Barcelona bounce back, Bayern stretch their lead


Sampdoria 0-1 Juventus (Cuadrado 7)
Massimiliano Allegri’s men tightened their hold on top spot with a ninth victory in their last ten Serie A fixtures, Juan Cuadrado heading in the only goal of the game. The Bianconeri will nonetheless be hoping for good news on the fitness of Paulo Dybala, who was forced to leave the action with an apparent thigh injury after 28 minutes.

Kylian Mbappé (Monaco)

Kylian Mbappé struck twice for Monaco©AFP/Getty Images

Caen 0-3 Monaco (Mbappé 13 81, Fabinho 49pen)
Free-scoring Monaco racked up another three goals to maintain their three-point advantage in Ligue 1. Teenage forward Kylian Mbappé impressed once again, rattling in his 11th and 12th goals in his last 12 matches and also winning a penalty, which was safely put away by Fabinho for Monaco’s second. 

Atlético Madrid 3-1 Sevilla (Godín 37, Griezmann 61, Koke 77; Correa 85)
Atlético ended a positive week with another result to celebrate as they closed within two points of third-placed Sevilla in Spain. Diego Godín headed in the opener from an Antoine Griezmann free-kick before the France striker powered in directly from a set piece, Koke later making sure of the outcome.

Borussia Mönchengladbach 0-1 Bayern München (Müller 63)
Thomas Müller weighed in with only his second league goal this season as Bayern pounced on a loss for closest rivals Leipzig to streak 13 points clear at the summit. The German international marked his 250th Bundesliga outing for the club with a capable finish to end a nine-game drought in the top flight. 

Barcelona 4-2 Valencia (Luis Suárez 35, Messi 45pen 52, André Gomes 89; Mangala 29, El Haddadi 45+1)
Lionel Messi took his Liga tally to 25 goals with a pair of efforts as Barcelona recovered from falling behind in an entertaining encounter. A week on from losing to Deportivo, the Blaugrana were helped by a 44th-minute red card for Eliaqium Mangala after the French defender brought down Luis Suárez in the area, Messi converting from the spot for his first goal of the night. 


Athletic Club 1-2 Real Madrid (Aduriz 65; Benzema 25, Casemiro 68)
Real Madrid protected their two-point lead at the top of the Liga after Casemiro bundled home only his third goal in 51 Liga games to finish off Athletic. Aritz Aduriz’s header had cancelled out Karim Benzema’s first-half finish, his eighth strike in Spain’s top division this season.

Riyad Mahrez (Leicester)

Leicester celebrate Riyad Mahrez’s opener at West Ham©Getty Images

West Ham United 2-3 Leicester City (Lanzini 20, Ayew 63; Mahrez 5, Huth 7, Vardy 38)
The Foxes held on for a fourth successive win under stand-in boss Craig Shakespeare. Riyad Mahrez’s free-kick and a Roberth Huth header – the defender’s first goal of the campaign – laid the ground, Jamie Vardy getting their third after a goalmouth scramble following a corner.


Borussia Dortmund 1-0 Ingolstadt (Aubameyang 14)
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang helped Dortmund consolidate third place by grabbing his ninth goal in five games in all competitions. Struggling Ingolstadt had chances of their own, but in-form Aubameyang moved on to 23 Bundesliga strikes this term as BVB followed up on their midweek German Cup success against Sportfreunde Lotte. 

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