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Euro Roundup: Barca and Milan start season in style

Italy: AC Milan opens Serie A with 4-0 win

ROME — AC Milan opened Serie A with a bang on Sunday, beating Lecce 4-0 and introducing freshly signed Zlatan Ibrahimovic to the San Siro crowd at halftime.

Alexandre Pato scored twice, Thiago Silva also found the net in the first half and substitute Filippo Inzaghi added the 154th Serie A goal of his career in the 90th minute.

With his transfer from Barcelona finalized Saturday, Ibrahimovic walked out on a red carpet at halftime and told the fans: "I came here to win. This year we're winning everything."

Earlier, a revamped Juventus lost 1-0 to Bari, with Massimo Donati scoring a 43rd-minute winner.

Napoli and Fiorentina drew 1-1 in a match that both sides ended with 10 men.

Sampdoria bounced back from its Champions League playoff loss by beating Lazio 2-0 with goals from Antonio Cassano and Stefano Guberti.

Also, it was: Chievo Verona 2, Catania 1; Palermo 0, Cagliari 0; and Parma 2, Brescia 0.

Spain: Barcelona cruises to 3-0 win against Santander

MADRID — Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta and David Villa scored as Barcelona opened its Spanish league campaign with a comfortable 3-0 win at Racing Santander on Sunday, while Real Madrid was held to a 0-0 draw by Mallorca in Jose Mourinho's first game as a Liga coach.

Mourinho said his Madrid side had not played at the kind of level he hopes it can reach, although he was pleased his players made opportunities and did not concede.

Also Sunday, Pablo Osvaldo scored twice as Espanyol beat Getafe 3-1, Real Sociedad beat Villarreal 1-0, Deportivo La Coruna drew 0-0 with Zaragoza and Osasuna was held 0-0 by Almeria.

England: Torres finds form in Liverpool's first win LONDON — American goalkeeper Brad Friedel made two great saves to help Aston Villa earn a 1-0 win over Everton in the English Premier League on Sunday, and Fernando Torres scored his first goal of the season in Liverpool's 1-0 victory against West Bromwich Albion.Luke Young's ninth-minute strike put Villa in front, and Friedel preserved the victory by twice denying Everton substitute Louis Saha in the closing minutes.Manchester City lost for the first time this season when Darren Bent converted a penalty in the fourth minute of stoppage time to give Sunderland a 1-0 victory at the Stadium of Light.A glaring miss by Carlos Tevez in the 16th minute proved costly as City dropped to ninth spot as a result.In Sunday's other match, Bolton drew 2-2 with Birmingham having been two goals down and reduced to 10 men following the first-half ejection of goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen.Germany: Moenchengladbach hammers Leverkusen 6-3 FRANKFURT — Patrick Herrmann scored twice as Borussia Moenchengladbach swept to its first win over Bayer Leverkusen for 16 years in an emphatic 6-3 away victory on Sunday.Borussia Dortmund later beat Stuttgart 3-1 in the day's other match in the Bundesliga.Gladbach rattled up a four-goal lead in the second half to make sure of its first success in the fixture since beating Leverkusen 1-0 away on March 5, 1994 — a run of 26 games.France: Modeste earns Bordeaux 1-1 draw in French league PARIS — Bordeaux's new signing Anthony Modeste scored a late goal to salvage a 1-1 draw at home to champion Marseille in the French league on Sunday.Marseille had been playing with only 10 men since a 33rd minute red card for Edouard Cisse. It held out until Modeste rose to meet a cross from the right with just two minutes remaining, beating goalkeeper Steve Mandanda with a firm header into the bottom right corner.Both teams have recovered some form after losing their opening two league games, but the draw means they are locked on four points each after four rounds — eight points adrift of surprise leader Toulouse.Earlier Sunday, Strikers Modibo Maiga and Ideye Brown both scored as Sochaux beat Paris Saint-Germain 3-1.

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