Hat-trick for van Nistelrooy as Real rout Levante

RUUD VAN NISTELROOY grabbed a sensational hat-trick as Real Madrid won 4-1 at newly-promoted Levante yesterday.

Van Nistelrooy got his first competitive goal in a Real jersey from the edge of the area after 16 minutes before Antonio Cassano doubled the lead on 27 minutes.

Madrid coach Fabio Capello gave Jose Antonio Reyes his Real debut for the second half and van Nistelrooy grabbed the third before he sealed his hat-trick in injury-time.

Sevilla retained their place at the top of the Spanish first division with a 3-1 win at Real Sociedad.

Samuel Eto’o, last season’s top scorer in the Spanish first division, got two goals as champions Barcelona romped to a 3-0 win over Osasuna on Saturday, their second successive league win this season.

Argentine teenager Lionel Messi grabbed their third.

Valencia also notched up their second successive victory with a 1-0 win at Atletico Madrid, David Villa firing Valencia’s winner.

AC Milan, starting on minus eight points for their role in the Italian match-fixing scandal, beat fellow offenders Lazio 2-1 yesterday in their opening Serie A match.

Filippo Inzaghi put Milan ahead before summer signing Ricardo Oliveira headed their second goal.

Nigerian striker Stephen Makinwa replied for Lazio. Rolando Bianchi scored a hat-trick for Reggina — docked 15-points in the match-fixing scandal — but still ended up on the losing side in a 4-3 defeat at Palermo.

Newly-promoted Catania won 1-0 at Cagliari, while Atalanta defeated Ascoli 3-1.

Inter Milan survived a second-half fightback to beat Fiorentina 3-2. Argentine Esteban Cambiasso scored twice and Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic grabbed the other goal for Inter. Fiorentina had two headed goals from Luca Toni, last season’s top scorer.

Daniele De Rossi and Brazilian winger Mancini were on target for Roma as they defeated Livorno 2-0, with captain Francesco Totti missing a penalty.

Juventus, relegated to Serie B in the match-fixing furore, were held 1-1 at 10-man Rimini.

Hamburg and Werder Bremen were among the big names to topple as the German Cup kicked off.

Bayern Munich were taken to extra-time at St Pauli before coming out 2-1 winners.

Hamburg, Arsenal’s Champions League opponents this week, crashed out to third division Stuttgart Kickers 4-3 after extra time.

Bremen, who face Chelsea this week, lost on penalties to third division Pirmasens.

In France, Marseille continued their fine start with a 3-1 win over fierce rivals PSG last night to go back to the top of Ligue 1. Lyon enjoyed a 2-0 win over Troyes on Saturday. Goals from Brazilians Cris and Juninho were sufficient for Gerard Houllier’s side.

Juninho’s free-kick was the 30th free-kick he has netted for the club.

Nice remain firmly planted on the bottom of the table after Bordeaux edged them out in a 3-2 triumph.

Auxerre recorded their first win this season, 2-1 at home to Monaco with goals from Benoit Cheyrou and Ireneusz Jelen.

In Holland, defending champions PSV Eindhoven fought back from a goal down to beat Willem II 3-1. PSV face Liverpool tomorrow night.

AZ Alkmaar and Ajax maintained their 100% starts to the Eredivisie season.

AZ were 2-0 winners at NEC Nijmegen while Ajax continued to prosper under new coach Henk ten Cate, beating Vitesse Arnhem 3-0.

Feyenoord registered their first win of the season with a 4-1 derby victory at city rivals Sparta Rotterdam.

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