The Full 90

Euro Roundup: Rossi scores twice for Villarreal in La Liga win

New Jersey's Giuseppe Rossi scored twice Sunday to help Villarreal cruise to a 4-0 win over Espanyol in the Spanish league.

Rossi, who chose to play for Italy's national team rather than the United States, opened the scoring in the 24th minute after collecting a pass from Borja Valero, who made it 2-0 eight minutes later.

Rossi slotted home a penalty kick in the 55th before Brazilian Nilmar scored in the 78th. Espanyol finished with 10 men after Francisco Javier Chica was red carded for taking down Jefferson Montero with five minutes to play.

A 23-year-old forward, Rossi was born in Teaneck and raised in Clifton.

American forward Jozy Altidore was on the bench for the Yellow Submarine but didn't get into the game.

Villarreal had started the season with a 1-0 defeat to Real Sociedad, which plays Almeria on Monday.

Elsewhere, Deportivo La Coruna held Sevilla to a 0-0 tie; Jaime Gavilan scored twice in Getafe's 4-1 win over Levante; and Sporting Gijon beat Mallorca 2-0.


Goalkeeping heroics from Spanish national team backup Pepe Reina helped earn Liverpool a point from a scoreless draw at Birmingham in the English Premier League.

Reina produced two superb saves in the first half to deny Cameron Jerome and Craig Gardner as Liverpool's stuttering start to the season continued under new manager Roy Hodgson.

Fernando Torres, another member of Spain's World Cup-winning squad, was quiet as a lone striker, with Liverpool's only chances coming through long-range efforts by Steven Gerrard. The team is already seven points back of first-place Chelsea, which won 3-1 on Sunday to stay perfect after four games, and a first title since 1990 looks as far off as ever.

Defender Paul Konchesky made his debut for Liverpool after he followed Hodgson from Fulham. Liverpool has five points, while Birmingham extended its unbeaten run at St. Andrew's to 17 matches and climbed into the top five with six points.

"It was a good performance from the Birmingham team but I'm not that disappointed with our performance either," Hodgson said. "This is a tough place to come and play. My expectations were not that high anyway. I'd have been disappointed to lose the game but I'm certainly not disappointed to draw it."


Chievo Verona improved to 2-0 in the Serie A season with a 3-1 comeback win at Genoa.

Mattia Destro gave Genoa an early lead, but Davide Moscardelli equalized for Chievo before halftime and Michele Marcolini and Sergio Pellissier scored a goal apiece in the second half to make it two wins from as many matches.

Juventus also scored three times, but was unable to record its first win of the season, as Sampdoria fought back to draw 3-3 and leave the Turin club in the lower half of the standings.

Brescia beat Palermo 3-2 to record its first win since being promoted this season, but needed an injury time save from Matteo Sereni to guarantee them the points.

Bari missed its chance to join Chievo at six points when it was held to a 2-2 tie at Napoli.

Paolo Barreto gave Bari an early lead, but Edinson Cavani drew Napoli even when Marek Hamsik found him in space in the area to shoot low past Jean Gillet.

Paolo Cannavaro appeared to have won the game for Napoli when he scored with three minutes remaining, but Bari tied it immediately on a goal by Jose Castillo.

Also Sunday, it was; Catania 2, Parma 1; Lazio 3, Bologna 1; and Lecce 1, Fiorentina 0.


Mainz rallied to beat promoted Kaiserslautern 2-1 and join Hoffenheim at the top of the Bundesliga as the only teams with perfect records after three rounds.

Srdjan Lakic scored after 20 minutes for Kaiserslautern but Niko Bungert and Andre Schuerrle turned the game around with goals in the 71st and 73rd.

Kaiserslautern fell to its first defeat, while Mainz moved even on nine points with Hoffenheim.

Cologne won its first game of the season by edging promoted St. Pauli with a goal in the 17th minute by Taner Yalcin.


Marseille kept up its poor start when the French league's defending champion failed to take its chances in a 2-2 tie at home against Monaco.

Marseille twice had to come from behind to avoid a third defeat in five league matches. Marseille has won only one game this season and is languishing in 13th place with five points, tied with another big club, Lyon.

Also Sunday, goals from Eric Mouloungui and Habib Bamogo gave Nice a 2-1 win over Bordeaux as the French Riviera club maintained its unbeaten start to the season and moved up to fourth in the standings.

Monaco, which is also unbeaten, went ahead when Daniel Niculae scored with a left-footed strike from a tight angle in the 15th minute but Lucho Gonzalez's free kick in the 42nd tied it. Chu Young Park put Monaco back ahead on a counterattack in the 79th, but Monaco's Adriano scored an own goal two minutes later.

Goals from Eric Mouloungui and Habib Bamogo gave Nice a 2-1 win over Bordeaux to maintain its unbeaten start to the season. Nice, which has nine points from five matches, has lost only one game since coach Eric Roy replaced Didier Olle-Nicolle in March last season.

Promoted Brest was held to a scoreless tie by Lorient.


Robbert Schilder scored two late goals to give NAC Breda a 2-0 win over Feyenoord, handing the Rotterdam side its second Dutch league defeat of the season. Andreas Granqvist converted a penalty in the 85th in FC Groningen's 1-0 win over FC Utrecht.

On Saturday, PSV Eindhoven moved top of the Dutch league on goal difference after beating NEC Nijmegen 3-1.