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Sunday flop for Real, Barcelona and AC Milan

Latest update : 2008-09-01

Spanish champions Real Madrid and rivals Barcelona both fell at the first hurdle with poor defeats in the opening day of the Liga. Over in Italy, newly promoted Bologna stormed AC Milan's San Siro to spoil Shevchenko's return to Serie A.

 

Spanish champions Real Madrid and Barcelona got their Primera Liga campaigns off to the worst possible starts with opening weekend defeats. Newly promoted Bologna spoiled Ronaldinho's debut for AC Milan by scoring a surprise 2-1 victory at the San Siro on the first weekend of the Serie A season in Italy.

 
SPAIN
 

Champions Real Madrid and Barcelona slipped to defeats in their Primera Liga openers on Sunday, as Atletico Madrid set the early pace at the top of the standings with a 4-0 rout of promoted Malaga.

 

Deportivo Coruna were 2-1 winners at home to Real thanks to headers from Mista and Alberto Lopo in each half, cancelling out Ruud van Nistelrooy's equaliser just after the break.

 

Real, who were without the unsettled Robinho, rarely looked like getting back into the match once they were behind in the second half.

 

Second division champions Numancia spoiled Pep Guardiola's league debut as coach with a 1-0 home win, after Mario scored early in the first half.

 

Atletico built on their midweek qualification for the Champions League group stage, hammering four past promoted Malaga, from John Heitinga, Diego Forlan (2) and Florent Sinama Pongolle.

 
ITALY
 

AC Milan suffered a 2-1 opening-day defeat to promoted Bologna as midfielder Francesco Valiani stole the show with a stunning late strike on Ronaldinho's Serie A debut.

 

The Brazil forward was in impressive form for his new club, however, after two disappointing seasons at Barcelona.

 

He provided the cross for Massimo Ambrosini to level after Marco Di Vaio had put the visitors in front and set up a string of chances that went begging.

 

The other members of Italy's big four did little better than Milan.

 

AS Roma, last year's runners-up, were held 1-1 by 10-man Napoli at the Stadio Olimpico with Slovakia's Marek Hamsik cancelling out Alberto Aquilani's opening goal for the hosts.

 

Juventus's visit to Fiorentina ended with the same scoreline, as Alberto Gilardino netted a last-gasp equaliser after Pavel Nedved had sidefooted the Turin visitors in front in the first half.

 

Serie A champions Inter Milan were also held 1-1 at Sampdoria on Saturday.

 
GERMANY
 

Bayern Munich won 4-1 at home to Hertha Berlin on Sunday to clinch their first Bundesliga victory under new coach Juergen Klinsmann and move within two points of the leaders.

 

Victory took Bayern up to seventh place with five points from three matches. Schalke lead with seven points following their 1-0 derby win over Bochum on Saturday, with Hamburg SV and Borussia Dortmund behind them on goal difference.

 

VfB Stuttgart, champions in 2007, moved up to fifth place on six points thanks to a 2-0 win at home to Hanover 96 on Sunday.

 
ENGLAND
 

Chelsea and Liverpool, the only teams to start the Premier League season with two wins, lost their 100 percent records when they drew with Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa respectively.

 

Chelsea led through Juliano Belletti at Stamford Bridge but Spurs equalised through Darren Bent.

 

Liverpool, without injured Steven Gerrard, rarely threatened in a dull goalless draw at Villa Park and also lost striker Fernando Torres to a hamstring injury.

 

Arsenal bounced back from defeat at Fulham to beat Newcastle United 3-0 with two goals from Robin van Persie, while Manchester United were not in action due to their involvement in the European Super Cup on Friday,

 

Hull City's flying start to their first season in the top flight ended emphatically when they were thrashed 5-0 at home by Wigan Athletic, while Portsmouth ended a run of six successive league defeats with a 3-0 win at Everton.

 
NETHERLANDS
 

Reigning champions PSV Eindhoven experienced a perfect opening weekend as they thrashed Utrecht 5-1 while Ajax Amsterdam and Feyenoord suffered stunning defeats.

 

Ibrahim Afellay and Danny Koevermans both hit two to put PSV on track. Miralem Sulejmani put Ajax ahead at Willem II Tilburg but second-half goals from Frank Demouge and Mehmet Akgun turned the tide.

 

Andre Bahia's header after 47 seconds put Feyenoord ahead but after a red card for Jonathan de Guzman, Heracles Almelo fought back and scored three goals.

 
Newcomers ADO Den Haag surprised with a 5-2 victory at Sparta Rotterdam

Date created : 2008-09-01

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