Manchester City took yet another step towards the Premier League title, but who else went that little touch closer to winning their respective leagues across Europe?
In Spain, substitute Messi salvaged a point for Barcelona as they came from two down at Sevilla to draw 2-2, while Bale scored twice to help third-place Real Madrid to a comfortable 3-0 victory over Las Palmas. Atletico Madrid are however salvaged between the two Spanish giants in second having picked up a 1-0 win over Deportivo La Coruna.
The Coupe de la Ligue dominated the headlines in France as Paris Saint-Germain won the final 3–0 for their 5th consecutive and 8th overall title, beating Monaco in the process thanks to goals from Cavani (2) and Di Maria. League football did however continue as normal, with Marseille in third as Payet bagged a goal and an assist in his side’s 3-1 win at ten-man Dijon on Saturday. Lyon meanwhile continue to occupy fourth spot as a Depay double helped them to a 2-0 victory over Toulouse.
Germany’s headlines were stolen by runaway leaders Bayern Munich, who smashed Borussia Dortmund 6-0 at the Allianz Arena to remain 17 points clear of Schalke in second, who picked up a 2-0 victory over ten-man Freiburg. It was however all about the champions who, thanks to a Lewandowski hat-trick along with goals from Ribery, James and Muller, beat third place Borussia Dortmund with ease to go one step closer to yet another Bundesliga title. Hoffenheim also picked up a thumping 6-0 victory at home to Cologne, while fourth placed RB Leipzig edged out Hannover in a five-goal thriller, the away side winning the affair 3-2. Bayer Leverkusen meanwhile complete the top five despite a drab goalless draw at home to Augsburg.
Finally, all the action of the weekend took place on Saturday in Italy as Juventus moved four points clear of Napoli in second, the former beating AC Milan 3-1 and the latter drawing 1-1 at Sassuolo thanks to a late own goal. Roma sit third after drawing at Bologna with the same score line, while Inter complete the top four as Icardi bagged a brace in the straightforward 3-0 victory over ten-man Hellas Verona in the San Siro. Lazio meanwhile sit hot on their heels in fifth as they eased past the ten men of Benevento, with former Liverpool men Lucas Leiva and Luis Alberto at the centre of the action, the former bagging the fifth and the latter grabbing two assists and the final goal from the penalty spot.