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European Weekend Rewind: Barcelona takes Clasico honors; Manchester United humbles Liverpool; and more




This weekend brought about some exciting and memorable games, with some giving  a better idea of which clubs will finish higher in their respective leagues in order to participate in Europe next season.

In Spain, El Clasico took centerstage with a Barecelona victory, while Sevilla downed Villarreal for the third time in over a week after eliminating them in the Round of 16 of the Europa League by winning 2-0 at the Madrigal.

Manchester United topped Liverpool to headline England’s action, while crosstown rivals Manchester City blanked West Brom 3-0 to bounce back from their midweek Champions League Round of 16 elimination at the feet of Barcelona. City still trail by six in second, but the Chelsea has a game in hand.

Bayern Munich suffered a shocking result when they were held scoreless at home by Borussia Moenchengladbach, 2-0. Their 4-3-2-1 did not allow them to move the ball the way they normally do and were exposed twice by the third-placed team in the Bundesliga.

Here are the results from this weekend of Europe’s top leagues:


Liverpool  lost 2-1 at home against Manchester United, thus allowing the Red Devils to open up a five-point lead in fourth place, all but guaranteeing a spot in the Champions League qualification. Steven Gerrard was ejected for stomping on an opponent just seconds after entering the game. Juan Mata completed his brace before Daniel Sturridge scored a consolation-goal for the home side.

Harry Kane scored his first ever hat-trick in Tottenham’s 4-3 victory over Leicester City at home. This comes just days before England hosts Lithuania in a Euro 2016 qualifier, which means coach Roy Hodgson clearly has an obvious choice for one of his starters or the only one up top.

Arsenal protected their spot in third with a 2-1 victory at Newcastle United thanks to a double from French international striker Olivier Giroud.

Here are all of the results in the Premier League:

Man City 3-0 West Brom

Aston Villa 0-1 Swansea

Newcastle 1-2 Arsenal

Southampton 2-0 Burnley

Stoke 1-2 Crystal Palace

Tottenham 4-3 Leicester

West Ham 1-0 Sunderland

Liverpool 1-2 Man United

Hull City 2-3 Chelsea

QPR 1-2 Everton


The El Clasico was played in exciting fashion and the home side, Barcelona, defeated Real Madrid by the score of 2-1 thanks to Jeremy Mathieu and Luis Suarez sandwiching Cristiano Ronaldo’s first-half slot past Claudio Bravo.

Both sides lined up in a 4-3-3 and passed the ball well. Defense was a good area for both, but losing the ball in the final third or midfield allowed the other to create some close chances.

The problem Real Madrid had was relying on Luka Modric who seemed to have an effect on the rest of his teammates as when he grew tired, they did as well, allowing Lionel Messi and company to run circles around them.

Both sides missed plenty of chances on a night where the keepers shone quietly, but the final score portrays the side that deserved to win winning this big one. Therefore, Barcelona now hold a four-point lead atop La Liga with 68 to Real Madrid’s 64.

Valencia stayed in third with a 4-0 win at Elche while Atletico Madrid kept the pressure on them in fourth with a 2-0 victory over Getafe at home.

Here are all of the results in La Liga this weekend:

Elche 0-4 Valencia

Atletico 2-0 Getafe

Rayo 1-0 Malaga

Levante 0-1 Celta Vigo

Athletic Bilbao 2-1 Almeria

Granada 0-0 Eibar

Deportivo 0-0 Espanyol

Villarreal 0-2 Sevilla

Real Sociedad 3-1 Cordoba

Barcelona 2-1 Real Madrid


Bayer Leverkusen opened up a six-point lead in fourth ahead of Schalke by defeating them 1-0 on the road. Karim Bellarabi hit home the winner in the 35th minute, as Leverkusen maintained Schalke’s 3-5-2 with their own version of the 4-4-2.

Wolfsburg escaped with a point from Mainz after Luiz Gustavo’s 61st-minute equalizer. They were unable to score a winner that would have enabled them to climb two points closer to Bayern Munich, who lost 2-0 at home to Moenchengladbach.

Stuttgart ended a nine-game losing streak by defeating Eintracht Frankfurt 3-1 at home, but they still sit in last with only 23 points.

Here are all of the results from the Bundesliga this weekend:

Hamburger SV 0-1 Hertha Berlin

FC Koln 1-1 Werder Bremen

Freiburg 2-0 Augsburg

Hanover 2-3 Dortmund

Paderborn 0-0 Hoffenheim

Stuttgart 3-1 Eintracht Frankfurt

Schalke 0-1 Bayer Leverkusen

Mainz 1-1 Wolfsburg

Bayern Munich 0-2 Borussia Moenchengladbach


Juventus maintained their 14-point lead atop the Serie A with a 1-0 victory over Genoa in Turin after Carlos Tevez’ first-half winner, although the Argentine did manage miss an opportunity from the spot in the 62nd minute.

Roma are still in second after managing to win 1-0 at Cesena after Daniele De Rossi scored in the first half to earn all three points.

The Blue side from the capital of Italy, Lazio, were 2-0 victors against Hellas Verona to stay in third, just one point behind Roma. For this game, the switch from a 4-3-3 to a 4-2-3-1 as they dominated every stat line that matters.

Here are all of the Serie A results:

Chievo 1-0 Palermo

AC Milan 3-1 Cagliari

Empoli 3-1 Sassuolo

Juventus 1-0 Genoa

Cesena 0-1 Roma

Lazio 2-0 Hellas Verona

Parma 0-2 Torino

Napoli 1-1 Atalanta

Sampdoria 1-0 Inter

Udinese 2-2 Fiorentina


Zlatan Ibrahimovic took the game-ball home after hitting all three goals in a 3-1 victory against Lorient at home. PSG now top Ligue 1 with 59 points after Lyon were forced to stay at 58 due to a 2-1 home-loss against Nice.

Marseille ripped Lens 4-0 on the road to jump up to 57 points, just one behind Lyon in second and two behind leaders PSG.

Monaco won 3-1 at Reims and have a game in hand at 53 points.

Here are all of the results form Ligue 1 this weekend:

PSG 3-1 Lorient

Lyon 1-2 Nice

Bastia 0-0 Guingamp

Caen 0-0 Metz

Evian 1-0 Montpellier

Rennes 0-0 Nantes

Toulouse 2-1 Bordeaux

Saint Etienne 2-0 Lille

Reims 1-3 Monaco

Lens 0-4 Marseille


  1. To the author of this article,

    With 8 matches to play and Manchester United having one of the more difficult schedules remaining out of the top 6 or 7 teams, statements like this are really perplexing: “…open up a five-point lead in fourth place, all but guaranteeing a spot in the Champions League qualification”

    I’m United through and through, but they haven’t locked up a damn thing. Though, if they keep playing as they have done the past couple weeks they stand a great chance. Should be a great finale to this season overall.

  2. Glad to see Jeremy Mathieu succeeding at one of the best clubs in the world. Dude was a rock for Valencia when I started following European soccer (after picking a favorite team based on my oh-so-cliched Eurotrip). Always been on the outside looking in for Les Bleus, however.

  3. Tip of the hate to Steven Gerrard who took an unconventional route to saving himself for his upcoming MLS debut. Classy move Steven, we appreciate it.

  4. Exactly a month ago Real Madrid was 4 points ahead of Barcelona. Today they’re 4 points behind. That gets a coach fired over there.


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