Der Klassiker, Messi free-kicks and a fantastic Liverpool

Juventus remain top of the league in the Serie A after beating Milan in a game that was decided by a moment of classy football created by two of the Juventus substitutes. Douglas Costa started the move in the 77th minute, Dybala exchanged passes with Higuain before skipping past Romagnoli to shot past Donnaruma. The goal was enough to give Juventus the 3 points to put them back above Inter who had won their home game against Verona 2 -1 on Saturday. Verona had taken the lead at the San Siro with a Verre penalty, but two goals from Vecino and Barella turned it around for Conte’s men. At the San Paolo stadium, Napoli were jeered off the pitch following another disappointing result and performance on their home turf. A very small crowd of supporters, circa 20,000 attended the match against Genoa and they vented their frustrations towards the squad at the end of a very chaotic week for Napoli FC, who are now trailing leaders Juventus by 13 points. 

Spain

Barcelona and Real Madrid both returned to winning ways as they take over the top spots of la Liga in Spain. Celta Vigo, with their new manager Garcia, were put the sword by Lionel Messi hat-trick, two precise free-kicks and a penalty. Olaza had equalized Barca’s early lead with an excellent free-kick for Celta. Busquests scored with five minutes remaining to make the final score 4 – 1. Karim Benzema scored two of the four goals that put Real Madrid level on points with Barcelona but second on goal difference. Valverde and Ramos score the other two goals that gave Real a 4 -0 victory away to Eibar. Atletico Madrid moved up to third place with a hard-fought win over Espanyol. The Catalans had taken the lead through Sergi Darder, but a goal from Correa just before half time and 13 minutes after the interval Alvaro Morata scored his sixth goal in as many games to make the score 2 – 1. Koke gave Los Rojiblancos a two-goal cushion in injury time thus making sure of the three points.

England

All eyes were on Anfield as Liverpool hosted reigning champions Manchester City. This match had been billed as the game to define the season for both clubs. Liverpool took the lead six minutes into the game, Salah doubled the lead for the reds 7 minutes later. Sterling and Aguero had chances to score for City but it was Mane who scored the 3rd goal for Liverpool. Bernardo Silva pulled one back for Guardiola’s men but it was too little too late. The result puts a nine-point gap between the teams. Chelsea and Leicester City both continued their fine form as they maintain their challenge for a top-four finish. Chelsea beat Crystal Palace with goals from Abraham, his 10th league goal of the season. The American Pulisic scored Chelsea’s second and his fifth goal in his last three games. The win takes the Blues up to third place level on points with Leicester City with 26 points. The Foxes beat Arsenal at the King Power stadium 2 – 0. Goals by Jamie Vardy and James Maddison late in the game. The defeat puts further pressure on Arsenal coach Unai Emery after a series of bad results for the Gunners. Manchester United returned to winning ways as they comfortably beat Brighton and Hove Albion 3 -1 at Old Trafford. The victory was United’s biggest home Premier League win since August.

Germany

Borussia Monchengladbach restored their four-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga with an entertaining win over Werder Bremen. Goals by Bensebaini and a brace by Patrick Herrmann had given the leaders a comfortable lead before Leonardo Bittencourt scored a consolation goal for Werder Bremen. In Munich Borussia Dortmund were humbled by Bayern Munich in Der Klassiker. The home side took the lead through Robert Lewandowski on 17 minutes who in the process established a number of new scoring records in the Bundesliga. He became the first player in Bundesliga history to score a goal on each of the first 11 matchdays of a season and the first to reach 16 goals after 11 match days. Gnabry doubled the score in the forty-seventh minute with Lewandowski scoring his second and Bayern’s third before Hummels made it 4 – 0 in the 80th minute.