Manchester City added yet another trophy to its cabinet on Sunday.
The Citizens defeated Liverpool, 4-1, in penalty kicks after playing to a thrilling 1-1 tie to claim the 2015-16 Capital One Cup.
Man City goalkeeper Willy Caballero proved to be the hero in the contest, making three consecutive saves during the shootout to lift the title over the Reds.
After receiving a through ball from Sergio Aguero, Luis Fernandinho scored the first goal of the game in the 49th minute. Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet should have done better, but the strike was hit with too much pace and fizzed by his legs and into the back of the net.
Phillippe Coutinho scored the game-tying goal in dramatic fashion, finishing from close range after the ball bounced back into play off of the left post in the 83rd minute.
Yaya Toure, Jesus Navas and Aguero netted the three penalty kicks for Man City, while only Emre Can found the back of the net in the shootout for the Reds.
Here is a complete look at the weekend’s action across Europe:
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE
While Man City and Liverpool battled it out in a cup final, Leicester City continued its incredible season with another win.
Leonardo Ulloa scored a crucial late goal for the Foxes to lift them over Norwich City, 1-0, and above Tottenham on the table. The Spurs also won, defeating Swansea City, 2-1, at home.
Meanwhile, Arsenal lost ground in the title race in a 3-2 loss to Manchester United on Sunday. The Red Devils jumped into fifth on the table, as 18-year-old forward Marcus Rashford scored a brace at Old Trafford.
Here are all of the weekend’s Premier League results:
- Leicester City 1-0 Norwich City
- West Ham United 1-0 Sunderland
- Southampton 1-2 Chelsea
- Stoke City 2-1 Aston Villa
- West Bromwich Albion 3-2 Crystal Palace
- Watford 0-0 AFC Bournemouth
- Tottenham 2-1 Swansea City
- Manchester United 3-2 Arsenal
Robert Lewandowski added yet another goal to his incredible season for Bayern Munich on Saturday, but Borussia Dortmund continued to make the race for the title interesting.
On Sunday, Dortmund defeated TSG Hoffenheim, 3-1, at the Westfalenstadion to remain within eight points of the league leader.
In Cologne, Hertha Berlin began the weekend with a crucial 1-0 victory. The road win by Hertha BSC also helped it take sole control of third in the league.
Here are all of the weekend’s Bundesliga results:
- FC Cologne 0-1 Hertha Berlin
- Hamburg SV 1-1 FC Ingolstadt 04
- VfB Stuttgart 1-2 Hannover 96
- Werder Bremen 2-2 SV Darmstadt 98
- Wolfsburg 0-2 Bayern Munich
- FC Augsburg 2-2 Borussia Monchengladbach
- Borussia Dortmund 3-1 TSG Hoffenheim
- Mainz 3-1 Bayer Leverkusen
- Eintracht Frankfurt 0-0 Schalke 04
SPANISH LA LIGA
Real Madrid’s chances at challenging Barcelona for the La Liga crown took a major hit vs. Atletico Madrid on Saturday.
Antoine Griezmann provided the game’s only goal en route to helping Atletico take down its inner-city rival for a third consecutive time in La Liga at the Bernabeu.
On Sunday, Barcelona went behind early to Sevilla, but came back to win, 2-1. After Machin Vitolo’s goal, Lionel Messi stole the show. He scored 11 minutes after Sevilla’s strike, and played a key part in the buildup to Gerard Pique’s game-winning goal in the second half for the Blaugrana.
Here are all of the weekend’s La Liga results:
- Eibar 0-1 Las Palmas
- Real Madrid 0-1 Atletico Madrid
- Getafe 0-1 Celta Vigo
- Real Betis 2-2 Rayo Vallecano
- Real Sociedad 1-1 Malaga
- Sporting Gijon 2-4 Espanyol
- Villarreal 3-0 Levante
- Valencia 0-3 Athletic Bilbao
- Deportivo La Loruna 0-1 Granada
- Barcelona 2-1 Sevilla
ITALIAN SERIE A
While AS Roma is one of the hottest Italian sides of the new year, Juventus can not stop winning either.
In the most important match of the weekend in the Serie A, the Bionconeri captured a 2-0 victory over Inter Milan at the Juventus Stadium. A goal from Leonardo Bonucci and a penalty-kick conversion from Alvaro Morata were enough to see Juventus extend its lead atop the table to four points.
In-form Stephan El Shaarawy scored a brace and Miralem Pjanic netted to hand Roma its sixth league win in a row on Saturday. Empoli made things interesting early, but Roma proved to be too much to handle in a 3-1 affair at the Stadio Carlo Castellani.
Here are all of the weekend’s Serie A results:
- Empoli 1-3 AS Roma
- AC Milan 1-0 Torino
- Palermo 0-0 Bologna
- Carpi 1-1 Atalanta
- Sampdoria 2-0 Frosinone
- Udinese 2-0 Hellas Verona
- Chievo Verona 1-0 Genoa
- Juventus 2-0 Inter Milan
FRENCH LIGUE 1
Lyon pulled off the upset of the weekend.
Despite entering Sunday’s contest 34 points behind league leader Paris Saint-Germain, Lyon secured an important 2-1 victory to jump into a UEFA Champions League spot.
While Nice slipped up in a 2-0 loss to Bastia on Friday, Caen remained in the race at the top of the table with a vital 2-1 win against St Etienne. Andy Delort and Ronny Rodelin scored late goals to help Caen into fourth.
Here are all of the weekend’s Ligue 1 results:
- Nice 0-2 Bastia
- Montpellier 3-0 Lille
- Guingamp 2-2 Angers
- Toulouse 1-2 Stade Rennes
- Troyes 0-1 Lorient
- Stade de Reims 4-1 Bordeaux
- Nantes 0-0 AS Monaco
- St Etienne 1-2 Caen
- Lyon 2-1 Paris Saint-Germain
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