The European Football Review: Slip Ups Across the Continent


It was another chaotic and unpredictable weekend across the continent with shock results, emphatic wins and even a managerial casualty, as we now take a pause from domestic action for the international break.

Here, we take a look at how the key fixtures played out this weekend across the continent, including all the major European leagues.

Madrid and Barcelona stutter once again as Sevilla snap up top spot

Pressure is mounting on Real Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui after Los Blancos’ last minute 1-0 defeat to Deportivo Alavés on Saturday. A 95th minute Garcia Sánchez header pinched a win for the Basque Country side to beat the European champions. With this result, they now draw level with Real Madrid on 14 points.

The defeat means Real have lost three of their last four games, drawing the other 0-0, a run that has seen them fail to score a single goal. October could well be a pivotal month for Lopetegui to save his job. During this month, they face Levante and Victoria Plzen at home before a trip to the Camp Nou for the small matter of El Clásico.


Things are not exactly rosy for their Catalan rivals either. Barcelona’s goalless draw with Valencia means they have now gone four La Liga games without tasting victory. A Lionel Messi equaliser salvaged a draw after Ezequiel Garay gave Los Che the lead after just two minutes.

Despite having 75 per cent possession, Ernesto Valverde’s side failed to find that final cutting edge. The result now means Barcelona have picked up just three points from their last 12 in the league.

Elsewhere, Sevilla moved to the top of the table after a 2-1 victory against Celta Vigo, with goals from Pablo Sarabia and Wissam Ben Yedder securing the win for the Andalusian side. Atlético Madrid also passed a stern test with a 1-0 victory over Real Betis at the Wanda Metropolitano. This result takes them up to third, attempting to take advantage of Madrid and Barcelona’s slip ups.

Dortmund win thriller as Bayern continue to falter

In another league where the dominant force is still spluttering, Borussia Dortmund have opened up a three-point gap at the top. This was after an intense 4-3 victory over Augsburg on Saturday.

Lucien Favre’s side fell behind twice in the game as Barcelona flop Paco Alcácer levelled each time for the home team. Then, in the 84th minute, World Cup winner Mario Götze thought he had won it. This was only for Dortmund to be pegged back three minutes later thanks to a Michael Gregoritsch header.

But there was to be another twist in the tale. In the sixth minute of stoppage time, Alcácer step up and fired a free-kick into the bottom right-hand corner of the net to snatch the victory for BVB. The victory means they have now scored an impressive 23 goals in just seven fixtures.


Later that evening, Bayern Munich were defeated 3-0 at home by Borussia Mönchengladbach. This result leaves Nico Kovač’s side winless in their last four. First-half goals from Alassane Pléa and Lars Stindl, and an 88th minute goal from Patrick Hermann, ensured victory for Die Fohlen.

Rumours are already circulating about possible successors to Kovač if they continue this poor run of form. After the international break Die Roten have trips to Wolfsburg, Athens and Mainz. Arguably, they would need maximum points from if they are to get their season back on track.

In the other results, there has been the first managerial casualty of the season. VFB Stuttgart have parted company with their coach Tayfun Korkut. This was after a 3-1 loss away to Hannover. The defeat means Stuttgart fall to last place with 5 points.

RB Leipzig moved up to second after a dominant 6-0 win over Nürnburg, whilst Hoffenheim lost 2-1 at home to Frankfurt.

Juventus maintain 100 per cent start to season

Juventus made it eight wins from eight in the league with a 2-0 win over Udinese on Saturday. Goals from Rodrigo Bentancur and Cristiano Ronaldo were enough to secure all three points at the Dacia Arena.

Best player on the continent? Ronaldo might share that honour with Messi, but he is surely enjoying the start to his life in Italy.

In the headline game of the weekend, Lazio overcame Fiorentina 1-0 thanks to a strike from last season’s joint Capocannoniere winner Ciro Immobile in the 37th minute. The result moves Lazio up into the Champions League positions.

Elsewhere: Roma, Napoli, Milan and Inter all recorded wins.

PSG wrap up title?

Perhaps a ludicrous statement to make after just nine games, but teams will be hard-pressed to catch PSG now after an emphatic 5-0 over Lyon last night.

A Neymar penalty and four goals in a 13-minute period from teenage sensation Kylian Mbappé means PSG now have 27 points from a possible 27. They also have an eight-point lead, and 32 goals in just nine matches.

Mbappe bags four goals in PSG thrashing. It looks like this is going to be the most one-sided league across the continent

Thomas Tuchel’s men have started the campaign in a relentless fashion. Indeed, you would be a brave person to suggest another club could challenge for the title.

In the other key games, Lille beat Saint-Étienne 3-1 to remain second. AS Monaco, on the other hand, continue their miserable start to the season after a 2-1 home loss to Stade Rennais.

Best of the rest across the continent

PSV Eindhoven maintained their perfect start to the Eredivisie, with a 4-0 victory over VVV-Venlo. Ajax maintained some pressure on them after a 5-0 win over AZ Alkmaar.

In other games of note, Benfica beat Porto 1-0 thanks to a goal from Haris Seferović, AEK Athens and Olympiakos drew 1-1, whilst Lokomotiv grabbed a 1-0 away win over CSKA.


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