Freddie Ljungberg led Arsenal for the first time, Jose Mourinho made it three wins from three and Liverpool and Leicester both won again.
But there was a lot more that happened this weekend and this is what caught talkSPORT’s eye.
Cristiano Ronaldo ‘blocking’ Paulo Dybala’s shot
Ronaldo scored for Juventus and the Serie A champions could have had a third and possibly all three points against Sassuolo.
However, the forward couldn’t get out of the way of Paulo Dybala’s shot.
Had the Argentina forward scored, it would have brought his league tally for the season to five goals, with Ronaldo on six.
A crazy weekend for Sassuolo’s goalkeeper
This was amazing. On Friday, 18-year-old Stefano Turati played for Sassuolo’s U19 side in a 4-3 defeat and on Sunday he played in the memorable 2-2 draw against Ronaldo and co.
An injury crisis ruled out both Gianluca Pegolo and Andrea Consigli, meaning Turati was called on.
“I honestly don’t have the words! So many emotions, it all happened so quickly and I never expected this. It was an extraordinary sensation and an incredible day for me,” he told DAZN.
Turati made several saves, including a fingertip effort on Ronaldo’s free kick.
“The save on Ronaldo was the most important for the game, with that free kick, but the breakthrough for me was the early on to stop their counter-attack.”
He wasn’t even born when his opposite number, Gianluigi Buffon, had made his Serie A debut.
“It was an honour to play against Gigi Buffon, as I used to watch him when I was growing up. I am so happy and shocked that I don’t even know what to say. The first thing I have to do now is call my mum.”
Lionel Messi is Barcelona’s hero yet again
Messi scored in the 86th minute to secure a 1-0 win over LaLiga title rivals Atletico Madrid.
The Barcelona captain played a neat one-two with Luis Suarez, before slotting the ball past Jan Oblak
Despite having 17 attempts on goal, Atletico were undone by Messi’s brilliance.
The dramatic victory puts Barcelona back on top of LaLiga on goal difference with Real Madrid, who beat Alaves on Saturday.
This from Johnriel Casimero
In Birmingham, Filipino boxer Johnriel Casimero beat favourite Zolani Tete to capture the third world title of his career.
After being too much to handle for the South African, he turned his attention to Naoya Inoue
“The fight was just a tune-up for Inoue because it turned out to be an easy fight,” said the three-division champion. “I want to have a shot at Inoue.”
David Martin has a West Ham debut to remember
West Ham managed a shock 1-0 win at Chelsea thanks to Aaron Cresswell’s second-half goal.
But it was debutant David Martin who made the headlines after breaking down in tears at full-time.
The goalkeeper was embraced by his dad, West Ham legend Alvin, in the crowd to celebrate.
Boyhood Hammers fan Martin, signed as the club’s third-choice goalkeeper on a free transfer after running his contract down at Millwall in the summer, was drafted in at Stamford Bridge due to Roberto’s poor form.
Speaking after the game, he said: “My dad didn’t say much – I think we were both in tears!
“For my dad to play for the club for 21 years and see it, and for me to make my debut, keep a clean sheet and get win for the boys, it is so pleasing.”
Tottenham inviting the ball boy to lunch
Callum Hynes started the attack for Spurs’ equaliser during the 4-2 Champions League win against Olympiakos thanks to some quick thinking and Jose Mourinho hasn’t forgotten.
The 15-year-old was given a Saturday to remember by the manager, who invited him to join the squad for their pre-match meal.
Hynes could be seen shaking hands with Toby Alderweireld and Heung-min Son before sitting down for a chat with Davinson Sanchez over some food.
Pique blames rabbit for angering landlord Fergie
It is sometimes easy to forget Gerard Pique made his senior debut in football with Manchester United.
The Spaniard made just 12 Premier League appearances for the Red Devils before joining Barcelona in 2008.
And while renting an apartment from Sir Alex Ferguson, Pique got on the legendary manager’s bad side because of a rabbit.
He said: “I rented the apartment from the manager, from Sir Alex. And I bought a rabbit.
“It destroyed the place. The rabbit chewed all the chairs.
“And after I’d gone, he called me one day, really annoyed. ‘This one’s really tight. A typical bloody Catalan. Money coming out of his ears but…’
“Dammit it, I was all on my own. No family or friends. I thought, a dog is too big, I’ll buy a rabbit. But Christ, the rabbit didn’t pay any attention.”
Boxer’s tribute to Ali
Lerrone Richards beat Lennox Clarke by split decision to win the British super-middleweight title on Saturday night.
The 27-year-old did so while wearing bumblebee coloured shorts in a tribute to Muhammad Ali.
He tweeted ‘Float like a butterfly, dress like a bee’ in a clear reference to Ali’s famous phrase ‘Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee’.
Vivianne Miedema stars in historic 11-1 win for Arsenal Women
Arsenal are flying in the Women’s Super League, winning seven of their opening eight games to go top.
And they recorded the biggest win in Women’s Super League history with a whopping 11-1 thrashing of Bristol City – beating Liverpool’s 9-0 victory over Doncaster Belles in 2013.
Netherlands striker Vivianne Miedema ran riot, scoring six goals and registering four assists.
Published at Sun, 01 Dec 2019 22:44:49 +0000