RB Leipzig struck three times in the second half to beat 10-man Union Berlin 3-0 on Sunday, ending their opponents’ club-record unbeaten run at home.
Benjamin Sesko, on as a substitute, scored twice in two minutes late in the game after Xavi Simons had put the visitors ahead with a spectacular drive. Union, who had summer signing Kevin Volland sent off, fell to their first league defeat at the Alte Försterei stadium in 24 matches.
After a low-key first half, Simons broke the deadlock in the 51st minute, finding enough space on the edge of the box to fire an unstoppable shot into the top corner. It got worse for the hosts in the 64th minute when Volland was shown a straight red card for a foul on Mohamed Simakan.
Dani Olmo’s curling drive towards the top corner was palmed over the bar by the Union keeper, Frederik Rønnow, but as the hosts pushed for an equaliser it seemed a matter of time before Leipzig would strike again. In the 85th minute, Sesko converted from Simons’ superb pass – and the striker headed in a third two minutes later.
RB Leipzig move to six points, level with Union and three behind Bayern Munich and Bayer Leverkusen, who have won all three of their opening league matches. In Sunday’s other match, Cologne earned their first point of the season but were denied victory at Eintracht Frankfurt by Niels Nkounkou’s late equaliser for the hosts.
Internazionale continued their strong start to the Serie A season, with forwards Marcus Thuram and Lautaro Martínez leading a 4-0 home win over Fiorentina.
French forward Thuram scored his first goal for the club in the 23rd minute, finishing with a diving header from Federico Dimarco’s excellent cross. Martínez doubled Inter’s advantage after 53 minutes when he was played through on goal by Thuram.
Hakan Calhanoglu made it 3-0 by converting a penalty five minutes later, following Fiorentina keeper Oliver Christensen’s foul on Thuram. Martínez netted his fifth goal of the season with a one-touch finish in the 73rd minute as Inter extended their perfect start, with eight goals scored and none conceded in three matches.
Torino left it late to earn their first win of the season as Nemanja Radonjic struck in stoppage time to deny promoted Genoa. With the game seemingly drifting towards a goalless draw, the Serb winger pounced on Ivan Ilic’s low cross in the 94th minute for the only goal of the game.
Sunday’s La Liga match between Atlético and Sevilla was postponed due to the extremely high risk of flooding in Madrid. The decision to call off the game was announced at lunchtime, with the Spanish capital braced for record levels of rainfall.
Elsewhere, Girona continued their impressive start as Portu marked his return to the Catalan club with a late winner against Las Palmas, while Mallorca drew 0-0 with Athletic Bilbao.
In Ligue 1, Nice earned their first victory of the season and climbed above opponents Strasbourg with a 2-0 home win. Promoted Le Havre also got off the mark with a 3-0 win over Lorient, and Yusuf Yazici’s second-minute goal was enough for Lille to defeat Montpellier.