In a weekend filled with excitement around Europe two strikers from Manchester teams earned hat-tricks and keep their winning streaks alive.  The weekend also included the kickoff of Serie A and Barcelona falling behind Real Madrid in La Liga. 

Manchester City vs. Wigan Athletic

Sergio Aguero again stole the show for Manchester City, completing a hat-trick that began in the 13th minute on a great run of play after Carlos Tevez dribbled down the left side before passing to David Silva who found Aguero for the finish. A few minutes later David Silva was pulled down in the box and the ref pointed to the penalty spot. Carlos Tevez stepped up to take the penalty, but his effort was weak and easily saved by Ali Al Habsi.  In the 63rd minute Samir Nasri played a perfect ball on to Aguero who scored his second of the day.  Just 6 minutes later Aguero struck again after a David Silva through ball found the Argentinian again.  After the match Aguero remarked that he could be City’s “Maradona”, a bold claim for a man just four matches into his City career, but with six goals to his name so far he looks capable of living up to such claims.  Aguero’s hat-trick can be seen here:

Manchester United vs. Bolton Wanderers

Manchester United came out firing against Bolton and their five goals on the day showed they were clearly the superior team.  Javier Hernandez began the scoring just five minutes into the action, getting onto the end of a Nani cross and flicking it into the goal.  Rooney scored in the 20th, 25th, and 68th minutes to earn his hat-trick.  Since having his hair plugs put in Wayne Rooney has been on an absolute goal scoring tear.  With eight goals so far in his four Premier League games, the English striker is showing the strength of Samson on the ball and confident finishing, obviously due to no longer being folically challenged. Chicharito added a second goal to his tally in the 58th minute, bringing the total to 5-0 in favor of five-star Manchester United.  All of the goals as well as Rooney’s no longer bald spot can be seen here:

Chelsea vs. Sunderland

Chelsea entered the Stadium of Light with their eyes on victory, and was able to see their expectations met in the debut match for new signing Raul Meireles.  Captain John Terry opened the scoring for the match with a strike from the left side of the six yard box 18 minutes into the first half just seconds after Juan Mata’s free kick hit the woodwork.  Daniel Sturridge scored a top drawer goal in the 50th minute after being played in by a beautiful ball from Raul Meireles that split the defense.  Sturridge continued in on goal and finished with a backheel that looked to be the only way past Simon Mingolet.  Nicolas Anelka had several prime opportunities but was turned away by Mingolet and defender Wes Brown.  Ji Dong-Won earned Sunderland a place on the score sheet with a 90th minute goal, but the day was already meant to be for the Blues.  Chelsea maintain their unbeaten record and are currently two points behind the Manchester sides in third place.

Stoke vs. Liverpool

In a matchup between two teams that significantly improved during the summer transfer window, it was Stoke that came out on top to pull themselves into the fourth Premier League spot.  A penalty conceded by Jamie Carragher in the 20th minute led to a 21st minute Jon Walters penalty that was easily converted.  The game continued on to be a tight affair with Stoke playing well defensively, until just after the hour mark when Liverpool were able to unleash 5 shots in twenty seconds, however none of them were able to find their mark.  The match would end 1-0 in favor of Stoke City, and leave many including Liverpool manager Kenny Daglish unhappy with the performance and refereeing.  Highlights can be seen here:

Around the EPL

Arsenal looked unimpressive in their 1-0 win over Swansea:

Aston Villa and Everton played to an entertaining 2-2 draw:

Tottenham rise off the bottom of the table to see off Wolves 2-0 thanks to Adebayor’s debut goal:

Fulham continues to struggle as they sink to the bottom spot with a 1-1 draw against Blackburn:

West Brom earn season’s first win over Norwich.

Today Q.P.R. take on Newcastle, which will see Joey Barton take on his former club.

Over the weekend Sunderland’s Asamoah Gyan completed a loan move to United Arab Emirates club Al Ain.  The move came after Gyan’s rumored moves around Europe fell through.

La Liga

La Liga had a full slate of games that saw Karim Benzema score two goals in a 4-2 Real Madrid win against Getafe:

Barcelona dropped points for the first time this season.  Two early goals were not enough to keep Real Sociedad from storming back to finish the game level at 2-2.

Serie A
Serie A kicked off play after their season opener had been delayed due to a players strike. 

Juventus hammered Parma 4-1 to take the league’s top spot:

Palermo shock Inter Milan 4-3 despite three goals from Diego Milito:

Napoli began their season with a 3-1 win over Cesena:

So far there have been no allegations of match fixing or bribery, but the season is still young.

UEFA Champions League kicks off Tuesday!

Neymar pulled off a Lambretta (rainbow) in his match this weekend against Cruziero:

Sergio Aguero gets the background for his three goal effort and for living up to his Maradona comparison.