Atlanta United played their first game in their new home of Mercedes-Benz stadium, and they romped to victory 3-0 over FC Dallas. Honestly this game could have been 5-0 or 6-0, as Atlanta were denied multiple goals by the woodwork and by FC Dallas goalie Jesse Gonzalez. It was still an overwhelming win, and with most of their remaining games at home, Atlanta looks like a good bet to make the playoffs in their first season.
Manchester City demolished Liverpool 5-0 on Saturday in an early season match-up of two title contenders. The match turned near halftime when Liverpool lofted a ball toward the Man City box, and in trying to control the bouncing ball, Sadio Mane kicked Man City goalie Ederson in the head. Mane was sent off for dangerous play, City scored just before the half to make it 2-0, and they took off from there. City were lead by a brace from Gabriel Jesus and Leroy Sane, and a brilliant overall performance from Kevin De Bruyne. For Liverpool, despite going down to 10 men they collapsed on defense and let City run riot, and what was the main problem for the Reds last year (defense) appears to still be an issue.
Despite losing Neymar in the offseason and all the talk of crisis around the club, Barcelona showed that on their day they are still a team to be feared. They crushed their local rivals Espanyol 5-0, and Lionel Messi scored a hat trick, with Gerard Pique and Luis Suarez adding the other goals for the blaugrana. Despite all the talk of board room crisis, and rumored unhappiness with Messi, Iniesta and the club president, Barça showed they are still a force to be reckoned with on the field.
Speaking of hat tricks, Messi’s wasn’t the only notable one over the weekend. CIro Immobile scored a hat trick for Lazio as they thumped AC Milan 4-1 at the Stadio Olimpico. Immobile scored a penalty early before hitting a stunning volley for goal number two, and completing the hat trick just after the second half started. Lazio added a 4th goal, and then Riccardo Montolivo grabbed one for Milan, but it was just consolation at that point. This game was a real boost for Lazio and Immobile, and brought Milan back down to earth after a good start to the season.
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