European Roundup: Real Madrid, PSG with hard fought wins as Juventus drop points

European Roundup: Real Madrid, PSG with hard fought wins as Juventus drop points

Football action continued over the weekend in the five big European leagues with some mouthwatering clashes taking place.

In France, PSG once again struggled with Lionel Messi and had Mauro Icardi as his late strike after the Argentine was substituted earned them a 2-1 home victory against Lyon.

Icardi headed home from Kylian Mbappé’s cross four minutes into stoppage time after Neymar had leveled with a controversial penalty after Lucas Paqueta’s second-half opener, as the leaders maintained their perfect record, with 18 points from six games.

In Italy, Juventus dropped points once again as a late header from Ante Rebic ensured they recorded a 1-1 draw with AC Milan.

Álvaro Morata scored for the third successive match after just four minutes to give the hosts a dream start but their wastefulness in the final third cost them all three points as Croatian Rebic climbed highest to equalize from a corner in the 76th minute.

In the same league, José Mourinho suffered his first defeat since returning to coach in Italy as his Roma side were beaten 3-2 by Verona in a thrilling Serie A encounter.

In Spain, Vinícius Jr and Karim Benzema scored within the space of three minutes deep in the second half to propel their side to a 2-1 win at Valencia in La Liga.

The hosts went ahead in the 66th minute through Hugo Duro, who spent last season on loan with Madrid but the visitors level with a deflected strike from Vinícius in the 86th minute with the Brazilian turning provider for Benzema to head home the winner in the 88th minute.

In the Bundesliga, Erling Haaland scored twice as Borussia Dortmund emerged with a hard-fought 4-2 win over Union Berlin in the Bundesliga on Sunday.

The 21-year-old Norwegian grabbed Dortmund’s second goal in the 24th minute and secured the result in the 83rd just after Union scored to set up what looked like a nervy finale.

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