Messi Gives Barcelona Victory as Real Madrid’s Unbeaten Run Ends
Lionel Messi lifted Barcelona to a 2-1 victory at Osasuna as Real Madrid’s 24-game unbeaten Spanish soccer run ended in a 2-1 defeat at Getafe. AC Milan lost 1-0 at home to newly promoted Sampdoria as Italy’s Serie A began.
World Player of the Year Messi scored twice in the last 14 minutes to give Barca the comeback win in Pamplona last night after Joseba Llorente put Osasuna ahead in the 17th minute.
Real, which opened its title defense with a 1-1 draw against Valencia, went ahead at Getafe through Gonzalo Higuain in the 27th minute before the home team rallied with second-half goals from Juan Valera and Abdelaziz Barrada. It was Real’s first La Liga loss since a 3-1 defeat to Barcelona on Dec. 10. The last time Real was winless after two matches was in 2001-02, according to Infostrada Sports.
“It is a bad start without a doubt,” Real manager Jose Mourinho said in comments on his team’s website. “The match against Valencia was different because we drew but deserved to win. Not this match. We deserved to lose.”
Barcelona and Rayo Vallecano, which defeated Real Betis 2-1 on Aug. 25, have a 100 percent record after two games. Real Valladolid can also move to six points by beating Levante today.
In Italy, Milan lost to Sampdoria on a header from Andrea Costa after 58 minutes yesterday at the San Siro.
Milan, the Serie A runner-up last season, sold players in the off-season including Thiago Silva and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who both joined Paris Saint-Germain. Sampdoria is back in the top division after a one-year absence.
Two days ago, Juventus opened the defense of its title with a 2-0 win against Parma. Stephan Lichtsteiner and Andrea Pirlo scored the goals.
In the first round of German Bundesliga matches, Borussia Dortmund started its title defense with a 2-1 home win against Werder Bremen on Aug. 24. Bayern Munich won 3-0 at promoted Greuther Furth two days ago.
In yesterday’s only game, Hanover and Schalke tied 2-2.
Montpellier, which last season won its first French championship, remains without a win in Ligue 1 after a 1-0 home defeat against Marseille.
Andre-Pierre Gignac got the only goal yesterday for Marseille, which is the only team with the maximum nine points through three matches. Bordeaux and PSG tied 0-0 last night, the third straight draw for the capital club.
FC Twente has the only perfect record through three games in Dutch soccer’s Eredivisie, following its 3-1 win yesterday at NEC Nijmegen. Ajax won 5-0 against NAC Breda two days ago and is among four teams two points back.
WEEKEND RESULTS =============== Spain: Real Sociedad 2-1 Celta Vigo, Espanyol 1-2 Real Zaragoza, Real Betis 1-2 Rayo Vallecano, Malaga 1-1 Real Mallorca, Osasuna 1-2 Barcelona, Getafe 2-1 Real Madrid, Granada 1-1 Sevilla, Valencia 3-3 Deportivo La Coruna. Today: Real Valladolid vs Levante, Atletico Madrid vs Athletic Bilbao. Italy: Fiorentina 2-1 Udinese, Juventus 2-0 Parma, AC Milan 0-1 Sampdoria, Atalanta 0-1 Lazio, Chievo 2-0 Bologna, Genoa 2-0 Cagliari, Palermo 0-3 Napoli, Pescara 0-3 Inter Milan, Roma 2-2 Catania, Siena 0-0 Torino. Germany: Borussia Dortmund 2-1 Werder Bremen, Borussia Monchengladbach 2-1 Hoffenheim, Augsburg 0-2 Fortuna Dusseldorf, Greuther Furth 0-3 Bayern Munich, Hamburg 0-1 Nurnberg, Freiburg 1-1 Mainz, Eintracht Frankfurt 2-1 Bayer Leverkusen, Stuttgart 0-1 Wolfsburg, Hannover 96 2-2 Schalke. France: Evian 1-1 Lyon, Nice 2-2 Lille, Nancy 0-1 Toulouse, Reims 1-0 Sochaux, Rennes 3-2 Bastia, Troyes 2-2 Lorient, Valenciennes 3-0 AC Ajaccio, Montpellier 0-1 Marseille, St Etienne 4-0 Brest, Paris Saint-Germain 0-0 Bordeaux. Netherlands: RKC Waalwijk 1-0 Roda JC, Utrecht 1-1 FC Zwolle, VVV 2-4 Den Haag, Ajax 5-0 NAC Breda, AZ Alkmaar 0-0 Heerenveen, Heracles 1-2 Feyenoord, NEC Nijmegen 1-3 FC Twente, Willem II 0- 2 Vitesse Arnhem, Groningen 1-3 PSV Eindhoven.