15 points with Clermont still third on eight points after their first defeat in their first season in the elite.

Germany team ‘fine’ after plane forced to land in Edinburgh

The German national team are “fine” after their plane was forced to make an emergency landing in Edinburgh on the way back from Iceland.

The KlasJet flight left Reykjavik at 2am following Germany’s 4-0 win over Iceland and was heading to Frankfurt but got into difficulty approximately three miles west of Arbroath.

The plane had to make an abrupt turn between Dundee and Arbroath before taking 20 minutes to land in the Scottish capital at 4am.

It is not yet clear why the incident occurred.

Germany were returning from a 4-0 win over Iceland
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Germany were returning from a 4-0 win over Iceland

The team tweeted a message in German that read: “Safety first. Safe stopover as a precaution in Edinburgh. From there, individual onward and return journeys are planned.”

A second post confirmed the team were “fine”.

The team had to fly overnight due to German regulations that ban planes from landing during the night.

Players back in Germany after pressure from Bayern to get players home

The plane that the Germany players were originally on did not take off again.

The team finally arrived in Frankfurt on Thursday afternoon after a seven-hour wait in Edinburgh.


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Bayern Munich had put pressure on for players to be transported home quickly as they play away at RB Leizpig on Saturday, live on Sky Sports.

Bayern Munich’s Jamal Musiala, Leon Goretzka, Niklas Suele and Leroy Sane were among those stuck in Edinburgh for several hours.

Euro round-up: Juve begin life without Ronaldo with shock loss

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 was on fine form for Lazio
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Ciro Immobile was on fine form for Lazio

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

Robert Lewandowski scored a hat-trick in the win over Hertha
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Robert Lewandowski scored a hat-trick in the win over Hertha

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.

Lewandowski salutes his third strike
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Lewandowski salutes his third strike

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.

CL draw: Man City face PSG, champions Chelsea play Juventus

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.

N'Golo Kante is among a cohort of Chelsea players who shone in the Champions League last season
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Chelsea lifted the Champions League in May after a 1-0 win over Man City in Porto

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.

Emery kisses the Europa League trophy in Gdansk
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Villarreal beat Man Utd on penalties in the Europa League final in Gdansk last season

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

The Champions League final was last staged at Wembley back in 2013
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The final will be held in St Petersburg on May 28, 2022

When will the matches be played?

Matchday one: September 14/15

Matchday two: September 28/29

Matchday three: October 19/20

Matchday four: November 2/3

Matchday five: November 23/24

Matchday six: December 7/8

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