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European roundup: Verona deal Mourinho first defeat at Roma

European roundup: Verona deal Mourinho first defeat at Roma

  • Marco Faraoni’s volley earns 3-2 win for Verona
  • Haaland scores twice in 4-2 victory for Borussia Dortmund

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Last modified on Sun 19 Sep 2021 16.27 EDT

José Mourinho suffered his first defeat since returning to coach in Italy as his Roma side were beaten 3-2 by Verona in a thrilling Serie A encounter on Sunday.

A stunning volley from the Verona captain, Marco Faraoni, proved decisive, ending Roma’s 100% start to the Serie A season while earning his side their first win of the campaign.

Roma appeared to be on course for another three points in the pouring rain after Lorenzo Pellegrini had given the visitors a half-time lead with a sublime back-heel flick. However, the game swung in the home side’s favour early in the second half as goals from Antonin Barak and Gianluca Caprari edged Verona 2-1 in front.

Ivan Ilic’s own goal levelled things up in the 58th minute, before Verona again took the lead five minutes later through Faraoni.

“We didn’t play very well, we didn’t adapt well to their way of playing.” Mourinho told DAZN. “We lost many individual duels. I need the videos, I need a few hours to better understand what happened.“

Elsewhere, Danilo Cataldi’s late equaliser salvaged a point for Lazio in a 2-2 draw at home to Cagliari, while Sampdoria and Spezia earned 3-0 and 2-1 away victories at Empoli and Venezia respectively.

Erling Haaland scored twice as Borussia Dortmund emerged with a hard-fought 4-2 win over Union Berlin in the Bundesliga on Sunday.

The 21-year-old Norwegian grabbed Dortmund’s second goal in the 24th minute and secured the result in the 83rd just after Union scored to set up what looked like a nervy finale.

Dortmund’s Erling Haaland celebrates after scoring his side’s fourth goal against Union Berlin.

The visitors made a good start in Dortmund, where Taiwo Awoniyi had a first-minute goal ruled out for offside. There was nothing Union could do about Raphaël Guerreiro’s opening goal in the 10th minute, when the Portugal defender let fly with a spectacular volley over the Union goalkeeper, Andreas Luthe, and inside the far corner.

Thomas Meunier set up Dortmund’s second as Haaland beat two Union defenders to reach the Belgian’s cross. It got worse for Union early in the second half with an own-goal from the captain, Marvin Friedrich, who was trying to cut out Marco Reus’s cross.

Max Kruse pulled one back with a penalty in the 58th minute after a foul from Axel Witsel on Kevin Behrens. Dortmund’s intensity had dropped and Andreas Voglsammer – another substitute – rewarded Union’s efforts with a header from a corner in the 81st minute.

However, Haaland sealed the win two minutes later, stretching to lift the ball beyond Luthe and inside the far post.

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Dortmund’s third league win in a row lifted them to 12 points, one behind leaders Bayern Munich who thrashed VfL Bochum 7-0 on Saturday.

Wolfsburg slipped to second place, on goal difference, after drawing 1-1 against Eintracht Frankfurt, the first points they have dropped after four straight league wins this season.

In La Liga, Real Betis and Espanyol shared four goals while Villarreal’s visit to Real Mallorca and Sevilla’s home game against Real Sociedad ended goalless.

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