European Football Round-Up

Fiasco Sports rounds up all the action from the five major European football leagues.

 

Denis Doyle/Getty Images Europe

Denis Doyle/Getty Images Europe

Barcelona run riot at the Bernabeu

 

Barcelona extended their lead at the top of the La Liga table to four points after thumping arch rivals Real Madrid 4-0 away from home.

 

Luis Suárez scored a brace, while league top scorer Neymar and captain Andrés Iniesta also got on the scoresheet to claim bragging rights in El Clasico.

 

Lionel Messi made his return from injury with his side three goals ahead, before Isco received his marching orders for a foul on Neymar which underlined Los Blancos’ frustration.

 

Meanwhile, Atlético Madrid leapfrogged their crosstown rivals in the standings to move into second place, following their 1-0 win away to Real Betis.

 

Villarreal round out the top four despite drawing 1-1 at home to Eibar, with fifth-placed Celta Vigo suffering a 2-0 loss on the road against Deportivo La Coruña.

 

 

Liverpool stun City

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Alex Livesey/Getty Images Europe

Liverpool were in rampant form at Etihad Stadium, smashing Manchester City 4-1 to knock the Sky Blues off the top of the Barclays Premier League table.

 

Brazilians Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino added to Eliaquim Mangala‘s own goal, but Sergio Agüero pegged a goal back for the hosts just before the half time break.

 

However, a superb drive from Martin Škrtel with 10 minutes remaining rounded out the rout for the Reds, moving Jürgen Klopp‘s side eight points behind surprise leaders Leicester City.

 

Leicester cruised to a 3-0 victory away to Newcastle to capitalize on City’s loss, with league top scorer Jamie Vardy among the goals for the 10th consecutive game to take his season tally to 13.

 

Arsenal missed the chance to go top following their 2-1 loss against West Bromwich Albion, with Santi Cazorla missing a penalty in the 84th minute.

 

Manchester United clinched a late 2-1 win over Watford to move into second position, while Chelsea ended a three-game losing streak to beat Norwich 1-0.

 

 

Dybala the difference between Juventus and Milan

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Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images Europe

After a dismal start to the Serie A season, Juventus clinched their third consecutive win, defeating A.C. Milan 1-0 to move into sixth place.

 

Youngster Paulo Dybala met Alex Sandro‘s cross in the 66th minute to score the only goal of the game, helping the reigning champions leapfrog Milan in the standings.

 

Inter cruised to a comfortable 4-0 win over Frosinone to move two points clear at the top of the table, following Fiorentina’s come-from-behind 2-2 draw at home with Empoli.

 

Napoli jumped into second place after beating Hellas Verona 2-0 on the road, thanks to goals from in-form duo Lorenzo Insigne and league top scorer Gonzalo Higuaín.

 

Roma drew 2-2 away with Bologna in an intense affair – in which the referee awarded three penalties – to slip down into fourth position.

 

 

Bayern move eight points clear

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Martin Meissner/Associated Press

Bayern Munich continue to dominate the Bundesliga, defeating Schalke 3-1 away from home to extend their lead at the top of the table to eight points.

 

The teams went into the half time interval tied 1-1, but goals in the second half from Javi Martínez and Thomas Müller wrapped up the three points for the Bavarians.

 

Second-placed Borussia Dortmund suffered a shock 3-1 loss at the hands of Hamburg, while Wolfsburg humiliated Werder Bremen in a 6-0 victory to move within five points of Thomas Tuchel‘s side.

 

Hertha Berlin round out the top four following their 1-0 win over Hoffenheim, keeping them one point ahead of fifth-placed Borussia Mönchengladbach, who clinched a 2-1 victory against Hannover.

 

 

Runaway leaders PSG continue dominance

Jean-Sebastien Evrard/Getty Images Europe

Jean-Sebastien Evrard/Getty Images Europe

Debutant Hervin Ongenda and Blaise Matuidi scored first half goals to help Paris Saint-Germain wrap up a 2-1 win away to Lorient, extending their lead in the standings to a massive 13 points.

 

Benjamin Moukandjo scored for the hosts with less than 10 minutes remaining, but PSG held on to clinch their eighth consecutive victory.

 

Lyon remain in second position despite suffering a 3-0 humbling against fourth-placed Nice, while Saint-Etienne suffered a shock 2-0 loss at home to Marseille.

 

Meanwhile, Monaco continue their slow rise up the Ligue 1 ladder, defeating Nantes 1-0.

 

 

Written by Marco Balsamo

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