European Roundup: Messi with a hattrick of assists as Napoli goes top of Serie A

European Roundup: Messi with a hattrick of assists as Napoli goes top of Serie A

Lionel Messi seems to be improving daily in the French Ligue 1 with Argentine providing three assists in PSG's 3-1 comeback win away to 10-man Saint-Étienne.

Les Verts had opened the scoring through Denis Bouanga but Messi made the most of Timothée Kolodziejczak’s red card on the stroke of half-time as he fed Marquinhos for two headed goals before Ángel Di María struck later to complete the comeback.

The game also marked Sergio Ramos’s debut for the French giants, almost five months after joining from Real Madrid as a free agent with the result putting PSG on 40 points from 15 games.

In Serie A, Napoli marked the first anniversary of Diego Maradona with a 4-0 win over Lazio as moved three points clear at the top of Serie A.

The home side raced into a 3-0 lead inside 29 minutes thanks to goals from Piotr Zielinski and a double from Dries Mertens; Fabián Ruiz put the icing on the cake with a fourth goal late on.

The win put daylight between Napoli and second-placed Milan at the top of Serie A, as Milan had slipped to a surprise 3-1 defeat at home to Sassuolo earlier on Sunday.

In Spain, Real Madrid came from behind to beat Sevilla 2-1 at the Bernabéu to move four points clear at the top of LaLiga.

Sevilla took the lead in the 12th minute through a header from Rafa Mir but the home side were level within 20 minutes when Karim Benzema knocked the ball in after Éder Militão’s long-range effort had come back off the post.

With three minutes left, Vinícius Júnior completed the comeback when he crashed the ball into the top corner to give Los Blancos a sixth straight win in all competitions. 

In another game, Real Sociedad suffered a 1-0 defeat at Espanyol – their first in the league since the opening weekend while Atlético Madrid moved up to second with a 4-1 win at Cádiz.

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