Fiorentina reclaims Serie A lead on low-key day in Europe

Fiorentina won to reclaim the lead of Italy’s Serie A on an otherwise subdued Sunday for Europe’s major leagues.

Fiorentina was the only leader of Europe’s top leagues in action. The rest played on Friday or Saturday with Champions League matches ahead next week.

In England, Everton thrived in the spotlight by getting a huge win, while tiny club Eibar continue its strong start to the season in Spain.

Here is a look at each league on Sunday:

ITALY

Dominating ball possession and finding the goal with ease, Fiorentina returned to the top of Serie A with a convincing 4-1 win over promoted Frosinone.

With Italian Premier Matteo Renzi cheering his home club on, Fiorentina opened up a 4-0 lead by halftime with goals from Ante Rebic, Gonzalo Rodriguez, Khouma Babacar and Mario Suarez.

Fiorentina also hit the goalframe twice before Alessandro Frara pulled one back for Frosinone three minutes from the end.

Fiorentina is level on points with Inter Milan but holds the edge on goal difference.

Napoli missed a chance to make it a three-way tie at the top with a 0-0 draw at Genoa.

AC Milan moved into sixth with a 3-1 win at Lazio. Andrea Bertolacci, Philippe Mexes and Carlos Bacca each scored before Ricardo Kishna pulled one back for Lazio.

Also, Bologna beat Atalanta 3-0 in coach Roberto Donadoni’s debut, while Carpi vs. Hellas Verona and Udinese vs. Sassuolo both finished 0-0.

ENGLAND

Arouna Kone scored a hat trick to power Everton to its biggest Premier League win in eight years, routing Sunderland 6-2.

Sunderland had pulled level at 2-2 by the 50th minute – through Jermain Defoe’s volley and Steven Fletcher’s header – but Sebastian Coates’ own goal then set Everton back on the path to ending a three-game winless run in the league.

Romelu Lukaku netted Everton’s fourth before Kone completed his treble, with two goals adding to his first-half strike. The opener for eighth-place Everton was provided in the 19th minute by Gerard Deulofeu, who went on to provide two assists.

It was Everton’s most emphatic win since routing Sunderland 7-1 in November 2007. The current Sunderland side remains in the relegation zone having lost two of Sam Allardyce’s three matches in charge.

Also, Steven Davis and Graziano Pelle scored as Southampton beat promoted Bournemouth 2-0.

SPAIN

Eibar needed an own goal from Rayo Vallecano defender Diego Llorente to claim a 1-0 win that lifted the modest Basque side into sixth place in the Spanish league.

Felipe Caicedo scored seconds before the final whistle to snatch 10-man Espanyol a 1-1 draw at home and keep Granada winless in eight rounds.

Athletic Bilbao forward Inaki Williams scored twice before conceding a penalty for handling the ball in a 3-1 win at Real Betis.

Sporting Gijon’s 19-year-old Alen Havilovic scored to help the promoted club get its first home win since returning to the first division by beating Malaga 1-0.

GERMANY

Stuttgart earned a hard-fought 2-0 victory over promoted Darmstadt to lift itself out of the relegation zone in the Bundesliga.

An own goal by Gyoergy Garics in the 68th and a strike by Timo Werner deep into injury time gave Stuttgart a four-point cushion to bottom-place Augsburg and dealt Darmstadt its first defeat on the road.

Hannover also came from behind to win 2-1 in Hamburg from Hiroschi Kiyotake’s penalty and a winner from Salif Sane.

FRANCE

Midfielder Mario Pasalic scored for the second time in three matches as Monaco beat Angers 1-0 to leapfrog Nice into sixth place in the French league.

The 20-year-old Croatian showed great composure to finish from striker Lacine Traore’s pass in the 35th for his fourth goal of the season – the most by any player in Monaco’s low-scoring team.

Nice missed the chance to close the gap on the top five after being held to a 0-0 home draw by struggling Lille, while Marseille midfielder Georges-Kevin N’Koudou scored against his former club for a 1-0 win at Nantes.