Week­end foot­ball re­view

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AF­TER dom­i­nat­ing the head­lines for the en­tire week, the Manch­ester derby lived up to its billing as Pep Guardi­ola drew first blood in the bat­tle with ri­val Jose Mour­inho at the week­end.

There is lit­tle dif­fer­ence be­tween the Mul­ti­Choice Diski Chal­lenge and the Absa Pre­mier­ship in terms of the goal con­ver­sion rate. The PSL Re­serve League pro­duced 18 goals from 8 matches while 16 goals from 7 matches were scored in the open­ing week of the top tier.

In Spain, Barcelona suf­fered a shock de­feat while Real Madrid con­tin­ued their suc­cess­ful start fol­low­ing the re­turn of Cris­tiano Ron­aldo from in­jury.

In Ger­many, Joel Po­h­jan­palo scored a quick­fire hat­trick to power Bayer Lev­erkusen to a re­sound­ing win, and de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Bay­ern Mu­nich car­ried on where they left off last week­end.

MANCH­ESTER IS BLUE Pep Guardi­ola grabbed the city brag­ging rights against ri­val Jose Mour­inho as Manch­ester City de­servedly won an ab­sorb­ing Premier League derby 2-1 against Manch­ester United at Old Traf­ford on Satur­day.

Kevin de Bruyne, who was never ap­pre­ci­ated by Mour­inho when they were at Chelsea to­gether, proved in­stru­men­tal in City’s mag­nif­i­cent win, scor­ing the opener and mak­ing the sec­ond for Kelechi Iheana­cho be­fore half­time.

In what was the match of the week­end, Jose Hole­bas sealed a su­perb come­back by Wat­ford on Satur­day as they came from 2-0 down to beat West Ham 4-2 and se­cure their first win of the Premier League cam­paign.

The Ham­mers had looked in con­trol af­ter Michail An­to­nio scored with two head­ers. How­ever, Odion Ighalo and Troy Deeney be­gan the fight­back, and then Eti­enne Capoue gave them the lead in the sec­ond half be­fore Hole­bas added a fourth to present the Hor­nets with only their third win in their last 16 league matches.

On Sun­day Diego Costa scored twice, in­clud­ing an 81st-minute equaliser, as An­to­nio Conte main­tained his un­beaten start to life as Chelsea man­ager in a 2-2 draw at Swansea City. The goal was Costa’s fourth in as many games.

BARCA STUNNED, REAL WIN Newly pro­moted Alaves stunned Span­ish cham­pi­ons Barcelona by win­ning 2-1 at the Camp Nou on Satur­day as boss Luis En­rique paid a heavy price for start­ing Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez on the bench.

Barca now trail Real Madrid by three points at the top of the ta­ble af­ter Cris­tiano Ron­aldo took just five min­utes to score on his re­turn from a two-month in­jury lay­off in a 5-2 rout of Osasuna at the Bern­abeu.

En­rique made seven changes from their last out­ing – a 1-0 win at Ath­letic Bil­bao two weeks ago – with Messi re­cov­er­ing from a groin prob­lem and Suarez rested fol­low­ing his ex­er­tions in World Cup qual­i­fy­ing with Uruguay.

An­toine Griez­mann handed Atletico Madrid a much-needed first win of the sea­son in a 4-0 vic­tory at Celta Vigo.

Koke met Griez­mann’s fine cross eight min­utes into the sec­ond half in Vigo to give the visi­tors the lead be­fore the Euro 2016 top scorer headed home his first two goals of the sea­son in the fi­nal 20 min­utes.

RE­AL­ITY CHECK FOR CAPE CITY Af­ter start­ing their sea­son with a bang, new boys Cape Town City were given a sober­ing re­al­ity check by Bid­vest Wits in the MTN8 semi­fi­nal first leg at the Bid­vest Sta­dium on Satur­day.

Goals from Eleazar Rodgers, Elias Pelembe and Gabad­inho Mhango en­sured that Wits claimed a 3-0 win against Cape City. Eric Tin­kler’s charges be­gan their life in the PSL with vic­tory in a league opener against Polok­wane City, be­fore go­ing on to elim­i­nate Kaizer Chiefs in the MTN8 quar­ter­fi­nals.

In an­other semi­fi­nal, Chippa United and Mamelodi Sun­downs played to a goal­less draw in the MTN8 semi­fi­nal first-leg game played at the Nel­son Man­dela Bay Sta­dium in Port El­iz­a­beth on Sun­day af­ter­noon.

The Chilly Boys went into the en­counter look­ing to grab a first-leg ad­van­tage, while the Brazil­ians were gun­ning for an away vic­tory.

MORE SHOCKS IN DISKI De­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Golden Ar­rows got their Mul­ti­Choice Diski Chal­lenge cam­paign un­der­way with a 1-1 draw against Bloem­fontein Celtic at the King Zwelithini Sta­dium on Satur­day.

Veluyeke Zulu’s 29th minute strike was can­celled out by Shadrack Kobedi in the 55th minute to deny the hold­ers max­i­mum points on the open­ing day of the sea­son.

With their se­nior team strug­gling to find form early in the sea­son, Kaizer Chiefs re­serves suf­fered a hu­mil­i­at­ing 4-0 de­feat to Bid­vest Wits, who iron­i­cally de­feated Amakhosi in the Absa Pre­mier­ship opener.

Ajax Cape Town wel­comed new boys Baroka FC in the harsh­est of the ways as they clob­bered the Lim­popobased club 3-0 at the Old Peter Mok­aba Sta­dium. New boys Cape Town City, who have taken the top tier by storm, also opened their Diski sea­son with a 1-0 win over Su­perS­port United.

Zipho Dlan­galala got his Or­lando Pi­rates re­serves coach­ing ca­reer off to a fly­ing start as they beat Mamelodi Sun­downs 1-0 thanks to a Grant Peters sec­ond-minute strike.

LEV­ERKUSEN CRUISE, BVB CHOKE

RB Leipzig stunned Bun­desliga ti­tle hope­fuls Borus­sia Dort­mund 1-0 on Satur­day to claim the club’s first win in the Ger­man top flight, while Joel Po­h­jan­palo scored a stun­ning hat-trick in Bayer Lev­erkusen’s 3-1 de­feat of Ham­burg.

Ear­lier, US in­ter­na­tional Bobby Wood gave Ham­burg the lead just be­fore the hour against Lev­erkusen at the BayArena, but the in­tro­duc­tion of Fin­land striker Po­h­jan­palo on 72 min­utes swung the game dra­mat­i­cally in the home side’s favour.

The 21-year-old, who scored on his Bun­desliga de­but last month, equalised for Lev­erkusen within seven min­utes of his ar­rival, but was far from done as he net­ted twice more in stop­page time to hand Roger Schmidt’s side their first points of the sea­son.

On Fri­day, Robert Le­wandowski and Joshua Kim­mich struck late goals in Bay­ern Mu­nich’s 2-0 win at Schalke as teenage Por­tu­gal star Re­nato Sanches made his de­but for the Bavar­ian giants.

HART MAKES SERIE A DE­BUT Francesco Totti came off the bench to hit a late win­ner from the spot as Roma moved to within two points of lead­ers Ju­ven­tus af­ter a rain-in­ter­rupted 3-2 win over Sam­p­do­ria on Sun­day.

Napoli sit in sec­ond place, also two points be­hind Juve, fol­low­ing a 3-0 rout of Palermo on Satur­day when Jose Calle­jon added a brace to Marek Hamsik’s 47th minute opener.

Else­where, Eng­land goal­keeper Joe Hart con­ceded twice on his Torino de­but as Ata­lanta se­cured a 2-1 win in Berg­amo.

Hart, deemed sur­plus to re­quire­ments by Manch­ester City boss Pep Guardi­ola, com­pleted his move to un­fash­ion­able Torino on a sea­son-long loan deal two weeks ago.

In Sun­day’s late game In­ter Mi­lan had Mauro Icardi to thank for a sec­ond-half brace that se­cured their first win of the sea­son in a 2-1 de­feat of new boys Pescara.— Su­pers­port.

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