Real extend perfect start with Madrid derby win

A clinical Real Madrid extended their perfect start to the La Liga season when they beat city rivals Atletico 2-1 at the Metropolitano on Sunday.

Despite being second best for large periods of the first half, Carlo Ancelotti’s side were ruthless in front of goal as strikes from Rodrygo and Federico Valverde put them in a commanding position.

Mario Hermoso pulled a goal back for the hosts late on but they were unable to find an equaliser, with the defender sent off in injury time.

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Mario Hermoso pulled one back for Atletico…

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…before being sent off late on

Diego Simeone’s side started brightly and went close through defender Felipe and Yannick Carrasco but found themselves behind when Rodrygo emphatically finished the visitors’ first attempt on target on 18 minutes.

They doubled their lead with their next effort on goal when Valverde fired in from close range after Vinicius’s shot had rebounded off the post.

Atletico set up a grandstand finish through substitute Hermoso’s header seven minutes from time, before being sent off for a second bookable offence in injury time and Real held on to take the points.

Victory means Real return to the top of the LaLiga table on 18 points from six games, two ahead of Barcelona in second. Atleti are seventh, eight points behind their neighbours.

Juventus, Inter beaten | Mourinho sent off in Roma defeat

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Christian Gytkjaer celebrates after scoring Monza’s winner against Juventus

Monza earned a surprising but deserved 1-0 home win over Juventus – their first Serie A victory of the season – as the visitors struggled after being reduced to 10 men.

Angel Di Maria’s return from injury was cut short after being sent off five minutes before the break after placing his elbow in Armando Izzo’s chest.

Juventus had half-chances in the first half but newly-promoted Monza smelled blood in the second half and pressured the opposition defence to make mistakes, while Massimiliano Allegri’s side tried to look for possibilities of a counter-attack.

Substitute Christian Gytkjaer became the hero when he slid in the winner from Patrick Ciurria’s cross in the 74th minute.

Roma coach Jose Mourinho will miss the match against his former club Inter after being sent off in a 1-0 defeat to Atalanta.

Mourinho was shown a red card in the 57th minute after going onto the field to remonstrate with referee Daniele Chiffi, who had awarded a free-kick to Atalanta rather than what Mourinho thought should have been a penalty for his side.

Mourinho became even more infuriated and had to be held back by a member of his staff.

Teenage defender Giorgio Scalvini scored the only goal of the match at the Stadio Olimpico, firing into the bottom right corner in the 35th minute.

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Roma’s head coach Jose Mourinho argues with the referee and was sent off in their defeat to Atalanta

Udinese continued their strong start to the season as they recorded their fifth straight win, beating Inter Milan 3-1.

Nicolo Barella curled in a fantastic free-kick in the fifth minute to get Inter off to the perfect start but Udinese leveled when Roberto Pereyra’s free-kick went in off Milan Skriniar.

Udinese hit the post before Jaka Bijol headed in a corner with three minutes remaining and Tolgay Arslan made sure of the points in stoppage time with a diving header.

A brilliant header by Napoli striker Giovanni Simeone helped his side to seal a 2-1 win at AC Milan and return to the top of the Serie A table.

Simeone headed home in the 78th minute almost from the edge of the six-yard box following a superb Mario Rui cross.

Winger Matteo Politano had scored a penalty in the 55th minute following a foul by Sergino Dest on Khvicha Kvaratskhelia.

Olivier Giroud fired in an equaliser in the 69th minute from Theo Hernandez’s cross.

Messi on target as PSG edge Lyon

Paris Saint-Germain opened a two-point lead at the top of Ligue 1 after Lionel Messi’s early goal earned the French champions a 1-0 win at Lyon.

Messi scored his fourth league goal of the season in the fifth minute to put Christophe Galtier’s side on 22 points from eight games.

Lyon, who have now lost their last three matches, are sixth on 13 points.

Union Berlin return to top of Bundesliga

Jordan Pefok and Sheraldo Becker scored again on Sunday to fire Union Berlin back to the top of the Bundesliga with a 2-0 win over Wolfsburg.

Becker set up Pefok to open the scoring in the 55th minute, then the Suriname forward raced clear to seal the win later on, giving Union a two-point lead over Borussia Dortmund after seven games.

Ten-man Rangers lose to Napoli despite penalty saves

Ten-man Rangers suffered a third straight defeat without scoring after losing 3-0 at home to Napoli in the Champions League.

The Group A clash turned on James Sands’ 55th-minute sending-off for a second caution after the defender brought down Giovanni Simeone to concede a penalty.

However, despite recalled Rangers goalkeeper Allan McGregor, 40, twice keeping out penalties from Piotr Zielinski, the visitors finally made the breakthrough midway through the second half via a third spot-kick, successfully converted this time by Matteo Politano.

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Players, staff and supporters observed a minute’s silence and sang the national anthem in tribute to The Queen ahead of the Champions League game between Rangers and Napoli

The Serie A leaders sealed the victory with two late goals by substitutes Giacomo Raspadori and Tanguy Ndombele as they maintained their unbeaten start to the season.

For Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side, however, this was a third consecutive defeat in all competitions as they remain rooted to the bottom of Group A ahead of back-to-back games with Liverpool.

Player ratings

Rangers: McGregor (8), Tavernier (7), Goldson (6), Sands (6), Barisic (6), Davis (6), Jack (8), Lundstram (7), Arfield (8), Kent (8), Morelos (7)

Subs: Colak (6), Matondo (6), Kamara (6), King (6), Tillman (6)

Napoli: Meret (7), Di Lorenzo (7), Rrahmani (6), Kim (6), Mario Rui (7), Zambo (6), Lobotka (6), Zielinski (9), Politano (8), Simeone (7), Kvaratskhelia (8)

Subs: Elmas (6), Olivera (6), Zerbin (7), Raspadori (7), Ndombele (7)

Man of the match: Piotr Zielinski

How Rangers suffered a third defeat on the bounce

Rangers headed into this clash on the back of bruising 4-0 losses to Celtic and Ajax, leading Van Bronckhorst to make five changes against one of Europe’s most in-form teams.

One of those changes saw a first start in attack since March for Alfredo Morelos and the move almost paid immediate dividends when the striker headed narrowly off target straight from the kick-off in what was a pulsating start at Ibrox.

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Napoli’s Matteo Politano celebrates after making it 1-0 vs Rangers

The impressive Zielinski curled an effort against the outside of the post just seconds later, but it was the hosts – perhaps spurred on by a rousing pre-match rendition of the national anthem, against UEFA’s wishes – who looked the more likely to score in the opening exchanges as Scott Arfield also went close.

Napoli, however, slowly grew into the contest as Rangers’ recalled veteran ‘keeper had to be quick off his line to deny Simeone, and somehow it was still scoreless at the break.

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Rangers’ John Lundstram looks dejected during a UEFA Champions League game vs Napoli

Ten minutes after the interval, though, came the defining moment of the game as Simeone – son of Atletico Madrid boss Diego – burst through on goal, only to be brought down by Sands’ desperate lunging tackle from behind.

Zielinski’s first effort was kept out by McGregor, before Politano converted the rebound, only for it to be re-taken after the Video Assistant Referee spotted the scorer encroaching in the area, but also that the ‘keeper had moved off his line.

Team news

Rangers made five changes from the team that were thrashed 4-0 at Ajax last week, with Jon McLaughlin, Glen Kamara, Scott Wright, Antonio Colak and Malik Tillman all dropping out.

Coming in for them were veteran Allan McGregor, Steven Davis, Scott Arfield, Ryan Jack and Alfredo Morelos.

The visitors were missing main man Victor Osimhen, who was injured in last week’s 4-1 win over Liverpool, with Giovanni Simeone replacing him in attack..

Meanwhile, the Italians also brought in Mario Rui in place of Mathias Olivera at left-back.

Incredibly, McGregor again guessed right to stop the Poland midfielder’s spot kick, however, the visitors were then awarded a third penalty when Borna Barisic was deemed to have handled Kvicha Kvaratskhelia’s shot in the box.

This time it was Politano who was given the responsibilities, just about beating McGregor low down to his left, before Napoli rounded off the game with two late goals.

Raspadori nipped in to score their second with five minutes left, then Ndombele – on loan in Naples from Tottenham – swept home the third in stoppage time.

Analysis: Losing run continues, but much still to cheer for Rangers

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Ryan Kent runs at the Napoli defence

Rangers entered their clash with in-form Napoli having lost their previous two games to Celtic and Ajax 4-0, results that produced much soul searching from manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst.

The Dutchman’s response was to double down, insisting he had no intention of changing his footballing philosophy simply on the basis of those two, albeit, painful reverses.

And while his side did lose again, without scoring, to the Serie A leaders at Ibrox – just the second time they have suffered defeats in their opening two Champions League group games – it was a much-improved display from the hosts.

In fact, Rangers were unfortunate not to go in ahead at half-time and despite having to play most of the second half with 10 men, they still mustered 10 shots in the match, six more than they managed against Ajax in their opening group-stage match.

Now all they need to do is find the back of the net in their next group contest, at Anfield on October 4.

Age is no barrier for veteran McGregor – Opta stats

  • Aged 40 years and 226 days, Allan McGregor became the Champions League’s fifth oldest player (behind Marco Ballotta 43y 252d, Gianluigi Buffon 42y 315d, Oleksandr Shovkovskiy 41y 255d and Mark Schwarzer 41y 206d.
  • Since 2003-04, Napoli are only the third side to be awarded two or more penalties in back-to-back Champions League (also vs Liverpool on MD1), the others being Chelsea vs FK Krasnodar in October 2020 and then Rennes in November 2020, and Salzburg vs Lille and Sevilla in September 2021.
  • Napoli’s Matteo Politano scored his first Champions League goal in his 14th appearance in the competition. That goal was also his first Champions League goal involvement since getting an assist for Inter against PSV in December 2018.
  • James Sands is the third American to be sent off in the Champions League after Sacha Kljestan (2013 for Anderlecht) and John Brooks (2021 for Wolfsburg)
  • Napoli have won both their opening group stage matches for only the second time (also in 2016/17). Meanwhile, seven goals is the most they’ve scored after two matches in a single campaign in the competition.

What the managers said…

Rangers boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst:

“Until the red card we gave Napoli a really tough game,” he said.

“We were organised, good in the game and players were giving everything to get a good result.

“We created chances to open the scoring and it was a nice battle to see, but of course with the sending off we knew it was going to be difficult.

“Allan saved the penalty twice which was fantastic but the first goal we conceded made me change the way we were playing because we need to attack and you know you are going to get more space, so in the end I think the 3-0 defeat did not reflect the difference in quality.”

Napoli boss Luciano Spalletti:

“After two missed penalties it was important that we kept going,” he said.

“They started really strong with their fans as we expected but instead of shrinking we reacted I felt.

“I thought it was a balanced game at a lot of points but we didn’t change, we never stopped pressing them and I want to thank everybody. It was another good game for me to be on the bench.”

Man of the Match – Piotr Zielinski

Napoli have had to cope with losing a whole host of superstar players of late, however, one man they will be glad to keep hold of is their Poland international.

The 28-year-old, who has been in Naples since 2016, ran the show at Ibrox on Wednesday night, displaying some excellent touches and close control that the hosts could not live with.

Everything that was good from the Serie A leaders emanated from his boot and while he did spoil his performance by having two penalties saved, it did not end up costing his team as they ran out comfortable 3-0 winners.

What’s next?

Rangers take on Dundee United at Ibrox in the Scottish Premiership on Saturday afternoon, with the game kicking off at 3pm.

Meanwhile, Napoli face AC Milan at San Siro in Serie A on Sunday at 7.45pm.

Van Bronckhorst: My football philosophy will not change

Rangers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst insists he has no intention of changing his footballing philosophy because of back-to-back 4-0 defeats.

The Ibrox side have been criticised after a poor performance against Celtic saw them slip five points behind in the Scottish Premiership title race.

They then followed that up with defeat to Ajax in their opening Champions League match in Amsterdam.

But ahead of Wednesday’s match against Napoli, Giovanni van Bronckhorst insisted there is no need for wholesale changes.

“Two weeks ago we qualified for the Champions League and everything was fine, everyone was praised,” said the Dutchman.

“Two defeats later it looks like we haven’t performed in the last couple of years. That’s the dynamic of football.

“I’m not changing anything about my philosophy, about how I want to play, although of course there is a lot of room for improvement.

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Rangers’ Champions League return ended in defeat at Ajax

“The level we’re facing now in the last couple of months we have never endured in the last 12 years, so of course it’s going to be tough.

“I don’t understand why we have to put our philosophy on the side.

“We can go to Ajax and play with 10 defenders and try to keep the zero but we’re not improving as a team like that. The big learning point is to do it differently against another quality team.”

Allan McGregor will start in goal against Napoli after Jon McLaughlin picked up an injury in the defeat to Ajax.

The 40-year-old has only featured in one match this season, against Queen of the South in the Premier Sports Cup, but Van Bronckhorst has no concerns about him returning against the Serie A leaders.

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Van Bronckhorst confirms Allan McGregor will replace the injured Jon McLaughlin against Napoli and discusses how close Alfredo Morelos is to starting

“Jon is not available. He picked up an injury after the last game so he will not be involved,” said the Gers boss.

“It’s different for Allan that he hasn’t started games from the beginning so that’s different for him.

“He’s still the same in training, he’s the same person and I have every faith in him when he plays because of the experience he has.

“I don’t have any doubts that he will perform.”

Morelos had ‘wake-up call’

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A look back at some of Morelos’ best Scottish Premiership goals for Rangers

Van Bronckhorst admits Alfredo Morelos has given him a decision to make after his change in attitude.

The striker was dropped from the squad following various concerns, including his fitness levels and attitude over the early stages of this season.

He was on the bench last week in Amsterdam and the manager has been impressed with how he handled the punishment.

“He’s definitely better than he was a couple of weeks ago, both physically and mentally,” said Van Bronckhorst.

“He’s training really well and I had a good conversation with him.

“Not being involved against PSV was a big wake-up call.

“After that he’s been doing really well and he’s in a far better place than he was in the last couple of weeks and he makes it difficult for me now to decide who to start with.”

Captain James Tavernier returns for Wednesday night’s sell-out match against Napoli after he was forced off at half-time against Ajax with an injury.

Davis: We’re determined to prove how good we are

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Rangers midfielder Steven Davis admits performances must improve following consecutive 4-0 losses

Rangers midfielder Steven Davis insists the team are ready to raise their game after back-to-back defeats:

“The group’s been hurting. We expect better from ourselves.

“Unfortunately in football you do have setbacks, it’s important we respond and that starts Wednesday night.

“We understand the level the Champions League is and Napoli have had a good start to the season, magnified by the result against Liverpool.

“We know we’re going to have to be at our very best at this level to get things from the game, but we also know with the crowd here we can create something really special and that’s what our mindset is on.

“We had a disappointing game week one and the home games are always going to be important for us. It’s an opportunity for us and we’re excited for the challenge.

“We know the scrutiny we’re under playing for this club and the last two results haven’t been acceptable.

“The most important thing is getting back to the basics and doing them well, If we do that we can be a good team and we can hurt teams.”

Rangers vs Napoli moved to Wednesday with UEFA matches set to go ahead

Rangers’ Champions League group stage game at home to Napoli has been pushed back 24 hours to Wednesday following discussions between Police Scotland, the Glasgow club and UEFA.

European football’s governing body have announced that the tie at Ibrox Stadium, originally to be played on Tuesday, has been rescheduled for Wednesday, September 14 at 8pm.

A UEFA statement explained: “This is due to the severe limitations on police resources and organisational issues related to the ongoing events surrounding the national mourning for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.”

The UEFA Youth League game between both teams originally set for Tuesday has also been moved to a 2pm kick-off on Wednesday.

UEFA have also announced that no away fans will be present at Ibrox this week and, as a matter of sporting fairness, Rangers’ supporters will not be authorised for the return leg in Naples on October 26.

Fans have been strongly advised to avoid making travel arrangements and to respect this extraordinary situation.

Rangers started their Champions League Group A campaign with a 4-0 defeat at Ajax Amsterdam and Napoli thrashed Liverpool 4-1 at home.

All UEFA competition matches are expected to go ahead as planned next week across Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

All Premier League and English Football League matches this weekend were postponed as a mark of respect. All games in the Women’s Super League, Women’s Championship and Women’s FA Cup were also postponed.

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Former West Ham captain Mark Noble pays tribute to Queen Elizabeth II.

The Scottish Football Association announced the postponement of all professional games over the course of the weekend, while all football in Northern Ireland and Wales was also off.

The English Football League is set to recommence on Tuesday with a full midweek programme while the National League confirmed matches would go ahead as scheduled from Monday.

The National Police Chief’s Council said in a statement that a national policing operation had been activated and that UK Policing was working closely with other organisations to ensure events are held “safely and with the appropriate security”.

The NPCC added: “Following the decisions of the Premier League and English Football League to cancel this weekend’s matches, we will work with football clubs to try and ensure that, where possible, football fixtures can take place safely when balanced against the requirement to support national events and deliver day to day policing.

“This is a unique situation and we are working closely with everyone involved.”

Sporting CP vs Tottenham going ahead despite technical error

Tottenham have moved to clarify that their Champions League group stage game against Sporting CP this week in Lisbon is going ahead as scheduled (Tuesday September 13, kick-off 5.45pm).

The tie had been thrown into doubt after a technical glitch on the club’s website suggested the game had been postponed.

Tottenham and Sporting both won their opening fixtures in Group D games against Marseille and Eintracht Frankfurt respectively.

Richarlison scored two late headed goals to edge Tottenham past 10-man Marseille as Champions League football returned to north London.

Sporting cruised to a 3-0 win at Frankfurt, with English forward Marcus Edwards breaking the deadlock midway through the second half before former Wolves winger Francisco Trincao and Nuno Santos secured three points.

Upcoming midweek fixtures

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Sky Sports News’ Geraint Hughes explains the changes to the football schedule, following the passing of The Queen.

Champions League

Tuesday September 13

  • Liverpool vs Ajax
  • Sporting Lisbon vs Tottenham

Wednesday September 13

  • Chelsea vs Red Bull Salzburg
  • Shakhtar Donetsk vs Celtic
  • Manchester City vs Borussia Dortmund
  • Rangers vs Napoli

Europa League

Thursday September 15

  • Arsenal vs PSV
  • Sherriff Tiraspol vs Manchester United

Europa Conference League

Thursday September 15

  • FK RFS vs Hearts
  • Silkeborg vs West Ham

Sky Bet Championship

Tuesday September 13

  • Blackburn Rovers vs Watford
  • Huddersfield vs Wigan
  • Hull vs Stoke
  • Middlesbrough vs Cardiff
  • Swansea vs Sheffield United
  • Preston vs Burnley

Wednesday September 13

  • Luton vs Coventry
  • Millwall vs QPR
  • Norwich vs Bristol City
  • Rotherham vs Blackpool
  • Reading vs Sunderland
  • West Brom vs Birmingham

Sky Bet League One

Tuesday September 13

  • Barnsley vs Port Vale
  • Burton vs Portsmouth
  • Charlton vs Forest Green
  • Cheltenham vs Cambridge
  • Ipswich vs Bristol Rovers
  • Lincoln vs Derby
  • MK Dons vs Bolton
  • Morecambe vs Sheffield Wednesday
  • Peterborough vs Fleetwood
  • Plymouth vs Oxford
  • Shrewsbury vs Exeter
  • Wycombe vs Accrington

Sky Bet League Two

Tuesday September 13

  • AFC Wimbledon vs Northampton
  • Barrow vs Doncaster
  • Crawley vs Stockport
  • Grimsby vs Gillingham
  • Harrogate vs Salford
  • Hartlepool vs Crewe
  • Mansfield vs Carlisle
  • Rochdale vs Leyton Orient
  • Stevenage vs Newport
  • Swindon vs Sutton
  • Tranmere vs Bradford
  • Walsall vs Colchester

National League

Tuesday September 13

  • Altrincham vs Scunthorpe
  • Barnet vs Dorking Wanderers
  • Boreham Wood vs Maidenhead
  • Chesterfield vs Southend
  • Eastleigh vs Yeovil
  • FC Halifax vs Gateshead
  • Maidstone vs Wealdstone
  • Notts County vs Aldershot
  • Woking vs Oldham
  • Wrexham vs Dagenham
  • York vs Bromley

National League North

Monday September 12

  • Bradford PA vs Darlington

Tuesday September 13

  • Blyth Spartans vs Farsley Celtic
  • Boston vs Buxton
  • Brackley vs Hereford
  • Chester vs Southport
  • Gloucester City vs AFC Telford
  • Kidderminster Harriers vs AFC Fylde
  • King’s Lynn vs Alfreton
  • Leamington vs Kettering
  • Peterborough Sports vs Banbury
  • Scarborough Athletic vs Chorley
  • Spennymoor vs Curzon Ashton

National League South

Monday September 12

  • Chelmsford City vs Oxford City

Tuesday September 13

  • Bath City vs Weymouth
  • Dover Athletic vs Dartford
  • Dulwich Hamlet vs Hemel Hempstead
  • Eastbourne Borough vs Welling
  • Ebbsfleet vs Braintree
  • Hampton & Richmond vs Chippenham
  • Slough vs Taunton
  • St Albans P-P Concord Rangers
  • Tonbridge Angels vs Farnborough
  • Worthing vs Cheshunt

Wednesday September 14

  • Havant & Waterlooville vs Hungerford

Europe: Stuttgart claim late draw at Bayern | Neymar on target in PSG win

Bayern Munich conceded a stoppage-time equaliser through VfB Stuttgart striker Serhou Guirassy’s from the penalty spot for a 2-2 on Saturday, the champions’ third consecutive Bundesliga draw.

It started well for Bayern, who face Barcelona in the Champions League group stage next week, with forward Mathys Tel scoring their opener in the 36th minute.

France youth international Tel, who at the age of 17 years and 136 days, became the youngest player to start a league game for Bayern, had already scored in the German Cup first round.

He made sure of his first league goal by drilling in a low drive from a Alphonso Davies cutback.

Bayern coach Julian Nagelsmann rotated heavily from the side’s 2-0 midweek Champions League win at Inter, and his team dropped their pace in the second half, giving Stuttgart more room to push forward.

They were rewarded when Chris Fuehrich netted the equaliser form close range in the 57th but three minutes later Bayern were back in front with another teenager.

Jamal Musiala, the 19-year-old former youngest league scorer for Bayern, shook off his marker with a quick change of direction and floated a superb ball into the back of the net.

The visitors’ biggest chance to level came in the 74th when Guirassy’s shot from 18 metres bounced off the crossbar with keeper Manuel Neuer beaten.

But they earned a stoppage time penalty following a foul by Matthijs de Ligt on Guirassy.

The Guinea international kept his composure to beat Neuer and earn a point for the visitors. Bayern go top of the table on goal difference with 12 points, ahead of the weekend’s other fixtures.

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RB Leipzig’s Willi Orban scores against Dortmund

Elsewhere, RB Leipzig stunned Borussia Dortmund 3-0 on Saturday with goals from Willi Orban, Dominik Szoboszlai and Amadou Haidara for a morale-boosting victory and a winning debut for new coach Marco Rose.

Rose replaced Domenico Tedesco earlier this week after a bad start to the league season and a 4-1 loss at home to Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League this week.

The hosts, who travel to Real Madrid in the Champions League next week, did not have to wait long for a goal with Orban’s header off the corner in the sixth minute.

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Highlights of the Bundesliga match between RB Leipzig and Borussia Dortmund

Leipzig should have scored again through Timo Werner and Szoboszlai before the Hungarian made amends, drilling in their second goal with a 25-metre missile into the top corner on the stroke of half-time.

There was far too little from the visitors with Dortmund, who face Manchester City in the Champions League next week, not managing a single shot on target for the entire game.

Instead it was Leipzig who scored again through Amadou Haidara in the 84th after some more sloppy defending from Dortmund.

Neymar strikes again as PSG go top with win over Brest

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Neymar scores PSG’s first goal against Brest

Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar scored his eighth Ligue 1 goal of the season as the champions beat Brest 1-0 at Parc des Princes on Saturday to extend their unbeaten start and reclaim top spot in the standings.

The result, secured after Gianluigi Donnarumma saved a late Islam Slimani penalty, means Christophe Galtier’s side have 19 points from seven games, two more than second-placed RC Lens who led the table after a 1-0 win over Troyes on Friday.

Olympique de Marseille can go level on points with PSG if they beat visitors Lille later on Saturday.

Brest came into the contest having conceded a club record 16 goals in their first six games and were carved open in the 30th minute despite a bright start as Neymar fired in from a tight angle after being played through by Lionel Messi.

The visitors were lucky not to be reduced to 10 men minutes earlier as Christophe Herelle was shown a red card for scything down Neymar but a review prompted the referee to reverse his decision as the PSG forward was offside before the tackle.

PSG turned the screw on their opponents and both Messi and Kylian Mbappe squandered clear-cut chances either side of half-time before 17th-placed Brest were awarded a spot kick. But Slimani’s tame 70th-minute effort was kept out by Donnarumma.

The Italian goalkeeper was then called into action again and kept his team ahead with a diving save after the ball appeared to be going in at the near post off Slimani’s shoulder following a whipped cross from the left.

Barcelona hit top spot after second half rout

Four second-half goals steered Barcelona to a routine 4-0 victory at Cadiz as they moved top of La Liga.

Frenkie de Jong and Robert Lewandowski put the Catalans in front before a lengthy pause due to an illness in the crowd saw the players go off the field before returning to play out the final 10 minutes.

Lewandowski teed up Ansu Fati for the third in the 86th before Ousmane Dembele rounded off the scoring in stoppage time.

Barca have 13 points from five games, one ahead of second-placed Real Madrid who host Mallorca on Sunday.

Head coach Xavi Hernandez named a much-changed side from Barca’s 5-1 midweek Champions League triumph over Viktoria Plzen and, one Raphina shot that hit the post aside, they rarely troubled the hosts in a dull first period.

“It’s a good win at a difficult place to come. It keeps us up there at the top of the league,” he said.

“Whoever plays, there’s no drop off, we’re in a good place and I’m happy with the result. The main thing was getting the first goal. We were patient but we just lacked that final ball, but in general I’m happy with what I saw.

“We’re going to be making changes in the side throughout the season as we need to control minutes, there’ll be suspensions and injuries too.”

Brozovic grabs late goal to secure win over Torino

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Marcelo Brozovic, far right, scored the only goal

A late goal from Marcelo Brozovic gave Inter Milan a 1-0 win at home to Torino in Serie A on Saturday but they also had to thank goalkeeper Samir Handanovic who made several fine saves.

Croatian midfielder Brozovic managed to steer the ball past Torino keeper Vanja Milinkovic-Savic from inside the area in the 89th minute after a through ball from Nicolo Barella.

Inter are now in third place with 12 points from six games, two points behind leaders Napoli who beat Spezia 1-0 on Friday.

Inter were without the services of injured forward Romelu Lukaku and struggled to score against a solid Torino defence.

The game was even in the first 20 minutes with Torino creating several chances while Inter were trying to gain momentum for counter-attacks.

Nikola Vlasic almost put Torino ahead in the 20th but his shot was saved by Handanovic.

Torino started the second half aggressively with several chances against a passive Inter defence. Handanovic came to the rescue several times with superb saves.

Milan Skriniar could have put Inter in front with a header in the 75th, but Milinkovic-Savic managed to keep it out.

Elsewhere, a late Giacomo Raspadori strike was enough to secure a 1-0 home win for Napoli over Spezia.