European football round-up: Gameweek 2
After a very busy summer, which included the postponed renewals of the European Championships and the Copa América, European football’s top-tier competitions are back underway with a bang. We may only be two weeks into the new campaigns, but already the league tables are beginning to take shape, with the English Premier League one division in particular that looks like it could go any way over the course of the next nine months.
So, to keep you up to date with what’s been going around Europe, we have put together this brief gameweek 2 round-up. Read on to find out more!
Romelu Lukaku stole most of the headlines last weekend, as he helped Chelsea beat their London rivals Arsenal 2-0 at the Emirates to make it two wins from two. The Gunners are still waiting for their first win of the season, as they’ve endured their worst start to a campaign in 118 years. Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham United and Liverpool have also won both their opening games, whilst Manchester City, who are the favourites for the title with sites like Betdaq, bounced back with a 5-0 win over Norwich City, who are yet to pick up a point. Crystal Palace and Leeds United are still on the hunt for their first win of the season, after drawing with Brentford and Everton respectively. Brighton & Hove Albion have arguably been the surprise outfit, winning both of their opening games. Burnley, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Newcastle United are all on zero points.
It may still be early doors, but Atlético Madrid were handed a bit of boost in La Liga’s title race, as Real Madrid and Barcelona dropped points with draws away to Athletic Bilbao and Levante respectively. However, Sevilla are keeping the pressure on with a victory over Getafe. Only Real Mallorca, Real Sociedad, Sevilla and Atléti picked up victories on the second weekend of the season, with Osasuna vs Celta Viga, Real Betis vs Cádiz, Granada vs Valencia and Espanyol vs Villarreal all ending in stalemates. Diego Simeone’s men and Julen Lopetegui’s side are already two points clear of the rest of the division, and they’ll be hoping that that gap will only widen as the season progresses.
Over in Germany, Wolfsburg are the surprise early leaders in the Bundesliga. They beat Hertha Berlin last weekend to make it two wins from two, and like Atléti, they are now two points clear at the top. Defending champions Bayern Munich picked up their first win of the season, beating Köln 3-2 at the Allianz Arena, whilst Borussia Dortmund were beaten 2-1 away to Freiburg. RB Leipzig and Bayer Leverkusen were gameweek 2’s biggest winners, as they beat Stuttgart and Borussia Mönchengladbach 4-0. Eintracht Frankfurt vs Augsburg, Fürth vs Arminia and Hoffenheim vs Union Berlin all ended in draws, while the newly promoted Bochum won their first top flight game with a 2-0 victory at home to Mainz.
Serie A only got underway last weekend, and defending champions Inter Milan got off to the perfect start despite losing the likes of Antonio Conte, Lukaku and Achraf Hakimi, beating Genoa 4-0 at the San Siro. AS Roma also got off to a great start under the guidance of José Mourinho, with Tammy Abraham playing a huge role in their 3-1 win over Fiorentina, whilst there were also victories for AC Milan, Lazio, Napoli, Bologna, Sassuolo and Atalanta. Massimiliano Allegri’s return to the Juventus helm didn’t go to plan though, with the Old Lady drawing 2-2 with Udinese as many questioned his decision to bench Cristiano Ronaldo, whilst Cagliari and Spezia also played out a 2-2 draw.
Ligue 1 is ahead of the rest of Europe, with last weekend marking the third round of games in the French top flight, and it’s no surprise that Paris Saint-Germain are paving the way with a 100 percent strike rate. It was another gameweek packed with draws, as the spoils were shared in Saint-Étienne vs Lille, Lyon vs Clermont Foot, Bordeaux vs Angers, Strasbourg vs Troyes and Metz vs Reims. Lens, Montpellier and Rennes joined PSG in the winners’ enclosure, whilst there were ugly scenes between players and fans in Nice vs Marseille, which resulted in that game being abandoned at 1-0 to the hosts.