It was a productive weekend for many of the teams at the top of Europe's leading championships and that was especially true for FC Bayern München, who put SV Werder Bremen to the sword in a 7-0 win. Paris Saint-Germain hit five unanswered goals in France and Serie A pacesetters Juventus also triumphed, while Arsenal FC extended their advantage despite a draw with Everton FC. UEFA.com recaps the action.
Bayern demonstrated their fearsome quality once again with a 7-0 defeat of Bremen that featured a pair of goals from fit-again France winger Franck Ribéry. "I'd like to say a big thank you to my team, because they were very, very good," said Bayern boss Josep Guardiola. "It was an honour to be the coach here." The European champions remain four points clear of Bayer 04 Leverkusen, who opened a six-point gap on third-placed Borussia Dortmund by triumphing 1-0 at the home of their rivals. VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach impressed as well by downing FC Schalke 04 – their sixth straight Bundesliga success – to move level on points with Dortmund.
Paris returned to winning ways in Ligue 1 courtesy of a 5-0 defeat of FC Sochaux-Montbéliard, with Zlatan Ibrahimović setting up two goals before helping himself to a late double. "He doesn't surprise me; he's just confirming how insanely talented he is and his will to win," said Paris coach Laurent Blanc. The result took the capital side four points clear of LOSC Lille, who failed to respond in a 1-0 loss at FC Girondins de Bordeaux – goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama conceding for the first time in 1,061 minutes. AS Monaco FC edged AC Ajaccio 1-0 to go second, while Olympique de Marseille conceded fourth place on Friday night with a 1-0 home loss to FC Nantes that cost coach Élie Baup his job.
Arsenal were frustrated by a late equaliser for Everton in a 1-1 home stalemate, but the Gunners increased their Premier League lead to five points on a weekend of stumbles for several of their rivals. Chelsea FC slipped to third after a 3-2 reverse at Stoke City FC, with Liverpool FC joining the Blues on points following their 4-1 success against West Ham United FC. In fourth, Manchester City FC drew 1-1 at Southampton FC, while Manchester United FC remain ninth after they lost 1-0 at home to Newcastle United FC. "I stand firm that we will be very close to [the title] and will be in and around at the end of the season," said United manager David Moyes. "We just need something to go for us."
Juventus remain three points clear in Serie A after overcoming Bologna FC 2-0 on Friday, with second-placed AS Roma ending their run of four successive draws to stay in touch via a 2-1 success against ACF Fiorentina. "Today what really mattered was to win," said Giallorossi coach Rudi Garcia. "We are unbeaten and doing well. Juventus are doing even better, but Roma are in the Scudetto race too." SSC Napoli dropped off the pace by drawing 3-3 with Udinese Calcio while fourth-placed FC Internazionale Milano produced the same scoreline against Parma FC and AC Milan drew 2-2 at AS Livorno Calcio. "We showed a lack of determination and it is difficult to win a match like that," commented Milan boss Massimiliano Allegri.
The Copa del Rey took centre stage in Spain and there was frustration for Real Madrid CF at third tier CD Olímpic de Xàtiva as they could only draw 0-0 in the first leg of their round of 32 tie. "I'm not worried that we didn't score," explained Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti afterwards. "This team scores a lot of goals and we will try and score in our next game." As for FC Barcelona, they fell behind against third division FC Cartagena before recovering to triumph 4-1, while Arda Turan struck twice as Club Atlético de Madrid prevailed 4-0 at UE Sant Andreu. Elsewhere, Real Sociedad de Fútbol were held 1-1 at Algeciras CF and Valencia CF drew 0-0 at Gimnàstic de Tarragona.
Sporting Clube de Portugal eased themselves two points clear in Portugal as they defeated Gil Vicente FC 2-0 on Sunday to take advantage of SL Benfica's 2-2 draw with lowly FC Arouca. FC Zenit ended their four-game winless league run in Russia with a 2-1 win against FC Ural Sverdlovsk Oblast to join FC Lokomotiv Moskva on 40 points at the summit. A 2-1 win at Çaykur Rizespor stretched Fenerbahçe SK's lead to eight points in Turkey, while pacesetters Vitesse showed their intent in the Netherlands with a 6-2 success at PSV Eindhoven to keep them two ahead of AFC Ajax, 4-0 victors against NAC Breda.
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