European Leagues review
The big names in Europe's leading leagues all claimed maximum points at the weekend. Chelsea, Manchester United, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Inter Milan and Juventus all won to consolidate positions at or near the top of their respective standings. The usual suspects in France and Germany similarly lived up to expectations. FIFA.com reviews the action.
Premier League: Chelsea serene, United at the death
Chelsea continue to set a heady pace in England. The Blues ran up a comfortable 3-0 home win over fellow Londoners Tottenham Hotspur and now have 18 points from six games. Champions Manchester United kept up their pursuit courtesy of a Michael Owen strike deep into stoppage time, which snatched them a 4-3 win over Manchester City in a thrilling derby.
Of the other perennial title contenders, Liverpool won 3-2 away to West Ham United and Arsenal saw off Wigan Athletic 4-0. Burnley remain the best-placed of the promoted trio thanks to a 3-1 success at home to Sunderland.
Top three: Chelsea (18 points), Manchester United (15), Liverpool (12)
Bottom three: Blackburn Rovers, Hull City (both 4 points), Portsmouth (0)
Leading scorers: Wayne Rooney (6 goals), Darren Bent, Jermain Defoe, Didier Drogba, Fernando Torres (all 5)
Weekend stat: 7 - The number of goals in the Manchester derby, a total last seen back in 1970/71.
Bundesliga: Hamburg and Bayer neck-and-neck
Hamburg and Bayer Leverkusen remain joint-top, although neither club won at the weekend. The former drew 1-1 away to surprise package Eintracht Frankfurt, with the Rhineland outfit held to a goalless draw at home by Werder Bremen. The country's most successful club, Bayern Munich, were the main beneficiaries from those results. In the all-Bavaria derby against Nuernberg, Belgian colossus Daniel van Buyten struck late to seal a 2-1 victory and third spot in the standings.
Hoffenheim won 4-2 at Borussia Monchengladbach and promoted Mainz triumphed 3-2 in Bochum to remain level on points with Bayern in fourth and fifth respectively. At the wrong end of the table, UEFA Europa League contenders Hertha Berlin are in deep trouble, dropping to the foot after a 4-0 defeat at home by promoted Freiburg.
Top three: Hamburg, Bayer Leverkusen (both 14 points), Bayern Munich (11)
Bottom three: Koeln, Bochum (both 4 points), Hertha Berlin (3)
Leading scorers: Stefan Kiessling (5 goals), Paulo Guerrero (4)
Weekend stat: 3 - Three clubs remain undefeated after six games. They are leaders Hamburg and Bayer Leverkusen, and more surprisingly, Eintracht Frankfurt in sixth.
Ligue 1: Bordeaux in ominous form
Leaders Bordeaux made it five wins on the bounce with a 2-0 success at Boulogne. Lyon drew 1-1 away to Paris Saint-Germain and Marseille beat promoted Montpellier 4-2. The two Olympiques are level on points, two adrift of the champions.
Fourth-placed Rennes won impressively, 4-0 away to bottom club Grenoble, and remain undefeated in six games, while Monaco travelled along the coast and beat Nice 3-1 to stay in touch with the top trio. Eleventh-placed Toulouse beat Le Mans 2-0 and Lille, in 15th, drew 1-1 at Lens.
Top three: Bordeaux (16 points), Lyon, Marseille (both 14)
Bottom three: Saint-Etienne, Nice (both 4 points), Grenoble (0)
Leading scorers: Yoann Gourcuff, Asamoah Gyan, Nene, Mamadou Niang (all 4 goals)
Weekend stat: 20 - The number of seconds played before Asamoah Gyan put Rennes 1-0 up away to Grenoble with the fastest goal of the season so far.
La Liga: Madrid take top spot
Real Madrid are top of the standings after three games in Spain. Cristiano Ronaldo and Co ran up a routine 5-0 win at home to newcomers Deportivo Xerez to leapfrog bitter rivals Barcelona, although the champions were in almost as convincing form, seeing off Atletico Madrid 5-2.
Mallorca beat promoted Tenerife 4-0 as eight of the top nine in the table won at the weekend. Fifth-placed Valencia, who drew 2-2 with Sporting Gijon, were the only exception. Elsewhere, the form which saw Villarreal finish fifth last season is proving elusive this term. The Yellow Submarines have sunk to 17th after failing to win so far.
Top three: Real Madrid, Barcelona, Athletic Bilbao (all 9 points)
Bottom three: Osasuna, Atletico Madrid (both 1 point), Deportivo Xerez (0)
Leading scorers: Cristiano Ronaldo, David Villa (both 4 goals), Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Lionel Messi, Roberto Soldado (all 3)
Weekend stat: 3 - Zlatan Ibrahimovic has averaged a goal a game in the league since joining Barcelona. The Swede is the first new signing to achieve this feat since Samuel Eto'o in 2006. The club record is held by Cesar, who fired five in three matches on joining the Catalans for the 1950-51 season.
Serie A: Sampdoria and Juventus pull clear
The form teams in Italy are Sampdoria and Juventus. The men from Genoa and Turin maintained their perfect starts: both now have 12 points from four games. Samp downed Siena 4-1 to go top, with Juve beating Livorno 2-0.
Champions Inter Milan will not be unduly concerned at this stage, as Jose Mourinho's are only two points back following a narrow 2-1 win away to Cagliari. Promoted Bari, with three draws so far, chalked up a first victory with a 4-1 reverse of Atalanta. The Bergamo side have yet to register a point this term and remain rooted to the bottom. Genoa led the standings going into the weekend but slipped to fourth after an unexpected 3-1 defeat by Chievo.
Top three: Sampdoria, Juventus (both 12 points), Inter (10)
Bottom three: Catania, Cagliari (both 1 point), Atalanta (0)
Leading scorers: Antonio di Natale (6 goals), Diego Milito (4)
Weekend stat: 1 - After four Serie A matches, Italy and Juventus keeper Gianluigi Buffon has conceded just one goal, meaning the men from Turin boast the best defence in the league.
In the Bulgarian A-Liga, CSKA Sofia maintained their perfect start to the campaign. The leaders overcame Levski Sofia 2-0 and remain top following six rounds. CSKA, who have yet to concede a goal, are level on points with Chernomorets Burgas, with Levski down in eighth.
In the Dutch Eredivisie, PSV and Twente both won away from home to stride clear at the top. The Enschede tean beat Heerenveen 2-0, while the Eindhoven heavyweights went to Rotterdam and defeated Feyenoord 3-1. However, the star of the weekend was Ajax marksman Luis Suarez. The Uruguayan struck all four as the men from Amsterdam beat Venlo 4-0.