Cavani rescues United, City thrash Burnley as Messi gives Maradona a fitting tribute

Liverpool, Spurs, Chelsea all draw and more Football results from the weekend across the top divisions

Barcelona 4 – 0 Osasuna

Messi scored in fine style to cap a 4-0 victory over Osasuna at Camp Nou on Sunday, a game that was preceded by a tribute to former Barca star Maradona, who died on Wednesday.

Having found the net, Messi removed his Barca shirt to reveal a Newell’s Old Boys jersey bearing Maradona’s famous No 10.

The 1986 World Cup winner spent a season at the club, where Messi was later a youth player, towards the end of his career.

Antoine Griezmann starred with a goal and an assist, as Martin Braithwaite and Phillipe Coutinho also scored.

Barca’s victory moves them into seventh place, three points behind champions Real Madrid in fourth, with a game in hand.

Real Madrid 1 – 2 Deportivo Alaves

Real Madrid were stunned 2-1 by Deportivo Alaves and lost Eden Hazard to another injury as Zinedine Zidane witnessed a horror show from his team. 

Lucas Perez and Joselu struck as Madrid suffered a third defeat in their opening 10 LaLiga games this season, their title defence getting off to a rocky start. 

Madrid had played 15 previous home games against Alaves in LaLiga, winning 14 of those. They, however, came unstuck this time as Lucas Perez and Joselu punished a poor Real Madrid performance

Shots from Rodrygo and Lucas Vazquez went narrowly wide as Madrid sought a way back into the game.

Casemiro netted from close range after 86 minutes but they could not force a late leveller, with Isco going close when he clipped the top of the crossbar in the sixth minute of additional time.

Valencia 0-1 Atletico Madrid

Toni Lato’s unfortunate own goal 11 minutes from time gave Atletico Madrid a hard-fought 1-0 win at Valencia on Saturday. 

Atleti dominated throughout yet struggled to create opportunities in the second half after Jaume Domenech had stood tall in the Valencia goal prior to the break. 

After following up last week’s victory over Barcelona – the first in LaLiga during Diego Simeone’s tenure – with a goalless Champions League draw against Lokomotiv Moscow, the visitors looked set to suffer further frustration. 

However, substitute Yannick Carrasco’s low cross bounced off Lato’s knee and into the net to finally beat Domenech and take Atleti level on points with Real Sociedad at the summit.

Manchester City 5-0 Burnley

Riyad Mahrez scored a hat-trick as Manchester City thrashed Burnley 5-0 on Saturday in a timely response to criticism of their early-season form.

The Algeria international struck twice in the first half to surpass 100 goal involvements in the Premier League and put City in total control.

Burnley had brief respite when a third City effort was disallowed, but Benjamin Mendy’s clever finish – his first goal in English football – effectively ended the contest before half-time.

Ferran Torres also got his first league goal for City before substitute Phil Foden crossed for Mahrez to complete his treble and cap a supremely comfortable outing at the Etihad Stadium.

Peacock-Farrell turned the ball into his own net but was spared by another offside call, with De Bruyne crashing a shot off the post in injury time as City made it seven wins in a row against the Clarets by an aggregate scoreline of 28-1.

The win moves City into eighth in the table, six points behind Liverpool, who drew with Brighton and Hove Albion and have played a game more.

Southampton 2-3 Manchester United

Edinson Cavani inspired a superb turnaround as Manchester United came from two behind to beat Southampton 3-2.

Jan Bednarek’s header and a trademark free-kick from James Ward-Prowse had put Southampton in command at St Mary’s Stadium.

But the introduction of Cavani for the second half proved a masterstroke by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer that paid initial dividends in the 59th minute when he teed up Bruno Fernandes to halve the deficit.

He then met the midfielder’s deflected shot with a diving header to equalise and had the crucial final say when he diverted Marcus Rashford’s cross beyond Alex McCarthy in the 92nd minute, securing a record eighth successive Premier League away win for United.

This show of resolve moves them just two points behind fourth-placed Leicester City, who face Fulham on Monday, and a point adrift of Southampton in fifth.

Brighton and Hove Albion 1-1 Liverpool

Liverpool were denied victory by VAR as Andrew Robertson was penalised late on to allow Brighton and Hove Albion to rescue a 1-1 Premier League draw at the AMEX Stadium.

Diogo Jota’s ninth Liverpool goal looked set to prove enough for the Reds to move three points clear of Tottenham at the top of the table, but the Reds’ work was undone in stoppage time.

Robertson swung out a foot and clipped Danny Welbeck and, though referee Stuart Attwell spotted no infringement, he changed his decision once he checked the pitch-side monitor.

Unlike Neal Maupay, who drilled wide from the first penalty to let Liverpool off the hook in the first half, Pascal Gross made no mistake and buried the equalizer.

It was a third VAR call of the game that went against Liverpool, with Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane having goals rightly ruled out for offside as Jurgen Klopp was left to rue the technology once more.

Chelsea 0-0 Tottenham

Chelsea and Tottenham failed to fully capitalise on Liverpool’s slip-up as Frank Lampard and Jose Mourinho oversaw a tightly contested 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge.

With Liverpool pegged back by Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday, Spurs could have moved two points clear of the Reds at the top of the Premier League. Chelsea – playing the 1,000th game of the Roman Abramovich era – were also vying for pole position.

Yet despite a bright start in Sunday’s London derby, with Timo Werner having a goal disallowed, neither side could make the breakthrough in what was an encounter short of clear chances.

Looking to score in three consecutive Premier League games for the first time since September 2019, Tammy Abraham missed three presentable opportunities as Chelsea had the better of the second half, with Olivier Giroud also fluffing his lines late on as the points were shared.

It was a display which bucked the trend for two of the league’s three leading scorers, who sit either side of second-placed Liverpool in the standings, with Tottenham top on goal difference.

Milan 2-0 Fiorentina

Milan made light of Zlatan Ibrahimoivic’s injury absence with an assured 2-0 win over Fiorentina to restore their five-point advantage at the top of Serie A.

Evergreen striker Ibrahimovic made it 10 goals in six top-flight matches this season when his brace inspired a 3-1 win at Napoli, although he limped off with a hamstring complaint in the closing stages.

Yet Stefano Pioli’s side marched on without their talisman against struggling Fiorentina, with Franck Kessie netting one first-half penalty and missing a second after Alessio Romagnoli opened the scoring.

The result meant Milan were able to keep Inter at arm’s length in what is shaping up to be an intriguing title battle, their city rivals having dispatched third-placed Sassuolo 3-0 on Saturday.

Meanwhile Juventus were held 1-1 at struggling Benevento, with the Old Lady failing to dispatch their less-fancied opponents without the rested Cristiano Ronaldo.

Stuttgart 1-3 Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich returned to winning ways in the Bundesliga as goals from Kingsley Coman, Robert Lewandowski and Douglas Costa sealed a 3-1 victory over Stuttgart on Saturday.

The champions were held to a 1-1 draw by Werder Bremen last weekend and although normal service was resumed at the Mercedes-Benz Arena, they did not have it all their own way against Pellegrino Matarazzo’s side. 

Stuttgart could easily have added to Tanguy Coulibaly’s opener midway through the first half but Hansi Flick’s men powered back to claim maximum points through fine strikes from Coman and Lewandowski before the break and a late third from Costa.

The result means Bayern have won 26 of their last 29 top-flight games and helped them open a two-point lead at the Bundesliga summit after Borussia Dortmund dropped points at home to Cologne.

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