Goals from the South Americans, Daniel Fonseca and Abel Balbo, lifted Roma to the top of Serie A table, albeit after just two games, when they made it six points from two games with a 2-0 win at Vicenza. They lead on goal difference from last season's Second Division champions, Bologna, and Internazionale, winners over Verona and Perugia, respectively.
Inter struggled to a 1-0 win over Perugia at the San Siro, relying on some fine goalkeeping from Gianluca Pagliuca and a solo effort from Argentine midfielder Javier Zanetti. European Cup holders Juventus lie joint fourth with Parma - held 0-0 at Piacenza - after defeating Cagliari in Turin, 2-1.
Croat Alen Boksic, on target against Manchester United last week, opened the scoring in the ninth minute with Italian international defender Ciro Ferrara adding a second in the 58th.
Spurred by a rejuvenated Jean-Pierre Papin, unbeaten Bordeaux beat Lille 2-0 to move to the top of the French league on Saturday. It is the first time in more than five years that Bordeaux have taken the top spot and their renaissance coincides with the arrival of Papin, who scored with a header on Saturday.
Heiko Herrlich, out for six months with torn ankle ligaments, scored his third goal in two games as Borussia Dortmund foiled VfB Stuttgart's attempt to go top of the German league. Bayern Munich, who drew 1-1 at Schalke, head the table by a point from Stuttgart, who had defender Thomas Schneider sent off in the 55th minute.
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