Top 10 Performances from Around the World After Weekend of August 22-25
Another weekend of world football action has come to a close, with the Friday-to-Monday round of games bringing another host of entertaining matches, goals and big performances.
We've taken our usual look around the globe for some of the best team displays and results, bringing you here our top 10.
This time we've covered everywhere from the opening weekend of La Liga in Spain to MLS and the Argentina Torneo Inicial. Leave your own votes below for who you think could also have been on the list this week.
10. Seattle Sounders
We begin our countdown in MLS, where Seattle Sounders wrapped up an impressive victory yet again, beating Portland Timbers 4-2 away from home.
The win marked a return to form for the Sounders, who had lost and drawn their previous fixtures, but remain top of the Western Conference with one game in hand over Dallas and Real Salt Lake.
Obafemi Martins scored twice and the impressive Clint Dempsey added another. Portland, meanwhile, drop out of the all-important top five.
Bordeaux have enjoyed a marvellous start to the season and continued Willy Sagnol's perfect beginning to life as boss with a 3-1 win at Nice.
Despite falling behind early on, Bordeaux roared back—as with last weekend against Monaco—to take victory by a clear margin, with Cheick Diabate capping an eventful week by scoring his second goal of the season and then being sent off.
Bordeaux are top of the fledgling Ligue 1 table.
Over into La Liga now, not for the last time with this list.
Villarreal were excellent offensively for most of the game against Levante and could really have been two or three goals up in the opening stages, but for a little bad luck in the final pass inside the box and a fair bit of poor finishing.
Even so, they eventually made the breakthrough after the break and ran out comfortable and impressive 2-0 winners away from home. Uche and Denis scored the goals.
7. Manchester City
Manchester City faced an early test of their ability to defend their Premier League title, and passed it with flying colours by beating runners-up Liverpool 3-1 at the Etihad.
A tight first half might have given rise to the belief that the sides were well-matched initially, but City stormed away with a great display of power and movement in the final third, especially after half-time.
Stevan Jovetic scored twice, while sub Sergio Aguero also scored with his first touches.
6. Tottenham Hotspur
Sticking in the Premier League, the weekend's big winners were Tottenham Hotspur, who ruthlessly dispatched a poor QPR side 4-0.
Newly promoted fodder they might be, but Spurs still put together an enterprising and dynamic display to tear down the Hoops' defence time and time again.
Erik Lamela was key to the win with his final-third play, with Nacer Chadli impressive in scoring twice.
5. Atletico Rafaela
Bouncing back across the continents, the Argentina Torneo Inicial saw giants Boca Juniors host Atletico Rafaela this weekend.
Boca finished as runners-up in the Torneo Final of last season, whilst their opponents ended 16th—but it was Rafaela who continued their impressive start to the season this time around with a 3-0 win.
It leaves Boca with just one win from three so far, while Atletico Rafaela are third, with two wins of their own.
4. DC United
Back to MLS and DC United picked up one of the most impressive wins of the weekend to go top of the Eastern Conference.
Travelling to Sporting KC, DC ran out 3-0 winners to leapfrog their rivals into top spot, one point ahead of KC and with a game in hand still to play.
Fabian Espindola, Chris Rolfe and Perry Kitchen hit the goals in the big victory.
3. Bayer Leverkusen
Quick as you like we're back to Europe and into the Bundesliga, where Bayer Leverkusen started their new campaign with a bang.
A goal inside a record nine seconds put them ahead against top-four rivals and last season's runners-up Borussia Dortmund, a game which eventually ended in a 2-0 win for Leverkusen, away from home.
Karim Bellarabi and Stefan Kiessling hit the goals to give B04 the three points.
Second vs. fourth in the Bundesliga was big, but the Eredivisie offered up first vs. fourth at the weekend as the nation's two biggest sides faced off.
Ajax have won the league the past three seasons but PSV have made a perfect start to the current campaign, and continued that with an impressive comeback win, taking a 3-1 victory on Sunday.
Memphis Depay was once again on the scoresheet—his fifth in three games—with Luciano Narsingh an excellent performer and additional scorer.
Top of the charts for the weekend is the extremely impressive performance put in by Barcelona, who won 3-0 against Elche.
Modest opposition it might have been, but Barça completely dominated the game, showed plenty of movement and invention in the final third and integrated several new faces into the team nicely, most impressive of which was Ivan Rakitic in midfield.
Leo Messi scored twice and new teen talent Munir added another, as Barcelona even controlled the game and managed the spaces on the pitch throughout the second half when they were down to 10 men. A vivacious, energetic start to the season which bodes well for the season ahead under Luis Enrique.