Juventus beat Catania 1-0 to extend its unbeaten start in Italian soccer’s Serie A as Bayern Munich lost for the first time this season in Germany’s Bundesliga. Real Madrid routed Mallorca 5-0 in Spain’s Primera Liga.
Arturo Vidal got Juventus’s only goal yesterday in the 57th minute at Catania, which had defender Giovanni Marchese red carded 10 minutes earlier. Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon made his 500th Serie A appearance.
Napoli stayed three points behind Juve in second place after a 1-0 home win against Chievo, while Inter Milan won 2-1 at Bologna to move to 21 points in third place.
Two days ago, Stephan El Shaarawy scored to give AC Milan a 1-0 win against Genoa, which was playing its first match since Luigi Del Neri replaced Gigi De Canio as coach.
Bayern Munich’s record eight-game winning sequence to open a Bundesliga season ended with a 2-1 home defeat to Bayer Leverkusen. Sidney Sam’s deflected goal in the 87th minute sealed Leverkusen’s first win at Bayern in 23 years.
In Spain, Cristiano Ronaldo and Gonzalo Higuain both scored twice last night as Real Madrid won at Mallorca to stay eight points behind leaders Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, which beat Osasuna 3-1 at home.
Unbeaten Barcelona also won 5-0 at Rayo Vallecano two days ago, with Lionel Messi scoring twice. David Villa, Xavi Hernandez and Cesc Fabregas got the other goals.
Paris Saint-Germain holds a three-point advantage atop France’s Ligue 1 following a 1-0 win at Nancy two days ago, with third-place Marseille denied a chance to move level on points with the leader as its match against Lyon last night was postponed because of high winds.
FC Twente maintained its one-point lead over PSV Eindhoven in Dutch soccer’s Eredivisie with a 1-0 win at RKC Waalwijk, while PSV beat FC Zwolle 2-1. Vitesse Arnhem slipped to a 2-1 loss against AZ Alkmaar and defending champion Ajax tied 2-2 at Feyenoord.
WEEKEND RESULTS =============== Spain: Espanyol 0-0 Malaga, Real Betis 1-0 Valencia, Celta Vigo 1-1 Dep. La Coruna, Rayo Vallecano 0-5 Barcelona, Real Zaragoza 2-1 Sevilla, Levante 3-1 Granada, Athletic Bilbao 1-2 Getafe, Atletico Madrid 3-1 Osasuna, Real Mallorca 0-5 Real Madrid. Today: Real Valladolid vs Real Sociedad. Italy: Siena 0-0 Palermo, AC Milan 1-0 Genoa, Catania 0-1 Juventus, Bologna 1-3 Inter Milan, Fiorentina 2-0 Lazio, Pescara 0-0 Atalanta, Sampdoria 0-1 Cagliari, Torino 1-3 Parma, Napoli 1-0 Chievo, Roma 2-3 Udinese. Germany: Augsburg 0-2 Hamburg, Fortuna Dusseldorf 1-4 Wolfsburg, Greuther Furth 1-1 Werder Bremen, Mainz 3-0 Hoffenheim, Freiburg 0-2 Borussia Dortmund, Schalke 1-0 Nurnberg, Stuttgart 2-1 Eintracht Frankfurt, Bayern Munich 1-2 Bayer Leverkusen, Hanover 2-3 Borussia Moenchengladbach. France: St Etienne 2-0 Rennes, Lille 2-1 Valenciennes, Montpellier 3-1 Nice, Nancy 0-1 Paris St Germain, Reims 1-1 Troyes, Toulouse 3-1 Brest, Lorient 4-4 AC Ajaccio, Bastia 3-1 Bordeaux, Sochaux P-P Evian, Marseille P-P Lyon. Netherlands: Utrecht 1-0 Groningen, Den Haag 2-0 Willem II, NEC Nijmegen 0-0 Roda JC, VVV 1-4 NAC Breda, Feyenoord 2-2 Ajax, FC Zwolle 1-2 PSV Eindhoven, Heracles 6-3 Heerenveen, RKC Waalwijk 0-1 FC Twente, Vitesse Arnhem 1-2 AZ Alkmaar.