Lionel Messi scores twice in vain for BarcelonaAIK win Swedish title thanks to victory over KalmarBarcelona suffered their first home defeat in La Li

European roundup: Barcelona suffer first home defeat in more than two years

European roundup: Barcelona suffer first home defeat in more than two years

European roundup: Barcelona suffer first home defeat in more than two years

European roundup: Barcelona suffer first home defeat in more than two years

European roundup: Barcelona suffer first home defeat in more than two years
European roundup: Barcelona suffer first home defeat in more than two years
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Barcelona suffered their first home defeat in La Liga for more than two years, the champions losing 4-3 to Real Betis despite Lionel Messi scoring twice on his return to action.

First-half goals from Junior and Joaquín gave the visitors a 2-0 lead before Messi pulled one back from the penalty spot midway through the second half.

However, Barcelona goalkeeper then let a shot from Giovani Lo Celso slip through his hands and although substitute Arturo Vidal reduced the deficit on 79 minutes, Ivan Rakitic was sent off moments later and Sergio Canales made it 4-2 soon after.

Messi finished off a flowing move in stoppage time to make it 4-3, but Betis held on to inflict Barcelona’s first defeat at the Nou Camp in La Liga since they lost 2-1 to Alavés in September 2016.

AC Milan striker Gonzalo Higuaín endured a terrible night against parent club Juventus as the Old Lady ran out 2-0 winners at San Siro.

Argentina international Higuain, who joined Gennaro Gattuso’s Milan on loan from Juve to pave the way for Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival from Real Madrid, saw a first-half spot-kick saved by Wojciech Szczesny which would have levelled the score before he was dismissed late on.

Higuain tangled with defender Medhi Benatia and reacted furiously to receiving a yellow card, which prompted referee Paolo Mazzoleni to dismiss the striker for dissent following an angry outburst.

Mario Mandzukic headed Juve into an eighth-minute lead and Ronaldo wrapped up victory with nine minutes left when he was on hand to tap in Joao Cancelo’s parried effort.

Inter Milan were thoroughly outclassed in a 4-1 loss at Atalanta on Sunday for their first Serie A defeat in nearly two months. Hans Hateboer gave Atalanta an early advantage with a tap-in and the hosts wasted numerous other chances including an attempt off the post to add to the lead before the break.

Mauro Icardi equalized with a penalty two minutes into the second half following an Atalanta handball but Gianluca Mancini restored Atalanta’s lead after the hour mark with a header from a Josip Ilicic free kick.

Berat Djimsiti scored with a header on another set piece from Ilicic and Inter was then reduced to 10 men when Marcelo Brozovic picked up his second yellow card.Papu Gomez completed the scoring with a long, curling shot that left Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic motionless.

Stephan El Shaarawy scored twice in a win over Sampdoria.

Stephan El Shaarawy scored a brace, including a no-look chip shot into the far corner in Roma’s 4-1 win over Sampdoria. Juan Jesus had given Roma an early lead then Patrik Schick doubled the advantage against his former club. Grégoire Defrel pulled one back for Sampdoria before El Shaarawy converted a rebound to restore the three-goal advantage.

Bottom-placed Chievo drew 2-2 with Bologna to earn their first point since former Italy coach Gian Piero Ventura was hired a month ago. Empoli, playing their first match under new manager Giuseppe Iachini, beat struggling Udinese 2-1.

Thierry Henry endured another miserable evening as Monaco manager after Edinson Cavani’s hat-trick ushered Paris St Germain to a 4-0 victory at the Stade Louis II.

On a night when the linesmen came under scrutiny, Cavani scored twice inside 12 minutes - with both goals overturned on the video assistant referee system having been initially flagged for offside.

Cavani used his predatory instinct to complete his treble before Neymar completed the rout from the penalty spot, putting the defending Ligue 1 champions 13 points clear at the top of the standings.

Edinson Cavani took home the match ball.

Leipzig’s Yussuf Poulsen scored once in either half to help his team beat toothless Bayer Leverkusen 3-0 on Sunday and move into third place in the Bundesliga ahead of champions Bayern Munich.

The Denmark striker chipped in after 26 minutes and added a second in the 85th, pouncing on a Bayer Leverkusen mistake. Teammate Lukas Klostermann scored Leipzig’s second goal in the 68th minute as they earned their second straight win and stretched their unbeaten run to 10 league games.

Leverkusen keeper Lukas Hradecky denied Timo Werner from point blank range late in the game but Leipzig counterpart Peter Gulacsi was equally effective in palming a Leon Bailey free kick wide, the visitors’ first shot on target, after 76 minutes.

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AIK secured the Swedish title on Sunday, thanks to a goal from defender Robin Jansson just seven months he left his job making horseshoes to join the Stockholmers from third-tier side Oddevold.

Jansson and his teammates knew that a win away to Kalmar would guarantee that they would lift the Lennart Johansson trophy, and the 26-year-old headed home a first-half goal that proved enough to give them a 1-0 victory and the title.

“It’s the sickest evening in my life, it’s completely wonderful,” a joyful Jansson told Swedish radio.

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