Manchester City continued their dominance in England with yet another resounding victory, but how did their European counterparts get on across the other top leagues?
In Italy, Inter suffered a shock 3-1 loss at home to Udinese to knock them off the top of the table, and so Napoli’s victory of the same result at Torino sends them a point clear in first place, with Marek Hamsik bagging the third to equal Diego Maradona’s record of 115 goals for the club. Juventus meanwhile are sandwiched between the two in second place after beating Bologna 3-0, with Pjanic grabbing the opening goal and an assist soon after. Roma sit fourth after a last-minute Fazio goal helped them to a 1-0 win over Cagliari, where Diego Perotti’s horrifying penalty miss could have cost his side all three points. Finally, Hellas Verona piled yet more misery on AC Milan as they cruised to a 3-0 victory over the former European champions.
Thomas Muller’s goal was enough for Bayern Munich to go 11 points clear in Germany, yet Stuttgart did miss a late penalty in their 1-0 loss, while Schalke remain second despite dropping points in the 2-2 draw at Frankfurt, yet will take the positives after scoring two goals in the last ten minutes. Borussia Dortmund sit climbed to third after beating Hoffenheim 2-1 despite going a goal down early on, level on points with Bayer Leverkusen who played out an incredible 4-4 draw with Hannover. Augsburg and Freiburg were also among the goals in a 3-3 thriller, where Nils Petersen grabbed another brace yet Finnbogason stole the headlines with a goal in the opening minute followed by two in the 90th to complete a remarkable hat-trick and a remarkable comeback.
PSG are nine points clear at the top of Ligue 1 after thrashing Rennes 4-1, where both sides finished the game with ten men, the home side missed a penalty and Neymar scored two and assisted two for the away side, with Mbappe also among the goals and the assists. Monaco’s 4-0 victory at Saint-Etienne keeps them in second, where four different scorers found the net against the home side with ten men for a huge slice of the game. Lyon join Monaco on 38 points after defeating fourth placed Marseille 2-0 in the last game played in France over the weekend.
Finally in Spain where Barcelona remain six points clear after defeating Deportivo 4-0 despite Messi’s missed penalty, while Atletico Madrid moved into second thanks to a Torres goal in a 1-0 win over Alaves. Valencia dropped to third after a shock 2-1 loss at Eibar, three points ahead of Real Madrid in fourth, who do however have a game in hand following their pursuits in the Club World Cup.