Premier League pause, Real Madrid and Barcelona on their level, VAR in Juventus trip: Weekend review

A weekend in European football saw Real Madrid, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain interested in their business in their respective league matches. But Juventus look out of reach while Borussia Dortmund lost to RB Leipzig – led by a familiar face.

Meanwhile, the Premier League has postponed weekend matches as a sign of respect following the death of Queen Elizabeth II at the age of 96.

Here’s what you need to know about the weekend of Europe’s biggest leagues.


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talking points

Vinicius, Rodrygo make up for Benzema’s absence

The only question mark looming over Real Madrid’s bid to retain the La Liga title was how the team would deal with the injury of the captain and the Ballon d’Or. Karim Benzema. These doubts were heightened when the club opted not to sign a reserve striker this summer: can Real Madrid really go all season – in this unusual World Cup year – relying entirely on Benzema’s form and fitness?

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With the 34-year-old now out with a muscle injury that could keep him out of action for a month, Sunday’s 4-1 win over Mallorca was an answer of sorts. That didn’t exactly support Carlo Ancelotti’s argument Eden Hazard He could serve as a convenient reserve – he was unknown in his hour on the pitch – but fortunately for Madrid, Vinicius Jr And the Rodrigo goes Stepped up to provide the firepower needed to take care of Mallorca in the second half.

Vinicius has now scored in five consecutive games for the first time in his career and is already eyeing the goal to hit 17 last season in La Liga. In the meantime, Rodrygo is playing with new confidence and maturity. After setting up Vinicius to make it 2-1, he finished the match by scoring himself, a week after scoring the winning goal against Real Betis.

If the two Brazilians continue their development into consistent clinical finalists, Real Madrid will not depend on Benzema in the end. – Alex Kirkland

doubts about boss They come back as Leon stumbles

What a horrible week for Leon. Until Wednesday they had a really good season with our victories and draw in Ligue 1 to start the new season, new signing (but in his second spell) Alexandre Lacazette Hitting the ground running on the spot and manager Peter Boss enjoying a few weeks with less pressure and fewer question marks about his future and his inability to take this team to the next level.

Oh boy, it didn’t last. The trip to Lorient on Wednesday night looked like a trap but Lyon were still favorites and they fell poorly with a 3-1 loss. They couldn’t defend in Brittany and were stunned by the speed and strength of Lorient’s attackers. The problem under Boss is that when the opposition is strong, Leon can’t defend well.

On Sunday, an away reaction was expected in Monaco, but we didn’t see that. It was another loss (2-1) and the defense was the problem again, as well as the incompetence of the attackers. They conceded two goals on set pieces as they were all over the place in their defense and missed at least three big chances to score.

Bosz has been on the bench for a little over a year, yet we can’t see much progress. Now the pressure is back on him, as it was in January. – Julian Lorenz

Leipzig shows up when it’s important against Dortmund

Remember just last week when we wondered if RB Leipzig was over and Borussia Dortmund was looking for a rival after four one-goal wins in five Bundesliga games? Well, it’s time to tear up the model book because Leipzig’s 3-0 win on Saturday was an old paste, a 90-minute example of why the Bundesliga is the messiest league in all of Europe.

All could have gone well for the hosts, who changed coaches casually in the middle of the week – Domenico Tedesco, former Dortmund boss Marco Rose – and it looks like he got a boost of insider knowledge from the incoming coach. A written stationary piece exquisitely transformed by Willy Urban After only six minutes everything was in Leipzig from there.

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Janusz Michalik speaks after using Gio Reina as a substitute in Borussia Dortmund’s 3-0 loss to RB Leipzig.

The visitors could not control the game, Timo Werner And the Christopher Nkunko Take turns creating space for likes Dominic ZuboszlaiDortmund has absorbed wave after wave of pressure, trying to escape with some dignity ahead of their midweek Champions League clash against Manchester City.

After Orban’s early goal, Szoboszlai made it 2-0 on the cusp of the first half, having been given too much space outside the box after Mehmet Simakan had grabbed the ball about halfway, he simply fired a goal from distance behind the no-nonsense Alex Mayer. He has no power. alternative Amadou Hydra He added the third goal in the last minutes with Dortmund’s defense stretched and indifferent.

Unfortunately, the result only benefits Bayern Munich, whose sluggish start to the season was hidden by the flaws of the chasing group. – James Tyler


Objectives

Neymar and Messi team up with Paris Saint-Germain magic

PSG’s win over Brest wasn’t a great match, and it was the kind that’s easy to forget. PSG won 1-0 by doing the strict minimum, including seeing the goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma Save a penalty kick, four days after the Champions League win over Juventus and four days before a trip to Israel to face Maccabi Haifa in the same competition.

However, on Saturday Lionel Messi And the Neymar Connected to what could be considered a magical moment that will remain in people’s minds for a long time. In the 30th minute, Messi received the ball 10 yards into the Brest half. The Argentine looks up and sees Neymar’s path into the left of the penalty area. Then the first moment of magic happens: Messi’s long pass to his teammate – exceptional, accuracy, spin on it.

Perhaps the second moment of magic is even more special: the Brazilian controls the ball superbly with his right foot Before he hits the ball with his left foot across the goal.

A few seconds of pure genius from the South Americans to give PSG another league win. – Lorenz

Richter’s kick that shook the earth for Hertha

Saturday’s 2-2 draw between Hertha Berlin and Bayer Leverkusen would not go down in history as a particularly memorable result – the two are 15th and 17th in the Bundesliga after six matches – but what about that goal. Marco RichterVerse?

This powerful knockout left Hertha fans stunned and earned the host side 15 minutes of glory, only for Patrick ChicHis goal after four minutes to quell the celebrations. Having said that, Richter shook this one. – Tyler

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Watch the match highlights from the match Hertha Berlin vs Bayer Leverkusen, 10/09/2022

Valverde’s solo effort highlights the beauty of Carrasco

Overtime comes in the first half Federico Valverde. Yes, yes, Real Madrid has already been recognized, but Valverde deserves his own prize for his draw against Real Mallorca.

With Mallorca ahead with a goal, and the whistle at the end of the first half imminent, the Uruguayan scored a brilliant solo effort to equalize. It had a little bit of everything: a driving run from deep in his own half, the ability to fly between two defenders, and then the technique of sending the ball into the top corner with his left foot from 20 yards.

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Federico Valverde equalized for Real Madrid after scoring a superb left-footed goal before the end of the first half.

sublime. That’s two more goals and assists in the past five games for a player who is increasingly important to Real Madrid.

Oh honorable mention Yannick Carrascoalso, who scored a similar single goal in Atletico Madrid’s 4-1 win over Celta Vigo. – Sam Marsden

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Yannick Carrasco’s goal in the 66th minute Atletico Madrid 3-0 Celta Vigo


Team in trouble

Looks like Bochum is heading downhill

It was a terrible situation deja vu As for struggling Bochum in the Bundesliga on Saturday, where they trailed Schalke 4 in the first half, they returned to 1-1 early in the second half only to let them slip in the final 15 minutes, and conceded twice to condemn them to a sixth loss in the first half. Six matches to open the 2022-23 season.

Last year saw a similar streak of level at the start, with five defeats in their first seven games before a strong streak of mid-season performance (only five defeats between October and February) helped them reach the middle of the table. This looks different: despite having more ball and many big chances, the breaks all went in Schalke’s way to their first win of the season.

The pressure is good and real on Thomas Reese to turn things around, with the next visit to Cologne before the two-week international break. – Tyler

Despite contempt for the VAR, Juventus suffer

Losing against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League is one thing. play against neymar, Kylian Mbappe And Messi in the Parc des Princes is difficult for everyone. However, Juventus drew at home on Sunday against lowly Salernitana in Serie A while the VAR’s late victory in a chaotic finish denied something else.

Juventus will feel sad Arcadios MelikA goal disallowed from a corner kick in overtime, with photos showing the review did not count the Salernitana defender near the corner flag.

However, Juventus were again poor, and they did not deserve to win as their opponents were the better team for most of the match. Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri, who was fired, has so far been unable to build anything since returning to Turin a year ago. They have no identity and no clear way of playing. Dusan Vlahovic Very isolated unless Milik plays alongside him, which means more shaded long balls or more crosses. Allegri also made some questionable choices again, like quitting Philip Kostik When he was the best player in Juventus.

Juventus is eighth in the standings, after only two wins in six league matches so far. They may be just four points behind leaders Napoli, but their form looks like they’re in a bigger hole. – Lorenz


The best player of the weekend

Fast action saves life of supporter

This week’s LaLiga MVP wasn’t a single player. It wasn’t just one team. Instead, it was the players, staff, fans and emergency services who came together to save the life of the fan who suffered a heart attack during Barcelona’s win over Cadiz on Saturday.

Marsden: Lewandowski, Jaffe, De Jong dazzle to win

Referee Carlos del Cerro Grande acted quickly to stop the match in the 82nd minute when he saw that something was wrong. Cadiz goalkeeper Konan Ledesma sprinted across the field to pass a Barcelona defibrillator to the Red Cross staff treating the victim. alternative Jose Maria Carry a stretcher from the side of the stadium, up through the crowd. Cristian Cornejo, nurse and Cádiz season ticket holder, was the first to offer assistance. Cardiologist Carlos Aranda – a Barcelona fan – was brought from the stands to share his experience. After 20 minutes of tension, the man was resuscitated.

His family says he is now in a stable condition in hospital. The match resumed, and Barcelona won 4-0, but the altruistic actions of those who helped the victim were the evening’s biggest victory. – Kirkland