Monday 29 August 2022 23:45

Victories for Leverkusen and Atletico, defeat for Porto

A thumping win for Bayer Leverkusen – Club Brugge's first opponent next week in this season's Champions League – this weekend (0-3). On the road at Valencia, Atletico Madrid also claimed the full loot, while FC Porto suffered its first defeat of the season.

Mainz 05 – Bayer Leverkusen 0-3

A first win for Bayer Leverkusen, proving the better of Mainz 05.Just before the half hour mark, Palacios took Leverkusen in the lead with a deflected shot from long range, only to see it followed up by a Dutchman's Frimpong brace on the brink of half time. 

Bayer Leverkusen
Bayer Leverkusen

Mainz did try in the second half, with a shot ending up on the crossbar, but the result remained the same. With twenty minutes on the clock, Odilon Kossounou was allowed some playing time. The game did not end in happy spirits, however, with Hincapie sent off after a second booking, and Mitchel Bakker seeing red after hitting Onisiwo. Leverkusen, ending the game with nine players, is now in thirteenth place, well below what was hoped for at the start of the season. (EV)

Bayer Leverkusen: Hradecky, Frimpong (71’ Kossounou), Tah, Tapsoba, Hincapie, Andrich, Demirbay (81’ Amiri), Diaby (81’ Fosu-Mensah), Palacios (71’ Aranguiz), Bakker, Schick (83’ Azmoun).
Goals: 29’ Palacios (0-1), 39’ Frimpong (0-2), 41’ Frimpong (0-3).

Valencia - Atletico Madrid 0-1

The narrowest  of wins for Atletico Madrid at Valencia. Coach Diego Simeone's outfit had started the season well with a neat 0-3 win at Getafe, but suffered a home defeat at the hands of Villarreal one week later (0-2). With Real Madrid and Real Betis kicking off their season with a perfect 9 out of 9, Atleti needed the points at Valencia. Red Devil Axel Witsel started from kick-off in the heart of a three man defense, and that other Belgian, Yannick Carrasco, came on after half time. The game was closed for a long time, with the opening goal only arriving well into the second half, courtesy of two substitutes, Thomas Lemar setting up Antoine Griezmann to put Atletico in the lead. No more goals followed, allowing Atletico to take the three points back to Madrid. (SF)

Atletico Madrid
Atletico Madrid

Atletico Madrid: Oblak, Gimenez, Witsel, Reinildo, Llorente, Rodrigo De Paul (65’ Lemar), Kondogbia (65’ Griezmann), Koke, Saul Niguez (46’ Carrasco), Morata, Joao Felix.
Goal: 66’ Griezmann (0-1).

Rio Ave - FC Porto 3-1

Three consecutive wins earned FC Porto the perfect report three match days into the new season, but the away game at Rio Ave put a grinding halt to this fine run. A hapless FC Porto took a beating in the first half. Goalie Diogo Costa was called upon in the very first minute to thwart the home team's efforts, and Porto, the kind of team that's likely to take control of a game from the word go, was forced to leave the initiative to the home side, seeing itself rewarded for the fine football it produced. Halfway through the first half, Yakubo made the most of some sloppy Porto defending. Moments later, the equaliser by Evanilson was cancelled due to off-side, and the hosts now really pushed on for that double lead, which came through an Amaral crossed shot. Adding insult to injury, Yakubo's header meant the hosts took a 3-0 lead to the second half.

FC Porto
FC Porto

Bringing on three new players at half time, it was clear coach Sérgio Conceição (former Standard de Liège legend) was not impressed with his team's first half performance. FC Porto tried standing up, but lacked that bit of luck to turn the game around. After an hour, the visitors were awarded a spot kick, but Taremi aimed it against the woodwork. It was only by the end of the game that Toni Martinez made the most of a Pepe assist to make it 3-1 on the night.

With nine points from four games, Porto is now third, one point behind leaders Braga. Next weekend, FC Porto will be making its way to Gil Vicente. (KN)

FC Porto: Diogo Costa - Zaidu Sanusi, Ivan Marcano (71’ Andre Franco), Pepe, Joao Mario (46’ Wenderson Galeno) - Otavio, Mateus Uribe, Pepe, Bruno Costa (46’ Gabriel Veron) - Mehdi Taremi (84' Danny Loader), Evanilson (46’ Toni Martinez)
Goals: 22’ Yakubo (1-0), 33’ Amaral (2-0), 43’ Yakubo (3-0), 93’ Martinez (3-1).

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