Saturday 19 October 2019

Mixed fortunes for Sanchez on full Inter debut


Alexis Sanchez. Photo: REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini
Alexis Sanchez. Photo: REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini Sportdesk

Inter Milan's Alexis Sanchez stole the headlines across European football this weekend with a bittersweet full debut for the Italian club.

The Chilean international, on loan from Manchester United, bagged a first-half goal in the 3-1 win at Sampdoria before being sent off in the first minute of the second period.

Another United man, Chris Smalling, on loan at Roma, is also enjoying his time in Italy as he starred in their 1-0 win at Lecce.

Elsewhere in Italy, Juventus beat SPAL 2-0 with goals from Miralem Pjanic and Cristiano Ronaldo to keep pace with Inter at the top.

The Madrid derby in Spain ended in stalemate at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium, a result that Real captain Sergio Ramos felt didn't do his side justice.

"The point doesn't seem like enough because in the end we were the ones trying to do more to get all three. It wasn't to be but we need to continue in this way. We are still unbeaten and we need to keep working," said the defender.

That allowed holders Barcelona to close ground on both sides, winning 2-0 at Granada thanks to strikes from Luis Suarez and Junior.

Bayern Munich geared up for their Champions League clash with Tottenham Hotspur tomorrow by defeating hosts Paderborn 3-2.

The Bavarians were left holding on when Jamilu Collins snatched an 84th-minute goal for the hosts, leaving the minimum between the sides for the closing stages.

RB Leipzig had contrasting fortune as they were beaten 3-1 at home to Schalke.

Saturday's result sees Leipzig relinquish top spot in Bundesliga to Munich ahead of their key Champions League clash with Liverpool this week.

Paris St Germain bounced back from Wednesday's shock defeat to Reims with a win at Bordeaux to open up a two-point gap at the top of the table.

They were also boosted by Kylian Mbappe's return from injury after a month out. He set up the game's only goal, scored by Neymar in the 70th minute of the contest.

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