It isn’t typically Bayern Munich, Actual Madrid, Paris St-Germain and Barcelona lose a league recreation. It is much more uncommon that two or three of those giants are defeated on the identical weekend. So the possibilities of all 4 dropping on the identical weekend are fairly unlikely.
However that is precisely what occurred throughout Europe’s high divisions on Saturday and Sunday, as all 4 golf equipment’ unbeaten begins to the season ended.
Barcelona’s loss to champions Atletico Madrid was hardly a shock it might have been up to now given the Catalans are in some disarray in the intervening time, however the different three had been main upsets.
In the meantime, over within the Eredivisie, Dutch champions Ajax additionally suffered a primary defeat of the marketing campaign – making it the primary time that they, Bayern and Actual have all misplaced a league match on the identical day.
From the tip of Bayern’s spectacular dwelling run to Lionel Messi’s first loss in France, here is what occurred on a weekend of surprises – and the perfect of the response.
Bayern Munich 1-2 Eintracht Frankfurt
Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich misplaced a house league match for the primary time since November 2019 as Eintracht Frankfurt scored a late winner on the Allianz Enviornment.
Julian Nagelsmann’s aspect, who stay high on aim distinction, led by Leon Goretzka’s opener however Filip Kostic struck the winner with seven minutes remaining after captain Martin Hinteregger’s first-half equaliser.
It was Frankfurt’s first away victory at Bayern since November 2000 and put an finish to the hosts’ spectacular 30-match unbeaten streak.
“Defeats all the time harm,” Nagelsmann stated. “At this time that was the case as effectively. Firstly as a result of it was our first defeat and secondly as a result of it was utterly avoidable.”
Espanyol 2-1 Actual Madrid
5 days after the humiliation of a shock Champions League defeat by the hands of competitors debutants Sheriff Tiraspol on the Bernabeu, Carlo Ancelotti would certainly have anticipated a robust response from his Actual Madrid gamers.
However the guests had been out-fought by Espanyol – in opposition to whom they’d misplaced solely considered one of their previous 25 league conferences – as their 25-match unbeaten run in La Liga was dropped at an finish.
Objectives from former Actual participant Raul de Tomas and a beautiful solo end by Aleix Vidal condemned the leaders to successive defeats for the primary time since January, as they failed so as to add to Karim Benzema’s lifeline.
Ancelotti admitted Actual had performed “our worst match of the season”. He added: “I agree, we performed badly. We have to use the worldwide break to consider why this group’s perspective has modified within the area of every week.”
Rennes 2-0 Paris St-Germain
PSG had made an ideal begin of their bid to reclaim the Ligue 1 title, taking most factors from their opening eight Lleague video games. One other victory at Rennes would have taken them 9 factors clear on the summit.
Nevertheless, the hosts shocked Mauricio Pochettino’s aspect as Gatetan Laborde struck simply earlier than half-time and Flavien Tait added a second inside a minute of the restart to ship PSG’s first league defeat since April. The Parisians didn’t handle a single shot heading in the right direction, regardless of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe all beginning.
It was additionally their first loss because the arrival of Messi in the summertime. There might be no panic simply but although – they continue to be six factors clear on the high.
“I am actually disillusioned with every thing,” stated Pochettino. “I feel now we want these two weeks however the gamers are going to be concerned on worldwide responsibility. It is time to suppose and to arrange the subsequent run of six video games within the upcoming months.”
Ajax 0-1 Utrecht
Defending champions Ajax had gained six of their opening seven Eredivisie video games after storming to the title final season, ending with a 16-point lead.
However Utrecht are sizzling on their heels heading into the October worldwide break after the guests sprung a shock on the Johan Cruyff Enviornment.
Left-back Django Warmerdam scored the one aim 13 minutes from the tip to assert all three factors – regardless of Ajax dominating with 69% possession and 20 photographs to the guests’ eight. Ah, soccer.
“We weren’t ‘on’ from the primary minute,” stated supervisor Erik ten Hag. “Which means you’ve gotten 100% tempo and focus. That was not there.”
Atletico Madrid 2-0 Barcelona
We’re unsure you can file this as an upset, such is Barcelona’s present state, however the 26-time La Liga winners suffered one other chastening loss on Saturday as they had been comfortably turned over by reigning champions Atletico Madrid.
It was much less the defeat and extra the way of it that may harm Barca, with Atletico cruising to a snug 2-0 victory on the Wanda Metropolitano.
To rub salt within the wound, former Barcelona striker Luis Suarez was on the scoresheet, scoring Atletico’s second after Thomas Lemar had fired them in entrance.
It was really Barca’s first league defeat of the season, however comes sizzling on the heels of their second successive 3-0 loss within the Champions League, at Benfica on Wednesday.
Coach Ronald Koeman acquired a vote of confidence from membership president Joan Laporta earlier than Saturday’s recreation and had this to say afterwards: “Readability is essential, for the boldness of the coach, for the gamers too, for them to know the the coach remains to be right here. We’re Barca, we nonetheless should win video games. This strain can also be regular.
“It exists for any coach, much more at Barca, however the president has spoken effectively, he has made his determination, as he stated this afternoon, and every thing is ideal.”
Should you say so, Ronald.