Manchester United won the north west bragging rights beating arch rivals Liverpool 3-1 at Old Trafford as teenage wonder Anthony Martial made a dream debut at the ‘Theatre of Dreams’.
United keeper David De Gea made his first appearance of the season after signing a new four-year contract soon after his move to Real Madrid collapsed, while new recruit Martial waited eagerly in the wings.
Daley Blind and Ander Herrera (penalty) got United off the mark in the second half before Christian Benteke’s stunning overhead kick threw Liverpool a lifeline.
Twenty minutes after coming on in the second half, Martial marked his debut in style scoring a sensational goal to put the win beyond doubt.
It was a dream start for the 19-year-old, who joined United from Monaco for a staggering £36 million which makes him world football’s most expensive teenager.
The French international made himself an instant hero with the Old Trafford faithful, weaving his way between Nathaniel Clyne and Martin Skrtel before a composed low finish past keeper Simon Mignolet, in front of the Stretford End.
Messi the super-sub
Barcelona claimed a 2-1 victory over Atletico Madrid in La Liga’s big game on Saturday.
Barca talisman Lionel Messi was surprisingly left on the bench by coach Luis Enrique.
Following a first half bereft of real chances, Fernando Torres fired Atletico ahead first on 51.
A few minutes later, Neymar stepped up to send a 20-yard free kick whizzing past Jan Oblak and into the top right-hand corner.
Right on the hour mark, Messi was introduced for Ivan Rakitic and 17 minutes later scored the winner – the perfect way to celebrate the birth of his second son the night before.
Barcelona managed to hold off a late surge from Diego Simeone’s men to secure their third win of the La Liga season which sees them go top of the table as the only team to have a perfect record from their opening games.
Up and down
Our up and down list this week features historic moments for one superstar and one club, but with contrasting fortunes.
On the Up is Cristiano Ronaldo who scored five goals in Real Madrid’s 6-0 thrashing of Espanyol.
Not only did his haul silence the critics after a nine game barren run but elevated the Portuguese international past Raul as Real Madrid’s all-time leading goal scorer with 230.
On the down is Sergio Aguero who suffered a knee injury in Manchester City’s 1-0 victory at Crystal Palace.
It has been confirmed the Argentine will miss Tuesday’s Champions League opener against last year’s losing finalists Juventus at Etihad Stadium.
Also on the down is reigning Premier League champions Chelsea who were beaten 3-1 by Everton for the club’s third defeat in their opening five league games – as many defeats as they suffered in the whole of last season.
It is the worst start to the top flight by the Londoners since 1986.
Road to Euro
Last week we closed the Euro 1960 chapter with the symbolic player of the Soviet Union’s success, Lev Yashin.
Lets move on 4 years to when Spain hosted the second edition of the tournament. Here’s a quick resume of what happened.The 1964 UEFA European Nations’ Cup was the second edition of the European Football Championship. The format remained the same, with a qualifying competition followed by a four-team final tournament, but the number of entrants rose from 17 to 29. The final stage was held in Spain and it was won by the hosts 2–1 over defending champions Soviet Union.
In 1960 Spain had been disqualified after General Franco had refused his side permission to play the USSR. Four years on political disagreements were happily forgotten as football took centre stage.
The USSR were hungry to defend their title as they swept past Denmark 3-0 in Barcelona, with a goal apiece for 1960 veterans Valentin Ivanov and Victor Ponedelnik.
In the other semi-final, Spain required an extra-time winner from Real Madrid CF forward Amancio to defeat Hungary 2-1, but with midfielder Luis Suárez pulling the strings they went into the final with confidence high.
Already a European champion with FC Internazionale Milano, Suárez added top-level experience to the youthful Spain side.
With just six minutes gone in the final at a raucous Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, the gifted No10 provided the cross for Jesús Pereda to open the scoring. Galimzian Khusainov quickly responded for the USSR, but Marcelino headed a memorable winner six minutes from time handing Spain the title.
We might be wrong
This Tuesday the Champions League returns, but we will stick with the domestic leagues for our predictions page.
We might be wrong of course so why not have a go yourselves and send us your predictions on social media using #TheCornerScores.
Chelsea 2 – 0 Arsenal
Borussia Dortmund 3 – 1 Bayer Leverkusen
Reims 0 – 3 Paris Saint Germain
FC Porto 1 – 1 Benfica
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