Manchester City and Manchester United both enjoyed convincing wins against Watford and Everton respectively in the English Premier League. Sergio Aguero scored a hat-trick as Watford succumbed 6-0 at Vicarage Road; a late flurry of goals from Henrik Mkhitaryan, Romelu Lukaku and Anthony Martial, added to a stunning 20 yard strike from Antonio Valencia, saw United cruise past their Merseyside opponents with a 4-0 victory.
Other notable results saw Tottenham Hotspur draw with Swansea at Wembley, Liverpool draw at Anfield with Burnley, and Chelsea and Arsenal playing out a stalemate at Stamford Bridge. In the Championship, Leeds, Wolves and Cardiff are top of the table after 8 games; Preston, Ipswich and Sheffield United are only sitting two points behind.
North of the border, a bad result for Aberdeen against bottom side Kilmarnock (sharing the spoils 1-1) saw Celtic take a two point lead in the Scottish Premiership over their east-of-Scotland rivals with a 4-0 demolition of Ross County. Hearts scored twice to overcome a tricky Hamilton side in Glasgow, winning 2-1, whilst their Edinburgh rivals Hibernian let a comfortable lead slip in a 2-2 draw with Motherwell at Easter Road. Elsewhere, Dundee pulled off a commendable victory over Perthshire side St Johnstone at Dens Park; and Rangers drew 2-2 with Partick Thistle in an eventful game on Friday evening.
Now, to Europe. In Spain, Barcelona continued their 100% start to their season after 4 games with a 2-1 victory over Getafe, and Real Madrid returned to winning ways after beating Real Sociedad 3-1. Sevilla also recorded a victory to claim second place. In Italy, Napoli, Juventus and Inter Milan all won to stay top of the league with 12 points from 4 games. In Germany, Borussia Dortmund and Hannover 96 are joint top of the league with 10 points from their first 4 games. All-conquering champions Bayern Munich are a point behind them in third. In France, Paris Saint Germain recorded their sixth victory of six games in a 2-0 win over a good Lyon side. Last year’s champions Monaco are 3 points behind in second place after winning 3-0 at home versus Strasbourg. In Russia, Zenit and FC Krasnodar are top of the table with 21 points, but Zenit (having only played nine games) have a game in hand over their rivals.
The Champions League returns! Barcelona pulled off an impressive 3-0 home victory over last year’s finalists Juventus, with talisman Lionel Messi scoring twice and hitting the post too. Compatriots Real Madrid also pulled off a 3-0 victory over Apoel Nicosia of Cyprus, and Sevilla played out an entertaining 2-2 draw with Liverpool. Manchester City won 4-0 in Holland against Feyenoord, and Manchester United beat Swiss opponents FC Basel 3-0. Chelsea annihilated Qarabag of Azerbaijan 6-0 and Spurs pulled off a well-earned 3-1 win over Borussia Dortmund. £367 million on two players (technically!) was too much for Celtic as they were unpicked 5-0 at home by Paris San Germain, with both Neymar (£200 million) and Kylian Mbappe (loan, but really £167 million) both scoring. Bayern Munich beat Anderlecht 3-0 in the same group.
In the Europa League, Arsenal beat Germany side FC Cologne 3-1 in London, but Italian side Atalanta easily beat Everton 3-0. These teams form the only British interest in the competition.
Here are the links to the tables:
- English Premier League
- Scottish Premiership
- Italian Calcio A
- Spanish La Liga
- French Ligue 1
- Russian Premier League
- German Bundesliga
- Champions League
- Europa League
So, there’s the Gameweek 5 round-up. More to come next week!