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La Liga & Serie A: Dembele rescues Barca, Napoli tops Milan

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A roundup of Saturday’s action in Spain and Italy’s top flights…

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Real Valladolid 0-1 Barcelona

Ousmane Dembele came up clutch in the second half to give Barca a 1-0 win on the road, despite missing several big chances throughout the match. The Blaugrana held the majority share of the opportunities, however, Lionel Messi and Co. could not capitalize against a strong Valladolid defensive effort.

Atletico Madrid 1-0 Rayo Vallecano

Antoine Griezmann came up clutch on Saturday for Atleti, as the France international scored his first goal since the 2018 World Cup. The veteran striker finished just beyond the hour mark when Stefan Savic provided the cross to give Atleti its first victory of the 2018/19 season.

Elsewhere in La Liga

Alaves 0-0 Real Betis

Juventus 2-0 Lazio

Cristiano Ronaldo hasn’t scored for his reigning Serie A champions yet, but it doesn’t seem to matter for the team’s success. Miralem Pjanic and Mario Mandzukic found the back of the net to keep Juve at the top of Serie A through two rounds of play, after boasting a flurry of quality chances against a strong Lazio.

Napoli 3-2 AC Milan

The visitors looked in control for the first 50 minutes, but a tremendous home comeback from Napoli derailed Milan’s plans on the day. A brace from Piotr Zielinski and late strike from Dries Mertens helped guide Napoli to the comeback, after a poor showing in the opening 45.

Giacomo Bonaventura and Davide Calabria had given Milan the 2-0 lead heading into the 49th minute, before Carlo Ancelotti’s side stormed back and finished the job.