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European roundup: Atletico drown Real in derby, Roma maintain perfect start

September 30, 2013 13:55 IST

European roundup: Atletico drown Real in derby, Roma maintain perfect start

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Atletico beat Real 1-0 to win the Madrid derby and Barcelona's Lionel Messi limped off injured after scoring as the Spanish champions made a record-breaking start to the campaign.

Serie A leaders AS Roma comfortably maintained their 100 percent record, unbeaten German champions Bayern Munich beat VfL Wolfsburg 1-0 and Arsenal lead the Premier League in which Manchester United and ManchesterCity auffered shock defeats.

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SPAIN

Messi opened the scoring with a solo effort as Barcelona won 2-0 at promoted Almeria to make it seven wins out of seven in La Liga and set a club record start to a campaign but the Argentine went off with a hamstring injury that will keep him out for up to three weeks.

Atletico, who also have a perfect record, are in second place on goal difference after an impressive 1-0 derby win at Real thanks to an 11th-minute strike from Diego Costa which took his league tally to eight, the same as Messi.

Real were left five points off the pace back in third on 16 points, two ahead of fourth-placed Villarreal who lost 1-0 at Real Betis on Sunday.


Image: Atletico Madrid's Diego Costa (left) celebrates a goal with teammates Filipe and Koke (right) during the Spanish La Liga match against Real Madrid at Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on Saturday
Photographs: Javier Barbancho/Reuters

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Suarez scores on return; Arsenal go top

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ENGLAND

Arsenal top the Premier League by two points following their 2-1 win at Swansea City on Saturday when champions Manchester United and last season's runners-up Manchester City suffered surprise defeats.

Luis Suarez's double in Liverpool's 3-1 win at Sunderland on Sunday, his first goals since returning from a 10-match ban for biting, lifted his team into second place.

United continued their poor start to the season with a third defeat in six league games as they were beaten 2-1 by West Bromwich Albion at Old Trafford and City went down 3-2 at Aston Villa.

Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea shared the points in a 1-1 draw at White Hart Lane.

Arsenal lead the standings on 15 points with Liverpool and Spurs on 13 and Chelsea and Southampton a further two points behind. City are sixth with 10 and United are languishing in 12th with seven points.


Image: Daniel Sturridge (left) of Liverpool celebrates scoring the opening goal with Luis Suarez
Photographs: Gareth Copley/Getty Images

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Roma wallop Bologna

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ITALY

Leaders AS Roma kept up their 100 percent record in style, thrashing Bologna 5-0 on a stormy night at the Stadio Olimpico for their sixth successive win of the season.

Ivory Coast forward Gervinho scored twice and Alessandro Florenzi, Mehdi Benatia and Adem Ljajic shared the other goals for Rudi Garcia's team.

Napoli and champions Juventus both won to stay two points behind.

Napoli beat Genoa 2-0 away, Goran Pandev scoring both goals, and Juventus beat neighbours Torino with a second-half effort from Frenchman Paul Pogba.


Image: Roma players celebrate at the end of their Italian Serie A soccer match against Bologna at the Olympic stadium in Rome on Sunday
Photographs: Tony Gentile/Reuters

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Munich, Dortmund tied at the top of Bundesliga

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GERMANY

Champions Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, both unbeaten, stayed neck and neck at the top of the Bundesliga with 19 points from a possible 21 after contrasting home wins.

Dortmund thrashed 10-man Freiburg 5-0 with two goals each from Marco Reus and Roberto Lewandowski and one from Jakub Blaszczykowski. The winless visitors had Fallou Diagne sent off just before halftime.

Last season's treble winners Bayern needed a second-half goal from Thomas Mueller to scrape past VfL Wolfsberg.

Hoffenheim drew 3-3 at home to Schalke 04 while Werder Bremen and Nuremberg also shared six goals.


Image: Borussia Dortmund's Robert Lewandowski (centre) celebrates a goal against Freiburg during the Bundesliga match in Dortmund on Saturday
Photographs: Ina Fassbender/Reuters

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Moutinho keeps Monaco atop Ligue 1

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FRANCE

A clever Joao Moutinho free kick kept Monaco top of Ligue 1 despite a 1-1 draw at Stade Reims.

The principality club are ahead on goal difference from champions Paris St Germain, who beat Toulouse 2-0 at home with goals from Marquinhos and Edinson Cavani, his fourth of season.

PSG played with a revamped squad ahead of Wednesday's Champions League home clash against Benfica but produced a mediocre performance.

Olympique Marseille, who visit Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday, were not at their best either but last year's runner-ups did enough to win 2-0 at Lorient and stay third, one point adrift.


Image: AS Monaco's Joao Moutinho (right) celebrates his goal against Reims during their French Ligue 1 match at Auguste Delaune Stadium in Reims on Sunday
Photographs: Pascal Rossignol/Reuters

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