European Weekend Review: City extend gap at the top; Real hit their stride; Another failure costs Bosz


Manchester City extended their gap at the top of the Premier League to 11 points following their derby victory at Old Trafford. City took a deserved lead in the 41st minute, as David Silva pounced on some sloppy defending to fire home after Kevin de Bruyne’s corner.

That lead only lasted four and a half minutes however, as City did their best sloppy defending imitation, and Marcus Rashford pounced to restore parity before halftime.

But the leaders would go back in front less than 10 minutes after the second half began, another not-so assured Manchester United defending allowing Nicolas Otamendi to score his fifth goal of the season.

City had a couple of late saves from goalkeeper Ederson to keep their lead intact, but their victory means they’ve won 14 league games on the bounce in the same season, a Premier League record.

Earlier on derby Sunday, Liverpool had lost ground on City after being held at home by rivals Everton. A dominant Liverpool performance saw them take the lead in the first half through talisman Mohammed Salah, but they failed to add to that advantage, Salah and Joe Gomez both coming close with headers.

Everton, despite being outplayed, were still in the game, and an opportunity came knocking in the 76th minute when Dejan Lovren fouled Dominic Calvert-Lewin the Liverpool box. Wayne Rooney stepped up to equalise from the spot, and salvage a point for the Toffees, who are still unbeaten under new manager Sam Allardyce.

Real Madrid finally turned on the style this season with a 5-0 thrashing of Sevilla. They got off to the perfect start thanks to Nacho after four minutes, before Cristiano Ronaldo bagged a brace, his 23rd and 24th goals against Sevilla, and his third and fourth goals of the La Liga season. Toni Kroos added a fourth, before young full-back Achraf Hakimi scored his first goal for the club for number five, all in the first half.

Elsewhere, Dortmund’s loss to Werder Bremen, their 12th game in a row without winning, saw them part company with manager Peter Bosz after less than six months, while Juventus, Inter (with each other), Roma and Napoli all played goalless draws to leave the top four in Serie A as-you-were, and Atletico Madrid saw off Betis thanks to Saul’s second goal in six days.

Gennaro Gattuso got his first win as Milan beat Bologna, Monaco came from two down to beat Troyes, Barcelona won at Villarreal to maintain their league atop La Liga, and Koln threw away a three-nil lead to lose 4-3 at home to Freiburg and remain winless in the Bundesliga.


Premier League: Manchester United 1-2 Manchester City; Liverpool 1-1 Everton; Huddersfield 2-0 Brighton; Burnley 1-0 Watford; West Ham 1-0 Chelsea; Newcastle 2-3 Leicester; Tottenham 5-1 Stoke; Swansea 1-0 West Brom; Crystal Palace 2-2 Bournemouth; Southampton 1-1 Arsenal

La Liga: Real Madrid 5-0 Sevilla; Real Sociedad 0-2 Malaga; Real Betis 0-1 Atletico Madrid; Levante 1-2 Athletic Bilbao; Valencia 2-1 Celta Vigo; Villarreal 0-2 Barcelona; Alaves 2-0 Las Palmas; Deportivo 1-0 Leganes; Getafe 0-0 Eibar

Bundesliga: Dortmund 1-2 Werder Bremen; Koln 3-4 Freiburg; Stuttgart 0-2 Leverkusen; Hamburg 0-0 Wolfsburg; Frankfurt 0-1 Bayern Munich; Hannover 2-0 Hoffenheim; Augsburg 1-1 Hertha BSC; RB Leipzig 2-2 Mainz; Borussia Monchengladbach 1-1 Schalke

Serie A: Juventus 0-0 Inter; Chievo 0-0 Roma; Cagliari 2-2 Sampdoria; Napoli 0-0 Fiorentina; Milan 2-1 Bologna; Udinese 2-0 Benevento; SPAL 2-2 Hellas Verona; Sassuolo 2-1 Crotone

Ligue 1: PSG 3-1 Lille; Monaco 3-2 Troyes; Marseille 3-0 St. Etienne; Amiens 1-2 Lyon; Bordeaux 0-3 Strasbourg; Angers 1-1 Montpellier; Guingamp 4-0 Dijon; Metz 1-1 Rennes; Toulouse 2-0 Caen; Nantes 1-2 Nice

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Olakunle Ajao is a Mass Communication student at the University of Lagos. Commonly known as 'The Major' by friends and fiends alike, he has quite the obsession with football, watching, reading, writing and playing- although he's not very good at that last part.

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