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BARCELONA—Cristiano Ronaldo netted
five goals to become Real Madrid’s all-time
leading scorer in the Spanish league, while
Lionel Messi scored as a substitute to give
Barcelona a 2-1 win at Atletico Madrid yes-
Ronaldo recorded his second career five-
goal game to lead Madrid’s 6-0 rout at
Espanyol, taking his tally to 231 goals in 203
matches and eclipsing Raul Gonzalez’s mark
of 228 goals in 550 games.
Ronaldo exploded with a blistering hat
trick by the 20th minute, scoring from passes
by Luka Modric and Gareth Bale in between
a penalty kick earned by the Welshman.
Ronaldo passed for Karim Benzema to
make it 4-0 against Espanyol’s demoralised
defense before halftime, and he scored twice
more to record his 32nd game with three or
more goals for Madrid.
Ronaldo’s latest scoring feat also moved
the Ballon d’Or holder into fourth place on
the Spanish league all-time scoring list. Messi
holds the record with 285.
In the clash between the last two cham-
pions, Fernando Torres put Atletico ahead in
the 51st minute, only for Neymar to equalize
from a free kick four minutes later.
Messi was on the bench following the
recent birth of his second son. But he went
on for the final half hour and immediately
changed the match, scoring the 77th-
minute winner from Luis Suarez’s pass.
Barcelona manager Luis Enrique said he
spoke with Messi before the match and decid-
ed it was better not to start him to avoid a
risk of injury, after Messi also played two
friendlies with Argentina in the United States
before the birth of his son.
Barcelona moved to the top of the standings
after the defending champion’s third win in
as many rounds. Madrid was two points
behind, and Atletico three behind.
Suarez had the first scoring chance of the
match at Vicente Calderon Stadium when
he redirected the ball from a corner kick
headed on by Rafina off the crossbar in the
After a first half dominated by Barcelona
but lacking in pace and scoring opportunities,
Torres scored on Atletico’s first shot on goal.
He scored his 10th goal in 14 career appear-
ances against Barcelona by sending the ball
in off the post after a series of quick passes
led to Tiago Cardoso sending the ball forward
for the veteran striker.
Atletico’s celebrations were cut short when
Neymar earned a foul and converted it into
a beautiful goal by striking a free kick over
the barrier and beyond the diving reach of
goalkeeper Jan Oblak.
Messi then put Barcelona in charge, as
plans of going for-
ward and concentrated
on trying to keep the star
“We didn’t play a good
match,” Atletico coach Diego
Simeone said. “When they scored
the equaliser we lost our control
on the game. Messi is used to
breaking open games and, once
again, he was the difference.”
At both games players wore T-
shirts before the match in support
of aid efforts to help the thousands
of refugees arriving in Europe.
Elsewhere, Paco Alcacer headed
in Valencia’s injury-time winner
for 1-0 at Sporting Gijon, its first
win in three league matches.
Real Sociedad also visited
Real Betis edged Real
Sociedad thanks to Ruben
Castro’s goal before halftime
for the promoted side’s first
MILAN—Juventus picked up its first point
in the Serie A as a late penalty helped the
four-time defending champion rescue a
1-1 draw against surprise front-runner
Chievo Verona yesterday.
Paulo Dybala converted the disputed spot
kick, called after Juan Cuadrado was tripped
by Chievo defender Bostjan Cesar.
Perparim Hetemaj got Chievo on the
board after just five minutes. Juventus goal-
keeper Gianluigi Buffon pulled off a fantastic
save to deny Cesar, who also had a goal
Chievo lost its 100 percent record but
remained on top, above Roma on goal dif-
Roma beat local rival Frosinone 2-0, while
10-man Fiorentina topped Genoa 1-0.
Fiorentina was a point below the top
two, along with a number of teams including
Inter Milan ahead of Sunday’s eagerly antic-
ipated Milan derby.
Juventus was still searching for its first
point after its worst Serie A start but rested
several players ahead of the Champions
League trip to Manchester City on Tues-
Chievo took the lead quickly when Het-
emaj was given time and space on the edge
of the area to pick his spot and fired into
the far corner.
Hernanes was making his debut for
Juventus, following his move from Inter
Milan, and he almost levelled but was
denied by a fantastic stop from Albano Biz-
Juventus was jeered off the
pitch at halftime and Buffon had
to go behind his goal to ask the
fans to support the players.
Chievo almost doubled its
advantage six minutes after the
break but Buffon pulled off a
fantastic save to palm Cesar’s
volley onto the upright.
Juventus should have leveled
minutes later as Roberto
Pereyra’s effort came off the
right post and halftime substitute
Paul Pogba seemed certain to
net the rebound but his shot was
charged down by Nicolas Frey,
and Dybala then blazed over.
Paul Quinn’s dramatic late winner
against Celtic at Pittodrie set a club
record for Aberdeen and blew open the
Scottish Premiership title race. Aberdeen
Striker Leigh Griffiths gave the Park-
head side the lead in the 35th minute
with a penalty but that was cancelled by
Adam Rooney’s spot-kick early in the
second half, before Dons’ wide-man
Jonny Hayes was shown a straight red
by referee Craig Thomson for a tackle on
Hoops right-back Mikael Lustig.
However, defender Quinn’s late strike
from close range made it 2-1 and six suc-
cessive league wins for the Dons at the
start of a season for the first time, taking
them two points clear of the champions
at the top of the table with a game in
hand against Hamilton on Tuesday.
Given that Celtic won all four meetings
between the clubs last season, the Pit-
todrie side will see this as a significant
marker in the title race while the Hoops
will have to regroup for their Europa
League group opener against Ajax in
Amsterdam on Thursday night.
Louis Moult scored his fourth goal in
as many games to earn Motherwell a 1-
1 draw against Ross County with a stop-
page-time equaliser at Fir Park.
Moult was on hand to convert substi-
tute Marvin Johnson’s driven cross from
close range in the first of five minutes
County had been heading for a fourth
consecutive win after Michael Gardyne
netted in the 33rd minute when Moth-
erwell failed to deal with a basic free-
kick into the box.
Kilmarnock celebrated their first win
of the Ladbrokes Premiership campaign
on Saturday as they left it late to
defeat Dundee United 2-1 at Tan-
nadice and move off the foot of
Gary Locke’s side triumphed
thanks to Kevin McHattie’s
88th-minute winner which gave
them three precious points after
Billy McKay’s second-half
penalty for United had can-
celled out Kallum Higginboth-
am’s 44th-minute opener
from the spot for the
It meant Jackie
United side suf-
fered a fourth
defeat to leave
them second bottom
Juventus picks up first points with 1-1 draw
...Messi lifts Barca over Atletico
of the standings.
A fine second-half strike from
Greg Stewart secured three points
for Dundee as winless Partick Thistle’s
woeful luck continued in a Ladbrokes
Premiership match in which they hit the
woodwork three times.
The hosts dominated the bulk of the play, particularly
in the first half, but their failure to find the back of the
net remained their Achilles heel.
And they were punished 14 minutes from time as Stew-
art’s cool finish earned a 1-0 victory for Paul Hartley’s
In-form Steven MacLean stole the show for St Johnstone
for the second successive home match as his clinical hat-
trick inspired a fine 4-1 win over Hamilton.
The 33-year-old dispatched two close-range finishes and
showed consummate composure to net from the penalty
spot as he took his tally for the season to six goals in seven
Real Madrid’s Cristiano
Ronaldo celebrates after
scoring against Espanyol
during a Spanish La Liga
football match at
Cornella-El Prat stadium
in Cornella Llobregat,
Real won 6-0. AP PHOTO
Aberdeen see off Celtic in Scottish Prem
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