Spain

Barcelona made a dream start to life after Pep Guardiola, smashing Real Sociedad 5-1 in the opening game of their La Liga campaign.

The result took on extra significance for Tito Vilanova after great rivals Real Madrid dropped points in an earlier Sunday kick-off, drawing 1-1 against Valencia.

Carles Puyol and Lionel Messi (2) put Barca 3-1 up inside 15 minutes, with Pedro and David Villa putting an extra gloss on the scoreline at Camp Nou.

In Madrid, talisman Cristiano Ronaldo was subdued after his Euro 2012 heroics for Portugal, and couldn’t help Los Blancos past Valencia in a 1-1 draw at the Santiago Bernabeu. Gonzalo Higuain opened the scoring for the hosts, but Jonas headed home an equaliser in the first-half.

Real Betis got the win of the day with a 5-3 victory against Athletic Bilbao, although Pepe Mel’s side blew a three-goal lead before securing victory.

Fabrice Olinga stole plenty of headlines on debut for Malaga, with the 16-year-old substitute scoring the only goal against Celta Vigo to become La Liga’s youngest ever scorer.

Sevilla got off to a win, beating Getafe 2-1 on Saturday night, whilst Real Mallorca also took three points by the same scoreline against Espanyol.
 

France

After the second round of games in Ligue 1, three clubs sit at the top of the table as Lyon, Marseille and Bordeaux started with consecutive victories.

Andre-Pierre Gignac and Rod Fanni scored for OLM in their 2-0 win over Sochaux, whilst Ludovic Obraniak’s goal was enough for a 1-0 Bordeaux win against Rennes.

A 4-1 win over Troyes means that Lyon is the team to catch on goal difference, however, with Bafetimbi Gomis (2), Michel Bastos and Lisandro Lopez scoring the goals.

Paris Saint-Germain stuttered to a second consecutive draw, this time against Ajaccio, with Ezequiel Lavezzi and manager Carlo Ancelotti both sent off during proceedings.

Lorient beat champions Montpellier 2-1 thanks to injury-time goals from Alain Traore and Jeremie Aliadiere, whilst Bastia, Brest and Toulouse also picked up wins. Valenciennes and Nice drew 0-0.
 

Holland

PSV Eindhoven and Ajax got back to winning ways in emphatic style on the second weekend of action in Holland.

PSV lost 3-2 to RKC on the first weekend of the season, but put five past RKC Waalwijk this weekend with goals from Kevin Strootman, Ola Toivonen, Jermain Lens, Georgino Wijnaldum and an own goal.

Ajax stuttered to a 2-2 draw in their opener last weekend, but beat NEC Nijmegen 6-1 away this weekend to show they are title contenders once again. Christian Eriksen and Siem De Jong were amongst the scorers.

FC Twente are top of the league and the only side with two wins, beating NAC 1-0 with a goal from Leroy Fer at the Fujifilm Stadium.

Feyenoord were held to a draw against Heerenveen, whilst Utrecht, Vitesse Arnhem and AZ Alkmaar registered victories.

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