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There was no happy homecoming for Wayne Rooney as Man United left Everton feeling blue with a 4-0 hammering but in SA Kaizer Chiefs coach was left feeling rather red under the collar after a 1-1 draw with Wits.

Rooney, United’s all-time leading goalscorer, was afforded a generous reception by the United fans and carried Everton's main goal threat before he left to a standing ovation from the home supporters after being substituted with eight minutes left. Up to that point, the score was still 1-0 to United.

But, as if they had waited to Rooney to depart, United went on the rampage and hammered three goals to finish 4-0 victors. It could have been worse but Toffees were saved by the whistle.

Right-back Antonio Valencia gave United an early lead with a spectacular half-volley before late goals from midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan – set up by Lukaku just before he got on the scoresheet himself – and an Anthony Martial penalty sealed the win.

With United's rivals Manchester City having clinched a dominant 6-0 victory over Watford 24 hours earlier there was an expectation from United fans for Jose Mourinho's side to keep pace with the Premier League leaders.


Fans of the Absa Premiership were left bemused as Chiefs coach Steve Komphela went on a tirade after a 1-1 draw against BidVest Wits. It was not so much the result that got Komphela’s goat, but rather a Wits “mlungu” who infuriated the Chiefs boss after this clash played at the FNB Stadium on Saturday.

Elsewhere, Zimbabweans Kudakwashe Mahachi and Knox Mutizwa scored in stoppage time to seal a 4-1 win for Golden Arrows over AmaZulu Sunday and top place in the Absa Premiership.

Arrows lead Maritzburg United, Baroka and Orlando Pirates on goal difference after four rounds of the richest African league with a $755,000 (635,000 euros) first prize.

Only Pirates among the quartet have won the Premiership, and the last of their four titles came six seasons ago.

Promoted AmaZulu were out of luck as they chased an equaliser with a shot striking both posts before rebounding into play during the final minute of regular time.

They cursed their bad luck as Mahachi raced unchallenged after a through ball, rounded the goalkeeper and tapped the ball into an unguarded net for a 3-1 lead.

Substitute Mutizwa then connected with a cut-back and his shot went into the far corner of the net to complete the scoring in the Durban derby.

Another foreigner to net in the match was Togolese Sedat Ouro-Akoriko, whose first-half goal cancelled the lead Lerato Lamola gave Arrows.

Siphelele Magubane struck 11 minutes after half-time to regain the lead for Arrows, whose highest league finish was fifth in the 2008-2009 season.

Maritzburg were held 0-0 at home by Pirates in a match of few clearcut scoring chances with defences dominant.

Pirate Ntsikelelo Nyauza did poke the ball into the net soon after halftime, but the goal was disallowed for a foul during the build-up.

It was the Buccaneers' third clean sheet in four Premiership games under new Serb coach Milutin "Micho" Sredojevic -- a welcome change from the leaky defending of last season.

Baroka took 85 minutes to break down Free State Stars and win 1-0 through a deflected Mpho Kgaswane shot in northern city Polokwane.

Recent addition Amr Gamal, the first Egyptian to play in the Premiership, salvaged a 1-1 draw for title-holders Wits at Kaizer Chiefs with a stoppage-time goal.

Trailing from early in the second half when Siphiwe Tshabalala scored, and down to 10 men after the red-carding of Nazeer Allie, Wits seemed doomed to a third league loss.

But former Al Ahly goal-poacher Gamal came to the rescue two minutes into additional time, rifling a low shot past goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune from the edge of the box.

A Prince Nxumalo brace gave Ajax Cape Town a 2-0 home win over Polokwane City and bottom club Platinum Stars secured their first point by drawing 0-0 with Chippa United.


Gareth Bale responded in style to his critics with a fine finish as Real Madrid got back to winning ways with a 3-1 win at Real Sociedad on Sunday.

Borja Mayoral rewarded a bright start by Real with his first Madrid goal before Sociedad's Kevin Rodrigues scored at both ends to give the visitors a 2-1 halftime lead.

And Bale secured the three points as he sped past Rodrigues and dinked the ball over Geronimo Rulli for just his second goal of the season on the hour mark.

Victory moves the European champions up to fourth and within four points of leaders Barcelona.

Without the suspended Cristiano Ronaldo, as he completed a five-game ban, and injured Karim Benzema, Zinedine Zidane handed 20-year-old Mayoral a shock start up front.

And the Frenchman's faith was rewarded inside 20 minutes when Mayoral swept home a loose ball with a classy finish from close range.

Mayoral's strike meant Madrid have now matched a world record of scoring in 73 consecutive games set by Pele's Santos in the 1960s.

Meanwhile, Antoine Griezmann ensured Malaga didn't spoil Atletico Madrid's moving in party at their new 68 000 Wanda Metropolitano Stadium with the only goal in a 1-0 win on Saturday.

The French international, restored to the side after a two-game La Liga ban, swept home Angel Correa's cross on the hour mark to move Atletico up to third in the table.

Atletico remain four points adrift of Barcelona, though, as Paulinho scored his first Barca goal six minutes from time to continue their 100 percent record in a 2-1 win at Getafe.

Barca were also made to struggle as they had to come from behind at Getafe to open up a seven-point lead over Real Madrid, who travel to Real Sociedad on Sunday.

However, Barca could be without record signing Ousmane Dembele for a number of weeks after the French winger hobbled off in the first half with a hamstring injury.


Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela was left fuming as his side drew 1-1 against Bidvest Wits at the FNB Stadium on Saturday...

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