Montpellier Tops French Soccer; Milan Beats Juventus for Berlusconi Trophy

Montpellier leads French soccer’s top division after extending its perfect start with a 4-0 home win over Rennes, while Hanover joined Borussia Moenchengladbach atop the German league.

Souleymane Camara scored twice and Younes Belhanda and Geoffrey Dernis added a goal each yesterday as Montpellier moved to nine points from three games. Toulouse is tied on seven points with Saint-Etienne, which drew 0-0 with Marseille.

Paris Saint-Germain, owned by the Qatari Investment Authority, registered its first win of the season by beating Valenciennes 2-1.

Hanover joined leader Moenchengladbach on seven points in Germany’s Bundesliga after a 1-1 home draw with Hertha Berlin. Sergio Pinto gave Hanover the lead before Pierre-Michel Lasogga tied it for the visiting team seven minutes from the end.

FC Twente leads in the Netherlands after winning 5-1 at Heerenveen two days ago for its third straight victory.

Spanish matches were called off because of a players’ strike over insurance cover for their wages. The top Italian league games start next weekend.

AC Milan beat Juventus 2-1 to win the Luigi Berlusconi Trophy, an annual exhibition match founded by Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, the club’s owner, in memory of his father. Kevin-Prince Boateng and Clarence Seedorf gave Milan a two-goal lead at its San Siro stadium before Mirko Vucinic made it 2-1 in the second half.

WEEKEND RESULTS =============== France: Caen 1-2 Lille; Nice 1-1 Toulouse; Bordeaux 1-1 Auxerre; Brest 1-1 Lyon; Dijon 2-0 Lorient; Ajaccio 1-1 Evian; Paris Saint-Germain 2-1 Valenciennes; Montpellier 4-0 Rennes; Nancy 1- 2 Sochaux; Marseille 0-0 Saint-Etienne.

Germany: Borussia Moenchengladbach 4-1 Wolfsburg; Werder Bremen 5-3 Freiburg; Bayern Munich 5-0 Hamburg; Borussia Dortmund 2-0 Nuremberg; Stuttgart 0-1 Bayer Leverkusen; Augsburg 0-2 Hoffenheim; Cologne 1-1 Kaiserslautern; Mainz 2-4 Schalke; Hanover 1-1 Hertha Berlin.

Netherlands: Roda JC 0-2 RKC Waalwijk; Vitesse Arnhem 2-1 FC Utrecht; Heerenveen 1-5 FC Twente; Excelsior 1-1 De Graafschap; NAC Breda 2-2 Groningen; Heracles 1-1 Feyenoord; VVV-Venlo 2-2 Ajax; AZ Alkmaar 4-0 NEC Nijmegen; Den Haag 0-3 PSV Eindhoven.

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