Borussia Dortmund striker Sebastien Haller made his competitive comeback after suffering testicular cancer in Sunday’s exciting 4-3 Bundesliga win against Augsburg.
Haller’s postponed league match replaced Youssoufa Moukoko in the 62nd minute to make the match 2-2 and was met with an enthusiastic reception at Signal Iduna Park.
The former West Ham player underwent chemotherapy after a malignant tumor was discovered in July, just days after joining the German club from Ajax in a £27m deal.
Ivory Coast international Haller, who played more than 50 games for the Hammers between 2019 and 2021, continued training with head coach Edin Terzic at their camp in Marbella earlier this month.
Despite his contract until 2025, English midfielder Jude Bellingham, who attracted the attention of many Premier League clubs, opened the score with a great goal from outside the penalty area with half an hour left and brought the victory. 12 minutes for Giovanni Reyna. Another Englishman, under-19 international Jamie Bynoe-Gittens, scored Dortmund’s third goal.
Bayer Leverkusen survived a late comeback, beating Borussia Mönchengladbach 3-2.
La Liga giants Barcelona and Real Madrid have amassed three points to take the top two places in Spain.
League leaders Barça defeated Getafe 1-0 at the Nou Camp and Pedri caught the decisive goal in the 35th minute. It was far from a rules win for the home team when Marc-Andre ter Stegen was called up to make some key saves, but did not beat Xavi’s side at home.
The second-placed Real seemed to be on track to a similar narrow success at Athletic Bilbao, where Karim Benzema was on target in the 24th minute, but in the closing seconds Toni Kroos appeared, brightening a 2-0 scoreline.
Villarreal scored the second from a penalty in two overtimes to beat 10-man Girona 1-0. Gerard Moreno missed the first point kick in a long additional play period, but Dani Parejo then made an effort to hit the target.
In Italy, Juventus drew a six-goal thriller against Atalanta in their debut match after being hit with a 15-point cut due to transfer financial irregularities.
Dropped into the middle ranks of Serie A as a result of the sanction, Juve started the long process of regaining lost ground by a point and a score of 3-3. Former Everton forward Ademola Lookman scored twice for Atalanta, while Angel Di Maria, Arkadiusz Milik and Danilo were on target for Bianconeri.
Roma maintained contact with the top three as they achieved a 2-0 away win against Spezia. Stephan El Shaarawy scored on the kick at halftime and England striker Tammy Abraham secured it early in the second half.
After losing 1-0 to Udinese, Sampdoria is still on the wrong side of the table and has only 9 points in 19 games.