A Messi celebration in Spain

In the Spanish La Liga Lionel Messi showed off his sixth Ballon d’Or trophy before the game at the Nou Camp. To celebrate Messi scored his 35th La Liga hat-trick thus breaking the record held by Cristiano Ronaldo. The Catalans beat Mallorca by 5 goals to 2 to reclaim top spot level on points with rivals Real Madrid. The Frenchman Griezmann and Suarez scored the other two goals for Barcelona. Real Madrid had beaten Espanyol 2 – 0 with goals from Varne and Benzema. El Clasico will be bringing the two rivals together in 10 days’ time.  

Germany

In Germany champions, Bayern Munich lost their second game in a row when they suffered a 2 – 1 defeat at the hands of league leaders Borussia Monchengladbach. Bayen had taken the lead early in the second half through Ivan Perisic. Ramy Bensebaini scored with a header to level the scores and then clinched a dramatic victory in injury time from the penalty spot. The result puts Borussia seven points above Bayern and a point above RB Leipzig who recorded a 3 – 1 win victory over Hoffenheim. Borrusia Dortmund thrashed Fortuna Dusseldorf 5 – 0 to reclaim the third spot in the Bundesliga. Two goals from captain Reus, one goal from Hazard and a double from teenager Sancho made light work of Fortuna.

England

Liverpool’s march in the English Premier League continued with a comfortable win over Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium. The win extends their unbeaten run to 33 league games, winning 15 out of their 16 Premier League games this season. Goals from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Naby Keita and Mohamed Salah condemned the Cherries to their fifth consecutive defeat. Second-placed Leicester City made it eight wins in a row as they thrashed Aston Villa at Villa Park. The Foxes are in ruthless form and two goals from Vardy, one from Iheanacho and another Evans confirmed the fine form they are in. Brandon Roger’s side are eight points behind the leaders and have a six-point advantage over third-placed Manchester City. In the Manchester Derby, it was the red side of the city that earned the three points in with a thrilling game. Manchester United continued to add pressure on reigning Champions Manchester City with a  2 – 1 victory. In form United striker Marcus Rashford opened the scoring from the penalty spot on 23 minutes, six minutes later Anthony Martial doubled the score. Nicolas Otamendi pulled one back for the hosts 5 minutes form the end but Ole Gunnar Solskjaar’s men held on to an impressive victory over their city rivals. 

Italy

Serie A champions Juventus suffered their first defeat of the season when they visited Lazio in Rome. Lazio came from behind to record this famous victory over Juventus who had taken the lead through Christiano Ronaldo in the 25th minute. Just before half time, Ramos Marchi equalized for the hosts. Juan Cuadrado was sent off for the visitors in what turned out to be the turning point in the match. Milinkovic-Savic scored the second for the hosts in the 74th minute and Caicedo scored the third in the fifth minute of added time. The defeat leaves Juventus two points behind leaders Inter who missed their chance of widening the gap when they were held to a draw at home against Roma on Friday night. The goalless draw ended Inter’s five-match winning run. Milan had their best performance of the season so far when they visited Bologna on Sunday night. Goals from Piatek, Hernandez and Bonaventura secured the three points in a game that was characterized by the return of Bologna coach Sinisa Mihajlovic since undergoing a bone marrow transplant. He was given a standing ovation by both sets of supporters as he entered the stadium.