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La Liga & Serie A roundup: Real Madrid, Napoli, Roma all victorious

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

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Las Palmas 1-2 Real Madrid

Real Madrid won away to Las Palmas, via goals scored by Sergio Ramos and Casemiro on a pair of corner kicks (below videos) — not exactly the glitz and glamor of world-class screams scored by Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema or James Rodriguez, is it? — to remain right where they started the weekend: third place in the league table, 12 points back of leaders Barcelona and four off the pace of their capital city rivals Atletico Madrid.

Sevilla 4-2 Villarreal

In the race for UEFA Champions League qualification (top four places), 4th-place Villarreal got hammered away to a 10-man, 5th-place Sevilla side. The gap between fifth and fourth is now just five points. Vicente Iborra opened the scoring for Sevilla on 23 minutes, but a quick-fire double (27th and 39th minutes) by Cedric Bakambu put the visitors a goal ahead before halftime. Victor Ruiz leveled the game once again with an own goal in the 51st minute, and Yevhen Konoplyanka scored the eventual winner on 65 minutes. Reyes provided the late insurance goal (91st minute), 12 minutes after Ever Banega was sent of and Sevilla were reduced to 10 men.

Elsewhere in La Liga

Levante 1-0 Valencia
Athletic Bilbao 3-1 Real Betis

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
Barcelona 29 24 3 2 84 22 62 14-1-0 10-2-2 75
Atlético Madrid 29 21 4 4 45 12 33 10-3-1 11-1-3 67
Real Madrid 29 19 6 4 83 28 55 12-1-2 7-5-2 63
Villarreal 29 15 8 6 35 23 12 11-2-2 4-6-4 53
Sevilla 29 13 9 7 43 31 12 13-0-2 0-9-5 48
Athletic 29 14 5 10 47 37 10 8-3-3 6-2-7 47
Celta Vigo 29 13 6 10 41 51 -10 7-4-4 6-2-6 45

Palermo 0-1 Napoli

Juventus’ lead atop the Serie A table remains just three, thanks to Napoli’s 1-0 away win over Palermo on Sunday. Gonzalo Higuain scored the game’s only goal, from the penalty spot. That makes it 27 goals in 29 league games for the Argentine, nearly double that of Serie A’s next closest scorer (Paulo Dybala – 14).

Udinese 1-2 Roma

Roma also won away on Sunday, 2-1 over 15th-place Udinese, on the back of goals scored Edin Dzeko (15th minute) and Alessandro Florenzi (74th). Bruno Fernandes grabbed Udinese’s late consolation goal in the 85th minute. Roma remain eight points back of Udinese, and are now five points clear of Fiorentina and Inter Milan in the race for Italy’s third and final Champions League place.

Fiorentina 1-1 Hellas Verona

Fiorentina were within three points of Roma heading into the weekend, but the Viola dropped a pair of points at home against Verona on Sunday. Mauro Zarate scored the game’s opening goal in the 40th minute, but having failed to find a second goal, Fiorentina conceded the equalizer to Eros Pisano in the 86th minute.

Elsewhere in Serie A

Chievo 0-0 AC Milan
Genoa 3-2 Torino
Carpi 2-1 Frosinone
Lazio 2-0 Atalanta

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
Juventus 29 21 4 4 51 15 36 11-2-1 10-2-3 67
Napoli 29 19 7 3 59 23 36 11-3-0 8-4-3 64
Roma 29 17 8 4 61 30 31 10-3-1 7-5-3 59
Fiorentina 29 16 6 7 50 32 18 10-3-2 6-3-5 54
Inter Milan 29 16 6 7 39 27 12 10-2-3 6-4-4 54
AC Milan 29 13 9 7 39 30 9 9-3-2 4-6-5 48

Watch Live: Saints v. Liverpool headlines five PL games

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Five Premier League games are coming up at 10 a.m. ET on Saturday, as the second Matchweek of the new campaign comes roaring at us.

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Southampton and Liverpool clash at St Mary’s in the main game at 10 a.m. ET, while two new boys have their first home games back in the PL.

Aston Villa host Bournemouth at Villa Park, while Norwich host Newcastle at Carrow Road. Elsewhere, Everton host Watford and West Ham travel to Brighton.

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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 five games at 10 a.m. ET is below and you can stream each game live by clicking on the links.

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Classy Arsenal beat Burnley

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Arsenal beat Burnley 2-1 at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday to make it two wins from two to start the new season. It is the first time in 10 years Arsenal have won their opening two games of a Premier League season.

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The Gunners took the lead early on through Alexandre Lacazette but a stubborn Burnley wouldn’t go away and Ashley Barnes equalized in a somewhat fortuitous manner before the break.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored the winner as Dani Ceballos dazzled on his full debut in the Premier League.

Up next for the Gunners is a trip to Liverpool followed by a north London derby against Tottenham. It is then we will see just how good this Gunners side really is.

3 things we learned

1. Ceballos is the real deal: The Spanish midfielder worked so hard defensively and oozed class on the ball. He is the replacement for Aaron Ramsey and was absolutely sensational. If he keeps playing like this, Arsenal may not be able to afford to buy him permanently next summer…

2. Defensive issues remain: There were a few shaky moments at the back for the Gunners. David Luiz‘s first start saw him take a few risks on the ball, while Bernd Leno flapped at a few crosses. Arsenal looked better defensively with Guendouzi in front of the defense, but they are far from being a solid outfit.

3. Burnley were Burnley: Sean Dyche‘s side didn’t have much of the ball but they created dangerous chances from set pieces and as long as they were only one-goal down, they were always a threat.

Man of the Match: Dani Ceballos – He will become a firm fans favorite at the Emirates Stadium. Silky on the ball, the Spaniard dug deep defensively and dictated the tempo of the game. A fine home PL debut for the Real Madrid loanee, who whipped in the corner for Lacazette’s goal and then won the ball back to create Aubameyang’s goal.

Arsenal were rampant early on and after Lacazette’s header was denied by Nick Pope, the French striker wriggled free from the resulting corner and made it 1-0.

Ashley Barnes flashed an effort just wide soon after as Burnley responded well to going behind with several high balls into the Arsenal box causing the Gunners defense problems.

Before the break Ceballos, who was running the show, orchestrated a fine counter attack which ended in Pope denying Matteo Guendouzi. Moments later Burnley were level as Dwight McNeil‘s deflected shot found Barnes and he bundled the ball home under pressure from Guendouzi to equalize against the run of play.

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Arsenal thought they’d retaken the lead right on half time but Nacho Monreal was flagged for offside as he pulled the ball back for Reiss Nelson to smash home. VAR checked the decision and no goal was given.

Nicolas Pepe came on at half time as Arsenal cranked through in the second half, with the home side dominating the play and Pope making several saves.

Ceballos, once again, was the heart of their game-winning goal as he won the ball back in a dangerous area and Aubameyang raced towards goal before curling home at the near post.

VIDEO: Lacazette scores superb solo goal

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Alexandre Lacazette is off and running for the new Premier League season.

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The Frenchman, fresh from his return from injury, wriggled free at the near post and somehow snuck his shot home to put Arsenal 1-0 up at the Emirates Stadium against Burnley.

Watch his superb strike in the video above, as the Gunners looked solid and dangerous with Dani Ceballos pulling the strings.

Watch Live: Arsenal v. Burnley

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Arsenal host Burnley on Saturday (Watch live, 7:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com) as both teams aim to stay perfect after wins to open up the new season.

The Gunners won 1-0 at Newcastle last week, while Burnley hammered Southampton at home, and Unai Emery’s men are red-hot favorites to make it two wins from two as their attacking stars start to find their groove.


In team news Arsenal start David Luiz and Dani Ceballos, while Alexandre Lacazette returns from injury. Henrikh Mkhitaryan drops to the bench and club-record signing Nicolas Pepe is also named as a sub. Mesut Ozil misses our through illness.

Burnley start with the same team that beat Southampton 3-0 last weekend, as Jay Rodriguez and Aaron Lennon are handy attacking options to have on the bench.