Manchester City took another step towards another English Premier League title, but how did their European counterparts get on in the other top leagues?
In Spain, Real Madrid picked up their first La Liga win since 9th December as they smashed Deportivo 7-1, with Gareth Bale (2), Cristiano Ronaldo (2), Nacho Fernandez (2) and Luka Modric among the goals. Barcelona then matched their rivals with a 5-0 drubbing of Real Betis, where Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez also bagged braces. Atletico Madrid remain second as Antoine Griezmann found the net in a disappointing 1-1 draw at home to Girona, while Valencia sit third after a shock 2-1 defeat at 19th placed Las Palmas, with the away side finishing the affair with nine men.
In Italy, AC Milan came from behind at Cagliari to win the game 2-1, with Gennaro Gattuso’s side picking up three points away from home for the first time since November, a game which also saw both teams reduced to ten men. Napoli sit top of the table after beating Atalanta 1-0, while second place Juventus face Genoa this evening. Lazio go third after thumping Chievo Verona 5-1, where former Manchester United man Nani grabbed an assist and a goal within minutes of coming off the bench, while Inter complete the top four as a late goal helped them to a 1-1 draw with fifth place Roma at the San Siro.
Roberto Lewandowski and Thomas Muller both bagged braces as Bayern continued their dominance in Germany with a 4-2 win against Werder Bremen. Incredibly, four teams sit joint second in the table on 31 points. Among those four are Leverkusen, who beat Hoffenheim 4-1, where Leon Bailey scored with another tremendous goal, and Schalke, who drew 1-1 with Hannover. RB Leipzig also occupy the top five despite losing 2-1 at Freiburg, while Borussia Monchengladbach complete the hugely competitive second to fifth spots as they beat Augsburg 2-0.
Finally in France, second place Lyon stunned leaders Paris Saint Germain with a late winner in a 2-1 win. Nabil Fekir opened the scoring early with a clever free-kick, while Layvin Kurzawa equalised on the brink of half time. The runaway leaders then had Dani Alves sent off before the hour mark, while Memphis Depay left the home side in a state of ecstasy with a last-gasp winner. Marseille beat Cannes 2-0 to secure third spot, while Monaco complete the top four as they beat Metz 3-1.