Former Arsenal starlet Donyell Malen fires in five goals for PSV Eindhoven against Vitesse

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Donyell Malen scored all five goals as PSV Eindhoven thrashed former leaders Vitesse 5-0 to move level with Ajax at the top of the Eredivisie.

Malen’s solo show continued a magnificent month for the 20-year-old, who scored on his international debut for Holland against Germany last week.

The former Arsenal youth team player completed his hat-trick against previously-unbeaten Vitesse early in the second half before taking advantage of two late penalties to round off his memorable night.

Earlier, Nicolas Tagliafico scored twice as Ajax cruised to the top of the table with a 4-1 win over Heerenveen.

Despite Dusan Tadic’s early opener the hosts began slowly and allowed their opponents to pull level through Jens Odgaard after 22 minutes.

Odgaard had a second ruled out after a VAR review and Tagliafico responded by heading Ajax back in front on the stroke of half-time.

The reigning champions extended their lead seven minutes into the second half through Perr Schuurs, and Tagliafico completed the scoring just before the hour mark with an acrobatic finish.

AZ hit back from the shock of conceding a second-minute opener to sweep past Sparta Rotterdam 5-1.

Abdou Harroui wasted no time putting the visitors in front but Myron Boadu hauled the home side level within two minutes.

Boadu added his second just past the half-hour mark and Oussama Idrissi made it four on the stroke of half-time, before a late Teun Koopmeiners penalty completed the scoring.

Goals from John Yeboah and Evert Linthorst gave VVV a 2-1 win over Groningen, who replied through Ajdin Hrustic, while Utrecht eased to a 3-1 victory over struggling Emmen.

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Neymar proved Paris St Germain’s hero on his return to the Ligue 1 champions’ side with a spectacular injury-time winner against Strasbourg.

The Brazilian has work to do to win back the support of the club’s fans after a summer of intense speculation about his future but, with the transfer window closed, Thomas Tuchel included him in the team for the first time this season.

And his dramatic late intervention was certainly a good start in regaining the supporters’ affections as he secured a 1-0 win for PSG.

After 92 minutes of frustration for Neymar and his team-mates, the world’s most expensive footballer met Abdou Diallo’s cross with an overhead kick that flew into the net off the inside of a post.

Neymar had the ball in the net again moments later but it was ruled out by VAR with Angel Di Maria offside in the build-up.

Not since Caen held PSG to a goalless draw at the end of the 2017-18 season had Tuchel’s side failed to find the back of the net and they looked like having to settle for a point again against Strasbourg.

Strasbourg were the only club not to lose a league game to the dominant capital outfit last season and, despite having not yet won this term, their organisation and defensive solidity saw them match PSG.

Neymar scored for Brazil in an impressive display against Colombia last week and Tuchel put him straight into the side as well as giving a debut to goalkeeper Keylor Navas, signed from Real Madrid.

Neymar had his first opening in the 15th minute but was unable to connect with the ball at the near post.

Strasbourg were not just sitting back and Navas was called into action in the 19th minute to make a save from Ludovic Ajorque.

PSG were certainly not peppering the Strasbourg goal. Neymar had another chance in the 55th minute but shot wide, and eight minutes later new signing Mauro Icardi was introduced in place of Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting.

As the hosts’ frustration grew, Navas was again called upon to keep out Ajorque.

Neymar then hit a post direct from a corner with only four minutes left, but his biggest contribution was yet to come.

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Maurizio Sarri watches injuries pile up for Juventus in draw at Fiorentina

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Maurizio Sarri hailed his side’s character but ended up counting the cost of a goalless draw at Fiorentina after taking charge of Juventus for the first time.

The former Chelsea coach had missed Juve’s first two games of the season due to a bout of pneumonia but he watched prospective injury problems pile up at the Stadio Artemio Franchi.

Danilo, Douglas Costa and Miralem Pjanic were all forced off early due to muscle issues with Pjanic, in particular, now a doubt for his side’s Champions League trip to Atletico Madrid on Wednesday.

Sarri told a press conference: “For Miralem it (facing Madrid) could be a minor problem but we will see tomorrow morning.”

Juve’s failure to put away their lowly opponents was a source of frustration for Sarri, who insisted they are still finding their feet after injuries and international duty.

Sarri added: “There had been a physical decline in the first two games, but then this summer we had several players at the Copa America and others in the infirmary.

“It has taken time to get them into the rhythm of the game. We need to grow a lot in terms of quality, tactics and athletics.

“It was not a high-level game from a technical point of view and the situation was made complicated by changes we used to replace the injured players.

“Having fresh players in the final stages of the game would have been important. I am aware that a team with less character would lose such a game.”

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