Papertalk: Scintillating Sevilla Thump Real Madrid

Scintillating Sevilla Thump Real Madrid

Real Madrid suffered their first La-Liga defeat of Julen Lopetegui’s reign on Wednesday, as they were comprehensively beaten 3-0 by an Andre Silva-inspired Sevilla at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.

Madrid struggled to cope with Sevilla’s intensity and the hosts deservedly went ahead 17 minutes in – Pablo Sarabia releasing Jesus Navas after intercepting Marcelo’s wayward pass and the winger teed up Silva for a simple finish.

Navas was vital to Sevilla’s second four minutes later, devastating Madrid on the break before Thibaut Courtois parried his shot right to the lethal Silva.

Gareth Bale and Franco Vazquez were thwarted by the frame of the goal before the half-hour mark, but Ben Yedder was not denied when he slammed Vazquez’s header into the top-left corner six minutes before the break.

Any chance of a comeback appeared to vanish early in the second half when a goal from Luka Modric – named the Best FIFA Men’s Player on Monday – was correctly disallowed by VAR, and Sevilla was ultimately good value for the win.

Leganes Fightback Stuns Barcelona

Quickfire goals from Nabil El Zhar and Real Madrid loanee Oscar Rodriguez stunned Barcelona and handed Leganes a shock 2-1 LaLiga win.

Barca had gone in front through Philippe Coutinho’s fine 12th-minute touch and volley and looked in control until the home side struck in quick succession at a boisterous Butarque.

El Zhar set the turnaround in motion with a thumping back-post header soon after half-time and it was Rodriguez who capitalised on Gerard Pique’s dreadful error before Barca had been given time to take stock.

Ernesto Valverde introduced Luis Suarez, Malcolm and Jordi Alba off the bench but it was to no avail as Leganes, who came into Wednesday’s clash bottom of the table, upset the form book in dramatic fashion.

Neymar & Cavani Star in PSG Win

Paris Saint-Germain maintained their perfect start to the Ligue 1 season as Edinson Cavani’s brace and a Neymar penalty helped them to a 4-1 win over Reims at the Parc des Princes.

Thomas Tuchel’s side bounced back in style to open up an eight-point lead over Lyon at the summit, having seen Xavier Chavalerin give the visitors a shock second-minute lead on Wednesday.

Cavani scored either side of a Neymar penalty – his first a stunning chip – to give the reigning champions a commanding half-time lead in front of NBA legend Michael Jordan.

PSG looked destined for three points in the second period with wave after wave of attacks, but they added just one more goal from substitute Thomas Meunier in a seventh straight domestic triumph.

Dybala Scores in Juventus’ Win

Paulo Dybala scored his first goal of the season as a dominant Juventus flexed their muscles in a 2-0 Serie A win over Bologna.

The champions raced into a two-goal lead within 16 minutes through Dybala and Blaise Matuidi and, with Cristiano Ronaldo at the heart of a Bianconeri attack that is starting to gel, there were spells when Juve tormented their embattled visitors.

Bologna has taken just four points from six Serie A matches and, while they showed intent in flashes at Juventus Stadium, the game rarely threatened to turn into a contest.

Massimiliano Allegri’s men, who made it six from six in the league, have made the strongest start to a season of any Juventus side in the post-war era, with seven wins from their first seven matches in all competitions for the first time since 1930-31.

Dortmund Run Riot Over Nuernberg

Marco Reus scored his 100th goal for Borussia Dortmund in a 7-0 Bundesliga thrashing of Nurnberg on Wednesday.

After seeing a deflected 20-yard shot beat Fabian Bredlow in the first half, Reus reached the milestone after the restart with a cool finish into the bottom-right corner at the end of a neat exchange with Jacob Bruun Larsen.

It was Bruun Larsen who got the rout started in the ninth minute with a fine lob after excellent work from Christian Pulisic.

Reus added an assist to his first goal by teeing up Achraf Hakimi to make it 3-0.

Following the Dortmund skipper’s landmark strike, Manuel Akanji got in on the act by dispossessing Tim Leibold in the box and firing home in the 74th minute.

Substitutes Jadon Sancho and Julian Weigl notched inside the final five minutes to complete a commanding win for Lucien Favre’s side.

Welbeck Powers Arsenal Past Brentford

Danny Welbeck’s double guided a heavily rotated Arsenal to a hard-earned 3-1 win over Brentford and into the fourth round of the EFL Cup.

One of nine changes from the weekend win over Everton, Welbeck was on target twice before a splendid Alan Judge free-kick set up a tense final half hour at Emirates Stadium.

The Championship side was emboldened and, for a period, pressed hard in search of an equaliser that ultimately never came, Arsenal stabilising adequately and eventually sealing Unai Emery’s sixth straight victory through substitute Alexandre Lacazette in stoppage time.

The new Gunners boss is attempting to do something his predecessor Arsene Wenger never achieved in winning this competition, and the quality of several passages in between the stern second-half examination will have delivered belief that is very much a possibility.

Tottenham Edge Watford on Penalties

Etienne Capoue went from hero to zero as Tottenham had to rely on a shoot-out victory after a thrilling EFL Cup tie against 10-man Watford finished 2-2 amid dramatic late scenes, with Dele Alli scoring the winning spot-kick.

Former Tottenham midfielder Capoue scored with a last-gasp effort after late goals from Alli and Erik Lamela had seemingly put Tottenham through in normal time.

But the midfielder could not find the target from the spot, sending a tame effort straight at Paulo Gazzaniga, who then saved from Domingos Quina.

And Alli – captaining Tottenham on his return to Stadium MK – made sure to make his goalkeeper’s good work pay dividends with a powerful low finish to send Spurs into round four with a 4-2 shoot-out win.