Dazzling Watford, Distraught Napoli, and Biggest Winners And Losers of the footballing weekend

A weekend of club football following the international break did not fall short of excitement, as the last remaining unbeaten teams across Europe’s five major leagues recorded their first defeats of the season and Watford dealt the blow that saw Ole Gunnar Solkjaer and Manchester United part ways. With the weekend now concluded, we cast our minds back to those who could be labeled, biggest winners and losers.

Biggest Winners

Watford disunite Manchester United

Watford ensured Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was booed by several of the visiting supporters on Saturday afternoon (and eventually sacked on Sunday night) after they beat Manchester United 4-1 at the Vicarage Road.

The win which saw United’s captain Harry Maguire sent off, had goals from Joshua King, Ismaila Sarr, Joao Pedro, and Emmanuel Dennis Bonaventure give Watford all three points. The victory means Hornets are now in the 16th position with 13 points from 12 games.

Augsburg exit relegation zone

Augsburg moved out of the Bundesliga relegation zone on Friday night, thanks to their 2-1 win over leaders Bayern Munich. Goals from Mads Pedersen and Andre Hahn put the hosts ahead before Robert Lewandowski halved the deficit before half-time. 

Three valuable points, gained after almost forty-five minutes of holding off constant pressure from Bayern. The result also meant Augsburg would bring to an end Bayern’s four-game winning run in the league. 

Real Madrid win to become new La Liga leaders

Marco Asensio, Nacho Monreal, Vinicius Jr, and Ferland Mendy were all on target to underline Real Madrid’s superiority in a 4-1 win over Granada on Sunday.

The brilliant performance from Carlo Ancellotti‘s side not only brought home three points for the Los Blancos but also extended their unbeaten run to seven matches and sent them to the top of the La Liga table.

Biggest Losers

Arsenal‘s streak gunned down

Liverpool demolished Arsenal after Jurgen Klopp and Mikel Arteta engaged in a heated bust-up at Anfield on Saturday. Sadio Mane, Diogo Jota, Mohamed Salah, and Takumi Minamino were all on target as the Reds not only moved within four points of the Premier League summit but also ended the Gunners’ eight-game Premier League unbeaten run.

The 4-0 result ensured that the Gunners remained fifth, three points outside the top four.

Real Sociedad lose top spot

Real Sociedad slipped off top spot in the La Liga table this weekend as they drew 0-0 at home to Valencia on Sunday, with Real Madrid winning 3-1 in their own game to leapfrog Sociedad.

Sociedad looked to shake things up in the final moments of the game as skipper Mikel Oyarzabal came on as a late substitute, but Aritz Elustondo’s late red card ended any chances of a dramatic winning goal as the former league leaders had to now manage the second spot.

Napoli, beaten at last 

While Victor Osimhen‘s injury was a blow for Napoli on Sunday, their 3-2 defeat to Inter Milan at the Giussepe Meazza was an even bigger blow. It was Napoli’s first defeat of the season.

Inter Milan, who are the Serie A defending champions, cut the gap on league leaders Napoli in the five-goal thriller, ending Napoli’s status as the last remaining unbeaten team across Europe’s five major leagues, a day after AC Milan were beaten 4-3 by Fiorentina. 

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