With much of the news focusing on Barcelona and the referendum taking place in the country, the club were forced to play their La Liga tie with Las Palmas behind closed doors, and the home side were held at 0-0 until the second half, when Messi stepped up and bagged a brace and an assist as Barcelona ran out 3-0 winners. Real Madrid still sit fifth despite Isco’s double in the 2-0 victory over Espanyol, while Sevilla went second after an identical result at home to Malaga. The tie between Real Sociedad and Real Betis however stole all the headlines in an eight-goal thriller, where the home side required a late Diego Llorente goal to draw the game 4-4.
In Italy meanwhile Napoli took top spot as they defeated Cagliari 3-0, with Inter joint second with Juventus after winning 2-1 at Benevento. Juventus certainly stuttered in their pursuit of yet another Serie A title as they let a 2-0 goal lead slip at Atalanta, before Dybala missed a late penalty to seal all three points. Fifth place Roma ran out 2-0 winners at AC Milan through Dzeko and Florenzi, while Lazio sit fourth as former Liverpool man Luis Alberto scored a brace as they thumped Sassuolo 6-1 despite going 1-0 down.
Dortmund opened up a five point gap on Bayern Munich at the top of the Bundesliga as they edged past Augsburg 2-1, where Aubameyang fluffed his lines in trying to seal the victory with a late Panenka penalty. Goals from Hummels and Lewandowski were not enough for Bayern as they somehow let their 2-0 lead at Hertha slip as the hosts scored two goals in five minutes to draw the game 2-2, while Hoffenheim remain third – a point ahead of RB Leipzig – despite losing 3-2 in an action-packed game at Freiburg.
Finally in France it was of course Neymar and PSG who stole all the headlines as they thumped Bordeaux 6-2 to go three points clear of Monaco in second. The Paris side cemented their star status through an incredible long range free kick from Neymar, a well worked Cavani goal and an unstoppable volley from Draxler. A goal-line technology assisted Falcao effort was Monaco’s only goal in a disappointing 1-1 draw at home to Montpellier, while Lille’s trip to Amiens was abandoned after a wall collapsed in the stadium during the away side’s celebrations. Former United man Depay scored in a 3-3 thriller at Angers, where Lyon’s Marcelo received a dramatic red card for somehow knocking the referee’s yellow card out of his hand, having received the caution just seconds before. Marseille climbed to third in another fascinating French game involving six goals, a red card and a missed penalty, where the away side defeated Nice 4-2.