Marseille beat Saint Etienne 1-0 yesterday to move level on points atop France’s Ligue 1 as many of Europe’s top soccer leagues entered mid-season breaks. Ajax slipped three points behind the leaders in the Netherlands.
Edinson Cavani scored with five minutes remaining to give Napoli a 2-1 win at Parma to cut Juventus’s lead in Italian soccer’s Serie A to three points. Barcelona beat Osasuna 5-1 in La Liga as Lionel Messi had four goals.
Bayern Munich beat Borussia Dortmund 2-1 in German soccer’s season-opening Super Cup. Juventus, whose coach was suspended last week for failing to report a match- fixing incident, won Italy’s Super Cup.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat trick as Real Madrid won 4-1 at Atletico Madrid to restore its four-point lead atop Spanish soccer’s La Liga. Borussia Dortmund beat Bayern Munich 1-0 as the top two teams met in Germany.
Third-place Napoli was held to a 1-1 draw by Torino in Italian soccer’s Serie A, a day after Inter Milan ended Juventus’ 49-game unbeaten league run. Marseille moved level on points with French leader Paris Saint-Germain.