By RYAN TOLMICH
After a fairly positive start to the 2014-15 season, Inter Milan put forth their worst performance to date Sunday against Cagliari.
Albin Ekdal scored a 15-minute hat-trick, as Cagliari routed 10-man Inter Milan, 4-1, at the San Siro. Meanwhile, AC Milan also left Sunday disappointed due to a 1-1 draw with Cesena.
In France, both Bordeaux and Marseille continued their dominance atop Ligue 1 with wins over Stade Rennes and Saint-Etienne, respectively.
In other European action, West Bromwich Albion thrashed Burnley 4-0, Valencia settled for a draw with Real Sociedad and Eintracht Frankfurt topped Hamburg.
Here is a closer look at all of Sunday’s action from across Europe’s top leagues:
Having started the season on a four-game unbeaten streak, Inter Milan were kicking off their 2014-15 campaign with high hopes following a few seasons of mediocrity. However, Sunday’s performance brought any of that momentum streaking to a halt.
Cagliari’s Albin Ekdal overwhelmed 10-man Inter at the San Siro by netting a hat-trick with goals just 15 minutes apart as Cagliari topped Inter 4-1. Ekdal was joined on the scoresheet by Marco Sau, while Dani Osvaldo scored a consolation goal for Inter, who saw Yuto Nagatomo sent off for a pair of yellow cards.
Meanwhile, AC Milan were left disappointed as well after settling for a 1-1 draw with recently promoted Cesena. AC Milan’s Adil Rami’s 18th minute header canceled out Davide Succi’s 10th minute opener, forcing the Serie A giants to settle for just a point.
Here is a closer look at Sunday’s Serie A action:
Sassuolo 0 – 1 Napoli
Cesena 1 – 1 AC Milan
Chievo Verona 1 – 1 Empoli
Inter Milan 1 – 4 Cagliari
Torino 1 – 1 Fiorentina
With Paris Saint-Germain floundering through a series of draws, Marseille and Bordeaux have assumed the spots atop Ligue 1.
Both sides emerged victorious Sunday, as Marseille topped Saint-Etienne 2-1, while Bordeaux topped Stade Rennes by that same scoreline.
Marseille were led by Gilbert Imbula Wanga and Dimitri Payet, who scored in the 7th and 27th minutes respectively. Saint-Etienne’s Jonathan Brison pulled one back in the second half, but Marseille did enough to earn their sixth straight victory
Bordeaux, meanwhile, grabbed all three points due to a 93rd minute game-winner from Thomas Toure. Bordeaux’s Wahbi Khazri opened the scoring in the 73th minute before Stade Renne’s Habib Habibou scored seven minutes later, paving the way for Toure’s winner.
Here is a closer look at Sunday’s Ligue 1 action:
Bordeaux 2 – 1 Stade Rennes
Lens 0 – 0 Caen
Nantes 1 – 1 Lyon
Marseille 2 – 1 Saint-Etienne
Unbeaten through the season’s opening six games, Valencia entered Sunday with a chance to catch Barcelona atop the table. However, it was not to be due to a draw with Real Sociedad.
Carles Gil’s 15th minute opener for Valencia was canceled out by former Valencia player Sergio Canales, who netted in the 36th minute to earn his side a share of the points.
In other action, Getafe ended a three-game losing streak with a 1-0 win over Malaga, while Almeria topped Deportivo, 1-0.
Here is a closer look at Sunday’s La Liga action:
Getafe 1 – 0 Malaga
Deportivo 0 – 1 Almeria
Real Sociedad 1 – 1 Valencia
Cordoba 0 – 0 Espanyol
Burnley continued their five-game goalless streak Sunday as the Premier League newcomers remained bottom of the table.
West Bromwich Albion cruised to a 4-0 victory over the struggling Burnley, who fell after previously picking up three straight draws. The victors were led by a second-half brace from Saido Berahino, while Craig Dawson and Graham Dorrans also contributed goals.
Winless since their Aug. 23 Bundesliga opener, Eintracht got back in the win column Sunday with a victory over Hamburg.
Goals from Eintracht’s Haris Seferovic and Lucas Piazon cancelled out a goal from Hamburg’s Nicolai Müller in what was the club’s first goal of the Bundesliga season.
In other Bundesliga action, Augsburg’s Paul Verhaegh scored a 27th minute penalty to lead his side over Hertha Berlin.
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