Rooney steals the show for Man United
LONDON -- Wayne Rooney scored twice Sunday, leading Manchester United in its English Premier League opener to a 5-1 rout of visiting Fulham.
Louis Saha and Cristiano Ronaldo also scored for Man United, which led 4-0 after 19 minutes, and Fulham defender Ian Pearce deflected Saha's cross into his own net.
"It was a good start for us," Rooney said. "Getting four goals in the first half an hour was good for us because we could afford to relax. But we know it's a long season and we have to continue like that."
Forward Brian McBride entered in the 64th minute for Fulham. He became the seventh American to play in the Premier League on the opening weekend, joining Claudio Reyna (Manchester City), Tim Howard (Everton), Marcus Hahnemann and Bobby Convey (Reading), Brad Friedel (Blackburn) and Jay DeMerit (Watford).
Even with Ruud van Nistelrooy now at Real Madrid, United showed it is still an attacking force. Saha gave the hosts the lead in the seventh minute when he headed in a cross from Ryan Giggs.
Rooney, who will miss United's next three games through suspension after getting a red card in a preseason game, scored his first goal in the 16th minute. Fulham goalkeeper Antti Niemi blocked a shot from Saha but the ball ran to Rooney, who scored with the side of his foot.
The England striker then set up the fourth in the 19th with a cross to Ronaldo, who half-volleyed the ball into the net.
Fulham scored when United defender Rio Ferdinand tried to block a shot from Heidar Helguson and deflected it past goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar. Rooney made it 5-1 in the 64th from close range.
Chelsea also won its opener, beating Manchester City 3-0. Despite the absence of Michael Ballack and five others, Chelsea took a 2-0 lead after goals from John Terry and Frank Lampard in the first 26 minutes. Didier Drogba headed in the third in the 78th.
"The players understood well what we want and they played fantastic," Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said.
City's Bernardo Corradi got his second yellow card in the 63rd minute and was sent off.
Chelsea's Andriy Shevchenko, making his Premier League debut after his move from AC Milan, also put the ball in the net in injury time but it was called back for offsides.
BARCELONA -- Deco scored a goal in each half, including an acrobatic scissors finish, and FC Barcelona won the Spanish Supercup on Sunday with a 3-0, second-leg victory over crosstown rival Espanyol. Xavi Hernandez started the scoring in the third, and fellow midfielder Deco added his in the 12th and 62nd. That helped the league champion to a 4-0 aggregate win over the Copa del Rey winner. The victory was clouded by a protest by Espanyol, which has asked the Spanish soccer federation's appeals committee to void its 1-0 defeat in Thursday's first leg. Espanyol is claiming that Xavi and Carles Puyol were ineligible because they were withdrawn from Spain's squad for a friendly against Iceland two days earlier.
BERLIN -- Bayern Munich pulled out a 2-1 win over VfL Bochum in the Bundesliga, getting a goal from Philipp Lahm in the 65th minute.
The Germany defender, who scored the first goal at the World Cup against Costa Rica, shifted Willy Sagnol's cross to his right foot, then put in a twisting shot.Roy Makaay gave Bayern the lead in the 42nd minute, but Fabio Junior equalized for Bochum in the 52nd.
"We certainly weren't worse than the Bayern, but they were a more clever team," Bochum coach Marcel Koller said.
Cacau's 30-yard shot in the 82nd lifted VfB Stuttgart past Arminia Bielefeld 3-2.
PARIS -- Substitute Sylvain Wiltord scored the winner in the 85th minute and Lyon earned a 2-1 victory at Bordeaux on Sunday to maintain a share of the French first-division lead. Wiltord had entered the game 12 minutes earlier and headed in a cross from Kim Kallstrom after Bordeaux wasted several chances to score the go-ahead goal. The victory gave Lyon seven points and put it just behind Marseille on goal difference. Italian league
ROME -- Tommaso Rocchi scored twice as Lazio beat fourth-division Rende 4-0 Sunday in the first round of the Italian Cup. Also advancing was Siena, which beat fourth-division Carpenedolo 2-1 on Albania striker Erjon Bogdani's goal in the first minute of extra time.
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands -- PSV Eindhoven defeated NEC Nijmegen 3-1 and Ajax beat RKC Waalwijk 5-0 in the opening round of the Dutch league.
PSV midfielder Phillip Cocu gave the defending champions the lead with a header shortly before halftime. Brazilian defender Alex made it 2-0 three minutes later.
Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink scored PSV's third goal before Rutger Worm scored for NEC in the 90th. U.S. midfielder DaMarcus Beasley did not dress for PSV.
Wesley Sneijder scored two goals and Ryan Babel, Johnny Heitinga and Mauro Rosales added the others for Ajax. Feyenoord, which finished third last season, lost at FC Groningen 3-0.
GLASGOW -- Inverness scored late to hold defending champion Celtic to a 1-1 tie in the Scottish Premier League. Grant Munro scored in the 80th minute after Graham Bayne crossed from the right. Stephen Pearson had scored for Celtic in the 26th. Despite the tie, Celtic still moved into second place with seven points, one behind Rangers.
ATHENS -- Panathinaikos won its opening Greek league game, getting a hat trick from Dimitris Salpingidis in a 4-1 win over Egaleo. Dimitris Papadopoulos also scored for Panathinaikos, while Antonis Petropoulos got one back for host Egaleo.