In the fifth edition of the European paper you can read about the best moments from this week’s “El Clasico”, the troubles in Dortmund, the end of Marseille’s streak, as well as the best moments from Eredivisie and the Russian Premier League.
Spanish Primera Division (Liga BBVA)
After round 9 in Spain we have huge mess at the top of the table, but also changes at the bottom. The match that everyone anticipated between Real Madrid and Barcelona showed why Spanish league is one of the best in the world. The derby showed excellent football, many chances and ultimately, a big win in a dominant display for Real Madrid. Neymar opened the scoring in the 4th minute, but then Ronaldo from penalty, Pepe, and Benzema completely turned the score around handing the Blaugrana their first defeat of the season (you can see the highlights of the match below). In the other matches, Sevilla beat Villareal to keep pace with Barca, Atletico Madrid struggled against Getafe, but got away with the three points, while Valencia got back to the winning ways with the 3:1 win over Elche.
As we mentioned before, after this round there is a huge mess at the top of the table. Barcelona and Sevilla lead with 22 points, Real Madrid is immediately behind them with 21, while Valencia and Atletico Madrid follow closely with 20 points from 9 games.
Cristiano Ronaldo added one more goal to his tally to reach 16 goals in only 9 matches, Neymar now has 9, Carlos Bacca from Sevilla is tied with Messi at the third position with 7 goals in 9 matches. He certainly finds himself in a very good company there.
Rounds 8 in the Bundesliga didn’t bring many changes at the top of the table, but it was remarkable for the fact that Borussia Dortmund suffered their 4th defeat in a row which brought them to the alarming 15th position on the table. Bayern Munich were held to their third draw in the derby against Möenchengladbach, thanks mainly to the outstanding performance of their goalkeeper, Manuel Neuer. Wolfsburg continued their fine form with the 4th consecutive win, this time over Mainz with convincing 3:0. Roberto Di Mateo suffered his first defeat since he took over at Schalke as his team lost to Bayer Leverkusen with the stunning free-kick from Hakan Calhanoglu (video below). However, the best match was played in Frankfurt, where the home team lost to VfB Stuttgart with amazing 4-5.
After round 9 we have Bayern at the top of the table with 21 points, followed by a trio of clubs Borussia Möenchengladbach, Wolfsburg and Hoffenheim, all of them with 17 points. At the bottom nothing new. Werder are still stuck on the 18th place with 4 points, Freiburg has 5 and Hamburger SV only 6 points after 9 matches. One position above them are Jürgen Klopp’s side who has to change something if they are about to go back to the winning ways. However, that task will be extremely hard as they are facing the reigning champions Bayern Munich this Saturday at Allianz Arena.
French Ligue 1
Round 11 in Ligue 1 saw the leaders Marseille being halt by former champions Lyon for only second defeat for Bielsa’s side this season. PSG used their mistake and even though they couldn’t count on Ibrahimovic and Cavani, they easily beat Bordeaux with 3:0. St.Etienne recorded their second win in a row with the narrow 1:0 against Metz, while the biggest win of the round went to Nice who beat Guingamp with astonishing 2:7 in a match in which the Brazilian Carlos Eduardo scored 5 goals.
The loss was kind of a setback for Bielsa and his squad as now they have only 4 points advantage over Paris SG who are second with 21. Lyon follows closely with 20, same as St Etienne on the 4th position. On the other side of the table Guingamp are at the bottom with only 9 points, one less than Evian TG, Bastia and Lorient.
Andre-Pierre Gignac still leads the way with 10 goals in 11 matches. Lacazette is second with 8, while Ben Yedder is now joint third with Carlos Eduardo from Nice.
The 10th round in the Netherlands didn’t bring any surprises. PSV beat Utrecht with 1:5 to keep their advantage over Ajax who also didn’t have any problems against G.A. Eagles. The team of Feyenoord made a breakthrough to the third position after their narrow win away at Cambuur. The early surprise Zwolle are slowly losing their breath as they failed to win for a third consecutive game after being held to a 2:2 draw at home with Heerenveen.
As we said before, PSV still tops the table with 24 points, four more than their bitter rivals Ajax and seven more than Feyenoord and Zwolle on the third and fourth position, respectively. At the bottom Heracles are still struggling with only 3 points from 10 matches. Dordrecht are not much better as they managed to collect 5 points in the first 10 rounds. Above them are Breda and the improving side of Den Haag with 10 points.
Kramer from Den Haag and Uth from Heerenveen share the top scoring position with 8 goals, followed by a larger number of players that all have 6 goals.
Russian Premier League
Exciting 11th round in the Russian Premier League as Zenit again created advantage over CSKA before their clash at Luzhniki Stadium this Saturday. AVB’s side showed class against Mordovia Saransk, sending 5 pieces past their goalkeeper. CSKA, as we mentioned slipped two points against Ufa after an exciting 3:3 draw. Rubin Kazan recorded their third consecutive win with an impressive 0:2 win against a strong Dynamo Moscow side, while Krasnodar kept their good form with a 2:0 win over Terek Grozni.
Zenit enters the 12th round with 29 points, 4 more than CSKA Moscow. Krasnodar is third with 21, Kuban follows with 20 etc. At the other side of the table, Arsenal Tula are still winless after 11 rounds with only 2 points. FK Rostov are one position above them with 5 points, Torpedo Moscow have 6 while Amkar and Ural share the last relegation position with 10 points each.
Hulk joined Rondon and Natcho at the top of the table with 7 goals as they are closely followed by Doumbia and Dzyuba with 6 goals.
After the long break for the international matches, European paper is back with a new (fourth) edition to see what is going on around the top European leagues.
Spanish Primera Division (Liga BBVA)
Round 8 in Spain didn’t bring many surprises as the top teams were getting ready for yet another round of Champions League football. Both Real Madrid and Barcelona played their matches on Saturday and both easily got the three points against Levante and Eibar, respectively, thus paving their way in good shape before the “Clasico” next weekend. Atletico Madrid beat Espanyol with 2-0, while Sevilla got the three points from Elche with the same result. The team of Valencia suffered their first defeat of the campaign after being beaten by Deportivo La Coruna at Riazor with convincing 3-0 while Athletic Bilbao still can’t find the right form after drawing at home with former Luis Enrique’s team, Celta Vigo.
After eight rounds Barcelona is still at the top of the table with 22 points and impressive 22:0 goal difference. Way to go for them after last year’s weak defensive tactics set by Tata Martino. Sevilla bagged two wins in as many matches to occupy the second place with 19 points, one more than Real Madrid on third while Valencia and Atletico Madrid lay two points behind the Andalusians on fourth and fifth position. At the bottom of the table Cordoba is still winless after 8 matches, a streak that prompted the owners of the club to relieve the coach Albert Ferrer of his duties and to appoint former Valencia coach Miroslav Djukic in an attempt to revamp the form of the team. Just above them there are 4 teams with 5 points from 8 games consisting of Levante, Elche, and surprisingly Athletic Bilbao and Real Sociedad.
Cristiano Ronaldo leads the way with 15 goals in 8 games, followed by Neymar with 8 and Lionel Messi with 7. Carlos Bacca from Sevilla closes the top 4 with 6 goals in 8 matches.
Rounds 8 in the Bundesliga saw few surprising results. While the champions Bayern Munich continue to dominate the league, the “Millionaires” from Dortmund continue to sink. Pep Guardiola’s men thrashed Werder Bremen with 6-0, while Jürgen Klopp’s squad suffered another defeat, this time to Köln. This was third defeat in a row for the former German champions and 4th in the last five games that sounded the alarm in the team as they are now on the 14th position with 7 points after 8 matches. Borussia Möenchengladbach continued their fine form with a comfortable 0-3 win in Hannover, Wolfsburg took the three points away from Freiburg for their third win in a row, while Leverkusen drew their third consecutive match after exciting 3-3 against VfB Stuttgart.
After round 8 we have Bayern at the top of the table with 20 points, as we mentioned before Moenchengladbach with 16. Hoffenheim held onto their third position with 14 points, same as Mainz and Wolfsburg. On the other side of the table Werder Bremen and Freiburg are still waiting for their first win of the season as they managed 4 and 5 points, respectively, after 8 rounds. Hamburger SV gave hope to their fans last week beating Borussia Dortmund, but managed only to draw with Hoffenheim this week, which was only their 6th point, same as VfB Stuttgart who are one position ahead of them due to the better goal difference.
Next round brings us the derby between the top two teams, Bayern and Möenchengladbach, after which many more things will be clear.
On the goal scoring list, Mario Götze leads with 6 goals, one more than Kruse from Möenchengladbach, Meier from Frankfurt, and the Japanese international Okazaki from Mainz, who all scored 5 goals in the first 8 games.
French Ligue 1
Who would have said at the beginning of the season that Marseille will have 7 points advantage at the top of the table? Marcelo Bielsa’s team has 8 wins in 10 matches and are unbeaten since August 24. This week, their patients were Toulouse who left Marseille with 2 goals in their net. Paris SG remain the only unbeaten team this season but they have 6 draws in the first 10 games. This week they bagged the three points against Lens in a match that saw the strangest red card for Cavani for his celebration (see the video below). Bordeaux drew with Caen, while Lyon continued their climb up the table after convincing 5-1 win over Montpellier.
After 10 rounds, as we mentioned, Marseille are leading the way with 25 points ahead of PSG and Bordeaux with 18 and Lyon and St Ettienne with 17. Lens, on the other side of the table continue to sink after suffering their 4th defeat in the last 5 games. Guingamp overtook them and now have 9 points, same as Caen.
Pierre Alan Gignac scored 10 goals in the first 10 games to climb on the top of the goal scoring list. Lacazette from Lyon is second with 8, Ben Yedder from Toulouse has 6, while Ibrahimovic despite his injury is still PSG’s top scorer with 5 goals.
If there is a league where the strikers almost never fail to deliver, that is definitely the Dutch league. 30 goals in 9 matches in round 9 show that they always think about scoring more goals than their opposition and that little attention is paid to defense. PSV continued their fine form with the second win in a row, this time against AZ Alkmaar, who left Eindhoven with three pieces in their net. Ajax, on the other hand, drew their second consecutive game after falling behind against Twente. Feyenoord beat Heracles to make it 3 out of 3, Cambuur came back from 2-0 down to draw with Heerenveen, while Vitesse outclassed Willem II to register their third win in the last three matches.
After nine rounds PSV has 4 points advantage at the top of the table over Ajax. Cambuur and Zwolle are sharing the third position with 16 points, while the unbeaten Twente (3 wins, 6 draws) are sharing the 5th position with Heerenveen with 15 points in 9 matches. After finally breaking the winless streak against Breda last week winning with impressive 6-1, Heracles went back to the losing ways and they are still stuck on the last position with three points. Dordrecht are 17th with 5 points, while Den Haag are one place above them with 7 points.
Kramer from Den Haag leads the scoring race with 7 goals, one more than Ogbeche from Cambuur and Uth from Heerenveen. Former FC Inter player Luc Castaignos (now at Twente) follows them closely with 5 goals in nine matches.
Russian Premier League
The Russian Premier League is entering a very interesting stage where the battle for the first position becomes more fierce. After winning the first 8 matches, AVB’s squad drew their second game in a row, this time against Krasnodar after falling 2-0 down at half time. CSKA Moscow continued their chase after Zenit with an impressive 6-0 win over Kuban, which was great preparation for today’s CL match against Manchester City. Rubin Kazan and Lokomotiv Moscow recorded their second win in a row against Saransk and Terek Grozni, respectively, while the team of Arsenal Tula got their second point of the season against FK Rostov.
After 10 rounds Zenit is still first with 26 points, but now only 2 more than CSKA Moscow. Dynamo is way behind them on the third position with 19 points, but also a game to play (after their match against Amkar was postponed). As we mentioned before, Arsenal Tula are still at the bottom with 2 points, FK Rostov and Torpedo Moscow are above them with 5 points after 10 matches, while Ural and Amkar close the circle of endangered teams with 7 points.
Rondon from Zenit has scored 7 goals so far, which makes him the top scorer of the league. Seydou Doumbia is second with 6, same as Artjom Dzyuba and Hulk following closely behind.
European Paper is back with its third edition and a lengthier one this time as we had two rounds in Spain, Germany and France and a regular one round cover from the Netherlands and Russia. There were some interesting results and some world-class goals, so let’s go step by step.
Spanish Primera Division (Liga BBVA)
Round 5 in Spain brought us the end of Barcelona’s winning streak as they were held to a 0-0 stalemate in Malaga. Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid didn’t have any problems with Almeria and Elche, respectively, paving their way up towards the top of the table. Valencia easily beat Cordoba, while Sevilla with the goal of Deulofeu, got the three points in the tough match against Real Sociedad to show that they should also be considered in the fight for the Champions League positions. However, in round 6 things became a bit more clear. Barcelona beat Granada with 6-0 in a match in which Neymar scored a hat-trick. Real Madrid managed to win at El Madrigal against Villarreal with 0-2. Atletico Madrid destroyed Sevilla with 4-0, while Valencia was held by Real Sociedad to a goalless draw.
After six rounds Barcelona is still at the top of the table with 16 points and 17:0 goal difference. Valencia and Atletico Madrid now are sharing the second position with 14 points, followed by Sevilla with 13 and Real Madrid and Celta Vigo with 12. At the bottom, Cordoba are stuck with three points and still winless. Athletic Bilbao leads the group of four teams with 4 points from 16-19 position and only one win after 6 matches.
Rounds 5 and 6 in the Bundesliga brought a few changes at the top of the table which, however, didn’t affect the champions Bayern Munich who created a two point gap after their two impressive wins against Paderborn and Köln. The two wins in as many matches last week also brought happiness on the faces of Borussia’s players, however not the one everyone is thinking of. Hamburger and Paderborn weren’t strong enough opponents for Moenchengladbach as Breitenreiter’s players remain one of the four teams who are yet to lose a game in this year’s championship. Bad news for the other Borussia team as the “millionaires” are in a three game winless streak that brought them to the miserable 12th position, definitely not where Klopp saw his team at the beginning of the season. Bayer Leverkusen recovered from the defeat to Wolfsburg to get 4 points in these two matches and get back in contention for higher position.
After round 4 we have Bayern at the top of the table with 14 points, as we mentioned before Moenchengladbach with 12 and Leverkusen with 11. On the other side of the table we have Freiburg on the 16th position with 4 points, Werder Bremen are 17th with 3 points and Hamburger are still stuck at the bottom of the table with only two points after Lucas Piazon denied them a draw with this screamer in the final minutes of the game.
French Ligue 1
If there is a surprise at the beginning of the season, then it has to be the French Ligue 1. Marseille led by Marcelo Bielsa is playing amazing football and after 8 rounds they have already made 5 points advantage from last year’s champions PSG, who after beating Caen away from home in the midweek fixture, failed to bring the three points from Stadium Municipal in Toulouse. Bordeaux are still refusing to give up on the title chase and they proved that by beating Rennes and drawing to St.Etienne away from home. Metz used the opportunity and beat the strugglers Reims and Guingamp to climb to the 5th position on the table, while Evian TG are not last anymore after clinching their first two wins of the season in a period of three days.
After 8 rounds, as we mentioned, Marseille are leading the way with 19 points ahead of Bordeaux with 17 and Lille with 15. The reigning champions remain the only unbeaten team and are leading the group of three teams together with Metz and St.Etienne with 14 points. At the bottom of the table, the infamous 20th position now belongs to Guingamp, Reims are 19th with 7 points, same amount as Evian, Lorient and Bastia who are above them due to the better goal difference.
Round 7 of the Dutch Eredivisie brought us loads of goals as the strikers were in excellent shape scoring 38 goals in 9 games or excellent 4.2 goals per game. The highest scoring game was played in Dordrecht, where the home team suffered a heavy defeat to Vitesse conceding 6 times while managing to score only 2 goals. PSV suffered their second defeat of the season after being outplayed by Heerenveen, the champions Ajax destroyed Breda away from home with 2-5, while Zwolle got back on the winning track beating Heracles with 4-2.
After seven rounds we have three teams at the top of the table sharing the top spot with 15 points including PSV, Ajax and Zwolle, closely followed by Heerenveen with 14 and Twente, the only unbeaten team in the league so far, with 13. At the other end of the table it is a question how long will the losing streak of Heracles last as they have 7 losses in 7 matches so far, Dordrecht are 17th with 5 points, same amount as G.A. Eagles who have conceded one goal less than them. Stay tuned next week as Ajax hosts Zwolle in a direct battle for the top of the table.
Russian Premier League
The ninth round in the Russian Premier League brought another series to an end, that one of Zenit St.Petersburg, who were held to a goalless draw at home by Spartak Moscow. CSKA Moscow beat Ural in a remarkable match which brought us 7 goals and the win for CSKA was secured by Doumbia in the 89th minute. Dynamo and Kuban shared the points in an interesting 2-2 draw, Lokomotiv beat Amkar with 3-1 and in the last match of the round, Rubin Kazan came back from one goal down to beat the struggling team of Torpedo Moscow.
Nine rounds since the beginning of the season and the leaders are still Zenit with 25 points, however, now only 4 points ahead of CSKA. Dynamo Moscow and Kuban are closely following with 19 points and Terek Grozni closes the circle of top 5 teams with 18 points. At the bottom end of the table Arsenal Tula still has only 1 point and their relegation can be already sensed, Ural, FK Rostov and Torpedo Moscow are just above them with 4 points, while Amkar seems secured for now at the 12th position with 7 points.
As we are facing a new mid-week round in most top European leagues, let’s have a quick look what happened during the weekend. This time, special addition to the round-up, the Russian Premier league.
Spanish Primera Division (Liga BBVA)
In round 4 in Spain we could see that the strikers were in good shape over the weekend as they bagged a total of …. Goals or …per game. The highest scoring game was at Estadio de Riazor in A Coruna where last year’s runners-up Real Madrid destroyed the home team of Deportivo with 2-8 in a match in which Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick, Bale and Hernandez added a brace each, while the new signing from Monaco, James Rodriguez scored a spectacular goal from the edge of the box again showing his class. Barcelona didn’t have any problem with Levante who played with a man less in field after Vyntra was sent off in the 41st minute. Neymar and Messi found their names on the scoring sheet again, Rakitic recorded his first goal for the new club, the youngster Ramirez and Pedro added 2 more to complete the 0-5 win. Sevilla also continued their good form beating Cordoba away from home, while the reigning champions Atletico Madrid, after the disappointing start in the Champions League, were again surprised by Celta Vigo, who pulled out a 2-2 draw at Vincente Calderon. Valencia didn’t have any problem with the minnows Getafe, winning 0-3 in Madrid.
After four rounds Barcelona still has 100% effect and impressive 11-0 goal difference. Sevilla and Valencia are sharing the second position with 10 points, followed by Atletico and Granada with 8 points. On the other side of the table, Levante still haven’t scored a single goal after 4 games, conceding 10 in the process and collecting only one point, Cordoba, Espanyol and Rayo Vallecano complete the list of teams who are still without a win and things do not look bright for them at the beginning of the season.
Wednesday-Sunday rhythm seem to have already taken its toll on the Bundesliga top teams. In round 4 none of the Champions League representatives from Germany managed to win. We saw a total of 23 goals or 2.5 per game and what is more interesting, 5 red cards. Hamburger, led by Josef Zinnbauer managed to hold back the reigning champions Bayern Munich to a 0-0 draw, Schalke are gonna try to get their first win of the season in some other game after fighting back from 0-2 down to draw 2-2 against Eintracht Frankfurt in a match in which Choupo-Moting starred with a goal and an assist and which saw Kevin Prince Boateng and Julian Draxler being sent off. Dortmund were beaten in Mainz with 2-0 besides having 60% ball possession and 20 goal attempts, while Bayer Leverkusen lost to Wolfsburg by 4-1 after Giulio Donati was given straight red card in the 7th minute. Rodriguez twice, Vierinha and Hunt were the scorers for Wolfsburg, Drmic scored the consolation goal for Leverkusen.
After round 4 we have interesting situation at the top of the table with the new boys from Paderborn leading the way with 8 points, a position they share with Mainz, Hoffenheim and Bayern Munich. Leverkusen and Hannover follow closely with 7, while Dortmund is on the 10th position with 6 points from 4 matches. At the bottom of the table we have six teams still struggling to win. Former champions VfB Stuttgart are stuck with one point, Hamburger, Schalke, Herta and Freiburg each have 2 points, while Werder, who were unbeaten until this round, managed to bag only 3 points after the first 4 games.
French Ligue 1
Interesting weekend in France in which Paris SG again failed to win which prompt rumours about Laurent Blanc’s future at the club. PSG officials, however, were quick to respond that the former French national team gaffer’s position is safe at least until the end of the season. It all looked fine for the reigning champions in the match against Lyon after Cavani scored in the 20th minute. They had control in possession, had more chances, but were denied the three points by Umtiti in the 84th minute. AS Monaco, on the other hand, are back to the winning ways after beating Guingamp at home with the goal from the Moroccan international Nabil Dirar. St.Etienne were the only team to win away from home this weekend with the 0-1 win over Lens. Metz, Nantes, Marseille and Bordeaux all used the home advantage to add three points to their tally. A total of 24 goals were scored in the ten games played which means 2.4 goals per game. Most scoring game was Toulouse and Caen where 6 goals were scored, while Lille and Montpellier played a dull 0-0 draw which didn’t benefit any of them.
After 6 rounds in Ligue 1 we have a trio consisting of Marseille, Bordeaux and St.Etienne on top with 13 points, Lille fell down to 4th place with 12, while PSG, Monpellier and Nantes are following with 10 points. At the bottom of the table, Monaco managed to escape the relegation zone where Evian TG is struggling with only 1 point. Guingamp and Bastia are above them with 6, only one point from the group of teams led by Caen.
The derby of round 6 in the Netherlands was played at De Kuip stadium in Rotterdam, the famous De Klassieker between Feyenoord and Ajax. After surprising PSG in the Champions League, Frank de Boer’s boys showed another impressive display and with the goal from their full-back van Rhijn won the big derby to break the hearts of Feyenoord’s fans who showed up in numbers to support their team who is having a tough start of the season. PSV recorded the highest win for this round scoring 4 goals past Cambuur’s goalkeeper, while the surprise of the season Zwolle were beaten by AZ Alkmaar with the goal from Henriksen in the 72nd minute of the game. Utrecht and Willem II were the other two teams to use the home advantage, while Twente scored 4 goals to beat Heracles away from their home crowd. A total of 21 goals were scored on the 9 matches played this weekend, which means 2.3 goals per game. The highest scoring match was Heracles vs Twente in which 5 goals were scored, while three matches were decided by a single goal.
After six rounds we can finally see familiar names at the top of the table with PSV leading the way with 15 points before Ajax and Zwolle with 12. At the bottom, Heracles are still with 0 points, while Vitesse, Dordrecht, Feyenoord and G.A. Eagles are all braced for a long relegation fight with 5 points from 6 games.
Russian Premier League
Joining up from round 8, we include the Russian Premier League in our European paper. Zenit St.Petersburg, led by former Chelsea and Tottenham coach Andre Villas-Boas were again ruthless winning 0-5 against Rostov, CSKA the Moscow derby against Lokomotiv with 1-0 with the goal from Musa in the first half. It was a round in which the away teams dominated, winning 5 out of 8 games. Besides CSKA, Kuban was the only other team to win at home.
AVB couldn’t have hoped for a better start winning 8 out of 8 games and already creating 6 points advantage over Dynamo Moscow, CSKA and Kuban. The newly promoted team of Arsenal Tula still struggles to adapt to the top flight with only 1 point at the bottom of the table. Ural, FK Rostov and Torpedo Moscow are also in the relegation zone with 4 points from 8 games.
Welcome to the launching of the new blog in which I will try to bring you the latest from the top European leagues. The main focus will be on the Spanish, German, French and Dutch leagues, but as a huge football fan, I am always open for suggestions to expand to other leagues of interest. Enjoy!
Spanish Primera Division (Liga BBVA)
Round 3 in Spain brought us the first big derby of the season (no, it wasn’t Clasico) between the top two teams from last season and Champions League finalists, the teams of Real and Atletico Madrid. La Liga title defenders won at Santiago Bernabeu thus proving Carlo Ancelotti’s side that they won’t give up the title without a fight. On the other side, the Galactico team which spent enormous amount of money to strengthen their squad, mainly the forward didn’t manage to create many chances to beat Moya on the goal of Atletico and scored the only goal from the white spot. Barcelona beat Athletic Bilbao with Neymar’s brace in the last 10 minutes of the game, Sevilla didn’t have many problems with Getafe, while Valencia beat the team of Espanyol. A total of 23 goals were scored in this round which is 2.3 goals per game. The highest scoring game was between Rayo and Elche in which the away team won 2:3, while the games between Granada CF-Villareal and Malaga-Levante ended up with the unpopular 0:0.
After three rounds in the new season, familiar look at the top of the table as Barcelona leads the way with 3 out of 3 wins followed closely by Valencia, Sevilla and Atletico Madrid with 7 points from possible 9. At the bottom of the table we have Espanyol and Levante with only one point, while Rayo Vallecano, Almeria and Cordoba are still looking for their first win of the season.
The Germans also played the third round of this year’s championship. The game that was attracting everyone’s attention was Borussia Dortmund against Freiburg, not because it was expected to be a tight clash, but because of the return of Shinji Kagawa after the infamous spell in Manchester United. And the Japanese wizard answered the critics in a best possible way scoring a goal to give his team a solid 2:0 lead (the match ended with a 3:1 win for the team from Signal Iduna Arena). However, there was another match that stole the show this round and it was the clash between Bayer Leverkusen and Werder Bremen played on Friday and ended in an exciting 3:3 draw. Bayern Munich didn’t have any problems with VfB Stuttgart winning with the goals of Götze and Ribery. Mainz and Augsburg won away from home, Borussia Moenchengladbach surprised Schalke 04, while Hannover managed to beat Hamburger after which the coach of the away team Mirko Slomka „was shown a red card“ by the management. A total of 26 goals were scored in the 9 games which is almost 2.9 goals per game.
Bayer Leverkusen spoiled their 100% score with the draw but remained at the top of the table with 7 points, same as Bayern Munich and Hannover. At the end of the table some surprising names as Hamburger stuck at the bottom with only one point and 0:5 goal difference after three games. With only one goal scored above them is the team of VfB Stuttgart, while Schalke, Hertha and Freiburg complete the circle of teams with only a single point from the first 270 minutes of the new season.
French Ligue 1
In France we could witness the fifth round in which the home teams used their advantage winning 7 out of 10 games (only Marseille won away from home). The match to watch was between the former Ligue 1 title holders Lyon and Monaco in which the home team won with 2:1 thanks to the goals from Fekir and Tolisso, while Ocampos’s goal wasn’t enough for the team from Monte Carlo to bring any points from Stade de Gerland. The title defenders Paris SG also slipped on the tough away game against Rennes brining only a point home, Lille beat Nantes in a match in which the new Belgium star Divock Origi starred with a goal and assist. A total of 21 goals were scored in the 10 matches played this weekend. One encouraging fact is that there was at least one goal scored on every game.
After 5 rounds Lille and Paris SG are the only ones who haven’t tasted defeat and the former are leading the table with 11 points closely followed by Marseille, Bordeaux and St Etienne with 10 and PSG and Montpellier with 9. At the other end of the table Evian TG are almost hopeless with only one point, while the failed project team of Monaco is 19th together with Reims with just 4 points in 5 games.
The fifth round of Dutch Eredivisie saw the end of PSV’s four game winning streak and at the same time the end of the two game losing streak of Ajax. Zwolle are definitely the surprise after the first month winning 4 out of 5 games and with the win over PSV they will certainly be taken more serious in future. Ajax beat Heracles to get back on the winning tracks, Twente were better than G.A. Eagles, while Heerenveen surprised the former champions AZ Alkmaar with the goal of Sinkgraven. A total of 22 goals were scored on the 9 games played for an average of 2.4 goals per game.
The team of PSV remained at the top of the table, but they share the first place with Zwolle. Cambuur is third with 11 points, being the only team with Twente yet to be defeated this season. At the bottom of the table Heracles is still without points, Vitesse, Dordrecht and G.A. Eagles also in the relegation zone with 4 points.