By RYAN TOLMICH
A clash built up as a meeting between two of the world’s top two defenses turned out to be a five-goal thriller.
Italian powerhouses Juventus and Roma collided Sunday with Juventus emerging victorious via a 3-2 scoreline due to a late winner form defender Leonardo Bonucci.
Meanwhile in Spain, reigning champions Atletico Madrid were overwhelmed by Valencia, who scored three goals in the opening 13 minutes en route to claiming La Liga’s top spot.
In addition, Chelsea topped Arsenal amid a highly-publicized Arsene Wenger shove, Borussia Dortmund’s struggles continued against Hamburg and Paris Saint-Germain picked up yet another draw.
Here is a closer look at all the weekend’s action from the top leagues in Europe:
After years of dominance atop Serie A, Juventus once again asserted themselves as the class of Italy.
The reigning champions picked up a 3-2 victory over formerly unbeaten side Roma behind goals from Bonucci’s late finish and a pair of penalty kicks from Carlos Tevez.
The Argentine opened the scoring from the spot in the 27th minute only to see Roma’s Francesco Totti, who hinted at bias after the game, level the score just five minutes later. Juan Manuel Iturbe gave Roma the lead in the 44th minute only to see Tevez score from the spot yet again just before halftime.
All of that preceded Bonucci’s late winner as the defender slammed a right-footed volley past Roma goalkeeper Lukasz Skorupski to earn his side all three points and the sole possession of the spot atop the Serie A table.
Here are the results from this weekend’s Serie A action:
Hellas Verona 1 – 0 Cagliari
AC Milan 2 – 0 Chievo Verona
Empoli 3 – 0 Palermo
Lazio 3 – 2 Sassuolo
Parma 1 – 2 Genoa
Sampdoria 1 – 0 Atalanta
Udinese 1 – 1 Cesena
Juventus 3 – 2 Roma
Fiorentina 3 – 0 Inter
Napoli 2 – 1 Torino
In the midst of an unbeaten run to start the season, Valencia have finally picked up a signature win that solidifies the team’s candidacy as La Liga contenders.
Valencia topped reigning champions Atletico Madrid, 3-1, after a frenzied opening 13 minutes that saw the eventual victors build a three goal lead. After an own goal from defender Miranda, Valencia’s Andre Gomes and Nicolas Otamendi each scored. Atletico’s Mario Mandzukic added a finish for Atletico, but a Diego Lopez penalty kick save on Guilherme Siqueira sealed the Valencia victory.
Meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo’s absurd scoring record continued, as the Real Madrid star netted yet another hat-trick in his side’s 5-0 win over Athletic Bilbao. Ronaldo’s trio of goals sees the Portuguese star net his third hat-trick in four games.
Finally, Barcelona remained atop the league table by picking up their seventh straight shutout to open up the season in a 2-0 victory over Rayo Vallecano behind goals from Lionel Messi and Neymar.
Here are the results from this weekend’s La Liga action:
Valencia 3 – 1 Atletico Madrid
Rayo Vallecano 0 – 2 Barcelona
Eibar 3 – 3 Levante
Almeria 2 – 2 Elche
Malaga 2 – 1 Granada
Sevilla 4 – 1 Deportivo
Celta Vigo 1 – 3 Villareal
Espnayol 2 – 0 Real Sociedad
Real Madrid 5 – 0 Athletic Bilbao
The highly-publicized war of words between Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho got physical Sunday when Wenger’s Arsenal battled Mourinho’s league-leading Chelsea side.
Wenger’s shove of his Portuguese rival may have grabbed headlines, but it was Mourinho’s Chelsea that emerged victorious on the field, 2-0, via goals from Eden Hazard and Diego Costa.
Manchester United also emerged from Sunday with all three points as Radamel Falcao and Angel Di Maria scored in a 2-1 victory over Everton. Meanhile, Liverpool returned to the win column against West Brom, while Manchester City topped Aston Villa.
Here are the results from this weekend’s Premier League action:
Hull City 2 – 0 Crystal Palace
Leicester City 2 – 2 Burnley
Liverpool 2 – 1 West Brom
Sunderland 3 – 1 Stoke City
Swansea City 2 – 2 Newcastle
Aston Villa 0 – 2 Manchester City
Manchester United 2 – 1 Everton
Chelsea 2 – 0 Arsenal
Tottenham 1 – 0 Southampton
West Ham 2 – 0 QPR
Borusia Dortmund’s Bundesliga campaign just keeps getting worse and worse.
The German powerhouse lost yet again Saturday, 1-0, in a matchup with Hamburg. With the defeat BVB slumps to 13th in the Bundesliga table with just seven points in as many games.
Bayern Munich took care of business Saturday with a 4-0 thrashing of Hannover behind braces from Robert Lewandowski and Arjen Robben. With the victory, Bayern remain unbeaten through seven games.
Here are the results from this weekend’s Bundesliga action:
Bayer Leverkusen 2 – 2 Paderborn
Bayern Munich 4 – 0 Hannover
Borussia Dortmund 0 – 1 Hamburg
Hoffenheim 2 – 1 Schalke
Werder Bremen 1 – 1 Freiberg
Eintracht Frankfurt 3 – 2 Cologne
Wolfsburg 1 – 0 Augsburg
Borussia Monchendladbach 1 – 1 Mainz
For the sixth time in nine tries, Paris Saint-Germain settled for just a single point.
PSG remained unbeaten by picking up yet another draw Sunday with a 1-1 result against AS Monaco. Lucas Moura opened the scoring for PSG, but Monaco’s Anthony Martial scored in extra time to steal his side a point.
Meanwhile, league-leaders Marseille continued their run of dominance atop Ligue 1 with a 2-1 victory over Caen via a late winner from striker Andre-Pierre Gignac.
Here are the results from this weekend’s Ligue 1 action:
Caen 1 – 2Marseille
Bastia 0 – 2 Lorient
Evian 3 – 0 Metz
Nice 1 – 1 Montpellier
Stade Rennes 2 – 0 Lens
Saint-Etienne 0 – 1 Toulouse
Guingamp 0 – 1 Nantes
Lyon 3 – 0 Lille
Paris Saint-Germain 1 – 1 Monaco
What do you make of this weekend’s European action? Which results stood out to you?
Share your thoughts below.