Euro Roundup

European Roundup: Thrilling El Clasico sees Barcelona take all three points, while Juventus stretch their lead at the top of Serie A

FA Cup semi-final weekend stole all the headlines in England this week, but what went on in the top leagues across Europe?

Only one place to start this week, where Barcelona grabbed a last-minute winner to overcome Madrid in arguably one the greatest El Clasico’s of all time. Messi’s double brought up his 500th goal for the club, while Ramos picked up his 5th red card in 34 El Clasico appearances in the five-goal thriller. The two sides are now level on points, with Atletico cementing their third place position with a 1-0 win over Espanyol through Griezmann’s 16th La Liga goal this season. Sevilla sit fourth after defeating Granada’s Tony Adams, with Paulo Ganso scoring both in the 2-0 win.

Juventus extended their lead at the top of Serie A to 11 points after beating Genoa 4-0, with Bonucci’s wonder strike the pick of the goals. Roma entertain Pescara this evening, just one point ahead of third-place Napoli, where Mertens scored his 22nd league goal of the season in their 2-2 draw with Sassuolo. Suso missed a penalty as AC Milan slipped up against Empoli in a 2-1 home loss, yet it was Lazio who stole the headlines as they thumped Palermo 6-2. Immobile scored the first two goals within a minute of each other, followed by an incredible five-minute hat-trick from fellow frontman Balde Diao Keita.

The gap at the top of the Bundesliga has now been narrowed to just eight points as Bayern could only draw 2-2 at home to Mainz, with Robben scoring and assisting for Bayern and on-loan Stoke forward Bojan scoring the first for the away side. RB Leipzig also picked up a point in their 1-1 draw at Schalke, while Dortmund edged out Borussia Monchengladbach in a five-goal thriller. The home side came from behind to go 2-1 up after an early Reus penalty, yet Aubameyang’s 27th league goal and Guerreiro’s late finish sealed all three points for Dortmund. Max Kruse meanwhile scored all four of Werder Bremen’s goals in their 4-2 defeat of Ingolstadt, including a sublime hat-trick in the last five minutes of the game.

Nice all-but ended their Ligue 1 title hopes with a 1-1 draw at Toulouse, leaving PSG and Monaco to go head to head at the top, with both sides on 80 points yet Monaco with a game in hand. Cavani bagged his 31st league goal of the season, with an assist in PSG’s 2-0 win over Montpellier, while Mbappé and Falcao were both on the scoresheet as Monaco picked up three vital points away to Lyon.

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