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Raphinha scored his first Barcelona goal as the Catalans beat fellow La Liga side Sevilla 3-0 to move within two points of the top of the table.

The former Leeds winger opened the scoring for Barcelona in the first half and Robert Lewandowski doubled the advantage before the break, the goal being the Polish striker’s fifth goal in four league appearances for his new club.

Barcelona put the result beyond reasonable doubt five minutes after half-time with former Manchester City defender Eric Garcia ensuring Xavi’s side continued their unbeaten start to the campaign with three wins and one game draw in four games.

Meanwhile, real Madrid preserved their perfect start to the La Liga season by beating Betis 2-1 thanks to a second-half winner from Rodrygo at the Bernabeu on Saturday, keeping the reigning Spanish and European champions top of the table.

Real struck first when David Alaba passed Vinicius Jr with a magnificent long ball in the ninth minute, and the Brazilian raced forward and kicked the ball over the head of Betis goalkeeper Rui Silvas .

Betis responded eight minutes later when Real Madrid academy alumni Sergio Canales broke an equalizer between Thibaut Courtois’ legs.

Real Madrid’s Rodrygo celebrates as his side beat Real Betis

Carlo Ancelotti’s side fought back with vengeance but missed several chances until they finally managed to break the deadlock in the 65th minute when Rodrygo hammered home a close-range finish from a cross by Federico Valverde. Real Madrid are now top of the table with 12 points, the only team to have won all of their first four games.

Giroud and Leao help Milan win the derby

Two goals by AC Milan Striker Rafael Leao helped the defending champions defend from a goal and claim a 3-2 win over local rivals Inter on Saturday in their fifth Serie A match of the season.

Inter midfielder Marcelo Brozovic scored his first Serie A goal of the season in the 21st minute after an assist from striker Joaquin Correa.

Milan, however, equalized seven minutes later through striker Leao, who beat Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic after recovering a pass from Sandro Tonali.

Milan striker Olivier Giroud completed the comeback in the 54th minute with a weak but effective strike as it caught Handanovic off guard, while Leao scored his second soon after by firing home in the 60th minute to extend the advance.

AC Milan's Olivier Giroud celebrates after scoring against Inter in the derby
AC Milan’s Olivier Giroud celebrates after scoring against Inter in the derby

Inter did not go down without a fight and scored just seven minutes later through striker Edin Dzeko, whose shot bounced off the post and slid in.

Milan top the table with 11 points after five games and travel to Sampdoria next Saturday while Inter, fifth on nine points, host Turin on the same day.

Bayern draw and relinquish top spot

German champions Bayern Munich stumbled to their second consecutive 1-1 draw on Saturday, coming back from Union Berlin with just one point and losing top of the Bundesliga table.

The Bavarians, who also drew 1-1 with Borussia Moenchengladbach last week and travel to Inter for their Champions League opener next week, are third with 11 points, as many as the Bavarians. ‘Union.

The hosts, enjoying their best start to the Bundesliga and seeking their first win against Bayern, were never intimidated by the champions and edged league top scorer Sheraldo Becker with a perfect volley at the far post. Their lead was short-lived, however, with Joshua Kimmich thundering into the far corner three minutes later.

Bayern Munich were held in check by Union Berlin
Bayern Munich were held in check by Union Berlin

Bayern came awfully close to a second goal in the 37th minute when Jamal Musiala forced his way into the box and sent a sensational ball to send Leroy Sane through, only to have his shot blocked by the keeper Riis Ronnow.

Union’s strong backline, second-best in the league behind Bayern, barely missed a beat and held firm in the second half as the visitors looked for ways to get past them.

Union’s Ronnow secured that with a sensational save, rocking a looping Sadio Mane header over the bar in stoppage time to protect their point.

Mbappe scores twice as PSG beat Nantes

Kylian Mbappe scored either side of half-time as PSG beat 10-man Nantes 3-0 to stay top of Ligue 1.

The France striker put the visiting champions ahead midway through the first half, just six minutes before the home side saw former Manchester United full-back Fabio sent off for a dangerous challenge on Vitinha.

Mbappe doubled the lead nine minutes after half-time and Nuno Mendes added shine to the scoreline. PSG are top with Marseille but have a better goal difference.

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