The FA Cup stole the headlines in England as Spurs were held to a 2-2 draw with Rochdale, while Manchester United eased past Huddersfield, but what went on across Europe in the top leagues?
Napoli are a point ahead of Juventus at the top of Serie A after Allan’s early goal was enough to help them edge past SPAL 2013, with Juventus winning by the same scoreline at Torino through Alex Sandro’s effort. Roma are some way off the pace in third after beating Udinese 2-0, two points ahead of Inter who fell to a disappointing 2-0 defeat to Genoa. Lazio sit fifth and complete the round of Italian fixtures for this weekend as they face Hellas Verona, while Sampdoria sit joint sixth with AC Milan, with the latter winning their encounter at the San Siro 1-0.
Barcelona continued their dominance and are seven points clear at the top in Spain as goals from Suarez and Alba helped them to a 2-0 win at Eibar, with Atletico Madrid in second as Gameiro and Costa scored in a 2-0 win over Athletic Bilbao. Valencia sit third as they came from behind to beat Malaga 2-1, while Real Madrid are now just a point off third place with a game in hand as they played out an eight-goal thriller at Real Betis, with Asensio’s double helping them to an eventual 5-3 victory.
Bayern Munich are an incredible 19 points clear in Germany as they came from a goal down to beat Wolfsburg 2-1, with substitute Lewandowski bagging a last-minute penalty to rescue his side. Borussia Dortmund are their nearest challengers in second as Reus returned from a lengthy injury to grab the only goal of the game in a 1-0 win at Borussia Monchengladbach, while Bayer Leverkusen sit third having beaten Hamburg 2-1. RB Leipzig are fourth but have the chance to jump two places as they visit Frankfurt this evening.
Finally, PSG are 12 points clear of Monaco in Ligue 1 as Cavani (2), Draxler, Neymar and Di Maria found the net in a 5-2 thriller with Strasbourg. Their closest challengers hammered Dijon 4-0, while Thauvin’s goal helped Marseille maintain their spot in third in a 1-0 win over Bordeaux. Lyon complete a closely-fought top four in France as a Traore double helped them to a 2-2 draw at Lille, with Nantes completing the top five after a 1-1 draw with Nice.