The Full 90

Euro Roundup: Barca rebounds but Messi goes down

What happened on Sunday in Europe.


MADRID — Lionel Messi was stretchered off with what looked like a serious ankle injury after the Argentina forward and Gerard Pique scored in Barcelona's 2-1 victory at Atletico Madrid on Sunday.

Messi was diagnosed with a strained right ankle, while Atletico finished with 10 players after Tomas Ujfalusi was sent off for tripping the Argentina forward in full flight.

"I think the images speak for themselves," coach Pep Guardiola said. "The doctors will tell us how he is (on Monday). He's sad, red-eyed. But these things happen. Now we can only wait on the prognosis and help him recover."

Earlier, Juanma Mata and Pablo Hernandez scored first-half goals as Valencia beat Hercules 2-1 to maintain its perfect start and go top of the league with nine points.

Sevilla rallied from Jose Rondon's 14th-minute opener with Alejandro Alfaro equalizing six minutes later before Martin Caceres scored the winner in the 47th minute at La Rosaleda stadium.

Also, Nilmar scored two first-half goals to lead Villarreal to a 2-1 win at Levante, which pulled one back through Felipe Caicedo in stoppage time.

Henrique and Ariel Nahuelpan scored second half goals as Racing Santander beat Zaragoza 2-0.


LONDON — A hat trick from Dimitar Berbatov gave Manchester United a 3-2 victory over Liverpool, while Premier League leader Chelsea extended its perfect start to the season by routing Blackpool 4-0 on Sunday.

United threw away a two-goal lead in the second half when Steven Gerrard scored two goals in six minutes for Liverpool, but Berbatov's third in the 84th minute sealed the three points.

Chelsea took just two minutes go in front against Blackpool. After Salomon Kalou's tap-in, Florent Malouda scored twice and Didier Drogba netted with a deflected strike.

Chelsea has a four-point lead at the top of the standings over Arsenal and Manchester United, while Manchester City is fourth after beating Wigan 2-0 on Sunday.


FRANKFURT, Germany — Schalke's nightmare start to the Bundesliga season continued Sunday, losing 3-1 at home to rival Borussia Dortmund.

The fourth straight defeat is Schalke's worst start in the German league.

"It is my worst day at Schalke but it's also one of my worst days in football. I haven't started a season with four losses very often," Schalke coach Felix Magath said. "We never got them under control and Dortmund pounced on us."

Earlier Sunday, Hamburg missed a chance to pull into second place in the Bundesliga, coming back to earn a 1-1 draw at St. Pauli.


ROME — Samuel Eto'o scored twice and five-time defending champion Inter Milan rallied to beat Palermo 2-1 Sunday and return to the top of the Serie A table.

With seven points, Inter shares the Italian league lead with newly promoted Cesena, which beat Lecce 1-0 despite having to play with 10 men due to a referee's error.

Juventus won its first match in impressive form, beating last-place Udinese 4-0 with goals from Leonardo Bonucci, Fabio Quagliarella, Claudio Marchisio and Vincenzo Iaquinta.

Meanwhile, Roma remained winless after allowing two late scores from Marco Di Vaio in a 2-2 draw with Bologna.

Also, Chievo Verona's perfect start was snapped with a 1-0 loss to Brescia, with Alessandro Diamanti — who played for West Ham in the English Premier League last season — scoring from a free kick in the 30th.

In the night game, Uruguay forward Edinson Cavani scored an 86th-minute winner as Napoli beat Sampdoria 2-1. After both teams hit the woodword, Antonio Cassano put Sampdoria ahead with a penalty in the 78th and Marek Hamsik equalized five minutes later.

Luca Toni converted a penalty for his first goal since joining Genoa but Cristian Zaccardo scored a second-half equalizer for a 1-1 draw at Parma.

In the new lunchtime fixture, Bari and Cagliari drew 0-0.


PARIS — France midfielder Alou Diarra and Brazilian winger Jussie scored second-half goals as Bordeaux climbed out of the relegation zone after a scrappy 2-0 win over Lyon in the French league on Sunday.

The defeat increases the pressure on Lyon coach Claude Puel, who was jeered by his own fans at the last home game and sat slumped in the dugout at the final whistle.

"We should have put our foot on the ball more and controlled things better," Puel said. "That second goal hurt us and it wasn't a good night for us. We should have got at least a point tonight."

Seven-time champion Lyon is only one place above the relegation zone with five points from six games, while Bordeaux — which ended Lyon's run of seven straight titles two seasons ago — moved up to 13th spot with seven points.

Earlier Sunday, Rennes maintained its unbeaten start to the season but missed the chance to go top of the French league when it drew 0-0 away to Paris Saint-Germain and stayed in third place.

The draw means Rennes has 12 points from six games and is one point behind Saint-Etienne, which leads second-place Toulouse on goal difference.

Also Sunday, striker Moussa Sow scored a last-minute winner as Lille beat Auxerre 1-0 at home to move into sixth place.