Round-up: Barcelona, Arsenal and Draxler all shine

Swansea 0-4 Arsenal (Giroud 37, Cork og 54, Naughton og 67, Alexis Sánchez 73)
Olivier Giroud was on target for the fifth game running as the Gunners claimed all three points at a Swansea side managed by ex-Bayern assistant Paul Clement. Two second-half own goals gave the visitors breathing space before Alexis Sánchez capped an impressive personal display by getting on the scoresheet himself.


Barcelona 5-0 Las Palmas (Luis Suárez 14 57, Messi 52, Arda Turan 59, Aleix Vidal 80)
Luis Suárez scored twice and Lionel Messi was on target for the seventh outing running as Barcelona cut loose. The pair each took their Liga tallies to 14 goals this season before Arda Turan and Aleix Vidal, with his first for the club, sealed it. Ahead of Sunday’s games Barcelona go second and cut the gap to Real Madrid to two points.


Kostas Mitroglou (Benfica)
Benfica: on the comeback trail©AFP/Getty Images

Benfica 3-3 Boavista (Mitroglou 41, Jonas 53pen Fábio Espinho og 67; Iuri Medeiros 14, Lucas 20, Schembri 25)
The Eagles’ eight-match winning run came to an end, but for a while the prognosis was much bleaker for the Portuguese Liga leaders as they trailed 3-0 inside 25 minutes. Jonas’s fourth goal in as many outings in 2017 helped make it 3-2 before Fábio Espinho headed into his own net.

Rennes 0-1 Paris Saint-Germain (Draxler 39)
Julian Draxler’s charmed start to life in Paris continued as the Germany playmaker marked his Ligue 1 debut with a fine first-half goal. PSG could not add to it though never looked like conceding an equaliser as they claimed only a second win in five league outings. Temporarily, at least, PSG move alongside Monaco in second, two points behind leaders Nice.

Atlético Madrid 1-0 Real Betis (Gaitán 8)
Nicolás Gaitán’s early goal proved the difference as Diego Simeone’s side claimed a third successive Liga win. The strike capped a blistering start by the hosts but they spent much of the remainder of the game on the back foot, holding on for the points.

Leicester 0-3 Chelsea (Alonso 6 51, Pedro Rodríguez 71)
Leicester’s hopes of stringing together three league games without defeat for the first time this season fell flat as champions elect Chelsea proved too strong. Fielding a new-look 3-5-2 formation, the hosts had an early chance through Ahmed Musa but the result was never really in doubt after Marcos Alonso struck.

SUNDAY
Everton v Man. City (14:30CET)

Napoli v Pescara (15:00)

Porto v Moreirense (19:00)

Sevilla v Real Madrid (20:45)

Fiorentina v Juventus (20:45)

Marseille v Monaco (21:00)

Winter break: Bayern München, Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen.

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