Roma edge win, Rooney equals United record

Roma began the year with a victory and Wayne Rooney matched Sir Bobby Charlton's Manchester United goals record as several UEFA Europa League teams handled domestic tasks.

Roma players celebrate
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Sunday's trip to face Genoa was Roma's first game of 2017, and the Giallorossi ensured a positive start to the year by clinching a 1-0 victory courtesy of Armando Izzo's own goal. That kept the capital side within four points of leaders Juventus, though they have played one game more.

There was a little more flair to Manchester United's performance against Reading as José Mourinho's men progressed to the FA Cup fourth round via a 4-0 win. Rooney opened the scoring with his 249th goal for the club – equalling Sir Bobby Charlton's Red Devils record.

Tottenham likewise progressed in the FA Cup after seeing off Aston Villa 2-0, while Lyon and St-Étienne both advanced to the French Cup round of 32. Elsewhere, Villarreal were denied a Liga win against Barcelona by Lionel Messi's late free-kick equaliser and APOEL went top in Cyprus.

APOEL 5-0 Aris Limassol
Athletic 0-0 Alavés
Celta 3-1 Málaga
Pescara p-p Fiorentina
Lyon 5-0 Montpellier (French Cup round of 64)
Manchester United 4-0 Reading (FA Cup third round)
Xanthi 0-2 Olympiacos
PAOK 0-1 Giannina
Genoa 0-1 Roma
Croix 1-4 St-Étienne (French Cup round of 64)
Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 Aston Villa (FA Cup third round)
Villarreal 1-1 Barcelona

All times CET. Teams not listed are still on their winter breaks and were not in competitive action this weekend.