La Liga & Serie A roundup: Barcelona shocked at Camp Nou; Atletico close in on 2nd

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A roundup of Saturday’s action in Spain and Italy’s top flights:

Barcelona 0-1 Malaga

Barcelona’s run of 11 games unbeaten at home (all competitions) came to an end on Saturday as seventh-placed Malaga snatched a famous 1-0 victory at the Camp Nou. Luis Enrique’s Barca remain in second place in La Liga, but the loss opens the door for league leaders Real Madrid to go four points clear as they visit 16th-placed Elche on Sunday.

Spanish forward Juanmi scored the only goal of the game (7th minute) by rounding goalkeeper Claudio Bravo and sliding the ball into an empty net. Despite holding 73 percent of possession, Barca failed to create the requisite number of chances (11 shots, five on goal) to break down Javi Gracia’s resolute Malaga side.

Atletico Madrid 3-0 Almeria

A first half-hour onslaught led by — who else — Mario Mandzukic and Antoine Griezmann saw Diego Simeone’s Atletico easily brush aside 17th-placed Almeria at the Vicente Calderon. Mandzukic (12 league goals) scored from the penalty spot on 13 minutes and Griezmann (14 league goals) added a brace of his own nine minutes apart in the just before the half-hour mark.

The victory keeps Atletico’s hold on third place as firm as ever and moves Los Rojiblancos to within three points of Barca in second.

Elsewhere in La Liga

Cordoba 1-2 Valencia
Deportivo La Coruna 0-2 Celta Vigo

Sunday’s La Liga schedule

Real Sociedad vs. Sevilla (6 am ET)
Athetlic Bilbao vs. Rayo Vallecano (11 am ET)
Villarreal vs. Eibar (1 pm ET)
Elche vs. Real Madrid (3 pm ET)


source: Getty ImagesThe only Serie A game of the day, Sampdoria vs. Genoa, was postponed due to a waterlogged field (photo at right). A makeup date has not yet been announced, as heavy storms are expected to continue in Genoa on Sunday.

[ FULL RECAP: Juventus 2-1 Atalanta (Friday) ]

Sunday’s Serie A schedule

Lazio vs. Palermo (9 am ET)
Hellas Verona vs. Roma (9 am ET)
AC Milan vs. Cesena (9 am ET)
Empoli vs. Chievo (9 am ET)
Fiorentina vs. Torino (2:45 pm ET)

Watch Live: Liverpool v. Arsenal

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2-0 to start the season, Liverpool and Arsenal are both bidding for their first marquee three points when they tangle at Anfield on Saturday (Watch live on NBC and online via

Alexandre Lacazette is on the bench for Arsenal as record signing Nicolas Pepe starts for the Gunners, who have beaten Burnley and Newcastle United.


Liverpool’s wins have come against Norwich City and Southampton, and Reds boss Jurgen Klopp is deploying his very best to face the Gunners.




AT HALF: Manchester United trails, 10-man Brighton loses goal to VAR

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We’ve got goals. We’ve got red cards. We’ve got fun.

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All four Premier League 10 a.m. ET Saturday kickoffs have reached halftime. Here’s your primer to select which second half to stream live.

Watford 1-1 West Ham United

Chances and entertainment for days at Vicarage Road, where Mark Noble‘s early penalty was quickly offset by Andre Gray‘s emphatic finish of a Will Hughes through ball.

Brighton and Hove Albion 0-0 Southampton

Florin Andone has been sent off for the hosts after a gnarly challenge on Yan Valery, and further insult for Brighton came when VAR spotted a clear foul on Lewis Dunk‘s headed goal.

Sheffield United 0-1 Leicester City

Jamie Vardy may not tire of throwing parties, and James Maddison sure designs delightful invitations.

Manchester United 0-1 Crystal Palace

Possession doesn’t matter much if you can’t handle a 70-yard goalkeeper pass, and Victor Lindelof‘s lost header to Jeff Schlupp allowed Jordan Ayew as much time as he needed to slot past David De Gea.

United probably should be up a man after Gary Cahill chopped down Anthony Martial, but only a yellow arrived at Old Trafford.

Lampard, Abraham react to first Chelsea win, goal

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Frank Lampard was all business in being asked about his first Premier League win as Chelsea boss.

Coming on the heels of a loss and draw heading into Saturday’s 3-2 defeat of Norwich City, Lampard was ready to talk about the big picture (especially considering the Blues dealt with a pre-match injury to Pedro).

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With a lot of young players and a tricky transfer ban, Lampard has to walk a fine line between the expectations of Chelsea and the reality of working with a side he hasn’t been able to improve through the transfer window. From the BBC:

“We want to compete. We know this year is difficult on different levels. We’ve had a tough start, and yep, we needed a win. It helps confidence.”

On the other end of the spectrum is Tammy Abraham, who has no qualms whatsoever with his first Chelsea goal in the Premier League.

“I didn’t even know how to celebrate so I just ran over to the management and the staff. It always gives confidence to me and the young boys when the coach believes in you.”

Sheffield United is next, a real chance for the Blues to round into form even if the Blades have been plucky early in their Premier League return.

Watch Live: Four Premier League games at 10am ET

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Four Premier League games kick off at 10 a.m. ET on Saturday, as Matchweek 3 is in full swing.

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Man United host Crystal Palace, Southampton head to Brighton, Watford and West Ham do battle and Leicester travel to Sheffield United.

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You can access additional games by purchasing the new “Premier League Pass” via NBC Sports Gold which also includes an extensive selection of shoulder programming such as Premier League News, Premier League Today and NBC Sports originals such as Premier League Download and much more.

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For those of you familiar with the Premier League Breakaway Show during busy days (Boxing Day, New Year’s Day, Championship Sunday etc.) in the PL, this will follow that model of being similar to the NFL RedZone with action shown from all of the games in the 10 a.m. ET window. More info is available here.

The schedule for all four games at 10 a.m. ET is below and you can stream each game live by clicking on the links.

10 a.m. ET: Man United v. Crystal Palace – NBCSN [STREAM]
10 a.m. ET: Brighton v. Southampton – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]
10 a.m. ET: Sheffield United v. Leicester – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]
10 a.m. ET: Watford v. West Ham – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]