Haaland churns out hat-tricks and records, Bellingham follows the schedule of Ibrahimovic and Ronaldo

The main events of Sat­ur­day in Euro­pean foot­ball.

England: hat-trick day

Eng­land. Pre­mier League. 4th round

02 Sep, 17:00. Eti­had Sta­di­um (Man­ches­ter)

Man­ches­ter city



In the last round, Ful­ham frayed Arse­nal’s nerves (2:2), and this Sat­ur­day the sum­mer res­i­dents clear­ly want­ed to make life dif­fi­cult for Man­ches­ter City. Yes, Haa­land, who was ini­tial­ly in the shad­ow, opened up to Kovacic’s pass and rolled the ball into an emp­ty cor­ner for Alvarez. But the guests respond­ed almost instant­ly, mak­ing the most of the cor­ner. It was their goal that broke them in stop­page time in the first half, which angered Mar­co Sil­va and his play­ers. They were sure that the goal­keep­er was inter­fered with by a play­er who was off­side, but the VAR’s opin­ion turned out to be dif­fer­ent.

Arsen Zakharyan. Real Sociedad final­ly won, Zakharyan wit­nessed two goals con­ced­ed

And after the break, Ful­ham fell vic­tim to a Nor­we­gian storm named Erlin. In the first case, the hero of the day was helped a lit­tle by Rome, who tried to inter­rupt the trans­mis­sion. Then Haa­land, who missed a penal­ty in the last round, went to the point and con­vert­ed the 11-meter with Scan­di­na­vian equa­nim­i­ty. And final­ly, in the fifth minute of added time, after an amaz­ing solo by Gomez, the City sniper scored his fifth hat-trick in the Pre­mier League.

Nat­u­ral­ly, there was anoth­er record, as Haa­land reached this mark in 39 games. 34 match­es faster than Ruud van Nis­tel­rooy. Alan Shear­er, Har­ry Kane, Michael Owen, Luis Suarez, Rob­bie Fowler — all at a cos­mic dis­tance from the Nor­we­gian machine. In addi­tion, the for­ward of City, which won all four match­es at the start of the sea­son, took anoth­er record from Andy Cole (42 match­es), gain­ing 50 points (41 goals and 9 assists) faster than any­one in the his­to­ry of the Pre­mier League.

Eng­land. Pre­mier League. 4th round

02 Sep, 17:00. Stam­ford Bridge (Lon­don)



Not­ting­ham For­est

Eng­land. Pre­mier League. 4th round

02 Sep, 17:00. Turf Moor (Burn­ley)



Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur

Chelsea were pre­dict­ed to under­go a mag­i­cal trans­for­ma­tion with the arrival of Mauri­cio Pochet­ti­no, even giv­en the youth of the squad. On the con­trary, noth­ing was expect­ed from Tot­ten­ham after Kane left and the appoint­ment of Ange­los Postecoglou as head coach. But four rounds have passed, and the Blues already have two defeats, while the Spurs, after a draw at the start, won for the third time in a row.

Roman­tic Burn­ley, which charmed every­one last sea­son in the cham­pi­onship, was crushed in all respects. And Son Heung-min, who suf­fered in the sec­ond year of Anto­nio Conte’s work, is now a 100% leader. On Sat­ur­day he scored his fourth hat-trick in the Pre­mier League. Mad­di­son also deserves a spe­cial men­tion. Since mak­ing his debut in the com­pe­ti­tion five years ago, the mid­field­er is joint leader in long-range goals with Ward-Prowse (18 each). Anoth­er coin­ci­dence in the careers of these play­ers is the rel­e­ga­tion of their teams (Leices­ter and Southamp­ton) and imme­di­ate adap­ta­tion to new clubs.

Eng­land. Pre­mier League. 4th round

02 Sep, 19:30. Falmer Sta­di­um (Brighton)



New­cas­tle Unit­ed

If Brighton is con­sid­ered syn­ony­mous with vibrant and effec­tive foot­ball, then Eddie Howe’s New­cas­tle is almost an exem­plary defen­sive game. Only the Seag­ulls con­firmed their rep­u­ta­tion by recov­er­ing from the loss to West Ham, while the Mag­pies were far from their best. The sec­ond goal of the Irish tal­ent Fer­gu­son is indica­tive, he received the ball in the area between two cen­tral defend­ers, and when the play­er who was insur­ing them came to his sens­es, the home team’s for­ward – as in train­ing – had already put the ball in the cor­ner.

Declan Rice, Neymar, Jude Bellingham. Trans­fer win­dow high­lights: Sau­di Ara­bia changes mar­ket rules, Chelsea spends the most again

As a result, the Irish­man con­tin­ued his day of hat-tricks, again shoot­ing from dis­tance and using the rebound from Sher’s foot as his assis­tant. As a result, this is only the sec­ond time in the his­to­ry of the Pre­mier League that three “hat tricks” were record­ed on the same day. And again in Sep­tem­ber! In 1995, Fowler, Shear­er and Yeboah each hit the net three times. Let us also note the age of 18-year-old Fer­gu­son — this is the fourth hat-trick in the Pre­mier League at this age after the already men­tioned Fowler, Bart-Williams and Owen. Brighton already have three wins, while New­cas­tle have just one.

Spain: the miracles and drama of Soria

Spain. La Liga. 4th round

02 Sep, 17:15. San­ti­a­go Bern­abeu (Madrid)




Real Madrid, play­ing at the San­ti­a­go Bern­abeu for the first time this sea­son, start­ed with a stu­pid goal — Madrid grad­u­ate Bor­ja May­oral took advan­tage of a mis­take by Fran Gar­cia, who was tak­en off dur­ing the break. Such a sce­nario against the most prag­mat­ic team in La Liga is still a plea­sure. In addi­tion, it was not pos­si­ble to quick­ly win back, since the ref­er­ee, after study­ing the replay, can­celed the penal­ty award­ed after Belling­ham’s fall.

Jude Bellingham and David Alaba. Real Madrid will be unrec­og­niz­able in the new sea­son. Ancelot­ti changed the for­ma­tion, put Kroos and Mod­ric on the bench and bet on Belling­ham

Plus goal­keep­er Soria caught incred­i­ble courage. His ben­e­fit per­for­mance began with an atyp­i­cal falling head­er for Mod­ric, when the ball had to be pulled out from under the cross­bar. And the episode when Kroos hit the post and the German’s fin­ish, stopped by the goal­keep­er, fit into one attack will grace the tour’s hit parade. If we describe all the crit­i­cal moments at the Getafe goal, includ­ing shots into the wood­work from Car­va­jal and Rodri­go, it would take up too much space even by Inter­net stan­dards. Let’s focus on the fact that Joselu, hav­ing received a chance after Vini­cius Junior’s injury, con­vert­ed one out of three chances. Yes, and that one — after rebounds.

And Real Madrid’s deci­sive goal was a real dra­ma. The mag­nif­i­cent Soria, hav­ing made a career-high 10 saves, did not tame the ball after a long-range strike from Lucas Vazquez, and Belling­ham was the first to fin­ish. In the 21st cen­tu­ry, only three play­ers scored in their first four match­es in La Liga before the Eng­lish­man — Ibrahi­movic, Cris­tiano Ronal­do and Fab­re­gas. Let us also note the team suc­cess of Real Madrid, which start­ed with four vic­to­ries for the sec­ond year in a row. The last time the Roy­al Club man­aged to do this was in the ear­ly 60s of the last cen­tu­ry.

Italy: Sarri upset Naples

Italy. Serie A. 3rd round

02 Sep, 21:45. Diego Arman­do Maradona (Naples)




Lazio, which had failed the start, almost missed in the first attack after the solo pass of Kvaratskhe­lia, who had returned to the start­ing line-up. The Roman team did not even think about mean­ing­ful attacks for most of the first half, but this did not stop them from open­ing the scor­ing. But how! Felipe Ander­son­’s exquis­ite pass and Luis Alber­to’s back­heel fin­ish are end­less­ly rewatch­able.

True, all this beau­ty was very quick­ly nul­li­fied by Zielin­s­ki, who did not come up with any­thing, and ric­o­chets came to his aid. Napoli cap­i­tal­ized on this goal, but the guests were respon­si­ble for cre­ativ­i­ty in the game that opened up after the break. Mau­r­izio Sar­ri seemed to be influ­enced by the Neapoli­tan atmos­phere that was once native to him. And at the same time on his play­ers, because pass­ing the ball to Kama­da, who hit the tar­get, is a real art.

The replace­ment of the Eagles’ new­com­er Guen­douzi was also pow­er­ful. The French­man could have scored 1+1 with­in a few min­utes, but two goals were can­celed due to the inter­ven­tion of VAR and Zaccagni’s off­sides. But the two avail­able were enough for the Romans to con­grat­u­late Immo­bile on his 300th match for the club. Napoli looked sur­pris­ing­ly straight­for­ward and lost for the first time under Rudi Gar­cia.

Germany: Tuchel lifts Mönchengladbach curse

Ger­many. Bun­desli­ga 1. 3rd round

02 Sep, 19:30. Borus­sia-Park (Mönchenglad­bach)

Borus­sia M



Mönchenglad­bach is a prob­lem­at­ic exit for Bay­ern. The last time the Munich team beat junior Borus­sia was in the spring of 2019, los­ing four out of five match­es to them with one draw. Of course, the cup 0:5 stands apart. This time, every stan­dard of the hosts became a test for the cham­pi­on. The first of them end­ed with Friedrich hit­ting the cross­bar, and then the goal was scored by two oth­er defen­sive play­ers — Weber, who made a dis­count, and Itaku­ra, who hit the goal.

After the break, the Japan­ese again became a hero, head­ing the ball out of the emp­ty goal. But still, Thomas Tuchel’s team real­ized their advan­tage, and Sane, who had pre­vi­ous­ly hit the wood­work, restored the bal­ance. And since Glad­bach was unable to rebuild, in the end Bay­ern crushed their uncom­fort­able oppo­nent. And it is sym­bol­ic that the curse was lift­ed by 18-year-old Tel, who was not bur­dened by any com­plex­es. He is the hero of the evening, along with Kim­mich, who record­ed two assists.

Ger­many. Bun­desli­ga 1. 3rd round

02 Sep, 16:30. BayAre­na (Lev­erkusen)




Bay­ern start­ed with three wins, but they are not the lead­ers. Ahead due to the bet­ter goal dif­fer­ence is Bay­er, which is on the same sched­ule, which was revived by Xabi Alon­so dur­ing last sea­son, and is now show­ing extreme­ly bright foot­ball. Lev­erkusen scored three goals each against Leipzig and Borus­sia Mönchenglad­bach, and the native of the sec­ond Bun­desli­ga was doomed. The biggest prob­lem for Darm­stadt was the Niger­ian Boni­face, who was involved in three goals. The for­ward, who came from the Bel­gian Union, earned six (4+2) points in three rounds. Since Opta’s data count (since 2004), only two for­mer Borus­sia Dort­mund play­ers have had such a strong start in the Bun­desli­ga: Paco Alcácer (2018) and Haa­land (2020).

Alexander Golovin celebrates a goal with his Monaco teammates. Golovin scored the main sen­sa­tion of last sea­son in Ligue 1. Mona­co defeat­ed Lens and took first place

Sta­tis­tics of the day
PSV for­ward Luuk de Jong has scored in five con­sec­u­tive match­es since April 2019.
4 Argen­tine Di Maria scored a goal in five games after return­ing to Ben­fi­ca.
5 goals in the first three rounds of the Bun­desli­ga were scored by Stuttgart strik­er Guiras­si, who set a club record.
8 strik­er Icar­di has scored at least two goals for Galatasaray since the begin­ning of last sea­son.
202 match in the Pre­mier League, it took Sheffield Unit­ed to go into the break for the first time lead­ing after con­ced­ing the first goal.