By IAN HOLLIDAY
It was a tough week for traditional powerhouses at the tops of their leagues as Chelsea and Arsenal lost in England and Inter Milan faltered against Roma in Italy.
Carlos Tevez provided the winner in Manchester City's victory against previously-unbeaten Chelsea, while Mirko Vucinic netted a late winner to lift struggling Roma to a sorely-needed victory against Inter Milan.
Upstart league leaders in France and Germany pulled off good results against their leagues' respective powers, with St. Etienne defeating Lyon and Mainz taking care of Bayern Munich.
Here is a rundown of all the weekend scores from Europe's top leagues:
Chelsea's perfect start to the Premier League season ended with a thud this weekend at Manchester City. After scoring 21 goals in their first five matches, the Blues were held goalless for the first time in the campaign. Chelsea's slip-up didn't cost them much ground in the title race, however, as West Bromwich Albion surprisingly handed Arsenal its first defeat of the season, and Manchester United needed a late equalizer from Michael Owen to avoid a similar fate at Bolton.
Manchester City 1, Chelsea 0
Arsenal 2, West Bromwich Albion 3
Liverpool 2, Sunderland 2
West Ham United 1, Tottenham 0
Fulham 0, Everton 0
Birmingham City 0, Wigan Athletic 0
Blackpool 1, Blackburn 2
Bolton 2, Manchester United 2
Wolverhampton 1, Aston Villa 2
Newcastle United 1, Stoke City 2
Spanish sides did double-duty this week, playing two matches each. The extra work seemed to take its toll, as neither leaders Valencia nor Real Madrid were able to take all six points from the week's matches. The only team to accomplish that feat? Barcelona, which doesn't seem to be struggling in Lionel Messi's absence. Here are the weekend scores:
Sporting Gijon 0, Valencia 2
Levante 0, Real Madrid 0
Athletic Bilbao 1, Barcelona 3
Espanyol 1, Osasuna 0
Deportivo La Coruna 0, Almeria 2
Mallorca 2, Real Sociedad 0
Racing Santander 0, Getafe 1
Hercules 2, Sevilla 0
Atletico Madrid 1, Real Zaragoza 0
Monday – Malaga vs. Villareal
Italian sides also played two matches each last week. Leaders Inter Milan handled Bari easily on Wednesday, winning 4-0. But the five-time defending Serie A champs stumbled on the weekend, losing to Roma 1-0. Keeping Inter company at the top of the table are Lazio, who earned four points on the week with a 1-1 home draw with AC Milan and a 1-0 win away to Chievo. Here are the weekend scores:
AC Milan 1, Genoa 0
Roma 1, Inter Milan 0
Cesena 1, Napoli 4
Bari 2, Brescia 1
Fiorentina 2, Parma 0
Chievo 0, Lazio 1
Sampdoria 0, Udinese 0
Palermo 2, Lecce 2
Catania 1, Bologna 1
Juventus 4, Cagliari 2
Mainz consolidated its lead in the Bundesliga this week with wins over struggling Cologne and traditional powers Bayern Munich. The week was also kind to 2nd place Borussia Dortmund, which scored 8 goals in its two matches while conceding only 1. Here are the weekend scores:
FC Cologne 1, Hoffenheim 1
Eintracht Frankfurt 2, Nurnberg 0
Bayern Munic 1, Mainz 2
Schalke 04 2, Borussia Moenchengladbach 2
VfB Stuttgart 1, Bayer Leverkusen 4
St. Pauli 1, Borussia Dortmund 3
Werder Bremen 3, Hamburg 2
VfL Wolfsburg 2, SC Freiburg 1
Kaiserslautern 0, Hannover 96 1
It's a battle of the Bocanegras in France right now, as the USMNT captain's current side St. Etienne hold a one point lead over his former team Stade Rennes in Ligue 1 after this weekend's results. Rennes beat Nice 2-1 on Saturday, while St. Etienne defeated Lyon 1-0 in Lyon. For their part, the former seven-time French champions are struggling mightily. Having taken only 5 points from their seven matches, Lyon currently occupy the final relegation spot in France.
AJ Auxerre 2, AS Nancy Lorraine 2
Montpellier 3, Arles 1
Marseille 2, Sochaux 1
Lorient 2, Monaco 1
Nice 1, Rennes 2
Caen 0, Bordeaux 0
Lyon 0, St. Etienne 1
Toulouse 1, Lille 1
Brest 1, Valenciennes 0
Lens 0, Paris St. Germain 2
What did you think of this weekend's results? Surprised to see Chelsea lose? Starting to think Mainz 05 is a legitimate Bundesliga title contender? Impressed to see Carlos Bocanegra playing for a first-place team?
Share your thoughts below.
Off topic. I just looked at the ESPN Villareal game stats and noticed Giuseppe Rossi birth place. It says, born in Italy.lol
Boca’s team is no1 in France. This is like the first time in many years St.Etienne has been playing so great. Boca fits in so well in France.
Stevie must be enjoying this a lot. They’re sure to finish top half of the table for sure maybe even Europa League.
Part of this due to that new Norwegian striker they got.
What about Hannover in 3rd right now? Not expecting them to stay the high up on the table, but it’s impressive.
This is great stuff Ives/Ian. I don’t remember how long you’ve been doing this European feature (at least this in depth), but I enjoy it. Keep up the great work…!
Meant time typo
What the does vilareal play?