As Manchester City stormed to the League Cup title under Pep Guardiola in England, what went on across the other top European leagues?
In Germany, Bayern Munich slipped up in their efforts of completing a club record 15th straight win as they were held to a goalless draw at home to Hertha Berlin. They are however still 20 points clear of Borussia Dortmund in second, who entertain Augsburg later tonight. Schalke sit third after beating fifth placed Bayer Leverkusen 2-0, with Frankfurt occupying fourth spot despite losing 1-0 at Stuttgart. RB Leipzig slipped to sixth after somehow blowing a lead to bottom placed Cologne, where the away side fought from a goal down to win 2-1.
Barcelona are seven points clear of Atletico Madrid in La Liga after coming from behind to smash Girona 6-1, with Suarez grabbing a hat-trick and two assists, Messi notching a brace and an assist and Coutinho banging in his first league goal for his new club, shortly after setting up Suarez for his second goal of the evening. Barcelona have now set a club record of 32 La Liga games unbeaten across two seasons, with Messi now holding the record for most goals and assists in La Liga after the thumping result over their Catalan neighbours. Ronaldo, Bale and Benzema all found the net as Real Madrid climbed to third with a 4-0 win over Alaves, yet remain seven points off their city rivals, who beat Sevilla 5-2 thanks to a hat-trick from Griezmann. Valencia complete the top four as a Santi Mina double helped them beat Real Sociedad 2-1.
The top of the table saw no change in Italy as Juventus had their encounter with Atalanta postponed due to snow, while Napoli face Cagliari later this evening. Lazio go third after easing past Sassuolo 3-0, with Inter in fourth after they beat Benevento 2-0. Roma slipped to fifth after two second half goals saw them lose out at home to AC Milan, who moved into joint seventh with Sampdoria.
PSG are now 14 points clear at the top of Ligue 1 as second placed Monaco succumbed to a late Yaya Sanogo goal to draw with Toulouse in a six-goal thriller, as PSG themselves eased past third placed Marseille 3-0, yet had star man Neymar stretchered off for an apparent ankle injury. Lyon complete the top four despite drawing 1-1 at home to Saint-Etienne, where familiar faces from the Premier League Remy Cabella and Mathieu Debuchy combined to score a last minute equaliser for the away side, the former setting up the latter for a dramatic leveller.