Brilliant Sevilla fire Champions League warning to Gunners

SEVILLA showed they are in fine shape ahead of Wednesday’s tough Champions League match against Arsenal with an impressive 4-1 home win over Recreativo Huelva last night.

Russian Alexander Kerzhakov, who also missed a penalty, and Mali international Frederic Kanoute both scored twice to sink Recreativo as Sevilla moved up to second in the table with a maximum haul of six points.

It was Sevilla’s first league match since the tragic death of their former Spanish international defender Antonio Puerta and they offered a fitting tribute with a terrific display of attacking football.

Another boost for Sevilla was the brilliant performance of Brazilian Daniel Alves who appears to healed his rift with the club after they denied him a summer move to Chelsea.

Barcelona may have Thierry Henry, Ronaldinho and other attacking gems but were held 0-0 at Osasuna.

Real Madrid coach Bernd Schuster was still a happy man after seeing his side walk off with all three points from Saturday’s home clash with Almeria.

Goals from Javier Saviola, Wesley Sneijder and Gonzalo Higuain earned Real a 3-1 win at the Bernabeu and kept the defending champions’ 100% record intact after three games.

“I was happy with large parts of the game. It was a game where we had to suffer, work hard,” said Schuster, whose side thrashed Villarreal 5-0 in their previous match.

Atletico Madrid wait impatiently for their team’s first win of the campaign following a disappointing 1-1 draw at Murcia yesterday. Deportivo La Coruna registered their first win of the season with a 1-0 win over Real Betis on Sunday. Villarreal snatched a late 1-0 victory at Mallorca.

ITALY

Roma went to the top of Serie A yesterday when they extended their perfect start to the season to three out of three with a 2-0 win over Reggina.

Brazilian Juan marked his topflight debut in the best possible way, putting Roma in front in the 50th minute with Francesco Totti adding the second six minutes from time.

Former leaders Juventus slipped to fourth when suffering a shock 1-0 loss to Udinese in Turin.

Inter Milan climbed four places to second with a 2-0 win over Catania.

Napoli’s 2-0 win over Sampdoria lifted them up five places into third between Inter and Juve.

On Saturday fifth-placed AC Milan were held to their second successive 1-1 draw with only Alessandro Nesta’s late equaliser avoided an embarrassing slip up at struggling Siena. Also on Saturday Lazio were held to a 0-0 draw by lowly Empoli.

GERMANY

Bayern Munich continue to set the pace in the Bundesliga despite their second consecutive draw, this time 1-1 at home against Schalke.

Ivan Rakitic put the Gelsenkirchen side in front nine minutes before the break. Miroslav Klose scored a deserved equaliser for Bayern nine minutes into the second half.

Hertha Berlin moved to within two points of top spot after a hard-fought victory at Duisburg yesterday.

Champions Stuttgart, who face Rangers in the Champions League on Wednesday night, picked up only their second win of the campaign with a 3-0 dismissal of Energie Cottbus.

FRANCE

Nancy stayed top of Ligue 1 on Saturday despite their first defeat of the season, a 1-0 reverse at Lens.

Aruna Dindane gave Lens and new coach Jean-Pierre Papin a first win.

Lyon are now second after a 5-1 win at Metz underlined their intent to win a seventh consecutive title while PSG enjoyed a 2-1 win away to Monaco.

Marseille’s miserable start to the season continued on Saturday as Toulouse inflicted a 2-1 defeat on the hosts at the Stade Velodrome.

DUTCH

Feyenoord moved back to the top of the Eredivisie yesterday after maintaining their 100% record with a 3-1 win at Roda JC. A Roy Makaay penalty levelled matters before a brace from Jonathan De Guzman made it four wins from four this season.

A late goal from Klaas-Jan Huntelaar earned Ajax a 1-0 win at Heracles Almelo. Huntelaar’s 76th-minute strike lifted Henk ten Cate’s side to 10 points with champions PSV Eindhoven. PSV needed an early Danny Koevermans strike to sink Vitesse Arnhem.

Elsewhere Lisandro Lopez ensured Portuguese champions Porto beat Maritimo 1-0 to grab sole leadership of the SuperLiga on Saturday. Porto host Liverpool in the Champions League tomorrow night. Sporting Lisbon who face Manchester United enjoyed a 2-0 win at Amadora last night. Celtic’s Group D opponents Shakhtar Donetsk beat Chornomorets in the Ukrainian Premier League 2-1.

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