Football: How Europe Top Clubs Performed Over The Weekend

Bayern Munich Players celebrates a goal. (AFP Photo/Christof STACHE)
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Bayern Munich players (AFP Photo/Christof STACHE)

It was a weekend full of surprises in Europe as some top clubs had disappointing outings against relatively lesser oppositions.

In Germany, European champions, Bayern Munich surprisingly lost 4-1 to Hoffenheim. Coming from a week after hammering Schalke 04 8-0 and lifting the European Super Cup after beating Sevilla in extra time, many had thought the game against Hoffenheim would be an easy one for the German champions.

Joshua Kimmich had reduced the deficit after Bayern went two goals down in the opening minutes of the game before the home side added two more goals to compound the last seasons treble-winning side woes.

Still in Germany, Borussia Dortmund also had a disappointing weekend by losing away to Augsburg.

In Spain, it was victories for the top sides. Champions, Real Madrid recorded a hard-fought 3-2 victory away at Real Betis courtesy of a Sergio Ramos late penalty.

Barcelona set aside the crisis rocking the club as they produced a first-half masterclass to beat Villarreal 4-0. Teenager, Ansu Fati produced two of the goals while Lionel Messi scored from a penalty kick before an own goal made it four unreplied goals before half time.

Luis Suarez had a memorable debut for Athletico Madrid in their 6-1 trouncing of Granada. Despite starting the game from the bench, the former Barcelona man came on to score the last two goals for his new side.

Two goals from Mauro Icardi was all PSG needed to win against Reims in the French League. Lyon played out a 1-1 draw away to Lorient.

Antonio Conte side, Inter Milan needed an 89th minute winner to secure a hard-fought 4-3 victory over stubborn Fiorentina.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Juventus drew 2-2 away to AS Roma.

Napoli walloped Genoa 6-0 to go top of the Serie A after tow games and having scored goals without conceding any.

It was goals galore in the Premier League game between Leicester City and Manchester City. Despite taking a 4th minute lead, Man City went on to lose 5-2 to the Brendan Rodgers’ tutored side. Jamie Vardy scored a hatrick in the game that saw coach Pep Guardiola concede 5 goals in shame in his coaching career.

Earlier on, Chelsea produced a spirited comeback in the game against newly promoted West Brom. The coach Frank Lampard side were 3 goals down at half time but ended the game on level terms courtesy of goals from Mason Mount, Hudson-Odoi, and Tammy Abraham.

Manchester United scared a win under controversial circumstances after being awarded a 100th minute penalty by the referee after the final whistle had been blown in Saturday’s game against Brighton and Hove Albion.

Bruno Fernandes scored the resulting kick after Neil Maupay was adjudged to have handled the ball from a Harry Maguire header inside the 18-yard box to earn a 3-2 victory.

Brighton scored a late equaliser through March having pressurised the United defence for a greater part of the game.

Tottenham Hotspur conceded a late penalty against Newcastle United to draw 1-1 despite taking a first half lead.

Meanwhile, Champions, Liverpool will play host to in-form Arsenal at Anfield on Monday night in a Premier League match that promises to be a cracker.

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