Atletico Madrid, the defending champion and its Uruguayan striker Luis Soares, complicated the life of Dutch coach Ronaldo Koeman more and more, after they inflicted Barcelona’s first defeat in the Spanish League this season by winning it 2-0 in the eighth round.
Heavily indebted and orphaned without his star and legendary Argentine international captain Lionel Messi, who moved to Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona’s difficulties increased and Koeman’s future was in jeopardy after the team suffered a second defeat in a row after he suffered in the middle of the week at the hands of Benfica, with three clean goals in the Champions League .
The Catalan club had previously lost 3-0 in its first match in the continental competition at the hands of Bayern Munich, before following these two defeats with another with the same severity at the hands of rivals Atlético, who compensated for his loss in the previous stage against Alaves (0-1) in the best way.
It is certain that Barcelona’s contentment with three victories and 12 points (out of 21 in 7 stages so far), will increase the resentment against the Dutchman, who originally missed Saturday’s match due to the suspension.
The second pole of the capital raised its score to 17 points, and its neighbor Real Madrid joined the lead with the goal difference in favor of the Royal Club, awaiting its match on Sunday with the other Catalan team, Espanyol, in the latter’s stadium.
The Argentine coach of Atletico Diego Simeone started the meeting by keeping the French striker returning from Barcelona Antoine Griezmann on the bench for the first match in the league since his return to “Rojiblancos”, while the other former striker of Barcelona Soares played mainly alongside the Portuguese Joao Felix and succeeded in revenge against Koeman, who caused his departure. About “Camp Nou” in the summer of 2020 after the arrival of the Dutchman to the club.
Osasuna removed its guest Rayo Vaikano from fifth place by winning it 1-0 with a goal in a deadly time, so the loser’s balance stopped at 13 points and fell to sixth place in favor of Osasuna in particular, a point behind the latter, who in turn achieved the second victory in a row and third in the last four stages and fourth this season.
Valencia continued its disappointing results and failed to win for a fourth match in a row, with a goalless draw with its host Cadiz, who has so far satisfied with the victory of Yatim against three for his “bats” guests.
Valencia raised its score to 12 points, in ninth place temporarily, compared to 7 for Cadiz.
Real Mallorca deepened the wounds of its guest Levante, who had not tasted victory so far, by defeating them with a goal scored by Ghanaian Idrissou Baba in the last quarter of an hour, raising his team’s tally to 11 points.
On Sunday, Getafe meets Real Sociedad, and Villarreal meets Real Betis.
In England, Brighton and Arsenal tied negatively in the round, and the first occupies fifth place with 14 points, with a goal difference only from the second, third and fourth places, Liverpool (which awaits Sunday a strong match against Manchester City), Manchester United and Everton, respectively, and only two points behind leaders Chelsea, who defeated Southampton (3-1), while Arsenal occupies 9th place with 10 points from 3 wins and 1 draw in 7 matches.
In Italy, Juventus confirmed his return to the right track under the leadership of his new old coach, Massimiliano Allegri, by deciding to face the derby with its host Turin with great difficulty in the deadly time 1-0 in the seventh round.
Juventus began his second adventure with Allegri, returning to the team after leaving him two years ago, by failing to emerge victorious for four consecutive stages, but he woke up after that and achieved two wins in a row and then added the third in a row in “Serie A” thanks to newcomer Manuel Locatelli, who scored the three-point goal In the 86th minute, to add to the victory he achieved in the middle of the week against Chelsea, the defending champion, 1-0 in the Champions League, in which he achieved his second victory in two matches, in the absence of his Argentine strikers Paulo Dybala and Spaniard Alvaro Morata for the second match in a row due to injury.
Juventus raised its score to 11 points in eighth place temporarily, while Turin’s balance remained at 8 points after receiving the first defeat in the last four stages and the third this season.
Inter Milan, the defending champion, managed to come from behind to beat its host Sassuolo (2-1).
Sassuolo advanced with a penalty kick scored by Domenico Berardi (22), and substitute Edin Dzeko reversed the match by scoring the equalizer (58), before receiving a penalty kick from which Lautaro Martinez scored the winning goal (78).
Inter jumped to second place with 17 points, one point behind the leaders Napoli, while Sassuolo’s balance remained at 7 points in 12th place.
Salernitana tasted victory in the First Division for the first time since May 1999, by defeating its guest Genoa 1-0, to raise its score to 4 points and leave the last place in favor of Cagliari (3 points), which tied 1-1 with Venezia on Friday, while Genoa suffered a fourth defeat. For a win and two draws, he scored 5 points.
In Germany, last season’s runner-up Leipzig won its second successive victory against its guest Bochum 3-0.
The three goals came in the second half, as Portuguese striker Andre Silva opened the scoring in the 69th minute, seconds after entering the field instead of Danish Joseph Poulsen, and the French brilliant Christopher Nkunku added the second and third goals in the 73rd and 78th minutes, raising his tally to 4 goals in the “Bundesliga.” “This season.
It is Leipzig’s third win this season after a faltering start that saw it lose three games in the first four stages, to raise its score to 10 points in seventh place temporarily, pending the match Mainz with Union Berlin on Sunday, while Bochum’s balance froze at 4 points in 17th place.
Source: AFP and agencies