FC Bayern München triumphed in the tussle between last season's UEFA Champions League finalists by overcoming Borussia Dortmund 3-0, and there were comfortable victories as well for the leading trio in Spain, with Club Atlético de Madrid slotting seven goals past Getafe CF. Manchester City FC hit six, meanwhile, with Juventus taking over at the top in Italy and Paris Saint-Germain winning again. UEFA.com recaps the action.
Substitute Mario Götze scored on his return to Dortmund as Bayern won 'Der Klassiker' 3-0 to move four points clear at the Bundesliga summit and extend their unbeaten run to 38 games. Arjen Robben, who registered a fifth goal against BVB in 2013, said afterwards: "We can't forget how many people dream of things like this; we always want to show our best, but I won't forget this week, or this win." The result allowed Bayer 04 Leverkusen to climb up to second via a 1-0 triumph at Hertha BSC Berlin, Stefan Kiessling making the difference, while fourth-placed VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach prevailed 2-0 at VfB Stuttgart on Friday.
Arsenal FC increased their lead to four points at the top of the Premier League after they won 2-0 against Southampton FC and Liverpool FC drew 3-3 at Merseyside neighbours Everton FC. "It was great for us," said Gunners manager Arsène Wenger. "After our loss at Manchester United, it was vital to win again." The performance of the weekend, though, came from Manchester City, who earned a stunning 6-0 win at home against Tottenham Hotspur FC on Sunday, before a 91st-minute equaliser pegged back their city rivals Manchester United FC in a 2-2 draw at Cardiff City AFC.
Juventus ended the weekend in pole position courtesy of a 2-0 success at AS Livorno Calcio – the champions' fifth successive win. "We handled the encounter in the right manner, kept it tight and gained an important victory," commented Juve coach Antonio Conte. "It was important to keep a clean sheet and in spite of the problems in defence we were solid throughout." The Bianconeri lie two points ahead of AS Roma – who host Cagliari Calcio on Monday – with SSC Napoli six points off the summit after succumbing 1-0 at home to Parma FC. FC Internazionale Milano, meanwhile, came from behind to grab a 1-1 draw at Bologna FC.
There were goals aplenty for Spain's top three as the trio all posted healthy wins. The biggest margin came as second-placed Atlético powered past Getafe 7-0. "That was how I want us to play," said victorious coach Diego Simeone. "From the first passage of the game, the team was very good." The result kept the Rojiblancos three points off FC Barcelona, who defeated Granada CF 4-0, while Real Madrid CF hit five past UD Almería, though did see top-scorer Cristiano Ronaldo limp off. "Tomorrow he'll have some tests, but we think that it's not an important problem," said Carlo Ancelotti.
Paris continue to soar at the head of the Ligue 1 standings after posting a 3-0 victory at Stade de Reims on Saturday to make it 34 games unbeaten in all competitions. "If we can keep up this kind of performance, it'll be tough to catch us," said Paris right-back Christophe Jallet. "We don't feel invincible, but we feel we have great strength." The capital outfit remain four points clear of LOSC Lille, who kept up a measure of pressure by edging Toulouse FC 1-0, while third-placed AS Monaco FC defeated FC Nantes 1-0. As for Olympique de Marseille, in fourth, they triumphed 3-1 at struggling AC Ajaccio.
Leaders FC Porto dropped points to allow SL Benfica to close the gap in Portugal. The Dragons drew 1-1 with CD Nacional, meaning the capital side moved within a point by defeating SC Braga 1-0. FC Zenit also ceded ground in the Russian title race, falling 2-0 to FC Rostov, which let FC Lokomotiv Moskva, 1-0 winners against FC Dinamo Moskva, move level at the top. Vitesse were one side who did extend their advantage, beating Go Ahead Eagles 3-0 in the Netherlands to go two points clear, with AFC Ajax closest on their tail after defeating Heracles Almelo, also 3-0. Meanwhile, Molde FK beat Rosenborg BK 4-2 to lift the Norwegian Cup for the third time.
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