Atletico Routs Betis to Close on Barcelona; Roma Stays PerfectPeter-Joseph Hegarty
Atletico Madrid routed Real Betis 5-0 to move within a point of Spanish soccer league leader Barcelona, which defeated Real Madrid at the weekend. Roma set a record for the best start to Italy’s Serie A.
David Villa scored twice last night, with 18-year-old Oliver Torres, Diego Costa and Gabi adding the other goals as Atletico rebounded from its first La Liga loss of the season the previous week.
Two days ago, Neymar and Alexis Sanchez scored in Barcelona’s home win over Real that lifted the defending champion to 28 points atop the standings after 10 games. Jese Rodriguez got Real’s goal in stoppage time at the Camp Nou.
Roma posted a ninth straight victory to extend its 100 percent Serie A start with a 1-0 win at Udinese. U.S. midfielder Michael Bradley got the goal in the 82nd minute, after his teammate Maicon was red-carded for picking up two cautions.
Juventus had won nine straight matches at the start of the 2005-2006 campaign, although the Turin-based team was stripped of that championship and the previous season’s for its role in a match-fixing scandal.
Napoli beat Torino 2-0 yesterday to stay in second place ahead of Juve, which defeated Genoa by the same score.
Roma has 27 points, followed by Napoli and Juve with 22 and Inter Milan and Fiorentina on 18.
In Germany’s Bundesliga, defending champion Bayern Munich had a 3-2 win over Hertha Berlin two days ago, Borussia Dortmund won 3-1 at Schalke and Bayer Leverkusen defeated Augsburg 2-1.
Bayern leads with 26 points, followed by Dortmund and Leverkusen on 25.
Matuidi Rescues PSG
In France, Blaise Matuidi’s stoppage-time goal gave Paris Saint-Germain a 2-2 draw at Saint-Etienne to preserve the capital club’s unbeaten Ligue 1 start. The home team blew a 2-0 lead after having Fabien Lemoine red-carded in the 59th minute.
PSG leads Monaco on goal difference atop the standings after Claudio Ranieri’s team beat Lyon 2-1 earlier yesterday. Third-place Lille won 1-0 at Nantes on Oct. 25.
In the Netherlands, PSV Eindhoven and PEC Zwolle missed the chance to go top yesterday as PSV lost 2-1 at Roda JC and Zwolle was beaten 2-0 at home by AZ Alkmaar. FC Twente lost 3-2 at Den Haag and Ajax drew 0-0 with RKC Waalwijk. Twente, Ajax and AZ lead the standings with 19 points