Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund start campaigns in style
Kаrim Benzemа nets twо in 4-1 win аt Аlаvés: Real had a disappointing first half in Carlo Ancelotti’s first league game since taking over for the second time but Benzema corrected their feelings by blowing the ball into the net in the 48th minute after being played by Eden Hazard.
Defender Nacho added to Real’s lead eight minutes later, slipped and slammed Luka Modric with the ball into the net. Benzema scored the second goal of the 62nd minute but Alavés later bounced back when his striker Joselu hit a penalty kick after a foul on goalkeeper Thobaut Courtois.
Substitute Vinicius Jr added the visitors’ final goal during the break, netting a header when he came across a cross from the first David Alaba.
The other three La Liga night matches ended in a draw, with Osasuna and Espanyol playing in goalless draw at Pamplona. Newly-promoted Cádiz and Mallorca were both held to a 1-1 draw by Levante and Real Betis respectively.
Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland scored two goals and set up three more goals as the hosts beat Eintracht Frankfurt 5-2 on Saturday to mark their first Bundesliga match.
It was captain Marco Reus who put the team of new coach Marco Rose in the driver’s seat in the 23rd minute, scoring with the help of Haaland, with Dortmund fans returning with limited numbers to the 81,000-capacity stadium.
Felix Passlack’s own four-minute goal did nothing to hamper Thorgan Hazard’s 32-point lead after Reus met 21-year-old Haaland, who scored a hat-trick in their first German Cup round win last week, with another opposition attack.
The hosts, who will face Bayern Munich in the German Super Cup on Tuesday, ended their first-half run with Haaland claiming Stefan Ilsanker’s error in the box and leading by 34 goals to 34.
Gio Reyna added a fourth goal by tapping an hour with Eintracht with the full grace of Dortmund’s upcoming runs. Another Haaland runner scored his second goal of the evening following a VAR review.
His Norwegian teammate Jens Petter Hauge scored late in his first Bundesliga game to improve Frankfurt’s points.
Newly promoted Bochum and Greuther Fürth made their debut and started life in the top flight, losing 1-0 and 5-1 at Wolfsburg and Stuttgart respectively. Hoffenheim made a start for the win, ending a 4-0 win over Augsburg.
Bayer Leverkusen drew 1-1 at Union Berlin as a visit to striker Moussa Diaby in the 12th minute canceled the first leg of Taiwo Awoniyi’s match, while Arminia Bielefeld were held to a goalless draw by Freiburg.
In France, Lionel Messi watched from the stands as Paris St Germain worked hard to beat Strasbourg 4-2 in Ligue 1 to continue their win of the new season.
Not yet fully prepared, Messi, Neymar and the other new players of Gianluigi Donnarumma and Sergio Ramos, did not make the squad, but saw his new team leading by Mauro Icardi at Parc des Princes.
Kylian Mbappé then doubled PSG’s profit in the 25th minute after his shot was sent home, before French football was deflected by Julian Draxler two minutes later to set the score 3-0.
Goals from the second half of Kevin Gameiro and Ludovic Ajorque put the visitors back in contention, with PSG looking uncomfortable to manage. Alexander Djiku’s two-match dismissal allowed PSG to move off the line nine minutes from time, with Pablo Sarabia holding his place back in the 86th minute to secure an incredible victory over Mauricio Pochettino’s side.
Nice manager Christophe Galtier celebrated his return with a victory for his former club Lille, as they beat the champions 4-0 with their first victory in the campaign.
Nice Danish striker Kasper Dolberg scored in the second half, including a close-up first-half goal, while first-half midfielder Hicham Boudaoui’s strike and Amine Gouiri’s first surprise penalty ended the course.
Dolberg’s second goal came just hours after he shook his head in the corner to put pressure on new Lille manager Jocelyn Gourvennec, whose team won the final 3-3 in the 10th Metz in their opening game.
It was a fitting victory for Galtier, who joined Lille in 2017 after eight years at St Etienne and led them to their first title since 2011 last season before leaving them soon.
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