Napoli hold their nerve, Liverpool edge thriller

Napoli won again in Italy to stay ahead of in-form Juventus and there was joy too for fellow last-32 hopefuls including Dortmund and Liverpool, who edged a nine-goal classic.

Liverpool celebrate Adam Lallana's late winner at Norwich
Liverpool celebrate Adam Lallana's late winner at Norwich ©AFP/Getty Images

Napoli continue to hold sway in Serie A after a round of weekend action that brought a dramatic success for fellow UEFA Europa League contenders Liverpool.

Italian frontrunners Napoli are feeling the heat from resurgent Juventus but maintained their two-point cushion on Sunday after winning at Sampdoria for their fifth consecutive league triumph. There were victories too for compatriots Lazio and Fiorentina, while Liverpool and Tottenham both won in England – the Reds edging Norwich 5-4 – and Manchester United lost at home to Southampton.

In Germany, Dortmund returned from their winter break with a 3-1 success at Mönchengladbach to remain closest to Bayern München, a result that set them apart from Schalke, Augsburg and Bayer Leverkusen. Elsewhere, Villarreal remain fourth in Spain despite a draw, and both Sporting CP and Fenerbahçe enjoyed wins at the top of their respective leagues.

SUNDAY
Atlético Madrid 0-0 Sevilla
Deportivo La Coruña 1-1 Valencia
Athletic Club 5-2 Eibar
Schalke 1-3 Werder Bremen
Fiorentina 2-0 Torino
Sampdoria 2-4 Napoli
Lazio 4-1 Chievo
Reims 1-1 St-Étienne
Lyon 1-1 Marseille
Porto 1-0 Marítimo
Braga 5-1 Rio Ave
Fenerbahçe 2-1 Rizespor
Anderlecht 2-1 Charleroi

SATURDAY
Espanyol 2-2 Villarreal
Norwich City 4-5 Liverpool
Crystal Palace 1-3 Tottenham Hotspur
Manchester United 0-1 Southampton
Borussia Mönchengladbach 1-3 Borussia Dortmund
Hertha Berlin 0-0 Augsburg
Hoffenheim 1-1 Bayer Leverkusen
Paços Ferreira 1-3 Sporting CP
Osmanlıspor 3-2 Galatasaray
Olympiacos 1-0 Xanthi

The following sides are on winter breaks or in close season: Basel, Krasnodar, Lokomotiv Moskva, Midtjylland, Molde, Rapid Wien, Shakhtar Donetsk, Sion, Sparta Praha.