Saturday European Rewind: Bayern strikes late against Hoffenheim; Roma held by Verona; and more

Saturday European Rewind: Bayern strikes late against Hoffenheim; Roma held by Verona; and more

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Saturday European Rewind: Bayern strikes late against Hoffenheim; Roma held by Verona; and more

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By ADAM TROXTELL

Bayern Munich has two wins from two Bundesliga games, but the latest one didn’t come easy.

Bayern ended the game with 10-men yet still overcame a tough Hoffenheim in a 2-1 win. Robert Lewandowski provided the winning goal in the 90th minute.

Seconds into the game, it had been trailing. David Alaba’s pass back toward Jerome Boateng was poor, allowing Kevin Volland to sneak in for the easy finish. It is the joint-fastest goal in Bundesliga history at nine seconds.

Just before halftime, Thomas Muller restored order. The German attacker put away the rebound after Douglas Costa’s shot was saved by Hoffenheim goalkeeper Oliver Baumann.

Bayern’s dominance since conceding rarely let up, though it was tested. Boateng was shown a yellow card for pulling down Vollman, and minutes later, the defender was shown a second when he handled the resulting free kick inside the box. Eugen Polanski’s penalty attempt struck the post, letting Bayern off the hook.

Even with 10 men, Bayern was dominant. Costa provided once again late when his cut-back to the middle was buried into the net by Lewandowski.

Manchester United’s attack continued to misfire in English Premier League action. Elsewhere, Verona made Roma’s start in the Serie A difficult.

Here are more recaps from Saturday’s action across Europe’s top leagues:

ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE

Manchester United’s defense held once again, but there was no reward at the other end.

Newcastle escaped Old Trafford with a 0-0 draw, despite nine shots on target for Man United. Tim Krul pulled off a couple of big saves to preserve the draw.

But more attention was paid to the Red Devils’ lack of finishing ability as the last few weeks of the transfer window approach. Wayne Rooney once again started as the lead striker, but he only extended his streak of games without a goal to 10.

Krul’s day started well. Just 15 minutes in, Juan Mata found enough space in the box for a low strike that the Dutchman expertly palmed around the near post.

The addition of Javier Hernandez in the second half by Man United nearly paid off. As the Red Devils applied more pressure, the ball ricocheted around in the box and eventually broke for the Mexican forward. He shot low to the left, but the outstretched leg of Krul sent the ball wide.

Elsewhere, Callum Wilson scored a hat-trick as Bournemouth beat West Ham, 4-3, for its first ever Premier League win. There were also draws for Tottenham and Stoke.

Here are Saturday’s results from England:

Man United 0, Newcastle 0

Crystal Palace 2, Aston Villa 1

Leicester City 1, Tottenham 1

Norwich 1, Stoke 1

Sunderland 1, Swansea 1

West Ham 3, Bournemouth 4

GERMAN BUNDESLIGA

Hamburg bounced back from a devastating start to the season in the most dramatic of ways.

Two goals in the final six minutes lifted them to a 3-2 win against Stuttgart in front of home fans at the Imtech Arena. Captain Johan Djourou scored in the 89th minute to complete the comeback.

Daniel Ginczek scored twice in the first half to put Stuttgart in the lead, canceling out a Ivo Illicevic goal for Hamburg in the 34th minute. Guarding that 2-1 lead became difficult for the visitors when Florian Klein picked up a pair of yellow cards in a matter of minutes early in the second half.

In the 84th minute, Pierre-Michel Lasogga equalized for Hamburg for a second time. It rode that momentum to a valuable win early in the season.

Bayer Leverkusen is keeping up with champions Bayern Munich after a 1-0 win against Hannover. Hakan Calhanoglu scored in the 18th minute for a second consecutive win for Leverkusen.

Here is the list of Bundesliga results from Saturday:

Frankfurt 1, Augsburg 1

Koln 1, Wolfsburg 1

Hannover 0, Leverkusen 1

Hoffenheim 1, Bayern Munich 2

Schalke 1, Darmstadt 1

Hamburg 3, Stuttgart 2

SPANISH PRIMERA DIVISION

Atletico Madrid opened up its La Liga campaign with a 1-0 win against Las Palmas.

There was no goal for summer signing Jackson Martinez on his debut, but Antoine Griezmann picked up from where he left off last season. The French attacker’s free kick took a deflection before settling into the back of the net in the 16th minute.

Atletico was dominant, restricting Las Palmas to just five shots and none on target. The home side held 62 percent of possession, but was unable to turn that into any more goals.

Elsewhere, Salva Sevilla’s third-minute strike was good enough for a 1-0 Espanyol win against Getafe. Deportivo La Coruna and Real Sociedad finished goalless.

ITALIAN SERIE A

Roma’s effort to challenge Juventus for the Serie A title this year got off to a rocky start.

Alessandro Florenzi flew to the rescue in the 66th minute to equalize in a 1-1 draw against Hellas Verona. Five minutes earlier, Verona took a surprise lead with Bosko Jankovic applying the finish.

Right back Florenzi saved Roma’s blushes, though it will only get tougher with Juventus coming to the capital next weekend.

Rival Lazio had a better start to the season, winning 2-1 against Bologna. All three goals were scored in the first half, with Lucas Biglia and Ricardo Kishna providing the victory for Lazio.

FRENCH LIGUE 1

Also looking to challenge a constant force in the championship race, Lyon isn’t exactly fulfilling that goal early in France.

A 2-1 Rennes win sent home fans away angry in the early game on Saturday. Pedro Enrique opened the scoring for the visitors in just the eighth minute.

Lyon equalized through Nabil Fekir and looked to go on to grab the win. Mehdi Zeffane had the final say, however, scoring from a Yacouba Sylla assist to give Rennes its second straight victory.

Alejandro Bedoya was a second half substitute in Nantes’ 1-0 win against Reims. Thomas Lemar scored in the 65th minute to hand Monaco a 1-1 draw on the road against Toulouse.

Here are the Ligue 1 results from Saturday:

Lyon 1, Rennes 2

Ajaccio 0, Angers 2

Nantes 1, Reims 0

Nice 2, Caen 1

Bastia 3, Guingamp 0

Toulouse 1, Monaco 1

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