European roundup: Juventus lose at home to Empoli, Bayern thrash Hertha | European club football


Life after Cristiano Ronaldo received off to the worst attainable begin for Juventus as they have been overwhelmed at home by Empoli on Saturday night. The defeat leaves Juventus in thirteenth place in Serie A after two matches.

The solely aim of the sport got here halfway by means of the primary half courtesy of the Empoli striker Leonardo Mancuso. After half-time, the Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri launched Álvaro Morata, Dejan Kulusevski and new signing Manuel Locatelli from the substitutes’ bench however, even with all that firepower on the pitch, they created few openings of observe.

Ciro Immobile’s hat-trick impressed Lazio to a 6-1 thrashing of Spezia because the Rome club made it two wins from two at the beginning of the brand new season. Daniele Verdi had put Spezia forward within the fourth minute at Stadio Olimpico, however Immobile replied a minute later, and put Lazio forward on quarter-hour. The Italy ahead missed a penalty in first-half stoppage time however scored his third aim with a header from the ensuing nook. Felipe Anderson, Elseid Hysaj and Luis Alberto added second-half targets for Maurizio Sarri’s facet.


Fiorentina defeated Torino 2-1, with Dusan Vlahovic scoring what proved to be the winner within the seventieth minute, whereas Atalanta missed a bunch of possibilities as they drew 0-0 at home in opposition to Bologna.

Elsewhere, the Milan coach Stefano Pioli stated that striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is not going to be prepared to return from harm in Sunday’s Serie A match at home in opposition to Cagliari. Ibrahimovic, who will flip 40 in October, has been out of motion since damaging his left knee throughout Milan’s 3-0 Serie A victory over Juventus in May, with the matches after the worldwide break a extra possible goal.

In Germany, Bayer Leverkusen had loads of assist as they gained 4-1 away to Augsburg to go high of the Bundesliga desk, with the hapless home facet gifting them two personal targets within the opening 14 minutes.

Champions Bayern Munich thrashed guests Hertha Berlin 5-0 within the late kick-off, with Robert Lewandowski netting an excellent hat-trick and Thomas Müller and Jamal Musiala grabbing a aim every. The Poland striker Lewandowski has scored at least as soon as in every of his final 16 official matches for Bayern, bettering Gerd Müller’s document of scoring in 15 consecutive video games between 1969 and 1970.

Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski celebrates scoring his facet’s fifth aim in opposition to Hertha Berlin. Photograph: Matthias Schräder/AP

Freiburg’s Jeong Woo-Yeong scored twice within the opening 9 minutes as they raced right into a 3-0 lead in opposition to Stuttgart by the half-hour mark and whereas the home facet fought again with two targets simply earlier than half-time, they finally misplaced 3-2.

Arminia Bielefeld recorded their third attract three Bundesliga video games however it took an 86th-minute aim from Austrian midfielder Patrick Wimmer to safe a 1-1 draw at home to Eintracht Frankfurt. Cologne’s Tim Lemperle struck a stoppage-time winner as they edged Bochum 2-1, whereas Mainz had no issues in opposition to Greuther Fürth, successful 3-0 at home.

In Spain, Real Madrid recorded their second win of the season with a 1-0 victory away to Real Betis. The solely aim of the sport got here after 16 minutes within the second half. Karim Benzema picked out Dani Carvajal’s run into the Betis field and the right-back’s volley was sufficient to guarantee Real Madrid took all three factors and a place at the highest of the La Liga desk.

Meanwhile, the Barcelona head coach Ronald Koeman stated the amount of cash being spent on this switch window was “absurd” given the monetary influence of the Covid-19 pandemic, including that he had accepted his facet might not compete with the highest sides for gamers.

“These figures are absurd, we’re in a world where everyone has had financial problems lately so it’s crazy to pay so much given the situation,” Koeman instructed reporters.

The Dutchman additionally stated he wouldn’t begrudge Madrid signing Mbappé. “If Madrid have the money to spend on him … he’s one of the best players in the world and I’d also like to have Mbappé in my team,” he stated.

Athletic Bilbao gained 1-0 away at Celta Vigo in La Liga, Elche and Sevilla drew 1-1, whereas Real Sociedad defeated Levante 1-0.

In France, Nice hammered Bordeaux 4-0 to proceed their effective begin to the Ligue 1 season on Saturday, per week after crowd hassle marred their earlier match.

In a recreation that was performed behind closed doorways pending investigations into the incidents that brought on their home recreation in opposition to Marseille to be deserted final Sunday, Nice prevailed by means of an early aim by Justin Kluivert, a double by Amine Gouiri and Khéphren Thuram’s late strike.

The outcome lifted them up to second on seven factors from three accomplished matches, two behind Paris Saint-Germain who journey to Reims on Sunday, a match during which Lionel Messi is anticipated to make his debut for his new club.

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