As usual, there was plenty of action around Europe this weekend with South American strikers showing their class.
Here's a quick roundup of a few highlights.
🐐 Messi & Barcelona casually stroll to victory at Eibar
It's taken a while, but the new Barcelona trio of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez & Antoine Griezmann finally all scored in the same game as the Catalans were far too strong for hosts Eibar in the early Saturday kickoff with Messi scoring and unselfishly assisting and in fairness, he never even got out of second gear. Barca has now won four straight LaLiga matches since their shock defeat to Granada at the end of September and only conceded one goal in that sequence. Valverde's men look to have steadied the ship and they're now top of LaLiga.
🇮🇹 Who says Serie A was boring?
Atalanta lost ground on Serie A's top two clubs, Juventus and Inter Milan, by squandering a three-goal lead in the Italian capital to draw 3-3 at Lazio in a pulsating encounter. The away side led 3-0 after 37 minutes but Italy international Ciro Immobile slotted a 92nd penalty to miraculously bring the scores level.
Atalanta's next assignment is a Champions League group stage match at the Etihad Stadium against Manchester City, one that they probably won't be relishing, especially considering that they've lost their first two matches of the group.
🌃 Pep's men back to winning ways
Speaking of Manchester City, much was made of Pep Guardiola's selection of two central midfielders, Fernandinho and Rodri, in the heart of his defence to take on Crystal Palace on Saturday night. Nicolas Otamendi picked up a knock on international duty with Argentina which forced Pep's hand. If the new duo felt nervous, they didn't show it, as City coolly and calmly collected all three points thanks to two goals inside two minutes. First, Gabriel Jesus' 50th goal for the club and then a David Silva wonder-strike after a beautifully flowing team move.
🔴 Six visits to Old Trafford without a win for Liverpool
It's now five-and-a-half years since Liverpool won a Premier League match at Old Trafford but they'll be relieved to walk away from Old Trafford with a point after Adam Lallana's late equalizer on Sunday. Jurgen Klopp's visitors were off the pace for most of the game, lacking the thrust of injured Mo Salah. Still, they're unbeaten in the Premier League with eight wins and a draw after nine games of the new season, and Klopp didn't sound too concerned by their 17-match win streak coming to a halt.
As for United, Marcus Rashford's impressive display in tandem with Daniel James will be cause for optimism, but defensive issues continue to plague Ole Gunnar's Red Devils.
Looking forward, the Champions League will be back in full swing this week as the Group Stages approach the halfway mark.
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