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Wins for Basel and Cluj

Roma open with goalless stalemate

Two games into the new Bundesliga season, Bayern are not quite firing on all cylinders – but the same holds true for the Bavarians’ Champions League opponents. On Matchday 6 in Romania, champions CFR Cluj chalked up only their second win, while AS Roma were held to a goalless draw at home on opening day in Italy. By contrast, FC Basel began to pick up steam after a slow start to the campaign.

Mirroring Bayern’s reverse in Kaiserslautern, Roma also dropped points to a promoted club. In the first round of matches in the new Serie A season on Saturday evening, last year’s runners-up were held 0-0 by AC Cesena at the Olympic Stadium. The favourites disappointed their home faithful and were unable to capitalise on a lengthy and turbulent period of stoppage time. Roma visit the Allianz Arena on 15 September in the opening Champions League fixture.

Hat-trick for Frei

Swiss double winners FC Basel made a slow start to their AXPO Super League title defence, but appear to be finding their feet now. On Matchday 7, the side coached by former Bayern stalwart Thorsten Fink beat second-from-bottom Xamax Neuchatel 4-1 to remain hot on the heels of leaders FC Lucerne. Marco Streller (26) and Alexander Frei (36) handed Basel a two-goal half-time lead, before Frei netted twice from the penalty spot (53,65) to wrap up the victory. Gerard Bi Goua Gohou (75) struck a consolation for the visitors.

Romanian cracks Cluj also returned to winning ways in Liga I. After just one victory in their first five matches, the defending champions registered a 2-1 success against bottom club Pandurii Targu Jiu and climbed to ninth in the standings. Emmanuel Koné (18) and Hugo Alcantara (23) put Cluj in the driving seat before half-time, Voiculet Claudiu (85) pulling one back in the closing stages.