European Roundup: Real Madrid held as Pirlo begins Juventus reign with a win

European Roundup: Real Madrid held as Pirlo begins Juventus reign with a win

Real Madrid began their Laliga title defence with a scoreless draw against Real Sociedad on Sunday night at the Reale Arena.

Madrid had won 10 of its last 11 league matches last season to clinch its first title in three years and will be trying to lift back-to-back league trophies for the first time since 2007-08.

Madrid only opened this weekend because its first-round match against Getafe was postponed as it played later into last season after reaching the round of 16 of the Champions League. Barcelona and Atlético Madrid, which made it to the Champions League quarter-finals, had their first two games postponed and won’t start until next weekend in the third round. It's the same for Sevilla, who won the Europa League.

In another match, Manuel Pellegrini continued to impress in his coaching return to the Spanish league, leading Real Betis 2-0 over Valladolid for a second straight victory to start the season. Betis had opened with a late win over Alavés in the Chilean coach’s official debut with Betis last weekend.

Nabil Fekir opened the scoring by converting a penalty kick in the 10th minute and William Carvalho sealed the victory in the 18th.

Laliga Sunday Results

In France, Paris Saint Germain returned back to winning ways after losing their first two games with a 3-0 win over Nice.

Mbappe gave the French giants the lead in the 38th minute from the penalty spot with Angel Di Maria and new captain Marquinhos coming up with the other goals.

Ligue One Results

In Italy, it was a winning start from manager Andrea Pirlo as Juventus ran 3-0 winners over Claudio Ranieri’s Sampdoria.

Cristiano Ronaldo was once again in the scoresheet with his goal two minutes from time adding to those scored earlier by Dejan Kulusevski and Leonardo Bonucci.

Serie A Results

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