European football leagues witnessed thrilling action over the weekend as Barcelona secured their first La Liga win of the season against Cádiz, Juventus dominated Udinese in Italy, and Takumi Minamino starred for Monaco in Ligue 1. Here’s a brief roundup of the key matches.
Barcelona Breaks Deadlock Late:
Barcelona struggled to score in La Liga until the 83rd minute when Ilkay Gundogan’s precise pass found Pedri, who calmly slotted past Cadiz goalkeeper Sergio Torres before substitute Ferran Torres sealed victory with his clinical finish to give them their inaugural victory of 2018.
Juventus Cruises to Victory:
Juventus made an explosive start against Udinese in their Serie A match, as Federico Chiesa scored early to set the scene. Dusan Vlahovic then converted a penalty before Adrien Rabiot finished off their win with an emphatic header goal en route to a comfortable 3-0 triumph.
Lecce Stuns Lazio:
Lecce produced a stunning comeback against last season’s runners-up, Lazio. After Ciro Immobile’s opener for Lazio, late goals from Pontus Almqvist and Federico Di Francesco secured a memorable 2-1 victory for Lecce.
Roma Held to a Draw:
In a Serie A clash, Roma was held to a 2-2 draw by Salernitana. Andrea Belotti scored twice for Roma, but Antonio Candreva’s double for Salernitana ensured the points were shared.
Monaco’s Minamino Stars:
Former Liverpool player Takumi Minamino shone for Monaco in Ligue 1, scoring two goals in a 3-0 win over Racing Strasbourg. Minamino’s impressive performance helped maintain Monaco’s 100% start to the new campaign.
Other Notable Results:
- Brest secured their second consecutive win, defeating Le Havre 2-1.
- Lille earned a 2-0 victory against Nantes thanks to goals scored by Jonathan David and Adam Ounas.
- Reims earned their inaugural points of the season with a convincing 2-0 victory against Clermont.
- Lens and Rennes played to a 1-1 draw in an entertaining contest.
- Nice and Lorient settled for a 1-1 draw, both teams earning their second consecutive draw of the season.
The European football weekend provided fans with exciting matches, with Barcelona breaking their La Liga duck, Juventus dominating in Serie A, and Minamino shining for Monaco in League 1. These early-season clashes set the stage for an action-packed football season ahead.