Rafael Leao, King of AC Milan, Vinicius, all VAR categories, spoils the Premier League

Another weekend of headlines, golazos and unexpected finishes in Europe’s biggest leagues. There was no shortage of drama, from Milan winning their first derby of the Serie A season, to the fans, coaches and players raging at the Premier League’s VAR.

ESPN reporters Rob Dawson, Alex Kirkland, Julian Lorenz, James Tyler and Mark Ogden explain the important things you need to know this weekend.

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Milan draws first blood in the Italian Serie A

While we wait for other big derby matches, other big clashes at the top of the table or other mouth-watering matches between the giants of Europe, on Saturday Madonnina derby Between AC Milan and Inter Milan was the first big success of the season and it was fantastic.

It had it all: goals, drama, suspense, good solo performance, fouls (look away now). Hakan Calhanoglu) and the winner. Milan, at the moment, is AC Milan’s kingdom while Inter are now two points behind their arch-rivals in the table. And the Rafael Liao He is the undisputed king of the city. The Serie A player last season was brilliant with two goals and one assist. His second goal is a homage to the great George Weah with many similarities in how he achieved this goal, and his little hook and finish. This 3-2 win for the current champion is not decisive in the title race but it showed that everyone who wants their title must fight hard to get it. – Lorenz

Dortmund snores… for now

Watching Borussia Dortmund at times can feel like a horror movie, with quiet moments interrupted badly by nightmares. Does anyone remember his spectacular collapse at home against Werder Bremen two days ago? Kicked out of the equation, they were brilliant in opening the campaign, back to basics at wide and notching their second straight 1-0 Bundesliga win, and their fourth win in five. It’s also third 1-0 in that series.

Watch again: Dortmund 1-0 Hoffenheim (ESPN+, US only)

They are beating Bayern Munich now, which is proof that Eden Terzec deserves support. Friday’s meager win at Hoffenheim was fairly routine: Marco Reyos (2 goals, 2 passes this season) He had the same classic self in stroking a Julian Brant The first time you pass after Oliver Bowman To give Dortmund a lead in the 16th minute, they stuck it out with little difficulty.

The trick from here will continue to build momentum while maintaining a perspective on what Terzic is building: in addition to a trip to Manchester City in the Champions League in two weeks’ time, Dortmund will need to be as cohesive as possible to visit Bayern at the beginning of October. It will tell us a lot about the Dortmund title competition like the matches against RB Leipzig, FC Köln and Schalke 04. – Tyler



Marco Reus goal in the 16th minute Borussia Dortmund 1-0 TSG Hoffenheim

With honors up in Merseyside

It was an emotional afternoon at Goodison Park with two clubs and two groups of fans united in grief after the murder of a nine-year-old girl at her home last week in Liverpool, and it was perhaps fitting that there was no Merseyside derby winner. This time around.

the two guards, Alison especially Jordan Pickford, was the deadlock after some great saves and if the match took some time it turned into epic in the second half and in the end it was a good 0-0 tie but that’s a result that doesn’t do that. It does not suit anyone.

Liverpool feels like they’ve lost two points during this Everton He could smell victory at times. The game also reminded us that something is not right Mohamed Salah at the moment. Without having a bad game (0.19 xG and 0.24 xA for him at the end), he didn’t look his best. – Lorenz



Janusz Michalik points the finger at Mohamed Salah and Trent Alexander-Arnold after Liverpool’s confrontation with Everton.

Gavi shines Sanchez Pizjuan

We can praise half of the Barcelona squad after their 3-0 win over Sevilla on Saturday night. Robert Lewandowski He scored again to make it five La Liga goals in four matches. Jules Conde He provided assists against his former club. Ravenha Impressed again, he opened the scoring and contributed to Barcelona’s third place. And the Eric Garcia He achieved the first goal of his professional career.

He was another player who was named Man of the Match. dryThe 18-year-old has been everywhere in Sanchez Pizjuan, working tirelessly to squeeze out of possession and looking after the ball when he gets it, with a 90.9% pass completion rate. With all the noise surrounding Barcelona’s hectic summer transfer window, we must not forget that two of the most exciting young players anywhere – Jaffe and pedry – They were already there at the Camp Nou.

This is going to be a big season for Gavi. He really looked like a star in dysfunctional Barcelona early last season. Now, in a team that has transformed from coaching Xavi and playing alongside professionals and world leaders like Lewandowski, it’s time to shine. And that’s before we mention the main role he should play for Spain in the World Cup. – kirkland



Eric Garcia goal in the 50th minute Sevilla 0-3 Barcelona


Man United delivers merchandise

the end of Marcus Rashford is good but the pass from Bruno Fernandez sublime. Starts with a swipe forward from Christian Eriksen Man United’s best player in the 3-1 win over Arsenal – but made with the vision and delivery of Fernandes.

A word, too, for the ending from Rashford. He struggled for shape for nearly two years, but that was a moment of intense pressure in a big match and he kept his cool. – Dawson

Every class of Vinicius

Vinicius JrHis development into a clinical, quiescent scorer is not news. After all, this is the player who scored 17 goals in La Liga last season. However, the quality of the finishing can still surprise, and that was the case on Saturday when he opened the scoring in Real Madrid’s 2-1 win over Real Betis at the Santiago Bernabeu.

His clever move in the ninth minute made him overcome the Betis offside trap and enter the full back Youssouf Sabaly And set off safely getting to know that fellow David Alaba He has the vision and technique to find him in passing. Vinicius’ next touch was really special, as he grabbed the ball over the goalkeeper Roy Silva, and escape in celebration before falling into the back of the net. It’s three goals in his last three games for Vinicius, helping Real Madrid top the table with the most points so far. – Kirkland

Brilliant Becker confuses Bayern

There were many things to disappoint the Bavarians on Saturday – Leroy SaneWasted finishing touches, goalkeeper championships Frederic Ronaud To name a few – in their 1-1 draw with Union Berlin, but surely even the most miserable Bayern fan could appreciate Sheraldo BakerGreat opening goal.

Al-Ittihad’s top scorer scored an elegant shot from Christopher TremmelPiece set rings to leave Manuel Neuer Air capture, and it must be said how hard this shot is to perform: Seriously, try this in your next capture game and see where you end up. Although Bayern will level quickly through an equally resounding end Joshua KimmishUnion had more than enough to hold on to a well-earned point. – Tyler

Team in trouble

Click on Cooper in Forrest

Nottingham Forest cannot be accused of not showing ambition after their return to the Premier League, but despite spending nearly £150m on new players this summer, they still find themselves in relegation places after six games.

The 3-2 defeat at home to Bournemouth on Saturday is a devastating blow after a 2-0 first-half lead – especially after the 6-0 defeat at the hands of Manchester City three days ago. Steve Cooper needs to get his new team’s appearance quickly to avoid an immediate return to the championship and the next three matches against Leeds United, Fulham and Leicester City will be essential if they are to start their season and run fast. .

The danger for Cuper is that if he can’t turn things around, it will be very tempting for Forrest to change managers when the Premier League rests for the World Cup in November. Forrest might not have been in the Premier League without Cooper, but football is a futile business, especially when there is a lot of money at stake. With so many new players arriving, Cooper is still trying to figure out his best team but that has to happen sooner rather than later – Dawson

Leipzig in free fall

You would hate to panic any team this early in the season, but something is not right in Leipzig at the moment. Nothing was complacent about Eintracht Frankfurt’s 4-0 defeat on Saturday, the second defeat in their last three Bundesliga games. From the xG battle (3.10 to 0.18) to having no shots on target compared to the 9 in Frankfurt, the Red Bull boys endured one afternoon in which I conceded early goals and then had to hang on, hanging on to full capacity. whistle time.

Things should become clear over time Timo Werner He settles down at his former club and sheds some of the bad habits he must have collected at Chelsea, but the upcoming schedule is far from forgiving: Champions League clashes with Shakhtar Donetsk and Real Madrid on either side of a league match with Dortmund await over the next ten days. Hopefully Domenico Tedesco has the magic words to rally the team in search of confidence. – Tyler



Watch the game highlights from Eintracht Frankfurt vs RB Leipzig, 09/03/2022

The best player of the weekend

Watch the video assistant referee in the English Premier League

On any other weekend, Eriksen would have been named man of the bag after a superb performance during Manchester United’s 3-1 win over Arsenal at Old Trafford, but despite dominating the match for Eric ten Hag, the Tottenham Hotspur midfielder could Previous ”. It can’t compete with VAR in terms of impact output.

The VAR – the Video Assistant Referee – is supposed to be there to help sort out the obvious and obvious mistakes by officials and also ensure that no goals are awarded incorrectly in the event of a breach.

But this weekend, the VAR dominated the Premier League for all the wrong reasons.

Newcastle and West Ham appear to have disallowed good goals against Crystal Palace and Chelsea, respectively, after the VAR instructed the match official to review his initial award award. The Premier League has now ordered its referees body – PGMOL – to explain how both decisions were incorrectly taken.

Then there was a bad discovery failure Virgil van Dijk wrong Amadou Onana During Liverpool’s 0-0 draw with Everton, how long it took them to decide on it Alexis MacAlisterBrighton’s goal against Leicester was offside, and similarly, it took nearly three minutes to decide whether to send Eriksen off the ball in preparation for Arsenal’s goal that was eventually called off.

VAR technology should be there to improve the game, but this weekend, things only got worse and took the headlines away with the many great performances of players and teams on the field. – Ogden