European roundup: Real Madrid come from behind as Union Berlin take over

real Madrid came from behind to beat Majorca 4-1 at the Bernabéu in La Liga on Sunday and continue their perfect start to the season.

A solo effort from Federico Valverde at the stroke of half time leveled the scores after Vedat Muqiri stunned the home crowd with a nod to the visitors. Vinícius Jr put the hosts in front before Rodrygo and Antonio Rüdiger completed the rout.

Real returned to the top of the table, two points ahead of second-placed Barcelona.

A much-changed Real initially struggled to gain a foothold and sorely missed injured talisman Karim Benzema in attack throughout a sub-par first half.

Muqiri, who was denied by Thibaut Courtois in the opening 40 seconds, headed unmarked to the back post after 35 minutes and it looked like the champions were going to trail at the break for the first time this campaign. That changed, however, in injury time late in the half when Valverde ran the full length of the pitch before firing home a left-footed shot from the edge of the box.

After the break the hosts monopolized the ball but were lucky when Antonio Sánchez fired in from six yards out, the goal gaping on a rare Balearic forward foray.

Rodrygo’s mazy run fed Vinícius 18 minutes from time and the Brazilian striker scored for a fifth game in a row to put Carlo Ancelotti’s side ahead ahead of Rodrygo, who capped a delightful run with a perfect finish, and a first goal in Madrid colors for Rüdiger added late shine to the score line.

Union Berlin moved two points clear of champions Bayern Munich at the top of the Bundesliga table after coming away from Cologne with a 1-0 victory thanks to an own goal early in the game.

In a whirlwind opener, Union had a chance to take the lead in the third minute when Cologne defender Timo Hübers’ blocking attempt from a low cross was deflected past his keeper at the near post.

Cologne were unlucky to concede a penalty five minutes later when a header came from Luca Kilian’s elbow, but goalkeeper Marvin Schwäbe saved Jordan Siebatcheu’s tame kick to deny Union a cushion of two goals.

Union Berlin celebrates in front of its fans.
Union Berlin celebrates in front of its fans. Photography: Lars Baron/Getty Images

Union had the chance to double the lead, with Bundesliga top scorer Sheraldo Becker’s smartly taken goal from a sharp angle ruled out for offside by VAR while Christopher Trimmel saw his effort chipped off the crossbar.

Kilian’s afternoon got worse when he was sent off for a second yellow card trying to stop a Union counter-attack and 10-man Cologne couldn’t find a way past visitors who held on for victory.

Atalanta lost a chance to reclaim the Serie A lead as they were held 1-1 at home by the promoted Cremonese.

The result left Atalanta unbeaten second but level on points with third-placed Napoli and Milan, the defending champions.

Cremonese defender Emanuele Valeri equalized in the 78th minute on a rebound for his first Italian Premier League goal, four minutes after Merih Demiral gave Atalanta the lead by redirecting a Teun Koopmeiners free kick with a header. Atalanta also saw a goal disallowed by VAR after it was determined Caleb Okoli used his hand to deflect a Koopmeiners free-kick.

Cremonese, playing in the top flight for the first time in 26 years, picked up his first point last weekend against Sassuolo after opening the season with four straight defeats. Atalanta produced twice as many shots as Cremonese (14-7) and dominated possession but struggled to find the frame.

Napoli beat Spezia 1-0 on Saturday and Milan won 2-1 at Sampdoria. Juventus will host Salernitana later on Sunday.

This story will be updated as the day progresses

European roundup: Real Madrid come from behind as Union Berlin take over

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