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WEEKEND WRAPUP: International Soccer Headliners
by Paul Kennedy, September 17th, 2007 7:30AM
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TAGS:  england, spain


After only three games, Barcelona has already fallen four points behind archrival and defending champion Real Madrid.

Barcelona's 0-0 draw at Osasuna on Sunday followed Real Madrid's 3-1 win over Almeria on Saturday.

Without strikers Samuel Eto'o and Lionel Messi, Barcelona looked unimpressive. After Ronaldinho came off in the second half, teenagers Giovanni Dos Santos, who recently earned his first senior caps for Mexico, and Bojan Krkic, the Spain U-17 star, added some life to the Barca attack.

"Again we lacked freshness," said Coach Frank Rijkaard.

[VIDEO] Newcomers Javier Saviola and Wesley Sneijder and January signing Gonzalo Higuain all scored for Madrid against Almeria, which finished the game with 10 players.

Sevilla won its second straight game with a 4-1 victory over Recreativo Huelva. Sevilla, which has played one less game, Valencia and Villarreal are all tied for second with six points. Barcelona, Murcia and Racing Santander all have five after three games.

[VIDEO] Arsenal's unbeaten streak against North London neighbor was extended to 17 games over eight years when the Gunners rallied for a 3-1 win on Saturday in their English Premier League clash.

Togolese striker Emmanuel Adebayor scored twice and young Spaniard Cesc Fabregas added a third as Arsenal put on a display of clinical finishing in the last 25 minutes.

Arsene Wenger's young wonders are in first half with a one-point lead -- and a game in hand -- on second-place Manchester City. Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United are tied for third with 11 points, two points behind the leader.

[VIDEO] He has yet to commit for Canada, for which his older brother Julian earned MVP honors at the 2007 Gold Cup, but Jonathan De Guzman is making quite a name for himself in the Netherlands

Three days after celebrating his 20th birthday, Jonathan De Guzman scored two goals -- the second on a strike from 20 yards -- in eight minutes to help Feyenoord to a 3-1 victory at Roda JC, its fourth straight to start the 2007-08 Dutch Eredivisie season.

De Guzman, born in Scarborough, Ont., to parents of Jamaican and Filipino origin, joined Feyenoord at the age of 12 and hopes to play for the Netherlands. He is starting his third season with the Feyenoord first team and already has 14 goals in 64 games.

Feyenoord, which has struggled in recent years, leads Ajax and PSV Eindhoven by two points.

Coaches are being fired fast and furious in Portugal. After four games, three coaches have already been fired.

Struggling Naval fired Coach Francisco Chalo after its 3-0 loss Benfica on Saturday left it in a four-way tie for last place in the 16-team Super Liga.

Benfica coach Fernando Santos was replaced by Spaniard Jose Antonio Camacho on Aug. 20, and Academica replaced Manuel Machado with Domingos Paciencia last Tuesday.

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