Henrikh Mkhitaryan stepped up to the plate for Borussia Dortmund on Sunday as the Black Yellows triumphed 1-2 at Eintracht Frankfurt to take over at the top of Bundesliga.
The Armenian netted both goals for last year’s runners-up who are two points clear with a 100% record after four games following Bayern’s draw with Freiburg – a fixture that Munich brought forward due to their weekend participation in the UEFA Super Cup.
Many believed Dortmund would be lacking at the start of the campaign following the departure of influential playmaker Mario Gotze to their nearest rivals, but Mkhitaryan, also a transfer target for a host of clubs across the continent, looked well worthy of stepping into the German international’s shoes.
With bids already reportedly turned down from the likes of Liverpool and PSG, Mkhitaryan should still be a Dortmund player at the end of the transfer window and he will undoubtedly be a key figure for Jurgen Klopp’s men going forward based on this recent display.
Schalke 04 got their domestic season up and running with a 2-0 victory over Leverkusen as Kevin Prince Boateng made his debut for the hosts in Gelsenkirchen.
The Ghana midfielder who arrived just a day prior to the match from AC Milan proved influential as Marco Hoger and Jefferson Farfan hit the target.
It was a result that damaged a perfect start made by Leverkusen and the same treatment was inflicted on Mainz by Hannover 96 who ran out cosy 4-1 winners at the AWD-Arena with Mama Diouf, Arthur Sobiech, Didier Ya Konan and Erik Prib amongst the goals.
In Spain, Real Madrid welcomed new world record signing Gareth Bale to the Bernabeu with a decisive 3-1 success against Bilbao as summer acquisition Isco stole the show.
The former Malaga midfielder bagged twice either side of Cristiano Ronaldo’s first goal of the campaign to keep Los Merengues in a joint share of top spot with Villarreal, Barcelona and cross-city rivals Atletico who defeated a fatigued looking Sociedad 1-2 in San Sebastian.
Barca won 2-3 against Valencia at the Mestalla in what was arguably the game of the weekend whilst newly promoted Villarreal continued to blaze a trail with a 0-3 trouncing of Osasuna at El Sadar.
Juventus still look the team to beat in Serie A once again in 2013/2014 and the Bianconeri sent out a clear warning to their rivals with a 4-1 demolition of Lazio in Turin on Saturday evening.
Arturo Vidal hit a brace for the hosts as Mirko Vucinic and Carlos Tevez also scored to secure a repeat score-line of the Italian Super Cup played a few weeks ago between the two sides.
Juve were joined on six points after two games however by four other clubs as Napoli, Fiorentina, Inter and Roma all enjoyed emphatic wins over Chievo, Genoa, Verona and Catania respectively.
Meanwhile in France, AS Monaco moved to the top of the table with a 1-2 success on the road at Marseille as only 17 goals were scored across the ten weekend fixtures.
And in Holland, PSV failed to get over their European hangover with a dismal goalless draw at home to Cambuur – a result that kept surprise package FC Zwolle at the head of the Eredivisie despite their draw at home to Utrecht.