The SportsGrape European Football Review: Henry still searching for victory

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Thierry Henry is still on the hunt for his first victory as a manager after Monaco succumbed to a disappointing 1-0 defeat away to Stade de Reims.

It was another underwhelming display from the 2017 champions who looked toothless in the final third and defensively porous. Henry now has to switch his focus to the Champions League where Monaco take on Club Brugge. He will be desperate to pick up his first victory, particularly seen as their next match after that is against domestic juggernauts Paris Saint-Germain.

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The current champions enjoyed a record-breaking weekend as they secured their 12th win in 12 league matches. They have now beaten Tottenham’s longstanding record for successive opening wins in the top five leagues. Their 2-1 victory over 2nd placed Lille means the leaders are now 11 points clear of the chasing pack. They appear to be cantering towards their 8th Ligue 1 title.

 

Solari secures win as Madrid leave it late

Real Madrid secured a less than convincing win at home to Real Valladolid on Saturday as they won their first league match since mid-September. An 83rd minute own goal and an 88th minute penalty gave Los Blancos a 2-0 victory. Their performance, however, still left a lot to be desired.

Teenager Vinicius Jr had a hand in the first goal. He cut inside and drilled a wayward shot against Valladolid defender Kiko Olivas, which wrong-footed the keeper and crept into the net. Then, captain Sergio Ramos secured the points with a typically audacious Panenka penalty. The result sees them leapfrog Real Valladolid up into 6th.

Elsewhere, Barcelona left it late to snatch a dramatic victory away from lowly Rayo Vallecano. The home side led until the 87th minute when Ousmane Dembele equalised with a sumptuous strike. And then, in the 92nd minute, Luis Suarez popped up at the far post to score his second of the game and the winner for the Catalan side.

Atletico lost ground on the champions after they could only muster a 1-1 draw away to 18th placed Leganes. A superb Antoine Griezmann free-kick wasn’t enough for Los Rojiblancos as Guido Carrillo equalised eight minutes from time.

 

Juve continue unbeaten streak as Inter and Napoli maintain gap

Juventus made it 10 wins from their opening 11 matches as they defeated Cagliari 3-1 on Saturday night. Paulo Dybala gave the Bianconeri an early lead, but the Champions were pegged back when Joao Pedro equalised in the 36th minute.

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The score was tied for a mere two minutes though, as a Filip Bradaric own goal put the leaders back in front. Juan Cuadrado made the points secure at the death as Juve continue their rich vein of form.

In the chasing pack, Inter grabbed an emphatic 5-0 victory over Genoa and Napoli picked up an equally impressive 5-1 win over Empoli. A late Alessio Romagnoli goal also grabbed Milan an important three points away at Udinese.

 

Bayern stutter once again as Dortmund reopen gap at the top

Bayern were held 1-1 at home to mid-table Freiburg on Saturday. Borussia Dortmund have now opened up a four-point gap at the top of the table. An 89th minute Lucas Holer equaliser sucker-punched Nico Kovac’s side, who had recently found their form again after a lull at the end of September.

Dortmund capitalised with a 1-0 victory away at Wolfsburg to give them a cushion at the top of the league. Borussia Monchengladbach moved ahead of Bayern into second following their 3-0 win against Dusseldorf.

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