Ar­se­nal beat Manch­ester Utd, Bay­ern rout Dort­mund

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Manch­ester United con­ceded three goals in the first 20 min­utes for the first time in the 23-year history of the Premier League, Liver­pool fired its man­ager and Zla­tan Ibrahi­movic be­came Paris Saint-Ger­main’s all-time lead­ing scorer in the French league on Sun­day.

In Ger­many, Bay­ern Mu­nich re­asserted its cur­rent dom­i­nance by rout­ing Borus­sia Dort­mund while Real Madrid failed to take top spot in the Span­ish league.

Here is a look at the top Euro­pean leagues on Sun­day:

Eng­land

Bren­dan Rodgers was fired as Liver­pool man­ager af­ter a 1-1 draw at Ever­ton and Alexis Sanchez’s first-half dou­ble inspired Ar­se­nal to a 3-0 win over Manch­ester United, end­ing a chaotic week­end in the English Premier League.

Stay­ing un­beaten in Mersey­side der­bies failed to pre­vent Rodgers pay­ing the price for Liver­pool’s slump since al­most win­ning the league ti­tle in 2014.

Liver­pool’s an­nounce­ment over­shad­owed a dom­i­nant per­for­mance by Ar­se­nal, as the Lon­don club knocked United off the top of the stand­ings.

Ar­se­nal scored all three of its goals in the first 20 min­utes, with Sanchez tak­ing his per­sonal haul to six goals in three games with a deft back­heel flick and a pile-driver from the edge of the area.

It meant Manch­ester City re­gained first place thanks to its 6-1 win over New­cas­tle on Satur­day.

Ar­se­nal moved into sec­ond place, above United on goal dif­fer­ence, and to within two points of City. Also Sun­day, Tot­ten­ham drew 2-2 at Swansea.

Ger­many

Robert Le­wandowski scored twice as Bay­ern Mu­nich routed pre­vi­ously un­beaten Borus­sia Dort­mund 5-1 to open up a seven-point lead af­ter eight Bun­desliga matches.

Thomas Mueller also scored twice af­ter Dort­mund had started brightly. Bay­ern’s at­tack­ing midfielder opened the scor­ing in the 26th minute when Jerome Boateng sent him through with a long ball over the top, and he claimed his sec­ond from the penalty spot in the 35th, af­ter Hen­rikh Mkhi­taryan brought down Thi­ago Al­can­tara.

Pierre-Em­er­ick Aubameyang pulled one back a minute later but Le­wandowski scored sec­onds af­ter the break to end any hopes his for­mer side had of a come­back.

Mario Goetze, another for­mer Dort- mund player, set up Le­wandowski’s sec­ond in the 58th — the striker’s 12th in four games across all com­pe­ti­tions — and then com­pleted the scor­ing in the 58th.

It was Bay­ern’s eighth con­sec­u­tive win to start the sea­son, equal­ing the club’s own record of 24 points with a plus 24 goal dif­fer­ence from the 2012-13 sea­son.

Spain

Atletico Madrid sub­sti­tute Lu­ciano Vi­etto scored a late goal to snatch a 1-1 draw against crosstown ri­val Real Madrid, deny­ing Rafa Ben­itez’s side the chance to re­claim the Span­ish league lead.

Karim Ben­zema gave Madrid a great start with his league-lead­ing sixth goal to quiet the Vi­cente Calderon crowd just nine min­utes into the match, and goal­keeper Key­lor Navas pro­tected that ad­van­tage by sav­ing An­toine Griez­mann’s penalty in the 22nd minute.

But as Madrid set­tled on de­fend­ing in­stead of seek­ing a sec­ond goal to seal the win, Atletico ti­tled the ac­tion to­ward Navas’ net and Vi­etto poked in a cross from fel­low sub­sti­tute Jack­son Martinez that the goalie couldn’t han­dle in the 83rd.

Still un­beaten, Madrid squan­dered the op­por­tu­nity to over­take Vil­lar­real at the top of the stand­ings af­ter the leader lost 1-0 at Le­vante ear­lier.

France

A day af­ter cel­e­brat­ing his 34th birth­day, Zla­tan Ibrahi­movic be­came Paris Saint- Ger­main’s all- time lead- ing scorer as he net­ted twice in a 2-1 win over bit­ter ri­val Mar­seille in the French league Sun­day.

With 110 goals for PSG in all com­pe­ti­tions, Ibrahi­movic sur­passed Pe­dro Pauleta’s record of 109 goals that the for­mer Por­tu­gal for­ward amassed in 211 games from 2003-2008. Ibrahi­movic, who joined PSG in 2012, scored both his goals from the penalty spot to reach the mile­stone in just 137 games. He re­ceived a stand­ing ova­tion when he was sub­sti­tuted in the 70th minute.

The win lifted un­beaten PSG five points clear of sec­ond-place Angers, with strug­gling Mar­seille al­ready lag­ging 15 points be­hind af­ter just nine games.

Italy

Fiorentina eased to a 3-0 win over 10-man Ata­lanta to move into sole pos­ses­sion of top spot in Serie A af­ter In­ter Mi­lan drew 1-1 at Sam­p­do­ria.

Ata­lanta was down to 10 men in the fifth minute when Gabriel Paletta was sent off and Josip Ili­cic fired Fiorentina in front from the penalty spot. Borja Valero and Joan Verdu se­cured the points.

Fiorentina was two points ahead of In­ter and three ahead of Lazio, which beat Frosi­none 2-0. Roma was a point fur­ther back af­ter win­ning 4-2 at Palermo.

Four-time de­fend­ing cham­pion Ju­ven­tus recorded only its sec­ond league win of the sea­son as it came from be­hind to beat bot­tom side Bologna 3-1, but there was more mis­ery for AC Mi­lan which was thrashed 4-0 at home by Napoli.

AP

Atletico’s Lu­ciano Vi­etto, is em­braced by Atletico’s Yan­nick Fer­reira-Car­rasco as he cel­e­brates af­ter scor­ing a goal dur­ing a Span­ish La Liga soc­cer match be­tween Real Madrid and Atletico de Madrid at the at the Vi­cente Calderon sta­dium in Madrid, Sun­day, Oct. 4.

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