Girona wrested back leadership of Liga Santander by embarrassing Barcelona 4-2 at the Estadio Municipal de Montilivi. Catalonia’s third biggest team in terms of supporter base and annual budget now command a two point lead over record champions Real Madrid who could only draw one-all at Real Betis despite taking the lead through top scorer Jude Bellingham. Atletico Madrid cemented third spot via a 2-1 victory over hard battling Almeria who remain the only winless side in Europe’s top five leagues.
Bayern Munich suffered a humiliating 1-5 reversal at the hands of Eintracht Frankfurt to fall four points behind Bundesliga pacesetters Bayer Leverkusen who extended their advantage atop the standings despite being held to a 1-1 draw by Stuttgart. RB Leipzig emerged from Signal Iduna Park with all the points after subduing ten-man Borussia Dortmund 3-2 in the marquee fixture of the weekend. Union Berlin beat Gladbach 3-1 for their first victory in 15 outings.
In England, Liverpool climbed to the summit of the Premier League standings by fighting back from a goal down to topple Crystal Palace 2-1 at Selhurst Park via second goals from Mohamed Salah and Harvey Elliot. Victory lifted Jurgen Klopp’s 19-time champions to 37 points, one more than Arsenal who fell 0-1 to Aston Villa at Villa Park where they’ve now won an unprecedented 15 straight EPL games.
There was also a welcome victory for champions Manchester City who edged Luton Town 2-1 courtesy of second half goals from Bernardo Silva and Jack Grealish who netted the 50th goal of his career. The Cityzens first victory in five outings helped them stay fourth in the standings, ahead of Tottenham Hotspur who slaughtered Newcastle United 4-1 for their first victory since October. Spurs skipper Son Heung Min was man of the match with a goal and two assists.
In Italy, Inter Milan responded to Juventus’ 1-0 victory over Napoli on Friday by whitewashing Udinese 4-0 at the Giuseppe Meazza Stadium to reclaim leadership of the standings with 38 points, two more than the Bianconeri. AC Milan lost further ground in the title race after they were torpedoed 3-2 by Atalanta in Bergamo thanks to a brace from Nigerian forward Ademola Lookman. Jose Mourinho’s AS Roma are fourth, 13 points off title pace after being held to a 1-1 stalemate by Fiorentina.
Paris Saint Germain warmed up for their crunch Champions League encounter away to Borussia Dortmund by beating Nantes 2-1 to maintain a four point lead over Nice who overcame Stade Reims by a similar margin. Monaco are third following a 2-1 victory at Stade Rennes but the toast of Ligue One over the weekend is veteran striker Alexander Lacazette who bludgeoned a hat trick for Olympique Lyon as they eviscerated Toulouse 3-0.