A roundup of Saturday’s action in Spain and Italy’s top flights…
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Leganes 1-5 Barcelona
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Barcelona scored five goals, four of which were scored by Lionel Messi (two), Luis Suarez and Neymar, three of which were also assisted by a member of Barca’s incomparable goal-scoring trio. It was just another typical Saturday is Spain, really. Rafinha was the only member of the Blaugrana with the audacity to include his name on the scorer’s sheet.
With Real Madrid yet to play this weekend, Barca are currently top of the league, level on points with Los Blancos, ahead on goal differential.
Atletico Madrid 5-0 Sporting Gijon
Not to be outdone, though, Atleti went and matched — one-upping, in some cases — everything Barca had done a few hours earlier. For starters, a clean sheet — 5-0 is better than 5-1. Then there’s Antoine Griezmann, who seems the likeliest candidate to ever upset the Messi-Suarez-Cristiano Ronaldo La Liga Golden Boot triopoly. Two more for Griezmann on Saturday gives the French superstar four in three games this season, on level terms with the Barca duo.
Fernando Torres — remember him? — chipped in with a second-half brace of his own, with the game already well in hand at 3-0. Kevin Gameiro bagged Atleti’s second goal, which put Los Rojiblancos 2-0 up after five minutes.
Elsewhere in La Liga
Eibar 1-1 Sevilla
Las Palmas 1-0 Malaga
Sunday’s La Liga schedule
Osasuna vs. Celta Vigo — 6 a.m. ET
Athletic Bilbao vs. Villarreal — 10:15 a.m. ET
Villarreal vs. Real Sociedad — 12:30 p.m. ET
Espanyol vs. Real Madrid — 2:45 p.m. ET
Napoli 3-1 Bologna
Death, taxes and Napoli replacing a world-class goalscorer with the next world-class goalscorer. First, there was Edinson Cavani, followed by Gonzalo Higuain, and now … Arkadiusz Milik?
Napoli paid Ajax $40 million for the 22-year-old Polish star upon Higuain’s move to Juventus in the summer, and while the name on the back of the jersey is different, the results are the same. Through four games in Serie A (two starts, two substitute appearances), Milik has scored four goals (in 223 minutes). He also scored both goals in Tuesday’s 2-1 victory over Dynamo Kiev in the UEFA Champions League. For those keeping track, that’s six goals in 305 minutes (a goal every 51 minutes).
Elsewhere in Serie A
Lazio 3-0 Pescara
Sunday’s Serie A schedule
Udinese vs. Chievo — 6:30 a.m. ET
Cagliari vs. Atalanta — 9 a.m. ET
Crotone vs. Palermo — 9 a.m. ET
Sassuolo vs. Genoa — 9 a.m. ET
Torino vs. Empoli — 9 a.m. ET
Inter Milan vs. Juventus — 12 p.m. ET
Fiorentina vs. Roma — 2:45 p.m. ET