The major leagues around Europe are all now in full swing, with no shortage of drama and excitement throughout.
This past weekend brought a scare for Real Madrid, a goal of stunning brilliance in Italy and a defiantly rampant Monaco side, to name but a few of the standout stories.
We've cast our eye over the latest continental happenings to bring you the most interesting and intriguing goings on from around Europe.
Spain – Asensio The Real Deal & Leganés Flying High
Real Madrid were unexpectedly held to a draw at the Bernabéu on Sunday by a rejuvenated and plucky Valencia side, finally moving in the right direction under the tutelage of Marcelino this season.
It could have been worse for Los Blancos, too. The visitors took a 2-1 lead with 13 minutes to play through midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia, the Frenchman scoring just days after signing from Inter Milan.
With Cristiano Ronaldo suspended, Isco removed at half-time and Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale flattering to deceive up front – the Welshman left the field to jeers from the home fans when he was substituted after 74 minutes – it was left to the new star of the Spanish capital to bail Zinédine Zidane's men out.
Marco Asensio had already scored one superb goal in the game, picking out the bottom corner from 20 yards to give Madrid a 10th-minute lead, and the 21-year-old took responsibility for rescuing a point for his team by stepping up to net a free-kick from the edge of the penalty area with just seven minutes remaining.
Leganés, the small club from the outskirts of Madrid who are defying the odds simply by being in the Spanish top flight, continued their 100 per cent start to the new La Liga season by beating Espanyol 1-0 in Barcelona on Sunday.
Argentinian centre-back and club captain, Martín Mantovani, scored the game's only goal in the 28th minute. The win means Leganés, who finished 17th last term, just four points above the drop zone, are one of only three teams – Barcelona and Real Sociedad the others – on maximum points after two games.
Real Sociedad 3-0 Villarreal; Real Betis 2-1 Celta Vigo; Deportivo Alavés 0-2 Barcelona; Girona 1-0 Málaga; Levante 2-2 Deportivo La Coruña; Las Palmas 1-5 Atlético Madrid; Eibar 0-1 Athletic Bilbao; Espanyol 0-1 Leganés; Getafe 0-1 Sevilla; Real Madrid 2-2 Valencia
Germany – Hannover's Perfect Start
Relegated rock bottom of the Bundesliga two seasons ago, Hannover bounced back last term, earning promotion back to the German top flight thanks to a second-place finish in the 2.Bundesliga.
Back in the big time, Die Roten look the part under André Breitenreiter, resilient, well organised and efficient.
That was very much how they operated on Sunday afternoon, too, when they took on an in-form and hotly-tipped Schalke side, fresh off the back of dismantling RB Leipzig last week.
Although the away team edged possession, this confident Hannover side made more key passes (eight to seven), created more clear-cut chances (two to zero) and had more shots on target (three to one).
Brazilian journeyman striker Jonathas, formerly of Brescia and Real Sociedad among many others, notched the game's only goal in the 67th minute, cooly finishing beyond Ralf Fährmann from inside the penalty area, meaning Hannover sit on a maximum of six points after two rounds of Bundesliga fixtures.
Köln 1-3 Hamburg; Bayer Leverkusen 2-2 Hoffenheim; Eintracht Frankfurt 0-1 Wolfsburg; Augsburg 2-2 Borussia Mönchengladbach; Stuttgart 1-0 Mainz; Werder Bremen 0-2 Bayern Munich; Borussia Dortmund 2-0 Hertha Berlin; RB Leipzig 4-1 Freiburg; Hannover 1-0 Schalke
Italy – Homegrown Star Continues to Shine For Big-Spending Milan & Belotti Wondergoal
AC Milan have spent around €200million on new additions this summer, bringing in ready-made stars such as Leonardo Bonucci and Lucas Biglia, as well as high-potential young players like André Silva and Franck Kessié.
But for all their spending, their 11 newcomers, it has been a 19-year-old product of the club's academy who has been stealing the show in the opening two weeks of the season.
Patrick Cutrone, a centre-forward who has starred for Italy at youth level, netted on opening weekend against Fiorentina, showcasing refined movement throughout the game, and he again scored against Cagliari on Sunday, adding to the two goals he bagged in Europa League qualifying.
The Rossoneri brought in experienced marksman Nikola Kalinić from Fiorentina last week, but the former Blackburn Rovers man might have to content himself with a back-up role if Cutrone's stellar form continues.
Linked with moves to Manchester United, Chelsea and AC Milan through the summer, with days remaining in the transfer window, Andrea Belotti is still a Torino player. But his goal on Sunday may well have stirred interest in the Italian striker once again.
It was Il Gallo‘s first Serie A strike of the new season and what a way to get off the mark. Tornino worked the ball nicely down the right flank before right-back Lorenzo De Silvestri broke for the byline and whipped in an inviting cross to the back post.
The deep delivery evaded the entire Sassuolo defence but Belotti was tracking the trajectory of the ball the whole way, eyes trained on his target. The 23-year-old star then athletically dispatched a textbook scissor-kick into the far corner – an early Goal of the Season contender.
Benevento 0-1 Bologna; Genoa 2-4 Juventus; Roma 1-3 Inter Milan; Torino 3-0 Sassuolo; AC Milan 2-1 Cagliari; Chievo 1-2 Lazio; Crotone 0-0 Verona; Fiorentina 1-2 Sampdoria; Napoli 3-1 Atalanta; Spal 3-2 Udinese
France – Mbappe Who? & Nice In A Rutt
But the Monegasque side didn't skip a beat without their teenage superstar, battering Rudi Garcia's men 6-1 at the Stade Louis II, Radamel Falcao netting a brace and Fabinho – another PSG transfer target – scoring a late penalty.
Despite having lost several of the stars of last season's title triumph, and with Mbappé and Fabinho's heads turned by the Parisians, Leonardo Jardim's champions have been in impervious from, winning all four of their Ligue 1 fixtures with an average of 3.5 goals scored per game.
Less positive news for Nice, though. Lucien Favre's men, who finished third last season, have won just one of their opening four games and were thrashed 3-0 by Amiens on Saturday.
Midfield creator-in-chief Jean Michaël Seri was left out after his anticipated move to Barcelona fell apart when the Catalan giants withdrew their interest, and Les Aiglons provided little resistance to Amiens, who themselves were winless before this weekend.
Paris Saint-Germain 3-0 Saint-Étienne; Nantes 0-0 Lyon; Amiens 3-0 Nice; Bordeaux 2-1 Troyes; Caen 1-0 Metz; Dijon 2-1 Montpellier; Toulouse 3-2 Rennes; Guingamp 2-0 Strasbourg; Angers 1-1 Lille; Monaco 6-1 Marseille