Premier League leaders Chelsea slipped up, Liverpool boasted a fine derby win and Man City and Arsenal shared the spoils in England’s grudge match this weekend, but what happened throughout the rest of Europe?
Real Madrid sits two points clear of Barcelona with a comfortable 3-0 win over Alaves, while their city rivals Atletico are ten points off in third, beating Malaga 2-0 thanks to two Torres assists. Barcelona meanwhile kept the title chase alive with a 4-1 win away to Granada as Neymar scored his 100th goal for the club, with Suarez moving to ten assists for the season.
Juventus were held to a 1-1 draw with third-place Napoli, where Khedira and Hamsik scored on Higuain’s hostile return to Naples. Dzeko’s brace helped Roma to a 2-0 victory as he moved to 23 league goals this season, joined by Torino’s Belotti who was on target in their 2-2 draw with Udinese.
French football turned its focus to the highly anticipated Coupe de la Ligue, where PSG thrashed Monaco 4-1 as Cavani bagged yet another brace. League action wasn’t halted, however, with Nice now just four points off top spot with a 2-1 victory over Bordeaux, the opener a Balotelli penalty. Lacazette missed a penalty as Lyon slipped up in a 1-1 draw with ten-man Rennes, while Marseille kept the pressure on Lyon in fourth with a 1-1 draw with Dijon, the goal coming through a stunning Payet free-kick.
Bayern once again proved their dominance with a 6-0 win over Augsburg, as Lewandowski took his total to 24 league goals this campaign, adding two assists to his immense goal scoring frenzy. Aubameyang also found his 24th of the season as he opened the scoring in the Revierderby, receiving a booking for his masked celebration in the game which eventually ended 1-1. RB Leipzig’s 4-0 victory over Darmstadt means the gap between first and second still sits at a massive 13 points, while third place Hoffenheim continued their impressive form, beating Hertha Berlin 3-1 with help from a Kramaric double. Elsewhere Cologne slipped up in their pursuit of European football as Hamburg’s Lewis Holtby scored a last-minute winner to secure all three points for his side.
Leverkusen and Wolfsburg’s mid-table battle ended in a 3-3 thriller in the game of the weekend in a game involving Leverkusen substitute Kai Havertz scoring within minutes of his arrival and assisting the 89th-minute equaliser. His remarkable efforts were however outdone by a seven-minute Mario Gomez hat-trick, with the 31-year-old finishing from the spot for his third and final goal.