Barcelona open with win; Chelsea rebounds

first_imgLuis Suarez helped Barcelona open its Spanish title defense with a 1-0 win over Athletic Bilbao on Sunday, while former Barca forward Pedro Rodriguez made a great start with Chelsea by scoring one goal and setting up another in a 3-2 win against West Bromwich Albion.Real Madrid was held to a scoreless draw at recently promoted Sporting Gijon, while Manchester City beat Everton 2-0 to earn its third-straight win and retain its league lead in England.Udinese stunned Italian champion Juventus 1-0 in Turin, and Borussia Dortmund defeated Ingolstadt with its second consecutive 4-0 win in the Bundesliga.Lionel Messi missed a penalty but Luis Suarez scored in the second half to give Barcelona a 1-0 victory over Athletic Bilbao in its Spanish league opener.Also read: United could have signed Pedro if they wanted, says Van Gaal That gave the defending champion a small gap on archrival Real Madrid, as Rafa Benitez started his stint in charge with a 0-0 draw at promoted side Sporting Gijon.Suarez netted the winner from close range after a long cross by Jordi Alba in the 54th minute at Bilbao’s San Mames Stadium. Messi had a chance to open the scoring in the first half after a disputed foul on Suarez inside the area, but the Argentine playmaker had his low shot from the spot saved by goalkeeper Gorka Iraizoz.A disappointing result in the opener would have raised more questions about Barcelona after an unusually difficult start to the season. The club was stunned by Bilbao last week in the Spanish Super Cup final, losing the title 5-1 on aggregate.advertisementAlso read: Chelsea’s Jose Mourinho loves Pedro’s ambition Pedro Rodriguez scored one goal and set up another in his first half-hour of Premier League football, setting Chelsea on its way to a 3-2 win over West Bromwich Albion and the first victory of its title defense.League-leading Manchester City, meanwhile, earned its third straight win of the season – and a club record-equaling ninth victory in a row – by beating Everton 2-0 thanks to second-half goals by Aleksandar Kolarov and Samir Nasri. With eight goals scored and none conceded, it is an ominous start by a team looking for a third title in five seasons.Liverpool is the only other team with a 100 percent start, ahead of its match at Arsenal on Monday that wraps up the third round.last_img

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