Neymar stars in Barca rout while Honda saves the day for Milan
Neymar was at his devastating best for Barcelona against hapless Granada as he notched a splendid hattrick in a 6-0 win. The Barcelona forward ran riot at the Camp Nou, dovetailing well with Lionel Messi as the Argentine moved beyond 400 career goals.
Two assists and two goals for Messi and a hat trick for Neymar as Barça storm to a stunning victory against Granada pic.twitter.com/2tnbhmGcA9
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) September 27, 2014
Over in Italy, Keisuke Honda's dead ball ability was on show in a AC Milan's 1-1 draw with newly-promoted Cesena. 'Emperor Keisuke' came close with a powerful free kick that was tipped over by Nicola Leali, but turned provider as he delivered a perfect corner kick for Adil Rami to head home a vital equaliser.
Brazilian teammates Oscar and Willian were both on the scoresheet for Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in a 3-0 win over Aston Villa. Oscar got Chelsea off to a perfect start, pouncing on the rebound to put the Blues ahead after Brad Guzan had parried Willian's effort.
Brazil-born Spanish striker Diego Costa then put Chelsea further ahead, but it was Willian who would be rewarded with the third goal on the night as he converted from point-blank range after yet another Guzan block.
There was a distinctly Japanese flavour in Germany as Stuttgart claimed their first three points of the season in a 1-0 win over Hannover 96. Friendship was put aside for the duration of this match, as Hannover's Hiroki Sakai and Hiroshi Kiyotake found themselves up against Stuttgart's Gotoku Sakai at the Mercedes-Benz Arena.
Kiyotake came close with several jinking runs that were just missing the vital end product, but it was Stuttgart who would have the last laugh with Daniel Schwaab's winner.
Two other Japanese players came up against each other in a hotly contested Rivierderby, as Schalke's Atsuto Uchida and Borussia Dortmund's Shinji Kagawa found themselves on opposite sides.
But while Kagawa was dropped to the bench, Uchida had a fine game in a winning effort, putting in the most tackles and getting the most touches in a 1-0 win for Schalke.
BVB boss Jurgen Klopp threw on Kagawa as they chased a result in the second half, but despite showing glimpses of his ability, the playmaker was unable to rescue them.
— FC Schalke 04 (@s04_en) September 28, 2014
"Kagawa had a good game and the players and fans know how good he is. It was hard to play against him. It's good when we both play well, even if Kagawa plays for Dortmund," Uchida told bundesliga.com after the game.
Japan and Brazil face off at the Singapore Sports Hub on October 14, 2014. Tickets can still be purchased at www.sportshubtix.sg.