Karim Benzema picked up where he left off last season by scoring twice to shoot real Madrid to a 4: 1 away win Alaves in their opening game of the La Liga season.
Real had an uninspiring first half in Carlo Ancelotti’s first league game since he took office again, but Benzema calmed their nerves by shooting the ball into the net in the 48th minute after an Eden Hazard serve.
Eight minutes later, defender Nacho extended Real’s lead, slipped in and stabbed Luka Modric’s through ball into the net from close range. Benzema scored a bumpy second goal on lap 62, but Alavés drew one back shortly afterwards when striker Joselu pocketed a penalty after a foul by goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.
Substitute Vinicius Jr. scored one last goal for the visitors in stoppage time when he headed a cross from debutant David Alaba.
The other three La Liga games of the evening all ended in a draw, with Osasuna and Spanish a goalless stalemate in Pamplona. Cadiz and newly promoted Mallorca were both to a 1-1 home draw from Levant and Real Betis respectively.
Borussia Dortmund Striker Erling Haaland scored two goals and set up another three goals when the hosts got past Eintracht Frankfurt 5-2 on Saturday to set a marker in their Bundesliga opener.
Erling Haaland scored two and made three. Photo: Lukas Schulze / Bundesliga / Bundesliga Collection / Getty Images
It was captain Marco Reus who put the team of the new coach Marco Rose on the control panel in the 23rd minute with a goal from Haaland.
An own goal by Felix Passlack four minutes later couldn’t stop them when Thorgan Hazard put them back in the lead in the 32nd after Reus combined with 21-year-old Haaland, who first scored a hat-trick in the DFB-Pokal round win last week for another counterattack.
The hosts, who face champions Bayern Munich in the German Supercup on Tuesday, finished their shot on goal in the first half when Haaland pounced on a mistake by Stefan Ilsanker to storm into the penalty area and in 34th place with two goals ahead to go.
Gio Reyna added a fourth goal with a tap-in on the hour, as Eintracht was completely at the mercy of the bursting Dortmund runs that kept coming back. Another Haaland run earned him his second goal of the evening after a VAR check.
His Norwegian compatriot Jens Petter Hauge scored too late Bundesliga Debut to improve the result for Frankfurt a little.
Newly advertised Bochum and Greuther Fuerth both made the start of life in the top division with 1-0 and 5-1 Wolfsburg and Stuttgart respectively. Hoffenheim got off to a successful start and impressed with 4-0 winners augsburg.
Bayer Leverkusen Draw 1-1 against Union Berlin when visiting striker Moussa Diaby destroyed Taiwo Awoniyi’s equalizer in the 12th minute, while Arminia Bielefeld became a goalless home draw from Freiburg.
In France, Lionel Messi watched from the stands Paris Saint-Germain did hard work to beat Strasbourg 4-2 in Ligue 1 to continue the successful start to the new season.
Messi, not quite fit yet, did not make it into the squad alongside Neymar and his new signings Gianluigi Donnarumma and Sergio Ramos but saw his new club take an early lead through Mauro Icardi at Parc des Princes.
Lionel Messi and Neymar in the stands. Photo: Xavier Laine / Getty Images
Kylian Mbappé doubled PSG’s lead in the 25th minute after his shot was deflected home before the French international’s cross was turned 3-0 for the hosts two minutes later by Julian Draxler.
Goals from Kevin Gameiro and Ludovic Ajorque in the second half brought the visitors back into play while PSG looked troubled in possession. Alexander Djiku’s dismissal for two bookable offenses left PSG out of the game nine minutes before the end, while substitute Pablo Sarabia guessed in the 86th.
Nice Coach Christophe Galtier celebrated a successful return to his former club Small amount as they pounded the champions 4-0 for their first win of the season.
Nice’s Danish striker Kasper Dolberg scored in both halves, including a first-minute goal from close range, while midfielder Hicham Boudaoui’s early shot and Amine Gouiri’s impressive first-half penalty rounded off the defeat.
Dolberg’s second goal came just after an hour as he nodded off after a corner to put pressure on new Lille coach Jocelyn Gourvennec, whose side drew 3-3 against 10-man Metz in the opening game.
It was a well-deserved win for Galtier, who came to Lille in 2017 after eight years in St Etienne and last season led them to their first league title since 2011 before leaving them shortly afterwards.