Round-up: Messi turns into supersub for Barcelona as Milan slump at home again
Monday 17 September 2012
Lionel Messi came off the bench to score twice in Barcelona's 4-1 win at Getafe on Saturday, taking the Argentine's goal tally to eight in six matches this season. Adriano put the Catalan side ahead in the first half, before Messi's two goals and a David Villa strike secured a comfortable victory and sustained their 100 per cent start to the season.
Malaga continued their unbeaten La Liga start with a 3-1 home victory over Levante, with goals from Javier Saviola, Joaquín and Francisco Portillo giving them their third win in four league games.
Milan were booed off the pitch after a second-half Luca Cigarini strike gave Atalanta a shock 1-0 victory at San Siro. Having gone down to the same scoreline against Sampdoria on the opening weekend of the season, the defeat marked the first time the Rossoneri have lost their opening two home fixtures since 1930. Elsewhere in Italy, Napoli made it three wins in a row with a 3-1 home victory over Parma yesterday.
Bundesliga champions Borussia Dortmund go into this week's Champions League tie with Ajax in good form after a 3-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen, while last year's finalists Bayern Munich overcame Mainz 3-1 at the Allianz Arena, with new signing Mario Mandzukic scoring his third goal in three games.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored his fifth goal in five games for big-spending Paris St-Germain, grabbing the second in a 2-0 win over Toulouse after Javier Pastore opened the scoring.
In the Netherlands, Steve McClaren's FC Twente remain at the top of the Eredivisie with five wins out of five after strolling to a 6-2 victory over Willem II, though league favourites Ajax kept up the pressure with a 2-0 home win over RKC Waalwijk.
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