The Premier League continued to produce shock results this past weekend with Manchester United and Liverpool the biggest culprits. The duo had a weekend to forget in their travels out of North West England. Liverpool were hammered 3-1 by West Ham on Saturday through goals from Winston Reid, Diafra Sakho and substitute Morgan Amalfitano with Raheem Sterling grabbing the consolation for the Reds. Manchester United collapsed with less than half an hour to go as they surrendered a 3-1 lead in a shocking 5-3 loss to promoted side Leicester City. Robin Van Persie, Angel di Maria and Ander Herrera netted for Louis van Gaal’s men while Leicester had Leonardo Ulloa grabbing a brace including an 83rd minute penalty with Jamie Vardy, Esteban Cambiasso and David Nugent also scoring. Frank Lampard returned to haunt his former club Chelsea as he netted the equalizer for Manchester City who had fallen behind to an Andre Schurrle goal for the Blues. Everton were beaten 3-2 by visiting Crystal Palace while Arsenal handed Aston Villa their first defeat of the season in a 3-0 win. Kenyan international Victor Wanyama scored his first goal for Southampton who beat Swansea 1-0.
Barcelona and Real Madrid were both in fine goal-scoring form with the two sides scoring 13 goals between them. Cristiano Ronaldo netted his first hat-trick of the new La Liga season to help Real maul Deportivo la Coruna 8-2 in Riazor. Gareth Bale and Javier Hernandez both hit a brace to add to James Rodriguez’s stunner for Carlo Ancelloti’s men. Madrid however failed to keep a clean sheet with the hosts scoring twice through Haris Medunjanin and Toche. Lionel Messi inspired Barcelona to a dominating 5-0 capitulation of Levante on Sunday. The Argentine assisted Neymar and Sandro Ramirez’s goals before scoring himself in the 77th minute. Ivan Rakitic scored the other goal. Defending champions Atletico Madrid were held to 2-2 draw by visiting Celta Vigo while Sevilla moved up to second with a 3-1 win at Cordoba.
Bundesliga top two, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund both had a frustrating weekend with Bayern failing to score in a 0-0 stalemate at Hamburger. Two second half goals from Shinji Okazaki and German international Matthias Ginter condemned Dortmund to a 2-0 defeat against Mainz who moved to second on the log. Promoted side Paderborn kept their unbeaten start to their topflight life with a 2-0 win over Hannover SV to move top of the log locked on 8 points with four other sides including Hoffenheim who won with a similar scoreline at Stuttgart. Wolfsburg crushed Bayer Leverkusen 4-1 for their first win of the season while Augusburg made it two wins out of their last two matches after edging Werder Bremen 4-2 at the SGL Arena.
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