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European roundup: RB Leipzig stay top after draw with Bayern Munich | Football


RB Leipzig came from a goal down to snatch a 1-1 draw against champions Bayern Munich on Saturday to remain top of the Bundesliga, a point ahead of second-placed Borussia Dortmund.

Bayern, who host Red Star Belgrade in their Champions League group opener next week, got off to a perfect start when Robert Lewandowski struck in the third minute for his seventh goal of the campaign.

Yet despite more than 75% possession in the first half the Bavarians failed to make their dominance count as the hosts levelled on the stroke of half-time with an Emil Forsberg penalty.

Bayern thought they had grabbed a winner in stoppage time but Niklas Süle’s header scraped the post and sailed wide.

Leipzig, who face Benfica in the Champions League, are on 10 points, with Dortmund, who crushed Bayer Leverkusen 4-0, on nine. Bayern are a further point behind in third.

Fiorentina were left to rue missed chances after holding Juventus to a 0-0 Serie A draw in Florence to end the champions’ perfect start to the season.

Juve arrived at the Stadio Artemio Franchi having won their opening two games and were heavy favourites against a Fiorentina side on zero points and a 16-match winless league run.

Franck Ribéry impressed on his first start for the hosts as they created the better chances, but a lack of clinical finishing from Vincenzo Montella’s men helped Juve escape with a point.

“I am proud, because the team had two and a half games at a great level so far this season against some very tough opposition, so that means we can fight it out with anyone,” Montella told Sky Sport Italia. “Unfortunately, when we have 10-15 shots on goal and don’t score, that is disappointing. I think Florence will be proud of us today, a win would’ve been the icing on the cake, but we are on the right track.”

The draw extended Fiorentina’s run of Serie A games without a victory to 17, their worst run in the competition since 1970-71.

Roared on by a record crowd in their revamped and completed stadium, Real Sociedad ended La Liga leaders Atlético Madrid’s 100% start to season with a deserved 2-0 win on Saturday.

The former Real Madrid player Martin Ødegaard put the Basque side ahead in the first game at the renovated Reale Arena with a deflected shot in the 58th minute which completed a sweeping end-to-end attack.

Debutant Nacho Monreal doubled Sociedad’s advantage only three minutes later, pouncing on a fumble by Atlético goalkeeper Jan Oblak who later had to be substituted despite protests from the Slovenian after taking a blow to the head.



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