Real Madrid stamped their mark on the city in the Madrid Derby, Dortmund slipped up to give their rivals a chance in Germany, while Manchester City ran riot at the Etihad.

La Liga

Atlético Madrid took on Real Madrid in the latest edition of El Derbi Madrileño. Casemiro scored to put Los Blancos ahead inside 16 minutes, but Atléti’s star man Antoine Griezmann responded shortly after to level the scores. Sergio Ramos converted a penalty to put Real back in front, before a second half strike from Gareth Bale put the result beyond doubt. Real came away with a 3-1 win, jumped Atléti into second and are remarkably just six points off first place after what was a disappointing start to the season.

Barcelona failed to win for the third consecutive game in all competitions after they were held to a 0-0 stalemate by Athletic Bilbao. The Blaugrana weren’t able to convert their domination of possession into goals, ultimately coming away with a frustrating point.

After trailing 1-0 within the first two minutes of the match, Getafe responded in emphatic fashion to defeat Celta Vigo 3-1. Jorge Molina added to a Jamie Mata brace to send Getafe fifth on the table, just two points off a Champions League place.

Other results:  

Real Valladolid 0-0 Villarreal

Espanyol 2-1 Rayo Vallecano

Girona 0-2 Huesca

Leganés 3-0 Real Betis

Valencia 0-0 Real Sociedad

Sevilla 2-2 Eibar

Alavés 2-0 Levante

 

Bundesliga

Last week we said it might be over. This week it’s back on. After leading 3-0 with just 15 minutes remaining in normal time, Borussia Dortmund have drawn 3-3 with a relentless Hoffenheim side. Dortmund were doing it easy as goals to Jadon Sancho, Mario Götze and Raphaël Guerreiro had the home side on their way towards a 16th Bundesliga win this season. However, Hoffeheim stuck at it, scoring three goals in 14 minutes to rescue a point.

Bayern Munich took full advantage of Dortmund’s slip up with a 3-1 win over Schalke 04. Robert Lewandowski became the first man to score 100 goals at Allianz Arena – a phenomenal achievement by the Polish target man. Bayern are now within five points of Dortmund and have set up a thrilling finish to the Bundesliga season.

Borussia Mönchengladbach may have thrown away any chance they had at winning a first Bundesliga title since 1977, as they went down 3-0 at home to Hertha. Salomon Kalou continued his strong from this season by opening the scoring on 30 minutes. Ondrej Duda and Davie Selke added a second and third for the away side to put a dagger through Mönchengladbach.

 

Other results:

Mainz 05 1-5 Bayer Leverkusen

RB Leipzig 0-0 Frankfurt

Hannover 2-0 FC Nürnberg

SC Freiburg 3-3 Wolfsburg

Werder Bremen 4-0 FC Augsburg

Fortuna Düsseldorf 3-0 VfB Stuttgart

 

Premier League 

Manchester City’s ruthlessness was on full display in their clash with Chelsea, winning 6-0 at Etihad Stadium. City led 4-0 inside the first 25 minutes thanks to goals from Raheem Sterling and İlkay Gündoğan as well as a brace by Sergio Agüero, including a stunning strike from distance. Agüero netted for a third time from the spot before Sterling remarkably made it six, handing Chelsea their worst loss since 1991.

Liverpool felt very comfortable in their win over Bournemouth. The match was over after 48 minutes when Mohamed Salah put the Reds 3-0 ahead, adding to goals from Sadio Mane and Georginio Wijnaldum. Liverpool are second on the table, however have one game in hand on leaders Manchester City.

Manchester United are in the top four. Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s men have won eight of their last nine Premier League games, the latest coming in a 3-0 win at Fulham. Paul Pogba rifled a shot from an acute angle to open the scoring before Antony Martial doubled the lead after a delightful run from inside his own half. Pogba scored his second from the spot to seal the points for the Red Devils as they now shift their focus to Paris Saint-Germain.

 

Other results:

Crystal Palace 1-1 West Ham

Huddersfield 1-2 Arsenal

Southampton 1-2 Cardiff

Watford 1-0 Everton

Brighton 1-3 Burnley

Tottenham 3-1 Leicester

Wolverhampton 1-1 Newcastle

 

Serie A

Juventus returned to winning ways with a professional 3-0 win away to Sassuolo. Sami Khedira tapped home from close range after Cristiano Ronaldo’s strike was saved, falling into the German’s path. Ronaldo did get his name on the scoresheet, getting on the end of a Miralm Pjanic corner and scoring for the ninth away game in a row. Emre Can made in three just seconds after coming on, calmly putting the ball past Andrea Consigli and sending Juve 11 points clear atop the table.

Milan are coming in hot. A clinical 3-0 home win against Cagliari sees them return to fourth place as they continue their second half of the season resurgence. A Luca Ceppitelli own goal broke the deadlock, but it was Milan’s new boys who took over once again as Lucas Paquetá and Krzysztof Piątek both scored to confirm the win for the Rossoneri. They face Atalanta next in what could be a fixture that decides the top four.

Inter recorded their first Serie A win of 2019 with a scrappy 1-0 win away to Parma. A fantasic finish by Lautaro Martinez was enough for the Nerazzurri to secure all three points, easing the pressure off themselves to remain clear in third place.

Other results:

Lazio 1-0 Empoli

Chievo 0-3 Roma

Fiorentina 0-0 Napoli

Bologna 1-1 Genoa

Sampdoria 0-1 Frosinone

Atalanta 2-1 SPAL

Torino 1-0 Udinese

 

Ligue 1

Paris Saint-Germain responded to their first Ligue 1 loss of the season last week, as they defeated Bordeaux 1-0. An Edinson Cavani goal was enough for PSG, however the Uruguayan was subbed off minutes later with what was later confirmed to be a thigh injury, ruling him out of the Champions League tie with Manchester United.

Monaco went agonisingly close to recording a major scalp, conceding late to settle for a 2-2 draw with Montpellier. Monaco led twice throughout the game but were denied in the 91st minute by an Andy Delort penalty that must have been over the line by no more than a few millimetres. Monaco jump to 18th but their battle for survival is far from over.

Marseille came from behind to beat a struggling Dijon side 2-1 on the road. Mario Balotelli scored for the second time at his new club, before a Lucas Ocampos screamer put Marseille ahead just 17 minutes from time.

After becoming the first club to defeat PSG in Ligue 1 this season Lyon weren’t able to back it up against Nice, falling 1-0. Remi Walter scored the only goal of the game, keeping his team in with a chance of playing Champions League football next season.

 

Other results:

Amiens 1-0 Caen

Strasbourg 1-2 Angers

Nantes 2-4 Nîmes

Toulouse 1-1 Reims

Guingamp 0-2 Lille

Rennes 3-0 St Etienne

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Damon Palmar
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