In mid-August we have already been able to experience two days of Ligue 1 and the kick-off for LaLiga, Premier League and Bundesliga, pending that of Serie A next weekend.
In these first meetings of the 2021-22 academic year, clubs have been seen meeting initial expectations, in the same way as others that have not. We review ten cases of teams that have started with great sensations in their respective premieres or first two meetings:
A team recently promoted to Ligue 1 from the silver category. Nor have they conceded, beating Girondins Bordeaux (0-2) and ESTAC Troyes (2-0). The main protagonist has been Mohamed Bayo, with three goals, followed by Jodel Doussou on the opening day.
Les Scoïstes They started the season with two wins in the first two days of Ligue 1 and without conceding, beating RC Strasbourg (0-2) and Olympique Lyonnais (3-0). The five goals between these matches have been authored by Ismael Traoré, Stéphane Bahoken, Sofiane Boufal, Azzedine Ounahi and an own goal by Marcelo Antonio Guedes.
The Catalans beat Real Sociedad (4-2) with more suspense than expected. Gerard Piqué’s goal and Martin Braithwaite’s double gave a comfortable advantage at the time of the game, but Julen Lobete and Mikel Oyarzábal reduced distances between minutes 82 and 85. With the scare in the body, Sergi Roberto certified the victory in the discount.
The reds They prevailed (0-3) in the fiefdom of Norwicht City in Virgil Van Dijk’s first game after his injury last season and with a squad less punished by injuries. The goals of Diogo Jota, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah allowed to add the first three points.
The Hispanics did not give Rayo Vallecano an option (3-0) thanks to the inaugural goal by Youssef En-Nesyri and the double of the debutant Erik Lamela, who in his first stake has already scored more than in the entire domestic league in the previous year in England.
The blues They began their journey in the English championship with a solvent victory (3-0) against Crystal Palace. The goals were signed by Marcos Alonso, Christian Pulisic and Trevoh Chalobah in a clash where the first minutes of Romelu Lukaku were not yet seen after his return.
The meringues did not give up (1-4) against Deportivo Alavés thanks to a double by Karim Benzema and a somewhat interleaved goal by Nacho Fernández. José Luís Sanmartín’s “Joselu” added some spice, but Vinícius Júnior sentenced in injury time.
The start of Marco Rose’s stage in Dortmund is exciting after the win (5-2) at Eintracht Frankfurt. Erling Haaland’s double was accompanied by goals from Marco Reus, Thorgan Hazard and Giovanni Reyna. The yellowblacks conceded through an own goal from Felix Passlack and one from Jens Petter Hauge.
The Swabians finished as leaders the first day of the Bundesliga after beating (5-1) the recently promoted Greuther Fürth. Two goals from Marc Oliver Kempf, followed by Wataru Endo, Philipp Klement and Hamadi Al Ghaddioui allowed a victory that had a negative note in injury time with a goal from Jamie Leweling.
The red devils They started the season with the same ambition as their project with the reinforcements of Raphaël Varane and Jadon Sancho. A hat-trick Bruno Fernandes, accompanied by Mason Greenwood and Frederico Rodrigues “Fred” allowed a Leeds United to thrash (5-1) that put suspense by provisionally tying a goal through Luke Ayling.