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Euro Roundup: The Battle Between Barca and Real Continues While The Milan Derby Finishes All Square

Spurs managed to close the gap on Chelsea to just four points in the English Premier League with six games remaining but, what other European leagues are just as competitive?

Spanish football witnessed some truly remarkable games, with Barcelona and Real Madrid both winning in five-goal thrillers. Real Madrid went just three points clear but have a game in hand over fierce rivals Barcelona, as the former beat Sporting Gijon 3-2 thanks to a last-minute Isco winner. Barcelona meanwhile overcame Real Sociedad by the same scoreline, with Lionel Messi bagged a brace and an assist to continue another phenomenal season in front of goal. However, third-placed Atletico Madrid stole the headlines by beating Osasuna 3-0; with Yannick Ferreira Carrasco missing a penalty for his hat-trick, before team-mate Thomas Partey also missed from the spot just a minute later. 36-year-old Aritz Aduriz found the net twice in Athletic Bilbao’s 5-1 thrashing of Las Palmas, while Granada’s first game under Tony Adams ended in a miserable 3-0 loss to Celta Vigo.

Bayern’s goalless draw against ten-man Leverkusen allowed Leipzig to close the gap to eight points as they thrashed Freiburg 4-0 as their young guns continued their fine goal-scoring form. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored his 26th league goal of the season in Dortmund’s 3-1 win over Frankfurt but, Hoffenheim remain third after overcoming Monchengladbach in a 5-3 thriller. Mario Gomez scored his 14th league goal of the season as Wolfsburg continue to edge away from relegation, while bottom side Darmstadt shocked Schalke in a 2-1 win in a feisty encounter involving seven yellow cards, one red, a missed penalty and a 90th-minute winner.

Italian football kicked-off with a 2-2 Milan derby including a 97th-minute equaliser from AC’s Cristian Zapata as the two sides sit neck and neck in the table, while Gonzalo Higuain’s brace against bottom side Pescara gave Juventus an eight-point cushion over Roma in second. Dzeko scored his 25th league goal this season in Roma’s 1-1 draw with Atalanta, while Andrea Belotti did likewise in Torino’s 1-1 draw with Crotone. Napoli sit comfortably in third as they defeated Udinese 3-0, with Dries Mertens picking up his 21st league goal this season.

Ligue 1 remains very tight at the top, with Monaco, PSG and Nice all in touching distance of the title and far enough away from any possible competitors. Radamel Falcao scored the winner for top of the table Monaco as they beat Dijon 2-1, while Angel Di Maria bagged a brace as PSG beat Angers 2-0. Marseille thumped Saint-Etienne 4-0 through goals from Dimitri Payet, Bafetimbi Gomis and a Florian Thauvin double, while Lyon’s trip to Bastia was once again marred by crowd trouble and was subsequently abandoned.

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