MADRID: Both champions Real Madrid and old rivals Barcelona suffered surprise defeats in the Spanish league.
Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said his side showed less enthusiasm than promoted Cadiz in their shock 1-0 home defeat, adding that his team could have been two or three goals down before halftime.
Hours later Barcelona fell to their first defeat in LaLiga under new coach Ronald Koeman as they lost 1-0 at Getafe hours after Madrid slipped to a shock 1-0 defeat at home to promoted Cadiz.
Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman claimed that Getafe player Allan Nyom had insulted him during the 1-0 defeat by the Madrid side Getafe after speaking to opposite number Jose Bordalas about the winger’s behaviour.
In Italy AC Milan’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic, recently recovered from a COVID-19 infection, scored an early brace to secure a 2-1 win over neighbours Inter in the Serie A derby.
Juventus winger Federico Chiesa was sent off on his debut and the Serie A champions also had a goal disallowed by VAR for offside by the tiniest of margins as they were held to a 1-1 draw at promoted Crotone who had lost all their previous Serie A games this season.
In France Marseille ended a four-match winless streak when they beat Girondins de Bordeaux 3-1 to move up to fifth in Ligue 1 with their first home win of the season.
In Germany Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Mueller scored two goals each as the German champions crushed hosts Arminia Bielefeld 4-1 in the Bundesliga to move within a point of top spot.
** Al Ahly took a step towards securing a place in a record-extending 13th African Champions League final after the Egyptian side beat Morocco’s Wydad Casablanca 2-0 in the first leg of their semi-final.