Euro Football Round-Up: Lewandowski's Record, Messi's Debut, Depay's Dominance

Here's what happened this weekend as Lewandowski broke Gerd Muller's long-standing mark
11:09, 30 Aug 2021

European football threw up a little bit of everything this weekend. Records were broken, big names were upset and icons debuted. Here is everything you need to know from Europe’s biggest leagues.


Robert Lewandowski broke a club record set by the great Gerd Muller when he scored in his 16th consecutive Bayern Munich game. The Polish forward hit a hat-trick as his club smashed Hertha Berlin 5-0.

RB Leipzig were surprised by Wolfsburg, falling 1-0 to a Jerome Roussillon strike. On Friday, Borussia Dortmund recorded a thrilling 3-2 win over Hoffenheim by virtue of a 91st-minute Erling Haaland strike.

Serie A

For all the talk of Cristiano Ronaldo’s spell in Turin being somewhat of a failure, without him Juventus laboured to a 1-0 loss at Empoli. The Bianconeri would perhaps have benefited from the presence of a man who scored 29 league goals for them last season.

Inter had an easier time adjusting to life without Romelu Lukaku, as Lautaro Martinez and Joaquin Correa (2) scored the goals in a 3-1 win at Hellas Verona.

AC Milan marked themselves out as potential title contenders with a 4-1 thrashing of Cagliari, Olivier Giroud scoring twice during a chaotic first 45 minutes in which all five goals were scored.


La Liga

Memphis Depay continued his bright start to life at Camp Nou, scoring the winner in a 2-1 victory over Getafe. Barcelona are unbeaten so far in La Liga this season as they negotiate their first few games without Lionel Messi.

Atletico Madrid rescued a draw at home to Villarreal thanks to a bizarre own goal from Aissa Mandi. The French defender headed the ball towards keeper Geronimo Rulli, who was wrong-footed as the ball rolled into his net.

Elsewhere, Real Madrid extended their unbeaten run with a 1-0 win at Real Betis, Dani Carvajal netting the only goal.

Ligue 1

In a week that was all about legendary Ballon d’Or winners securing transfer moves, it is only appropriate that Lionel Messi finally made his Paris Saint-Germain debut. The Argentine came off the bench as PSG defeated Reims 2-0, with Kylian Mbappe scoring both goals in what could be his final appearance for the Parisians amidst interest from Real Madrid.

Champions Lille beat Montpellier 2-1, while ex-Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi got on the scoresheet for Marseille in their 3-1 win over St Etienne.


Ajax put a marker down as they hammered Vitesse 5-0 with Davy Klaassen among the goals, but they remain second behind PSV, who made it three wins from three games. The league leaders won 5-2 at home to Groningen.

Feyenoord suffered an upset, as Utrecht beat them 3-1 and leapfrogged them into third place.

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