With Jan Vertonghen on the bench for 90 minutes, Benfica won easily against Arouca (4-0) at the opening of the Portuguese championship on Friday evening. In England, also for the first day, Sambi Lokonga came into play in stoppage time (90th + 2) during Arsenal’s victory (0-2) at Crystal Palace where Christian Benteke formalized his departure before the meeting for DC United in the Major Soccer League (MLS) in the United States.
In the Netherlands, Heerenveen and Sparta Rotterdam left back-to-back (0-0) on Friday evening for the first day of the Eredivisie championship. Belgian midfielder Anas Tahiri played the entire game for the visitors, while Arno Verschueren, warned of a yellow card in the 49th minute, was replaced at the end of the game (74th). Rotterdam midfielder Jason Eyenga-Lokilo played the entire game.
In Turkey, Konyaspor were beaten 0-2 at home to Trabzonspor on the opening night of the Turkish league. The goals were scored by Dane Andreas Cornelius (16th) and Dutchman Stefano Denswil (86th). Ali Yasar, the player trained at Standard, played the 90 minutes on the side of the visited.