By NICK IUELE
The English Premier League did not disappoint this weekend as Arsenal and Manchester City settled for a 1-1 draw and Manchester United defeated Liverpool, the result decided with less than 10 minutes remaining in both matches.
City was under the impression that Joleon Lescott’s 40th minute header was enough to down the Gunners, but Laurent Koscielny beat Joe Hart in the 82nd minute to salvage a point. The result helped both sides avoid their first loss of the campaign.
The biggest upset of the weekend came in Germany, where tittle holder Borussia Dortmund fell to celler-dwelling Hamburg. Heung-Min Son netted what would be the winning goal in the 59th minute, his second of the match. Ivan Perisic tried to bring the away side back with a goal a minute later, but the comeback fell short.
In Spain, Barcelona got a scare from lowly Granada, but held on for a hard-fought three points. The home side needed an 87th-minute strike from Xavi to put them ahead, and Lionel Messi forced an own-goal by Borja Gomez to seal the win.
Here are the rest of the results from Europe's top leagues this weekend:
Chelsea got all they could handle from Geoff Cameron and Stoke City in a 1-0 win. Stoke matched the defending Champions League winners stride for stride the entire match until the end. Ashley Cole finally broke the deadlock in the 85th minute to hand the Potters their first loss of the season.
Everton got back to their winning ways with a 3-0 win against Swansea City. Belgian duo Marouane Fellaini and Kevin Mirallas both had goals and Tim Howard had a few daring saves en route to the clean sheet. The win boosts Everton to third place in the table.
Clint Dempsey played 88 minutes in his first start, a 2-1 win against Queens Park Rangers.
English Premier League Scoreboard:
Manchester United 2, Liverpool 1
Newcastle 1, Norwich City 0
Manchester City 1, Arsenal 1
Tottenham Hotspur 2, Queens Park Rangers 1
Everton 3, Swansea City 0
Chelsea 1, Stoke City 0
Southampton 4, Aston Villa 1
West Bromwich Albion 1, Reading 0
West Ham United 1, Sunderland 1
Fulham 2, Wigan Athletic 1
On Sunday, last-place Siena shocked Inter Milan with a 2-0 victory. After 70 minutes the match appeared to be heading for a draw, but Simone Vergassola hit the winning in the 73rd and Franco Valiani added one for good measure in stoppage time. The win gets Siena out of the relegation zone, for now.
AC Milan is now in free-fall after a 2-1 loss to Udinese. Milan’s Steven El Shaarawy equalized the match at one all in the 54th minute, but Antonio Di Natale’s penalty kick in the 68th sunk the Italian giants. The loss was the third in four game for i Rossonneri.
Serie A Scoreboard:
Sampdoria 1, Torino 1
Atalanta 1, Palermo 0
Bologna 1, US Pescara 1
Cagliari v AS Roma- PPD
Catania 0, Napoli 0
Siena 2, Inter Milan 0
Udinese 2, AC Milan 1
Genoa 1, Lazio 0
Juventus 2, Chievo Verona 0
Mallorca kept pace with the top three in the La Liga table with a 2-0 win over Valencia. Victor Casadesus and Javier Arizmendi had the goals in the 8th and 55th minute, respectively. The win puts Mallorca tied for second in the table on points, four points behind Barcalona.
Atletico Madrid edged Valladolid 2-1 on Sunday. Falcao continued his excellent start to the season, netting the winner from the penalty spot in the 45th minute, just before the halftime whistle. Madrid moved up to fourth with the win.
La Liga Scoreboard:
Mallorca 2, Valencia 0
Levante 2, Real Sociedad 1
Atletico Madrid 2, Valladolid 1
Athletic Bilbao 0, Malaga 0
Real Zaragoza 3, Osasuna 1
Celta Vigo 2, Getafe 1
Real Betis 1, Espanyol 0
Barcelona 2, Granada 0
Monday: Rayo Vallecano v Real Madrid, Deportivo La Coruna v Sevilla FC
Table-toppers Bayern Munich continued their fantastic start to the season, downing Shalke 2-0. Toni Kroos and Thomas Muller had the goals within three minutes of each other in the second half. Munich has now won all four of their matches in league play this term.
Einctracht Frankfort kept pace with Bayern Munich, defeating Bundesliga upstart Nurnberg 2-1. Erwin Hoffer and Takashi Inui scored for Frankfurt in the win. Taking all three points levels the club with Munich at the top of the table. Frankfurt could not have asked for a better start after being promoted to the top flight.
American’s Danny Williams and Fabian Johnson got the best of compatriot Steve Cherundolo in Hoffenheim’s 3-1 victory over Hannover.
Bayer Leverkusen 1, Borussia Monchengladbach 1
TSG Hoffenheim 3, Hannover 96 1
Werder Bremen 2, VfB Stuttgart 2
Fortuna Dusseldorf 0, SC Freiburg 0
Hamburg SV 3, Borussia Dortmund 1
Mainz 2, FC Augsburg 0
Bayern Munich 2, Schalke 04 0
VfL Wolfsburg 1, SpVgg Greuther Furth 1
Eintracht Frankfurt 2, Nurnberg 1
Marseille maintained the top spot in Ligue 1 with a 1-0 victory over Evian Thonon Gaillard. The lone goal in the match was scored by Morgan Amalfitano in the 33rd minute. The win is Marseille’s sixth in a row and puts them four points clear of Lyon.
Paris Saint-Germain got back into the top three with a comprehensive 4-0 win over Bastia. Zlatan Ibrahimovic had a brace, with Jeremy Menez and Blaise Matuidi accounting for the other two goals. PSG has scored 10 goals this season, while only allowing three.
Ligue 1 Scoreboard:
Bordeaux 2, AC Ajaccio 2
Marseille 1, Evian Thonon Gaillard 0
Lille 1, Lyon 1
Paris St-Germaine 4, Bastia 0
Brest 2, Valenciennes 1
Lorient 1, Nice 1
Sochaux 3, Troyes 1
Stade de Reims 2, AS Nancy Lorraine 0
Toulouse 2, Stade Rennes 2
Montpellier 1, St Etienne 1
What did you think of this weekend's results? Impressed with Arsenal's performance? Think the referee made some bad decisions in the Liverpool-Manchester United match? See Bayern Munich ending Borussia Dortmund's reign atop the Bundesliga?
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