Footy Focus - September 3

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It seems like a long time since the last Premier League games, doesn't it? Since then we have seen the end of the transfer window and some squads are certainly going to look different by the next time they take the field! However before all of that, we had another thrilling round of football across all the top leagues of Europe.

England

Over in the Premier League, there was one game that really stood out in an entertaining weekend. It was Chelsea beating Everton 6-3. What a scoreline! Diego Costa scored twice and had the Everton defence freaking out at every turn, while Cesc Fabregas played another controlling midfield performance and Nemanja Matic scored a lovely goal to go with a top game himself. Everton played some good football too, Kevin Mirallas' goal was very nice, but they were no match for Jose Mourinho's team. Samuel Eto'o managed to score against his old team though.

Manchester City fell to a shock 1-0 loss to Stoke City. Stoke manager Mark Hughes will be stoked to have gotten one past his old team, while former Man Utd player Mame Biram Diouf must be savouring this incredible winning goal. City had their chances but were made to pay for an off day while Stoke (led by Ryan Shawcross) defended superbly.

Manchester United also had a disappointing day, playing out a pretty boring 0-0 draw with Burnley. Angel Di Maria made his debut but he looked a little unfit still. Arsenal had a frustrating draw against a promoted team too, 1-1 with Leicester. All White Chris Wood was on the bench for Leicester and maybe Arsenal could have used him as they struggled to attack with much direction without the injured Giroud. Liverpool were good though. The Reds pummeled Spurs 3-0 away. Mario Balotelli made his debut in the game while Daniel Sturridge and Raheem Sterling both played very well. 

Chelsea are sitting at the top of the table after three games with 3 wins from 3 and they are joined by Swansea as the only other team with a perfect record. Check out this crazy volley from Swansea's Wayne Routledge!

Spain

After spending millions on improving their midfield and attack, it was Real Madrid's defence and goalkeeper that let them down. Against Real Sociedad it looked like business as usual with Ramos and Bale giving them an early 2-0 lead... but their opponents went on to score 4 unanswered goals for a 4-2 win. Not the start Madrid were hoping for in their Liga campaign - a loss in just the second game.

Barcelona did not have things entirely their own way either. Villareal looked like they were going to hold out for an impressive goalless draw until Lionel Messi managed to beat the offisde trap and hold the ball up nicely to put in substitute Sandro Ramirez for a sitter. 1-0 to Barcelona, who start the league season with 2 wins from 2. 

Atletico Madrid, the defending champions of La Liga, may have beaten Real Madrid to the Spanish Super Copa but they only drew their first game. Well, this week things were better and Croatian striker Mario Mandzukic scored his first goal for the club as they beat Eibar 2-1. Valencia and Athletic Bilbao also had convincing wins.

Germany

After moving from Real Madrid midweek, Xabi Alonso made his debut for Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich against Schalke this weekend. Lewandowski gave Bayern the lead and it looked like they would run away with it... but they did not. In the second half Schalke made them pay for wasting too much possession and too many chances and the game finished 1-1.

Borussia Dortmund just signed back Shinji Kagawa, and he will be happy about that. Despite a first game loss, Dortmund played much better here and claimed a 3-2 win away to Augsburg. Marco Reus scored his first goal of the season after missing the German World Cup winning team through injury. They did have to withstand a couple of late goals however.

Bayer Leverkusen are the only team to have won their first 2 games. They just beat Hertha Berlin 4-2, with a couple of 18 year olds getting goals. The future looks bright!  

France

Paris Saint Germain are once more the team to beat in France. They thrashed St Ettienne 5-0 with Zlatan Ibrahimovic scoring a hat-trick and Edinson Cavani also getting on the score sheet. Falcao was left out of Monaco's side as they drew 1-1 with Lille. We may not have been expecting him to move to Manchester United but everyone knew he was going somewhere. Dimitar Berbatov scored the goal in Falcao's absence. He looks to be the new target man for Monaco, with James Rodriguez also moving on this transfer window. Elsewhere Marseille defeated Nice 4-0 with Dimitri Payet scoring twice and Bordeaux drew 1-1 against Bastia to keep them top of the ladder.

Italy

It was the first round in the Serie A last weekend and most of the top teams started with wins. AC Milan did not have any trouble scoring goals without Mario Balotelli, beating Lazio 3-1, while Juventus won 1-0 against Chievo and Roma (with Ashley Cole playing his first game) beat Fiorentina 2-0. Inter Milan though only managed a 0-0 draw with Torino... with Nemanja Vidic getting sent off on debut. Ooops.