Giants stumble across Europe

While Bayern Munich, Arsenal and Atletico Madrid all cantered to handsome victories at the weekend, the other members of Europe's elite endured a frustrating time. Inter Milan and Chelsea were held to draws and AC Milan, Real Madrid and Barcelona made losing starts to their title bids. reviews all the latest action from the continent's biggest leagues.

Premier League: Chelsea and Liverpool held
After starting strongly with two wins out of two, Chelsea and Liverpool were both held at the weekend. The Blues could only draw 1-1 at home to Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, while the Reds played out a goalless stalemate at Aston Villa.

With Manchester United resting up after going down 2-1 to Zenit Saint Petersburg in the European Super Cup on Friday, Arsenal shot up to fourth in the table with a commanding 3-0 win over Newcastle United.

Top three: Chelsea, Liverpool (7 pts), Manchester City (6)
Bottom three: Sunderland (3), Tottenham Hotspur, West Bromwich Albion (1)
Top scorers: Gabriel Agbonlahor, Elano, Amr Zaki (all 3 goals)
Weekend stat: In conceding their first goal of the campaign, Chelsea also lost their 100 per cent record.

Bundesliga: Schalke go top
Bayern Munich recorded their first win of the season when they eased past Hertha Berlin 4-1, a result that was met with considerable relief by the Bavarian club's fans, who were concerned the club might make its worst start in 42 years. Werder Bremen continue to tread water, however, after slumping to a 3-2 reverse at Borussia Moenchengladbach. With just two points to their name, Thomas Schaaf's side are now hovering just above the relegation zone.

The season's form team so far are Schalke. They beat Bochum 1-0 to go top ahead of Hamburg, who came back from 2-0 down to post a 4-2 win over Arminia Bielefeld.

Top three: Schalke, Hamburg, Borussia Dortmund (7 pts)
Bottom three: Hanover, Energie Cottbus, Bochum (1)
Top scorers: Arthur Wichniarek, Vedad Ibisevic (4 goals), Stefan Kiessling, Milivoje Novakovic (3)
Weekend stat: With a paltry two points out of a possible nine, Werder Bremen have made their worst start to the championship for nine years.

Serie A: Milan duo stumble out of the blocks
Round 1 of the Serie A season proved to be a frustrating one for fans of the Milan duo. Scudetto holders Inter had to be content with a 1-1 draw at Sampdoria on new coach Jose Mourinho's league debut, while AC Milan endured an altogether more frustrating start. Despite the presence of star signings Ronaldinho, Mathieu Flamini and Andriy Shevchenko, i Rossoneri suffered a 2-1 home defeat by newly-promoted Bologna.

Lazio hit the ground running as they overpowered Cagliari 4-1. Juventus looked to be on course for three points of their own after a Pavel Nedved strike put them ahead at Fiorentina, only for Alberto Gilardino to strike late and give La Viola a share of the spoils.

Top three: Lazio, Torino, Udinese (3 pts)
Bottom three: Palermo, Cagliari, Lecce (0)
Top scorers: Mauro Zarate, Antonio di Natale (2 goals)
Weekend stat: The last time AC Milan tasted defeat in their opening game of the season was back in the 1986/87 campaign, when they went down 1-0 to Ascoli.

La Liga: Barça and Real start slow
Barcelona and Real Madrid fluffed their lines as the season got underway. Josep Guardiola's reign as Blaugrana coach began with a 1-0 reverse at Numancia, the game's only goal coming from Mario after 12 minutes. Bernd Schuster's Real Madrid fared no better on their trip to Deportivo La Coruna, the champions coming away empty-handed after a 2-1 loss.

Atletico Madrid made an altogether more impressive start when they beat top-flight newcomers Malaga 4-0 at the Vicente Calderon to take an early lead at the top.

Top three: Atletico Madrid, Valencia, Almeria (3 pts)
Bottom three: Athletic Bilbao, Mallorca, Malaga (0)
Top scorers: Diego Forlan (2 goals)
Weekend stat: After romping to victory over Schalke in their UEFA Champions League qualifier, Atletico Madrid earned their second 4-0 win in five days.

Ligue 1: Marseille and Lyon stay unbeaten
Marseille and Lyon continue to set the pace in France. OM secured a 2-1 win at home to Sochaux, while Les Gones' 1-0 victory over Saint-Etienne was indebted to another Karim Benzema goal. That strike took the French international's tally for the new season to four in as many games.

Top three: Marseille, Lyon (10 pts), Le Mans (9)
Bottom three: Le Havre (3), Sochaux, Nantes (1)
Top scorers: Karim Benzema (4 goals), Thorstein Helstad, Modibo Maiga (3)
Weekend stat: Four games into the French season and Lyon are the only side in the league yet to concede a goal.

Two goals from Scotland striker Kenny Miller helped Rangers to a 4-2 win over arch-rivals Celtic in the first Old Firm meeting of the season. That result allowed the Gers to move top of the table.

Reigning Dutch champions PSV Eindhoven posted a warning to their rivals with an emphatic 5-1 defeat of Utrecht on the opening day, while Ajax have plenty to ponder already after going down 2-1 at Willem II.