Euro round-up: Real win on Bernabeu return; Jose’s Roma go top

Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema netted a hat-trick as they capped their return to the refurbished Santiago Bernabeu stadium with a thrilling 5-2 comeback win over Celta Vigo in La Liga on Sunday.

In Real’s first game at their home ground since 1 March 2020, the crowd were stunned when Santi Mina latched onto a defensive mistake to put the visitors ahead after four minutes.

Madrid recovered well and the pressure eventually told after 24 minutes as Benzema equalised with his first goal following a Federico Valverde cutback.

Benzema struck twice as Madrid fought back
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Benzema struck twice as Madrid fought back

Franco Cervi put Celta back in front seven minutes later from a lightning counter-attack as they went in ahead at the break.

But Benzema headed Real level two minutes after the restart, before teeing up Vinicius Junior to give Carlo Ancelotti’s side the lead for the first time.

New signing Eduardo Camavinga came off the bench to score on his debut as the France midfielder tucked the ball home from close range before Benzema completed his treble with a penalty three minutes from time.

Serie A: Ibrahimovic on target as AC Milan beat Lazio

Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates his return
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Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates his return

AC Milan’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored on his return from a four-month injury lay-off as they comfortably defeated Lazio 2-0 at San Siro on Sunday to continue their perfect start to the Serie A season.

The 39-year-old Swede, who had not featured since sustaining a knee injury against Juventus in May, tapped in Milan’s second after 67 minutes, seven minutes after he came off the bench.

The returning striker’s goal capped an impressive performance by the Rossoneri, who went in front through a Rafael Leao strike just ahead of the break, shortly before Franck Kessie’s penalty struck the bar.

The result puts Milan top of the table with nine points, ahead of Napoli on goal difference, while Lazio are sixth with six points after three games.

Both sides had started the season with back-to-back wins but the hosts were soon on top as Alessio Romagnoli drew a save from Pepe Reina and Fikayo Tomori headed over in the opening five minutes.

Ibrahimovic celebrates with team-mate Alessio Romagnoli
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Ibrahimovic celebrates with team-mate Alessio Romagnoli

A strong first half Milan performance was eventually rewarded when Leao drove into the Lazio half, exchanged passes with Ante Rebic and found the bottom corner with a calm finish after 45 minutes.

It could have got even better for the hosts when Ciro Immobile kicked Kessie’s foot and conceded a penalty, but the Ivorian midfielder struck the bar from the spot deep in first-half stoppage time.

The home fans roared with approval when Ibrahimovic stepped onto the pitch for the first time since May and the Swede quickly made his mark when Rebics cross put the ball on a plate for him to score.

Tensions boiled over at the full-time whistle as opposing players and staff came together on the touchline, leading to a red card for Lazio coach Maurizio Sarri.

Ligue 1: Nice move fourth with win at Nantes

Kasper Dolberg scored as Nice overcame Nantes
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Kasper Dolberg scored as Nice overcame Nantes

Late goals by Kasper Dolberg and Amine Gouiri earned Nice a 2-0 victory at Nantes to move into fourth place in Ligue 1 on Sunday.

Dolberg broke the deadlock in the 75th minute when he chested home a cross by Melvin Bard from close range. Gouiri then fired home right-footed from the centre of the penalty area to seal the points.

It continued Nice’s impressive start to the season and lifted them to nine points from four games played, having had a point docked for crowd trouble in the game against Marseille last month.

Lens are in fifth place, after they won 3-2 at Bordeaux on Sunday thanks to a last-gasp penalty by Florian Sotoca.

Sotoca converted in the sixth minute of stoppage time after it had looked as though Jean Onana’s 88th-minute effort for the hosts had earned the bottom club a point having been 2-0 down.

Montpellier are eighth after their 2-0 win at home to struggling St Etienne while Reims moved into ninth place thanks to their 2-0 win at Rennes.

Troyes moved off the bottom of the table with their first win of the campaign – a 2-0 victory at Metz. Paris Saint-Germain beat Clermont 4-0 on Saturday to claim their fifth win from five this season.

Bundesliga: Hertha Berlin climb out of relegation zone

Suat Serdar scored twice in Hertha's win
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Suat Serdar scored twice in Hertha’s win

Hertha Berlin‘s Suat Serdar scored a brilliant first-half double as they climbed off the bottom of the Bundesliga table with a 3-1 win at Vfl Bochum on Sunday.

Serdar surged forward in the 37th minute and unleashed an unstoppable shot to give his side the lead and six minutes later he made it two by pouncing on a loose ball in the box and rifling home.

Bochum pulled one back in the 59th minute after Gerrit Holtmann slalomed in from the left. His shot from a tight angle was deflected into the path of Simon Zoller, who drilled it high into the net.

Bochum stormed forward looking for an equaliser but Berlin managed to regain their composure and Myziane Maolida put the game beyond doubt when he went on a mazy run in the 78th minute before striking a low shot into the bottom-right corner.

Their first three points of the season temporarily lifted Berlin out of the relegation places, but they found themselves sliding down to 16th spot when Borussia Monchengladbach cruised to a 3-1 win over Arminia Bielefeld in Sunday’s late game.

Earlier in the day Omar Marmoush scored a late goal on his debut for VfB Stuttgart as they drew 1-1 with Eintracht Frankfurt who, along with RB Leipzig, Bochum and Bielefeld, also have three points and are ahead of Berlin on goal difference.

PSG hit out at Tebas over criticism of club’s signings

Paris Saint-Germain have hit back strongly at La Liga president Javier Tebas after he mocked the age of their players and the spending of the French club, by saying he should deal with the debt and “mismanagement” in La Liga.

Tebas, a long-standing critic of Qatar-backed PSG’s spending, told a news conference the club’s spending was dangerous for football after they signed 35-year-old Sergio Ramos from Real Madrid and 34-year-old Lionel Messi from Barcelona during the summer transfer window.

“PSG looks like the league of legends given the age of some players. La Liga has young players like Vinicius (Junior). The problem of PSG, we will solve it. What PSG are doing is as dangerous as the Super League,” Tebas said.

“We will continue to grow despite the departure of Messi. We will work against the club states. These clubs are as much enemies as the Super League.”

A letter from PSG general secretary Victoriano Melero said Tebas was engaged in “diversion” from Spanish football’s own problems and he should also deal with rebel clubs Real Madrid and Barcelona who remain committed to a breakaway European Super League project.

Tebas, who also taken aim at Abu Dhabi-backed Premier League club Manchester City’s spending, has frequently questioned how PSG, who are owned by Qatari Sports Investments, are able to comply with UEFA’s Financial Fair Play regulations.

“Time after time, you allow yourself to publicly attack the French League, our club, our players together with players of other clubs and the fans of French football; while constantly posting insulting and defamatory statements insinuating that we do not conform to the football financial regulations, amongst other unsubstantiated statements,” Melero wrote in a letter on Wednesday.

Messi showcased his talent in his cameo
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Lionel Messi left Barcelona to join PSG last month

Melero said PSG did comply with UEFA and French domestic regulations.

“The French League did not, like your league, wait until recent years to take actions and put in place strong financial regulations,” he insisted.

“It is now publicly-known that certain Spanish clubs and your league are facing unsustainable levels of debt after gross mismanagement, not to mention the way Spanish football has been financed over the past decade including by the State.”

Real Madrid and Barcelona are battling huge levels of debt and have struggled to compete in recent transfer windows.

Antoine Griezmann
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Antoine Griezmann was among a number of players to move away from Barca over the summer as the club looked to trim their wage bill

Melero said Tebas was “disrespectfully attacking the players, simply because they decided to leave your competition”, after enjoying the benefits of top players for many years.

“Your remarkable comments on the age of these players not only insults their past and current roles in defining how our great game is played, but also the millions of fans around the world who idolise them,” added the PSG official.

“I am quite surprised you are not focusing more of your attention on the two clubs in your league that remain steadfastly focused on breaking up your league, and European football as a whole,” Melero said.

“We invite you to focus on solving your domestic issues, which you are responsible for, and to stop your transparent and repeated diversion attempts.”

The French League (LFP) also said Tebas should focus on his league’s own problems.

“The LFP asks Mr. Javier Tebas to watch his outrageous statements,” which were “not worthy of the institution he represents,” the LFP said in a statement.

“However, the LFP wishes to point out that the financial largesse from which Spanish clubs have benefited for many seasons and which is at the root of the current problems, is neither its responsibility nor that of Paris St Germain.”

Mbappe to stay at PSG despite Real willing to pay £189m

Kylian Mbappe’s proposed move to Real Madrid this month is off after Paris Saint-Germain failed to respond to the Spanish side’s final offer.

Real were willing to pay £189m (€220m) to sign Mbappe, but walked away after PSG stalled on the deal.

Real will now focus on signing Mbappe to a pre-contract agreement in January in order for him to move to the Bernabeu on a free transfer next season.

The 22-year-old’s PSG contract expires at the end of the current campaign and he has made it clear to the club he has no intention of extending the deal.

Mbappe’s dream is to play for Real, who signed his France international team-mate Eduardo Camavinga from Rennes on a six-year deal for up to €40m (£34.4m) on Tuesday.

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PSG sporting director Leonardo said last week Mbappe wanted to leave, but they would not sell him in the final week of the window and they would not sell him for less than his market value.

He joined PSG from Ligue 1 rivals Monaco in 2017 and has gone on to win three French titles and three French cups with the side.

Mbappe was also part of the France squad that lifted the World Cup in Russia in 2018.

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Real Madrid sign Camavinga from Rennes

Real Madrid have signed Eduardo Camavinga from Rennes on a six-year deal in a move worth up to €40m (£34.4m).

In July, Sky Sports News reported Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain were among the European clubs interested in signing the 18-year-old midfielder, considered one of the brightest prospects in French football.

United held informal talks with Camavinga’s representatives as the teenager entered the final year of his contract with the Ligue 1 club. However, Real Madrid accelerated talks in the last 24 hours.

Real see Camavinga as a potential long-term replacement for 35-year-old Luka Modric, who in May signed a one-year extension to stay at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The 18-year-old made his international debut for France during a Nations League game against Croatia last year, becoming the youngest player to play for Les Bleus since 1914.

He came through the youth ranks at Rennes and became the youngest player to play for the club when he made his professional debut in April 2019.

Follow Deadline Day with Sky Sports

Time is running out for clubs to do business – the summer transfer window closes at 11pm in England and midnight in Scotland on Tuesday August 31 and you can follow all the Deadline Day drama with Sky Sports.

Follow all the latest transfer news and rumours in our dedicated Transfer Centre blog on the Sky Sports website and app, check out the latest Done Deals and watch the best analysis and reaction on Sky Sports News.