Chelsea FC claimed the English League Cup on a weekend that ended with Real Madrid CF dropping points and Paris Saint-Germain held at bay by AS Monaco FC.
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Chelsea FC were the big weekend winners from among the 16 sides still hunting UEFA Champions League glory as they lifted the English League Cup trophy at Wembley – and also benefited from a loss for Premier League rivals Manchester City FC. Elsewhere, Paris Saint-Germain spurned another chance to go top in France, FC Barcelona closed on Liga leaders Real Madrid CF and FC Bayern München marked a birthday with a win.
• Cristiano Ronaldo put Real Madrid CF in front from the penalty spot, but Carlo Ancelotti's men were later pegged back to a 1-1 draw by Villarreal CF that leaves them two points clear in Spain.
• Fifth in Germany, FC Schalke 04 slipped to a harrowing 3-0 loss to resurgent Borussia Dortmund in Saturday's Ruhr derby.
Real Madrid v Schalke: 10 March (First leg: Schalke 0-2 Madrid)
• FC Porto kept themselves within four points of Portuguese pacesetters SL Benfica by sweeping aside third-placed Sporting Clube de Portugal 3-0 thanks to a Cristian Tello hat-trick.
• Swiss Super League leaders FC Basel 1893 consolidated top spot courtesy of a 1-0 triumph against FC Vaduz, Fabian Frei scoring the only goal.
Porto v Basel: 10 March (First leg: Basel 1-1 Porto)
• Chelsea FC clinched their first silverware since José Mourinho returned to the helm by downing Tottenham Hotspur FC 2-0 in the League Cup final, John Terry's opener and a Kyle Walker own goal making the difference.
• Missing the suspended Zlatan Ibrahimović, Paris Saint-Germain missed another chance to take over at the top of Ligue 1, playing out a goalless draw away to fellow last-16 side AS Monaco FC.
Chelsea v Paris: 11 March (First leg: Paris 1-1 Chelsea)
• Bundesliga leaders FC Bayern München celebrated the occasion of their 115th anniversary by posting a 4-1 win against 1. FC Köln on Friday night.
• After nearly three months without domestic action due to a winter break, FC Shakhtar Donetsk resumed their league campaign with a 3-0 defeat of FC Vorskla Poltava.
Bayern v Shakhtar: 11 March (First leg: Shakhtar 0-0 Bayern)
• Manchester City FC's title hopes took a blow with a 2-1 defeat at Liverpool FC, leaving them five points off the top having played one game more than frontrunners Chelsea.
• Luis Suárez scored one and created two as FC Barcelona closed the gap on Madrid courtesy of a 3-1 success against Granada CF.
Barcelona v Manchester City: 18 March (First leg: City 1-2 Barcelona)
• Nine points out in front, Serie A top dogs Juventus take on rivals AS Roma on Monday evening.
• Dortmund, who were still bottom of the Bundesliga at the start of February, overcame Schalke 3-0 to record their fourth straight league win and climb to tenth.
Dortmund v Juventus: 18 March (First leg: Juventus 2-1 Dortmund)
• Simon Rolfes was on target as Bayer 04 Leverkusen hauled themselves up to fourth in Germany courtesy of a 1-0 success at home to lowly SC Freiburg.
• Frustration reigned for Club Atlético de Madrid as their Liga defence was hindered by a goalless stalemate away against Sevilla FC.
Atlético v Leverkusen: 17 March (First leg: Leverkusen 1-0 Atlético)
• Arsenal FC made it three league wins in a row with a 2-0 home success against Everton FC, Olivier Giroud and Tomáš Rosický finding the net for the third-placed Gunners.
• AS Monaco FC's famous defensive rigour was to the fore again on Sunday evening as the fourth-placed team in Ligue 1 drew 0-0 at home to Paris.
Monaco v Arsenal:17 March (First leg: Arsenal 1-3 Monaco)