Borussia Dortmund were the odd ones out in Europe's most illustrious top flights this weekend, as they relinquished their place at the top of the Bundesliga. Arsenal FC, AS Monaco FC, AS Roma and FC Barcelona, meanwhile, all kept their noses in front at the head of their respective leagues. UEFA.com rounds up the best of the action.
Arsenal were held 1-1 by West Bromwich Albion FC and clung onto top spot by virtue of a superior goal difference. "A mentality of being champions is built up through the season and I believe that we continue to focus on the way we want to play," said manager Arsène Wenger. Liverpool FC had strode to the summit 24 hours earlier following a commanding 3-1 win against Crystal Palace FC. Elsewhere, Manchester City FC posted a 3-1 comeback victory at home to Everton FC, while Chelsea FC prevailed at Norwich City FC by the same scoreline. Meanwhile, Adnan Januzaj scored twice as Manchester United FC came from behind to beat Sunderland AFC 2-1.
A late goal from Lucas Ocampos secured Monaco a 2-1 victory against AS Saint-Étienne. "For the third game in a week, it was very good. There was a lot of intensity. For me, the first thing is hard work, the result comes second," said Claudio Ranieri. On Sunday, Zlatan Ibrahimović converted a second-half penalty to secure ten-man Paris Saint-Germain FC the derby spoils against Olympique de Marseille in 'Le Classique'. Elsewhere, LOSC Lille consigned AC Ajaccio to a 3-0 reverse and Montpellier Hérault SC overwhelmed Olympique Lyonnais 5-1.
Barcelona registered their eighth straight success courtesy of a 4-1 defeat of Real Valladolid CF, Alexis Sánchez weighing in with two. Coach Gerardo Martino was nonetheless left wanting more, saying: "We lacked intensity in the first half, they got behind us and we didn't pressure enough. Conceding goals from set pieces is one of our current worries." Club Atlético de Madrid also extended their perfect start, As for Real Madrid CF, they twice came from behind to edge Levante UD 3-2, Cristiano Ronaldo scoring an added-time winner.
A Francesco Totti double helped Serie A pacesetters Roma to an eye-catching 3-0 win at FC Internazionale Milano, as the Giallorossi maintained their 100% record. "We played as a team with our captain orchestrating things in attack – and he led by example today," said coach Rudi Garcia. SSC Napoli and Juventus are both two points adrift of the league leaders after comfortable victories against AS Livorno Calcio (4-0) and AC Milan (3-2) respectively.
VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach earned a 2-0 win at Borussia Dortmund, who surrendered their place atop the table. "My team played exceptionally well for long spells, put the opposition under pressure but didn't create enough clear-cut chances," bemoaned coach Jürgen Klopp. New leaders FC Bayern München are one point clear after Toni Kross and Sidney Sam traded first-half goals in their 1-1 draw at third-placed Bayer 04 Leverkusen. Meanwhile, FC Schalke 04 dispatched FC Augsburg 4-1 and the game between VfB Stuttgart and SV Werder Bremen finished 1-1.
Wisła Kraków are now just three points adrift of Polish First Division leaders Legia Warszawa after winning 1-0 in Sunday's 'derby of Poland'. Paweł Brożek scored the decisive goal with eight minutes remaining. Galatasaray AŞ's travails continued in the Turkish Super League, a 2-1 loss at Akhisar Belediyespor leaving them in 13th, nine points behind leaders Fenerbahçe SK. Lastly, RSC Anderlecht suffered a home defeat by KV Kortrijk, leaving the UEFA Champions League contenders nine points adrift of Belgian First League leaders R. Standard de Liège.
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