Debutants Bale And Ozil Shine For New Clubs

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(Reuters) – Real Madrid’s world record signing Gareth Bale scored on his debut in Spain, while Arsenal’s new recruit Mesut Ozil also lived up to expectations in his first appearance in England’s Premier League.

Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund put six goals past Hamburg SV to make it five wins from five games and Serie A pace setters Napoli also maintained their perfect start to the season.

SPAIN

World record signing Gareth Bale scored on his first appearance for Real Madrid but it was a bitter-sweet debut for the 100-million euro (83.14 million pounds) man as Real dropped their first points of the season in a 2-2 draw at Villarreal.

Champions Barcelona and King’s Cup holders Atletico Madrid are the only teams with perfect records after four matches with Barca winning 3-2 at home to Sevillaand Atletico beating promoted Almeria 4-2 at the Calderon.

Barca left it late to secure the points against Sevilla after squandering a two-goal lead at the Nou Camp.

Substitute Alexis Sanchez struck in the fourth minute of stoppage time after World Player of the Year Lionel Messi had scored his sixth of the campaign and Daniel Alves had netted a rare header against his former club.

Barca and Atletico lead on 12 points, with Real and promoted Villarreal two points behind.

ENGLAND

Champions Manchester United laboured to a 2-0 win over 10-man Crystal Palace, while Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea lost 1-0 at Everton as they suffered their worst start to a Premier League season during the big-spending era of Roman Abramovich.

With early pacesetters Liverpool not playing until Monday, when they travel to Swansea City, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur jumped above them on goal difference with victories over Sunderland and Norwich City respectively.

Arsenal’s new recruit Mesut Ozil gave fans a glimpse of his talents in their 3-1 away win, making his mark after just 11 minutes when he killed a long ball forward with a wonderful touch before squaring for Olivier Giroud to open the scoring.

Manchester United’s transfer deadline-day signing Marouane Fellaini started on the bench at Old Trafford before coming on in the second half but it was goals from the familiar names of Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie that secured the three points.

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