The Euro Roundup: Ronaldo scores first Juve goals

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Cristiano Ronaldo, Gonzalo Higuain and Nabil Fekir were among the goalscorers this weekend across Europe.

Ahead of matchweek 1 in the Champions League, Europe’s top teams had domestic duties to complete, with the likes of Barcelona and Juventus winning to maintain their positions at the top of their respective league tables.

There was no international break hangover for teams such as Bayern Munich or Napoli, either, with both of those sides earning three points.

Barca maintain winning streak

After beating Huesca 8-2 last weekend, Barcelona managed a much more closely fought victory this weekend as they won 2-1 at Real Sociedad.

Real Madrid could only draw 1-1 at Athletic Bilbao, meaning Barcelona are now the only team in La Liga with a 100 percent record after four games.

Iker Muniain, picked out as one to watch in last week’s preview of Bilbao against Madrid, scored for the home side before Gareth Bale assisted Isco for the equaliser.

Elsewhere, Valencia are still looking for their first win of the season following a goalless draw with Real Betis, while Sevilla lost 0-2 at home to Getafe. Atletico Madrid could only draw with Eibar.

Girona host Celta Vigo on Monday night in the final game of matchweek four.

Ronaldo scores

The big story in Serie A came in the 50th minute as Cristiano Ronaldo opened his Juventus account against Sassuolo.

The Portuguese added a second goal a quarter of an hour later, before Khouma Babacar got one back with the game ending 2-1.

That result meant Juve have a 100 percent record in Serie A, three points ahead of Napoli, who beat Fiorentina 1-0 thanks to goal from Lorenzo Insigne.

Cagliari held AC Milan to a 1-1 draw; Gonzalo Higuain scored another goal for Milan in that game, but his side are only 14th in the table, albeit with a game in hand.

Lazio won 1-0 at Empoli, Roma could only tie 2-2 with Chievo Verona, and Parma secured a 1-0 win over Inter Milan at the San Siro.

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No Neymar, no problem

PSG moved five points clear at the top of Ligue 1 after five matches as they beat Saint-Etienne 4-0 on Friday night, with closest challengers Monaco only able to draw at Toulouse.

Neymar was rested and Kylian Mbappe was suspended, but Thomas Tuchel’s side prepared for their Champions League visit to Anfield on Tuesday in perfect fashion.

Caen held Lyon to a 2-2 draw with Nabil Fekir among the scorers, with Angers winning 3-1 away at Dijon.

Sunday’s matches saw a mixture of high and low scoring games: Marseille beat Guincamp 4-0 and Bordeaux drew 3-3 with Nimes, but Nantes against Reims finished goalless.

Super sub Sancho

Borussia Dortmund kicked off the Bundesliga weekend with a 3-1 win over Eintracht Frankfurt. The game was tied at 1-1 before Jadon Sancho took it by the scruff of the neck, assisting Marius Wolf and then Paco Alcacer to give his team the points.

The following day, Bayern Munich maintained their good run against Bayer Leverkusen, winning 3-1, and there were wins for Fortuna Dusseldorf, Borussia Monchengladbach and Mainz.

On Sunday, Werder Bremen drew 1-1 with Nurnberg and Freiburg drew 3-3 with Stuttgart.

Across the whole weekend, no side playing away from home came away with all three points.