Chelsea took another gigantic leap towards the Premier League title this weekend, but what went on in the rest of the top European leagues?
There’s no better place to start than in Germany, where Bayern Munich won a record fifth straight Bundesliga title courtesy of a 6-0 thrashing of Wolfsburg. Lewandowski netted a brace in the win, leaving second place RB Leipzig ten points behind after their hugely disappointing goalless draw at home to Ingolstadt. Dortmund also played out a drab 0-0 affair at home to Cologne, allowing high-flying Hoffenheim to leapfrog them into third place after scoring a last-minute winner as they beat Frankfurt 1-0. Schalke meanwhile kicked the Bundesliga weekend off in style as they thumped Bayer Leverkusen 4-1 on Friday night.
Ligue 1 results meanwhile allowed Monaco to take a commanding lead at the top as Mbappe scored another in their 3-1 win over Toulouse. It was Nice however who stole the show after beating PSG 3-1, where Balotelli got the opener for the home side before both Motta and Di Maria saw red in the dying minutes of the game. On-loan Newcastle man Florian Thauvin helped his current club Marseille climb into European contention with a hat-trick as they put five past relegation-threatened Caen.
Affairs remain as tight as ever in Spain with Barcelona and Real Madrid joint top on 81 points, however, the latter do have a game in hand. Real required a late Marcelo winner to defeat Valencia 2-1 as Ronaldo missed from the spot after scoring the opener, while Suarez scored a brace for Barcelona in the 3-0 derby defeat of Espanyol. Atletico remain third thanks to a 5-0 thrashing away to Las Palmas as Gameiro scored twice, while the home side lost playmaker Kevin-Prince Boateng to two yellow cards. Tony Adams meanwhile was helpless as his Granada outfit lost 2-1 at Real Sociedad, confirming the side’s relegation with three games still left to play.
Juventus remain nine points clear at the top of Serie A despite a 2-2 draw at Atalanta, while Lazio claimed the bragging rights in a feisty Rome derby with a 3-1 win over Roma. Diao Keita scored a brace either a side of a De Rossi penalty for the home side, who finished the game with ten men after Ruediger’s late red. Napoli sit in third either side of Roma and Lazio as Callejon scored the only goal in their win at Inter, whose San Siro rivals could only force a 1-1 draw at relegation-threatened Crotone.