FRANKFURT: England starlet Jadon Sancho’s scored twice in leaders Borussia Dortmund’s 2-2 draw with Hertha Berlin in the German Bundesliga.
The former Manchester City teenager fired Dortmund in front after 27 minutes. Although ex-Chelsea forward Salomon Kalou levelled the scores before half-time, Sancho struck again in the 61st minute.
At 18 years, 216 days, he is the second-youngest foreign player to score a Bundesliga double after Heung-Min Son, now at Tottenham, who was 18 years, 135 days when he hit two for Hamburg.
Kalou’s stoppage-time equaliser reduced Dortmund’s lead over Bayern Munich to two points at the top. A convincing display from Bayern Munich saw them come though 2-1 against the solid defence of a Mainz side who looked as though they may build on a good home record.
Thiago Alcantara scored his first goal of the season, and the decider of the match, in the 62nd minute after the hosts at Opel Arena had enjoyed a bright start to the second half which saw Jean-Paul Boetius cancel out Leon Goretzka’s opener.
In Italy Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice, the first a penalty and the second a long-range shot, to give Juventus a 2-1 win at Empoli in Serie A after their lowly opponents took a shock first-half lead.
Promoted Empoli, with one win all season and 18th in the table, stunned the visitors with a Francesco Caputo goal. It was the first time Juve had trailed at half-time this season.
But the champions turned the match around after the break as Ronaldo took his league tally to seven and left his side top with 28 points out of a possible 30, seven points clear of second-placed Napoli who play today.
Empoli played some enterprising football which belied their lowly position and took a shock lead in the 28th minute. Afriyie Acquah ran half the length of the pitch and his pass was deflected by Juve’s Rodrigo Bentancur into the path of Caputo, who curled his shot past Wojciech Szczesny.
Miralem Pjanic fired against the post as Juventus came back in the second half and it was no surprise when they equalised in the 54th minute. Empoli’s Ismael Bennacer lost possession in the box to Paulo Dybala, both players went to ground, the referee awarded a penalty amid Empoli protests and Ronaldo fired a low spot kick past Ivan Provedel.
Sixteen minutes later, the Portuguese forward collected a pass outside the area and fired a dipping, swerving shot past Provedel.
In France Thierry Henry is still searching for his first victory as Monaco manager after his side drew 2-2 with Dijon. A hero at the Stade Louis II as a young player, Henry returned as manager earlier this month but has not so far had the galvanising effect that had been hoped for by last season’s runners-up.
After losing his opening league clash to Strasbourg, Monaco avoided defeat in the Champions League on Wednesday, drawing 1-1 with Club Brugge. But hopes of a first league win since the opening day of the season against a similarly out-of-form side did not materialise, although they did at least halt a four-game losing run.
They took the lead on the half-hour mark through Benjamin Henrichs but Mickael Alphonse equalised four minutes later and Mehdi Abeid put Dijon ahead early in the second half. Kamil Glik salvaged a point for Monaco in the 79th minute but they could not find a winner and would have slumped to the bottom of the table but for a late equaliser for Strasbourg at Guingamp.
In Spain Atletico Madrid moved to the top of LaLiga after a 2-0 home win over Real Sociedad. Diego Godin put Atletico in front just before half-time and Filipe Luis doubled the hosts’ lead on the hour with an angled drive to finish off a passing move.
The victory moves Diego Simeone’s men one point clear of Barcelona, who take on Real Madrid in El Clasico today.