A look back at a wild day across Europe

A look back at a wild day across Europe

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A look back at a wild day across Europe

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It was just one of those days in European soccer.

A wild stretch in which Alessandro Del Piero showed he still has it in a landmark appearance, Wigan Athletic beat Manchester United for the first time, Arjen Robben was twice the goat for Bayern Munich, a third-tier French side reached the final of a domestic cup and Cristiano Ronaldo struck for a hat trick transpired in a matter of hours overseas in one of the more memorable days of the season.

Here's a look back and some video highlights of the madness:

ENGLAND

Wigan Athletic handed Manchester United their first loss since Jan. 4 and grabbed their first win over the Red Devils in 15 tries in stunning fashion at DW Stadium.

Shaun Maloney's bending shot from the top of the box after a corner kick was the only goal Wigan needed to pull the stunner and grab three huge points while the club fights for its top-flight life. Those points brought Wigan out of the drop zone — for the first time since October — and into 17th place, while Bolton, who has a game in hand, trails the Latics by two points.

With the Red Devils leaving the door open, Manchester City crept back into the title race after being left for dead, thrashing West Brom 4-0 behind two goals and two assists from Sergio Aguero with one of those assists setting up reinstated starter Carlos Tevez.

United's lead is down to five points with five games remaining, including one massive match at Etihad Stadium against City on April 30.

Arsenal, meanwhile, took care of business against Wolves with a 3-0 victory that fortified the Gunners' standing in third place. They are now five points clear of both Tottenham and Newcastle and seven points clear of Chelsea.

GERMANY

Borussia Dortmund took a major step toward defending their Bundesliga title with a thrilling 1-0 victory over second-place Bayern Munich to sweep the season series and open up a six-point lead in the table.

Robert Lewandowksi's 77th-minute goal was the difference, but not before an enthralling stretch in which Robben drew a penalty and had it saved by Roman Weidenfeller and then missed a wide open net from point-blank range after Neven Subotic's backwards header hit off the crossbar, narrowly missing out on becoming an equalizing own goal. Here are the highlights:

SPAIN

Cristiano Ronaldo's two golazos and a penalty kick helped Real Madrid to a 4-1 win over rival Atletico Madrid and gave the Spanish leaders some much-needed breathing room atop the table with a Clasico against lurking Barcelona around the corner.

Ronaldo's first-half, swerving free kick put Real Madrid up top, but Colombian hitman Radamel Falcao tied things up with a second-half header to bring the supporters Estadio Vicente Calderon to their feet. Ronaldo struck again, though, tucking a blast from outside the area inside the far post for the decider before scoring from the spot for his 40th league goal of the season, pulling one ahead of Lionel Messi and matching his own record. Ronaldo capped off his day by assisting Jose Maria Callejon for the final tally. Here are the highlights:

ITALY

Juventus stayed undefeated on the season, with Del Piero marking his 700th club appearance with a late free kick that gave Juve a 2-1 victory over Lazio. Simone Pepe's bicycle kick off a perfect feed from Andrea Pirlo opened the scoring before Mauri tied things up. 

The win helped Juventus back to the top of the table after AC Milan had taken a brief two-point edge after their victory over Chievo Verona on Tuesday. Here are the highlights:

FRANCE

Never heard of third-tier side Quevilly? That's OK. They've only reached the final of the Coupe de France.

The club's stunning run through the tournament reached a new high after a stoppage-time goal gave Quevilly a 2-1 semifinal victory over Stade Rennes.

Quevilly, which upset Marseille in the quarterfinals, will look to claim their third consecutive Ligue 1 opponent in the final, when they meet Lyon.

NETHERLANDS

AZ Alkmaar allowed FC Twente to steal a draw with a 90th-minute goal, and Ajax's 5-0 victory over Heerenveen allowed the league leaders to increase their edge to three points over Jozy Altidore's side with five matches to go in the season.

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