Man Utd beats QPR 4-0; Green makes Hamburg debut
LONDON (AP) — Strengthened by its expensive new signings, Manchester United defeated Queens Park Rangers to suggest that England’s biggest club might be getting back to its best.
Inter Milan won by an even bigger score in Italy, 7-0 against Sassuolo, while Valencia maintained its impressive start to the season in Spain. And in Germany, 19-year-old American Julian Green made his Bundesliga debut with Hamburg.
Here is a roundup of the action in Europe’s top leagues on Sunday:
To the backdrop of fans chanting “We’re going to win the league,” United ended its got its first win under coach Louis van Gaal following an 0-1-2 start to the Premier League season and a loss in the League Cup.
Angel Di Maria and Ander Herrera scored their first goals for United, Wayne Rooney added a third before the break and Juan Mata also found the net against QPR to give Van Gaal his first win in five competitive matches with the club. Rooney’s 175th Premier League goal tied Thierry Henry for third behind Alan Shearer (260) and Andy Cole (187).
Radamel Falcao entered in the 67th minute for his debut in a season-long loan from Monaco. The Colombian forward was presented with a great opportunity from close range with seven minutes remaining, but his shot was saved.
“I said to the players before the match, ‘We have to make a new start today,’” Van Gaal said. “This is the selection — we start now.”
Green, the 19-year-old American who scored in the World Cup against Belgium, played the first half in Hamburg’s 2-0 loss at Hannover. He is on a season-long loan from Bayern Munich, where his only action for the senior team was as an 88th-minute substitute in a Champions League match at CSKA Moscow last Nov. 27.
Leon Andreasen headed in the opening goal in the 13th minute and Artur Sobiech made it 2-0 in the 24th. Hamburg is yet to score a goal in three Bundesliga games.
Raul Bobadilla’s second-half goal was enough for Augsburg to grind out a 1-0 win at Eintracht Frankfurt for the club’s first victory this season.
In the second division, American Andrew Wooten scored for Sandhausen in its 1-0 win at home against Greuther Furth.
Mauro Icardi scored his first hat trick as Inter Milan routed Sassuolo 7-0 for its first victory of the Serie A season, and AC Milan won 5-4 at Parma in match in which each team finished a man short.
New signing Paolo Osvaldo scored twice and Mateo Kovacic also got his first league goal for Inter.
Jeremy Menez scored with a backheel for third goal in two games as Milan started with consecutive wins for the first time in eight years.
Napoli failed to convert a penalty kick as it lost 1-0 at home to Chievo Verona, and Lazio beat Cesena 3-0.
Fiorentina tied Genoa 0-0, and Atalanta beat Cagliari 2-1. Sampdoria beat Torino 2-0 and said it will donate half of the ticket sales to ALS research.
Valencia defeated visiting Espanyol 3-1 on goals by Pablo Piatti, Dani Parejo and Paco Alcacer to remain unbeaten in the Spanish league under new coach Nuno Espirito Santo and continue its turnaround during a drawn-out sale of the club.
Valencia (2-0-1) is tied with Atletico Madrid in second, two points behind Barcelona (3-0).
Also, Elche won 3-2 at Rayo Vallecano for its first victory of the season, and Villarreal tied 0-0 at Granada.
Divock Origi scored one goal and set up the other as Lille beat Nantes 2-0 at home to move into the French league lead, and Marseille moved past Bordeaux into second place with a 3-1 win at Evian.
Nantes conceded two quick goals after the break.
The 19-year-old Origi, who is on loan from Liverpool and played for Belgium at the World Cup, opened the scoring in the 47th with a powerful header. He created the second goal for Portuguese midfielder Marco Lopes three minutes later.
Marseille won its third straight win as Andre-Pierre Gignac scored 25 seconds in and Giannelli Imbula and Florian Thauvin added goals.