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Real Madrid, leaders of the Spanish league, and Barça lost for the first time this season (1-0) on Saturday against Cadiz and Getafe. In France, Lille took the lead in the standings ahead of PSG.
- Liga : a first setback for Real and Barça
Real Madrid, leader of the Spanish championship, lost his first match of the season, Saturday, October 17, at home against Cadiz (1-0). Zinédine Zidane tried to change everything at half-time, with four changes at once, but nothing worked: Real were powerless against the Andalusians in this 6e championship day, 5e match only for Real (1er, 10 pts, one game less). The FC Barcelona did not take advantage of this defeat. The Catalans themselves lost in Getafe (1-0) and also signed their first defeat of the season. French Barça striker Antoine Griezmann was disappointing again, notably missing a golden face-to-face at the half-hour mark, which could have changed the course of the match. Lionel Messi also missed a huge opportunity, in added time, by striking aside after a surrender from Gerard Pique.
The big winner of the weekend is Atlético Madrid, winner at Celta Vigo 2-0, thanks in particular to a goal from his flagship rookie Luis Suarez, his 150e in 195 La Liga appearances. Diego Simeone’s team are now two points behind Real with one game less. Real Sociedad and Villarreal, winners respectively of Betis Seville (3-0) and Valencia (2-1), for their part took the lead in the Spanish league on Sunday. With eleven points on the clock, the two new leaders are one length ahead of Real Madrid, Getafe, Cadiz and Granada. Real, Getafe and Granada, however, have one game less.
- Premier League : Aston Villa on its momentum, Tottenham collapses
Aston Villa retained its perfect record by going to win late in Leicester (1-0), Sunday, October 18, for the 5e Premier League day. With 12 points in four matches, they have one game less, against Manchester City, the Villans are back one length of Everton, held in check by Liverpool (2-2), while Leicester retrograde to 4e rank behind the Reds. For its part, Tottenham missed a great opportunity to temporarily take a place on the podium by squandering a three-goal advantage against West Ham (3-3). With 8 points, the Spurs must be satisfied with the 6e place and see their evening opponents come back to a length (8e). The duo Harry Kane and Son Heung-min had yet made their number in the first act, the Korean opening the scoring on an opening by the Englishman from the first minute (1-0). The England center forward then added a brace which gave Tottenham a very comfortable lead as the first quarter of an hour had just ended (2-0, 8e and 3-0, 16e). But Londoners ended up collapsing between the 82e and 94e minute, leaving their coach Jose mourinho as sounded after the game.
- Bundesliga : Bayern ensures
Bayern Munich continued its momentum in the German league. The recent European champions beat the promoted Arminia Bielefeld (4-1) thanks to the doubles of Müller and Lewandowski. This success for the Bavarians allows them to move up to second place in the standings, one point behind Leipzig. At the same time, Mönchengladbach and Wolfsburg parted with a score of 1-1. Eintracht Frankfurt, meanwhile, missed the opportunity to stay ahead of the Bundesliga with Leipzig, conceding a 1-1 draw in Cologne on Sunday. Schalke scored his first point Sunday after four days, pulling a draw at home against Union Berlin (1-1), without stopping a descent into hell that began last season.
- Serie A : Juve patina
Barely cured of Covid-19, the hungry Zlatan Ibrahimovic offered the Milan derby on Saturday to AC Milan (2-1), now the only leader of Serie A after the defeat of Atalanta Bergamo against an impressive team from Naples (4-1). Juventus, three days before his Champions League debut against Dynamo Kiev, gave up two points on Saturday at promoted Crotone (1-1), red lantern before this match. Without Cristiano Ronaldo, in quarantine after testing positive for the coronavirus earlier this week, Juventus has complicated its task. She played for half an hour to ten after the exclusion of Federico Chiesa, the last-minute rookie in the transfer window, for his very first match with the Bianconeri. The Old Lady is in fourth place in the championship. Sassuolo, however, displays an insolent form, after taking only second place in the championship on Sunday by reversing a compromised situation in Bologna (4-3). In the evening, AS Roma concluded the festival of goals by dominating the Benevento of “Pippo” Inzaghi (5-2), thanks to a brace from their captain Dzeko and goals from Pedro, Veretout and Pérez.
- League 1 : Lille as leader, Lyon finally victorious
Lille crushed (4-0) their great rival Lens, who finished the match at nine, and seized the lead of Ligue 1, Sunday at the end of the 7e day. Lille, still undefeated with five wins and two draws, are in the leader’s chair with 17 points, two more than the PSG and Rennes. The Parisians, yet very reduced five days from the reception of Manchester United in the Champions League, had won in Nîmes 4-0 on Friday evening. Faced with Nîmes (13th) reduced to ten after only 13 minutes of play following the exclusion of Landre for a fault on Rafinha, which was the first appearance in the Paris jersey, the team of Thomas Tuchel l ‘won thanks to a double from Mbappé (32e, 83e), in great shape, and two other goals from Florenzi (78e) and Sarabia (88e). Lyon also offered a breath of fresh air. After five matches without winning (4 draws, 1 loss), Rudi Garcia’s team finally returned to success on Sunday in Strasbourg (2-3). In a fiery encounter, OL led 3-0 thanks to Tino Kadewere (12e) then a double from Karl Toko Ekambi (25e, 42e), and three assists from Memphis Depay. But Strasbourg reduced the mark with Habib Diallo (43e) and Jean-Eudes Aholou (55e) before pushing the Lyonnais into their entrenchments. Anyway, the Gones go back to the 9e rank (10 pts).