In a surprising turn of events several big teams in Europe’s top four leagues endured unexpected defeats this week. Established football powerhouses experienced setbacks highlighting the unpredictable nature of the game and the fierce competition within these leagues.
PSG slipped to their first loss of the Ligue 1 season despite a Kylian Mbappe double as an impressive Nice secured a 3-2 victory at the Parc des Princes on Friday. PSG fell behind less than midway through the first half as Moffi found the net after a mistake by Kylian Mbappe.
The France striker made amends on the half-hour mark, but Gaetan Laborde restored Nice’s lead eight minutes after the break and Moffi put another past the ragged hosts. Mbappe volleyed home to give the reigning French champions hope but Nice held on.
2. Manchester United
Manchester United lost to Brighton at Old Trafford today, in what was the first home Premier League loss for over a year. Manchester United went behind in the 20th minute, with former striker Danny Welbeck hitting the back of the net again.
Two more Brighton goals followed in the second half which gave United a mountain to climb. Hannibal Mejbri came off the bench to give United a life-line with a brilliant goal from distance.
3. Atletico Madrid
Atletico secured seven points from their opening three games of the domestic campaign prior to the September international break. However, with the return of the league calendar, Simeone was under pressure to deliver a result that would support their wider form in the Spanish top flight.
That was not the case on the road at Valencia, as Hugo Duro put the away side in front early on, and they powered on from there in the Spanish capital. Duro doubled Valencia’s advantage before the break, as Atletico struggled to cope with the visitors attack, with Javi Guerra ending the contest late on.
4. AC Milan
Inter Milan maintained their 100% start to the Serie A season with a brutal 5-1 thrashing of rivals AC Milan at San Siro. Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored twice either side of a Marcus Thuram screamer before ex-Milan man Hakan Calhanoglu added a fourth from the spot. Davide Frattesi completed the rout in stoppage time despite Rafael Leao’s earlier effort…READFULL