United shocked by Spurs, Madrid get title challenge back on track
Published: 02.10.12 / Written by: David Gold
Manchester United were stunned in the Premier League this weekend as they lost at home to Tottenham Hotspur for the first time in 23 years.
The North Londoners came away from Old Trafford with a 3-2 win as their campaign gathers momentum. League leaders Chelsea won a tight game 2-1 at the Emirates Stadium against Arsenal, while champions Manchester City beat Fulham 2-1. Liverpool got their first win as they crushed Norwich 5-2, and Newcastle were held 2-2 by Reading. Everton's fine form continued with a 3-1 win over Southampton.
Real Madrid slaughtered Deportivo La Coruna 5-1 at the Bernabeu, Cristiano Ronaldo bagging a hat trick. That means Madrid go into the Clasico with Barcelona next weekend eight points behind their bitter rivals. Barcelona still have a 100% record after coming from 2-0 down to win 3-2, their final two goals coming in the last minutes. Malaga beat Real Betis 4-0, Valencia overcame Real Zaragoza 2-0, Real Sociedad won the Basque derby 2-0 against Athletic Bilbao and Atletico Madrid's fine form continued at Espanyol with a 1-0 win.
In Italy Juventus won 4-1 against Roma to continue their long running unbeaten run, now 45 matches in Serie A. They are still joint on points with Napoli, who won 1-0 at Sampdoria. AC Milan were saved from another defeat at Parma, as they drew 1-1, Udinese were held 0-0 by Genoa and Torino stunned Atalanta, the Turin side winning 5-1 away. Inter Milan beat Fiorentina 2-1, Palermo beat Chievo 4-1 and Lazio beat Siena 2-1.
Bayern Munich beat Werder Bremen 2-0 away from home to stay top in the Bundesliga with a perfect record, and Eintracht Frankfurt remained the surprise package as the newly promoted team beat Freiburg 2-1 to remain second. Champions Borussia Dortmund got back to winning ways with a 5-0 win over Borussia Moenchengladbach, Schalke drew at Fortuna Dusseldorf 2-2. Hamburg continued their revival, winning 1-0 against Hannover, and Bayer Leverkusen beat Greuther Furth 2-0.
In France leaders Marseille saw their perfect record smashed by Valenciennes, who won 4-1 at home. Paris St Germain are three points behind them going into the Clasico between the pair next week after beating Sochaux 2-0. Lyon lost 2-0 at home to Bordeaux to stay third, and Lorient are still fourth following a 1-1 draw with Evian. Lille's poor form continued with a 2-0 loss at Rennes, while champions Montpellier won 2-0 at Nancy.
Twente's perfect record in Holland came to an end, they lost 1-0 at champions Ajax, but are still ahead of Vitesse at the top of the league, who won 2-1 at Utrecht. PSV slaughtered Venlo 6-0, and Feyenoord in fifth are also emphatic winners after beating NEC 5-1. Porto drew 2-2 at Rio Ave while rivals Benfica beat Pacos de Ferreira 2-1 to go top of the league. Sporting Lisbon drew 2-2 with Estoril Praia, while Braga won 2-0 at Vitoria Guimaraes.
Anzhi Makhachkala won 2-1 against Nizhny Novgorod in Russia to go top of the league, ahead of CSKA Moscow, who lost 2-0 to city rivals Dynamo Moscow at home. Lokomotiv Moscow are third after drawing 1-1 at Zenit St Petersburg, the champions, who are down in seventh. Terek Grozny lost 2-1 at Kuban Krasnodar but are still fourth, and fifth place is Spartak Moscow's after they won 3-1 at Amkar Perm. Rubin Kazan won 4-0 at Rostov.
Turkish champions Galatasaray were stunned 2-0 by Orduspor, while Fenerbahce also lost by the same score at Kasimpasa. Greek champions Olympiakos won 1-0 at Atromitos, Panathinaikos drew 0-0 at home to Asteras Tripolis. In Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk won their 25th match in a row by beating Dnipro 2-1. Dynamo Kiev won 1-0 against Zarja.
In Brazil leaders Fluminense won the big Rio de Janeiro derby 1- 0 at Flamengo to move six points clear of Atletico Mineiro, who drew 1-1 at Portuguesa as their title challenge stumbles. Third placed Gremio drew 1-1 at Santos, Vasco de Gama beat Figueirense 3-1 and Corinthians beat Sport 3-0. Sao Paulo drew 1-1 at Coritiba, and Palmeiras defeated Ponte Preta 3-0. Across in Argentina, Boca Juniors drew 1-1 with San Lorenzo, and River Plate crushed champions Arsenal 4-0. Newell's Old Boys are still top despite drawing 0-0 with Tigre. Independiente won 2-1 at Union Santa Fe to ease their relegation fears.