Ousmane Dembele guides Barcelona to defeat Athletic Bilbao – European roundup | Soccer News


Ousmane Dembele scored and provided assists for Sergi Roberto, Robert Lewandowski and Ferran Torres as Barcelona overtook Athletic Bilbao 4-0 in La Liga on Sunday.

Barcelona remain second in the table with 28 points, three behind leaders Real Madrid and five ahead of third-placed Atletico Madrid.

The hosts scored three times in 10 minutes in the first half, starting with Dembele’s imposing header from close range in the 12th minute.

The French striker then put Roberto to the test with a brilliant one-touch builder’s play in the 18th minute, the Spain full-back’s strike bouncing off a helpless past defender Unai Simon.

Four minutes later, Dembele ran down the right channel before crossing to Lewandowski who pivoted and finished with a powerful shot.

Barca eased off after the break but there was still time for Dembele to deliver another pass less than 20 minutes before the end, playing the ball from the left touchline for Torres to score from close range.

Serie A: Napoli’s winning streak continues

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Napoli’s Victor Osimhen scores his side’s first goal

Napoli’s seemingly unstoppable streak continued when Victor Osimhen’s late strike secured Roma a 1-0 win in Serie A on Sunday, taking them to 11 straight wins in all competitions.

In front of a raucous crowd at the Stadio Olimpico, the two teams tied the game in a slow-paced and uneventful first half.

Napoli thought they had a 38th-minute penalty when goalkeeper Rui Patricio seemingly issued a late challenge to midfielder Tanguy Ndombele, but the decision was overturned after a VAR check.

Napoli controlled the game on the hour mark and had several chances to score as Roma struggled to get the ball out of their own half.

Osimhen secured Napoli victory 10 minutes before full time when he volleyed the ball in from a sharp angle with just one touch.

Napoli now have a three-point lead at the top with 29 after 11 games, three ahead of second-placed AC Milan. Roma are fifth with 22 points.

Bundesliga: Bochum stuns Bundesliga leaders Union Berlin

Union Berlin suffered a shock defeat against Bochum
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Union Berlin suffered a shock defeat against Bochum

Relegation-threatened VfL Bochum scored once in each half to stun Union Berlin 2-1, leaving the Bundesliga leaders with just a slim gap at the top and earning a second win of the season to leave the bottom of the table.

Union, with the best back line in the league heading into the game, suffered only their second loss of the season and conceded more than one goal for only the second game of this campaign.

Philipp Hofmann’s free header two minutes before the break gave Bochum the lead as Union struggled to string together a decent game, with the hosts’ high pressing play proving a major problem for the side. Urs Fischer.

Union’s Milos Pantovic fired a shot just wide on the hour mark but it was Bochum, who had also hit the woodwork early in the second half, who scored again.

This time they struck on the break with Gerrit Holtmann completing the lightning-fast passing move, tapping into an assist from Christopher Antwi-Adjei.

Pantovic had another chance to put Union back in the game, but the former Bochum player’s 78th-minute penalty was parried by goalkeeper Manuel Riemann. The Serb finally scored, deep in stoppage time, with a powerful shot.

Union remain in the lead with 23 points, one ahead of champions Bayern Munich. Freiburg is third out of 21.

Bochum’s second win of the season lifted them to last place and 17th with seven points.

Ligue 1: Lille beat Monaco in a 4-3 win at home

Lille players celebrate after beating Monaco
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Lille players celebrate after beating Monaco

Lille midfielder Remy Cabella scored twice to help his side to a 4-3 win at home to AS Monaco in an electrifying Ligue 1 clash on Sunday.

Lille defender Alexsandro opened the scoring for the hosts in the 22nd minute after Adam Ounas sent the Brazilian a free kick to finish with a close-range header.

Monaco equalized 12 minutes later after an error by Lille goalkeeper Lucas Chevalier, who missed a free kick from defender Caio Henrique and couldn’t keep it out of the net.

Lille were quick to seek revenge when striker Jonathan David hit the post but Cabella was in the right place to follow up with a fine first shot from close range.

Monaco came back once again just before the break when striker Wissam Ben Yedder set up Axel Disasi with a pass from close range for the defender to score with a low shot into the middle of the goal.

Ben Yedder gave the visitors the lead in the 53rd minute by lobbing Chevalier but Monaco’s joy was short-lived as Cabella found the back of the net in the 62nd after a Lille counterattack.

Lille winger Jonathan Bamba sealed the victory in the 71st minute, sending a powerful shot into the roof of the net.

Lille moved up a place to sixth with 22 points from 12 games, sending rivals Monaco – one point less – to seventh place.




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