European Football Sunday Round-up

A round-up of the major football action across selected leagues in Europe.

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Dutch Eredivisie

Kolbeinn Sigthorsson scored twice as Ajax beat Feyenoord 2-1 to leave the Rotterdammers still looking for their first points of the Eredivisie season.

Graziano Pelle had given Feyenoord the lead after just six minutes, but Sigthorsson equalised from the penalty spot 14 minutes before the break.

And the Icelandic striker netted his second just six minutes later to hand the champions all three points and leave Ronald Koeman's men pointless after their opening three matches.

FC Twente maintained their unbeaten start to the season as a stunning first-half performance helped them to a 6-0 demolition of Utrecht.

Quincy Promes put them ahead after eight minutes and three minutes later the lead was doubled as Dusan Tadic netted from the penalty spot.

Luc Castaignos scored in the 25th and 36th minutes to make it 4-0 at half time and Promes grabbed his second after the break before Rasmus Bengtsson completed the rout in the last minute.

Heerenveen lost their first match of the new season as they were beaten 4-2 at home by Heracles Almelo.

Alfred Finnbogason had the hosts ahead but Lerin Duarte equalised on the stroke of half-time and two goals in seven second-half minutes from Ben Rienstra and Mike te Wierik put Heracles in control.

Joey van den Berg grabbed a goal back for Heerenveen in the 73rd minute but Bryan Linssen's strike with two minutes remaining secured victory for the visitors, who picked up their first points of the season.

A Michiel Kramer goal in time added on saw ADO Den Haag get off the mark with a 2-1 win at NAC Breda.

Aaron Meijers put the visitors ahead in the 76th minute but Alex Schalk's penalty with five minutes remaining looked to have secured a draw before Kramer's late show.

Russian Premier League

CSKA Moscow moved level on points with city rivals and early Premier League pace-setters Spartak after beating Kuban Krasnodar 1-0 on Sunday.

Ahmed Musa's 11th-minute goal was enough to secure CSKA's third win of the season and extend their unbeaten start to 11 points from five games.

That is the same tally as Spartak Moscow after they were held to a goalless draw at home to Rubin Kazan, the visitors' fourth draw already in the fledgling campaign.

Krylya Sovetov recorded their first win of the season against pointless Tomsk, despite being reduced to 10 men.

Ilya Maksimov was dismissed in the 56th minute but Ibrahim Tsagallov scored five minutes later and it proved to be the only goal of the match.

Dinamo Moscow drew 1-1 away to Krasnodar after an 83rd-minute goal from Andrei Panyukov. The substitute had only been on the pitch two minutes when he cancelled out Wanderson's early opener.

Swedish Allsvenska

Malmo put pressure on their Allsvenska title rivals with a thumping 4-1 win away to Kalmar on Sunday.

Simon Thern's 12th-minute opener was the only goal of the first half but Magnus Eriksson, Thern's replacement Erik Friberg and fellow substitute Guillermo Molins made the game comfortably safe in the second.

Ismael Silva's last-minute goal was just a token consolation for Kalmar as Malmo moved three points clear of Helsingborg, who are away to Mjallby on Monday, and IFK Gothenburg. Fourth-placed AIK are three points further back and play Atvidaberg on Monday.

Halmstad moved above Brommapojkarna on goal difference and into the relegation play-off spot, rather than the automatic drop zone, with a last-minute equaliser at home to Gefle.

Mikael Boman cancelled out Johan Oremo's early opener and after Anders Wikstrom restored Gefle's lead in the second half, substitute Johan Blomberg earned Halmstad a 2-2 draw late on.

There was another boost for Halmstad when the two teams directly above them, Djurgarden and Hacken, drew 1-1.

Godsway Donyoh gave Djurgarden an early lead but Rene Makondele's second-half penalty saw the points shared.

Belgian Pro League

Standard Liege maintained their perfect start to the Pro League season with a 1-0 win over struggling OH Leuven.

Les Rouches came into the match having won all three of their previous league games without conceding and that theme continued as Ludovic Buyssens' own goal two minutes into the second half was enough to settle Sunday night's encounter.

Leuven, who saw Ivan Bandalovski sent off in the last minute, have just a single point from their opening four games.

In the night's other game, Anderlecht claimed a 3-0 win away at Waasland-Beveren.

It took until the 74th minute for Sacha Kljestan to open the scoring but further goals in the last 10 minutes from Frank Acheampong and Guillaume Gillet sealed the win.

The win moved the defending champions three points behind early pacesetters Standard while Waasland-Beveren have three points from their opening games.

Greek Super League

Panathinaikos began the new Super League season on a positive note with a 2-0 victory at home to 10-man Panetolikos.

The Athens club finished a disappointing sixth last term but scored their first goal after just three minutes on Sunday with Mariano converting an early penalty.

Their cause was further helped by the dismissal of Filippos Darlas six minutes into the second half, before substitute Marcus Berg wrapped up the points after 65 minutes.

Asteras Tripoli needed a late goal from Mauricio Carrasco to snatch a 3-3 draw against PAS Giannina.

The two clubs exchanged penalties early on with Stavros Tsoukalas' 12th-minute opener cancelled out by Fernando Usero two minutes later.

PAS regained the lead through Christian Chavez after 28 minutes but their opponents again responded quickly through Pablo De Blasis.

Emiljano Vila then looked to have fired the visitors in front for good with his 58th-minute strike but Carrasco popped up three minutes from time to nick a point.

Goals from Panagiotis Korbos (13) and Antonis Petropoulos (63) earned Apollon Smyrni a 2-1 win over Aris Thessaloniki, whose reply came from Nikos Angeloudis (67).

Levadiakos played out a 2-2 draw with 10-man Panthrakikos. Giorgos Georgiou's opener for the home side was wiped out by Igor Fonseca and Jose Maria Cases.

However, the dismissal of Diogo allowed Levadiakos a route back into the match and they took it with an 85th-minute equaliser from Evangelos Mantzios.

OFI Crete began their campaign with a goalless draw against Panionios, who finished the match a man down following a late red card for Vasilis Lampropoulos.

Portuguese Primeira Liga

Sporting Lisbon kicked off their Liga campaign with a 5-1 thumping of newly-promoted Arouca.

The capital club endured a disappointing season last term, finishing seventh, but immediately hit top gear tonight thanks to a Freddy Montero hat-trick.

Arouca had taken a shock lead through Bruno Amaro on 19 minutes, an advantage that lasted until the half-hour mark when Nascimento Mauricio was on target.

Montero's first goal on 38 minutes gave Sporting the lead for good and after Wilson Eduardo made it 3-1 on 66 minutes the on-loan Seattle Sounders striker completed his treble.

Champions Porto also got off to a winning start, 3-1 at Vitoria Setubal.

They had to come from behind though as goalkeeper Pawel Kieszek's 49th-minute dismissal proved the turning point after Rafael Martins' 14th-minute opener.

Josue converted the resultant spot-kick before substitute Juan Fernando Quintero scored moment after coming on as a 61st-minute substitute. Jackson Martinez sealed victory on 88 minutes.

Benfica, who lost just once last season, suffered a shock 2-1 reverse at Maritimo.

Rodrigo Lima quickly cancelled out Marinho Derley's 45th-minute penalty but the Europa League finalists were beaten by Leocisio Sami's 78th-minute winner.

Rio Ave thrashed Belenenses 3-0 thanks to goals from Bruno Braga (four), Alberto Rodriguez (56) and Yonathan Del Valle (89).

Ten-man Gil Vicente beat Academia 2-0 in Barcelos.

Bruno Moraes' sixth-minute penalty gave the hosts the lead and while they lost Haminu Dramani to a 49th-minute red card, Luis Martins sealed the win in injury time.

Turkish Super Lig

Besiktas began their quest to win a first Super Lig title since 2009 by beating Trabzonspor 2-0.

Slaven Bilic's men had to wait until the 76th minute to open the scoring through Olcay Sahan, but put the match to bed seven minutes later with a goal from Gokhan Tore.

Akhisar Belediye were also impressive winners in their opening fixture, recording a 3-1 victory over Elazigspor.

The home side fell behind to Tidiane Sane's goal after 44 minutes but equalised within a minute through Bruno Mezenga.

Oumar Niasse made it 2-1 after 53 minutes and Ugur Demirok added a third from the penalty spot in the dying stages after Elazigspor goalkeeper Vanja Ivesa was shown a straight red card.

A Renato Civelli own goal and Henri Bienvenu effort earned Eskisehirspor a 2-0 win at home to Bursaspor.

French Ligue 1

Edinson Cavani's first Paris St Germain goal saved the champions from a shock defeat at home to Ajaccio.

The Uruguayan, a big-money buy from Napoli, blasted home four minutes from the end to ensure the capital club a 1-1 draw.

Benoit Pedretti had given Ajaccio an early lead when he bent in a 20-yarder and despite PSG's dominance, the Parc des Princes crowd had to wait until the end for their latest major arrival to prove his worth.

The point nonetheless leaves new boss Laurent Blanc waiting for his first league win in charge after PSG were held to a 1-1 draw by Montpellier on the opening day.

While PSG have endured a tough start, newly-promoted Monaco continued their successful start to life back in the top flight with a 4-1 win over 10-man Montpellier.

Emmanuel Riviere's first career hat-trick sealed victory after Radamel Falcao opened the scoring from the penalty spot early in the first half.

Claudio Ranieri's men were pegged back by a Victor Montano effort before Riviere took over.

Lorient picked up their first points of the new season after recovering from a goal down to defeat Nantes 2-1 at Stade Du Moustoir.

Newly-promoted Nantes defeated Bastia 2-0 in their opening match and were on course for another successful outing after taking a 17th-minute lead through Olivier Veigneau.

However, they were left empty-handed as Lorient drew level before the break thanks to Vincent Aboubakar and then snatched a 61st-minute winner through Jeremie Aliadiere's unstoppable free-kick.

Danish Super Liga

FC Copenhagen's miserable start to the Superliga season continued today as they were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Aarhus.

The defending champions trailed to Casper Sloth's goal after just 16 minutes but Nicolai Jorgensen rescued a point with his equaliser on half-time.

However, FCK remain without a win after five matches, with only city rivals Brondby below them in the standings.

Thomas Dalgaard's hat-trick earned Viborg their first victory of the campaign, the 29-year-old scoring after eight, 29 and 76 minutes to seal a 3-0 result at Sonderjyske.

Vestsjaelland grabbed a late 1-1 draw with Odense thanks to Rasmus Festersen's last-minute strike.

Morten Skoubo had given the unbeaten visitors the lead in the first half.



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