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European Soccer Roundup: Winning starts for Tevez, Mourinho

August 19, 2013 08:35 IST

European Soccer Roundup: Winning starts for Tevez, Mourinho

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Jose Mourinho enjoyed a rapturous reception before Chelsea celebrated his homecoming with a 2-0 win over HullCity in the English Premier League while in Italy, Carlos Tevez scored on his Juventus debut in the Supercup.

England

Manchester United manager David Moyes and Chelsea's Jose Mourinho enjoyed winning starts to their reigns on the opening weekend of the new Premier League season.

-Premier League: Jose Mourinho makes winning return at Chelsea

-EPL: Soldado penalty gives Spurs opening win at Palace

-Van Persie, Welbeck doubles give Manchester United winning start

-EPL: Benteke double sinks Arsenal, Mignolet lifts Liverpool

Robin van Persie and Danny Welbeck scored twice each as champions United eased to a 4-1 win at SwanseaCity while Oscar and Frank Lampard grabbed the goals to lift Chelsea to a 2-0 victory over promoted HullCity.

Arsenal suffered a shock 3-1 home defeat by Aston Villa, Liverpool beat StokeCity 1-0 and Tottenham Hotspur won 1-0 at CrystalPalace.

Last season's runners-up ManchesterCity host Newcastle United on Monday.


Image: Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho celebrates
Photographs: Clive Mason/Getty Images

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Spain

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New Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino got off to a flying start as the champions hammered Levante 7-0 at the Nou Camp in their La Liga opener on Sunday.

World Player of the Lionel Messi and Spain striker Pedro both scored two apiece, while Alexis Sanchez, Xavi and Dani Alves weighed in with the others. New signing Neymar got a run out in the second half.

-La Liga: Barca hit seven, Isco grabs late winner for Real

Carlo Ancelotti had a tough competitive debut at the Bernabeu as new recruit Isco rescued his Real Madrid side with a late header, after Karim Benzema had levelled the scores in the first half.

King's Cup winners Atletico Madrid were 3-1 victors at Sevilla with Brazilian striker Diego Costa scoring two and Cristian Rodriguez wrapping up the points at the end.


Image: Gerard Pique of FC Barcelona duels for a high ball with Hector Rodas of Levante
Photographs: David Ramos/Getty Images

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Germany

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Treble winners Bayern Munich beat Eintracht Frankfurt 1-0 courtesy of a Mario Mandzukic volley on Saturday to equal their club record of 27 straight league games without defeat.

-Bayern edge past Frankfurt, Hoffenheim crush Hamburg

They are one of five teams who have won their opening two Bundesliga matches alongside Borussia Dortmund, Bayer Leverkusen, Mainz 05 and Werder Bremen.

Borussia Dortmund, runners-up to Bayern in both the Champions League and Bundesliga last season, beat promoted Eintracht Braunschweig 2-1.

Schalke 04 crashed to a 4-0 defeat at VfL Wolfsburg and Hamburg SV fared even worse as they were mauled 5-1 at home by Hoffenheim.


Image: Bayern Munich's coach Pep Guardiola (left) instructs Arjen Robben
Photographs: Ralph Orlowski/Reuters

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Italy

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Carlos Tevez scored on his Juventus debut as the Serie A champions crushed last season's Coppa Italia winners Lazio 4-0 to win the Supercup.

Paul Pogba game Juventus a halftime lead before Giorgio Chiellini, Stephan Lichtsteiner and Tevez scored in a six-minute spell early in the second half.


Image: Juventus' Carlos Tevez (left) and Inter Milan's Esteban Cambiasso fight for the ball
Photographs: Andrew Innerarity/Reuters

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Netherlands

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Striker Kolbeinn Sigthorsson scored both goals as champions Ajax Amsterdam won an early season meeting with arch rivals Feyenoord 2-1.

Ajax recovered from a goal behind to win the match regarded as the Dutch league season's 'classic' to claim a second win in three matches this season while Feyenoord suffered third successive loss - their worst ever start to a season.

PEC Zwolle, who won 5-1 at NEC Nijmegen, and PSV Eindhoven, who beat Go Ahead Eagles 3-0, are the only teams to have won all three games so far.


Image: Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images
Photographs: Andrew Innerarity/Reuters

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France

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A late goal by Edinson Cavani, his first in Ligue 1, salvaged a point for Paris St Germain in 1-1 with Ajaccio.

Cavani, who joined for a French record fee of 64 million euros from Napoli in the close season, started alongside Zlatan Ibrahimovic up front.

The defending champions have two points from two games, already trailing rivals Monaco by four after the big-spending club crushed Montpellier 4-1 thanks to a Radamel Falcao goal and Emmanuel Riviere's first hat-trick of his career.

Last year's runners-up Olympique Marseille beat Evian Thonon Gaillard 2-0 at home and are one of the four teams to maintain a perfect start along with Monaco, Olympique Lyon and St Etienne.


Image: Paris Saint-Germain's Edinson Cavani
Photographs: Benoit Tessier/Reuters

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