England: Imperial Manchester City, Conte’s first victory at Tottenham
Even without a few starters, City did not struggle too much to dominate Everton and regain second place in the Premier League from Liverpool, three lengths behind the leader Chelsea (29 points).
Without Kevin de Bruyne, positive for Covid-19, or Jack Grealish, injured, while Gabriel Jesus remained on the bench, the Citizens were able to manage their efforts, while having the good taste to score two sublime goals.
The first on an opening from the outside of the foot while releasing Joao Cancelo for a half-volley from Raheem Sterling (1-0, 44 ‘). The second came from a 23-meter strike from Rodri which ended in the top corner of Jordan Pickford, helpless (2-0, 55 ‘).
The third goal, scored by Bernardo Silva, who recovered from six meters a shot slowed down by a defender from Everton, to score closely (3-0, 86th), gave the score a scale fairly consistent with the gap between both teams.
In the other meeting of the day, Antonio Conte’s first at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, the Spurs relaunched in the race for Europe by overthrowing Leeds (2-1).
Daniel James had given the advantage to the visitors (0-1, 44th) but the locals changed their face after the break, rewarded with a somewhat hazardous exit from the young French goalkeeper Illan Meslier, who left the goal open to Pierre- Emile Hojbjerg (1-1, 58th).
A little more than ten minutes later, the match turned on a free kick from Harry Winks returned by the left post but taken back to six meters by Sergio Reguilon, who had followed well to give the victory to his family (2-1, 69th).
Spain: Real Madrid takes place in Granada
Real Madrid corrected Granada 4-1 and put on a third consecutive victory in La Liga.
The Madrilenians, unbeaten for almost two months in all competitions, quickly took the lead thanks to a goal from Marco Asensio (19th) and another from Nacho after a combination from a corner (25th), but the Colombian Luis Suarez reduced the ‘gap for Granada (34th), taking advantage of a loss of ball from Vinicius to unleash a distant strike blocked by Nacho.
In the second period, the Merengues drove home the point thanks to a jewel of collective goal initiated by Karim Benzema and Luka Modric, and concluded by Vinicius (57th), before the expulsions of Monchu for a dangerous tackle on Vinicius (67th), and of his coach Robert Moreno, who discussed the referee’s decision too much.
And left-back Ferland Mendy, found in depth by Casemiro, sealed the victory at the end of the match (76th).
Italy: first defeat for Napoli, beaten at San Siro by Inter
Inter Milan inflicted on the leader Napoli their first defeat in the league (3-2), Sunday at San Siro on the 13th day, which allows the reigning Italian champion (3rd) to return to just four points from the leading duo that Napoli composes with AC Milan.
First jostled and led on a strike from Piotr Zielinski (17th), the Interists reacted well to quickly return to a penalty from Hakan Calhanoglu (25th) then pass in front of a header from Ivan Perisic (44th). The third goal, signed Lautaro Martinez (61st), ensured success, despite everything contested by Naples to the end thanks to the reduction of the score of Dries Mertens (79th).
The Nerazzurri, saved by their goalkeeper Samir Handanovic and the helm in added time, made the beautiful operation of the thirteenth day of Serie A by putting a stop to the faultless Napoli of his ex-coach Luciano Spalletti. They also take advantage of the misstep of AC Milan on Saturday against Fiorentina (3-4).
The victory confirms the rise of Inter, who won their first game against a “big” in the league after being hung up by Atalanta, Juventus and Milan and losing to Lazio.