Real Madrid and Bayern Munich pulled clear in La Liga and Bundesliga respectively, while Inter Milan capitalised on their rivals’ form struggles to move into pole position in Serie A.
Italian Serie A
Champions Inter Milan moved into top spot in Serie A with Lautaro Martinez netting a double in their 4-0 home win over Cagliari. The result extended the Nerazzurri’s winning streak to five league games.
AC Milan surrendered top spot with a 1-1 draw at Udinese, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic rescuing a point with a 90th minute leveller. Napoli’s slump continued after a shock home defeat to Empoli 1-0, allowing Atalanta to coast into third spot with a 2-1 win at Verona to continue their winning run. Juventus drew 1-1 at Venezia, dropping to sixth, with Fiorentina moving past them with a 4-0 victory over Salernitana.
Spanish La Liga
Real Madrid won the derby over champions Atletico Madrid 2-0 to open up an eight-point buffer at the summit, which head coach Carlo Ancelotti admitted meant the title was in their hands, even before Christmas. Karim Benzema and Marco Asensio netted the goals for Real.
Sevilla stayed in touch with a 1-0 win away to Athletic Bilbao, with Real Betis also claiming three points with a 4-0 triumph over early leaders Real Sociedad who have slipped well off the pace now. Barcelona only managed a 2-2 draw with Osasuna meaning they are down in eighth.
Leaders Bayern Munich had to come from behind but managed a 2-1 home win over FSV Mainz to extend their lead at the top, capitalising on Borussia Dortmund only managing a 1-1 draw at VfL Bochum, with Julian Brandt equalising late.
The struggle for the Champions League spots continues to baffle, with third-placed Bayer Leverkusen blowing an early two-goal lead before being beaten 5-2 by Eintracht Frankfurt. Hoffenheim surged up to fourth spot with a 2-1 win over SC Freiburg, who drop below them, after Chris Richards’ 90th minute winner. RB Leipzig won 4-1 over Borussia Moenchengladbach to move up to seventh.
English Premier League
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The top three all were winners over the weekend, with Manchester City easing past Wolverhampton 1-0 thanks to Raheem Sterling’s second-half penalty. Liverpool also needed a second-half Mohamed Salah spotkick to knock off Aston Villa 1-0.
Chelsea made harder work of their 3-2 win over Leeds United, but the winner also came from the spot as Jorginho scored in the 90th minute. Fourth-placed West Ham United slipped well behind the pace with a 0-0 draw at Burnley while Manchester United stayed in touch with a 1-0 victory at Norwich. Seventh-placed Tottenham had their game postponed due to a COVID-19 outbreak, meaning they now have two games in hand.