By AYDIN REYHAN
In England, Chelsea inched ever closer to a Premier League title, while the Bundesliga saw the crowning of its own champion in the form of Bayern Munich.
Chelsea moved one step nearer to claiming the Premier League crown thanks to a 0-0 draw against Arsenal. As a result, Chelsea need just six points to claim the trophy.
Bayern did just that over the weekend, snagging the Bundesliga title thanks to Wolfsburg’s 1-0 loss to Bayer Leverkusen.
Meanwhile, Italy’s Juventus will have to wait a bit longer to clinch their own domestic crown after falling to Torino on Sunday.
Here is everything that went down in Europe’s best leagues this weekend:
Chelsea is now just six points away from the title as they managed a scoreless-draw away at the Emirates against Arsenal. Arguably, the Blues were denied two penalties in the first half so the scoreline is more than fair along with the chances created by the Gunners.
Everton taught Manchester United a lesson as they scored three unanswered goals in an emphatic 3-0 victory. James McCarthy, John Stones and Kevin Mirallas all made sure that this game would be one to remember for midtable Everton, as Man United has now dropped to fourth as they remain on 65 points.
Manchester City edged past Aston Villa by a score of 3-2 to push themselves back into second for the time being. Sergio Aguero and Alexander Kolarov put the home side up only to see their lead vanish thanks to strikes from Tom Cleverley and Carlos Sanchez. Fernandinho was able to come up huge in the 89th minute with a sensational volley after controlling the ball with his chest to create space after a corner.
Here are the results from the Premier League this weekend:
Southampton 2-2 Tottenham
Burnley 0-1 Leicester
Palace 0-2 Hull
Newcastle 2-3 Swansea
QPR 0-0 West Ham
Stoke 1-1 Sunderland
West Brom 0-0 Liverpool
Man City 3-2 Aston Villa
Everton 3-0 Man United
Arsenal 0-0 Chelsea
Barcelona blanked Espanyol 2-0 on the road in the Catalan Derby with strikes from Neymar and Lionel Messi in the opening 45 minutes. The sour note of the match was the questionable red card shown to Jordi Alba which was followed with a red given to the home side’s Hector Moreno in the final minutes. Alba was ejected in the 54th minute which means the hosts had 36 minutes to use their one-man advantage but were unable to do so.
Real Madrid remembered that they lost 2-0 at Celta Vigo last year, ensuring this weekend’s result was to be much different. They did allow goals from Nolito and Santi Mina, but that did not matter much since Toni Kroos, James Rodriguez and a Javier Hernandez brace ended the matter with a 4-2 scoreline. With this win, Real Madrid stills its second with 79 points, just two behind Barcelona.
Antoine Griezmann continued his scorching league-form with a brace in Atletico Madrid’s 3-0 win over Elche. Raul Garcia hit home the other in between his two strikes. Atleti sits in third with 72 points.
Here are the results in La Liga this weekend:
Cordoba 0-1 Bilbao
Espanyol 0-2 Barca
Atletico 3-0 Elche
Getafe 0-1 Levante
Sociedad 0-0 Villarreal
Malaga 1-1 Deportivo
Almeria 2-0 Eibar
Sevilla 2-0 Rayo
Celta Vigo 2-4 Real Madrid
Bayern Munich won their third-straight Bundesliga title with a 1-0 home-win over Hertha Berlin. Bastian Schweinsteiger hit home the game’s only goal inside 80 minutes. With Wolfsburg losing at Moenchengladbach, the deficit stayed at the increased amount of 16 points, which is impossible to overcome with only four game left to be played.
Borussia Moenchengladbach cut Wolfsburg’s deficit in first down to four by defeating them, 1-0, at home courtesy of Max Kruse’s 90th-minute winner. With four games remaining, finishing in second is nowhere near out of the question.
Hoffenheim is now only two points out of 6th (Europa League qualifying spot) after winning, 2-1, on the road against Hannover. With Augsburg dropping the points this week, confidence to gain that position is high for the game-winners.
Here are the results from the Bundesliga this weekend:
Mainz 2-0 Schalke
Dortmund 2-0 Frankfurt
Koln 1-1 Leverkusen
Hamburg 3-2 Augsburg
Hannover 1-2 Hoffenheim
Stuttgart 2-2 Freiburg
Bayern 1-0 Berlin
Moenchengladbach 1-0 Wolfsburg
Juventus lost the derby against Torino on the road by a score of 2-1. Andrea Pirlo opened the scoring for the visitors before Matteo Darmian and former Old Lady player Fabio Quagliarella completed the comeback. This was the first time Torino earned all three points against their rivals in 20 years. Juve still sits atop Serie A with a 14 point lead.
Napoli made sure Sampdoria would not catch up to them in fourth with a 4-2 victory in front of their home fans. Lorenzo Insigne and Manolo Gabbiadini each hit once for the hosts with Gonzalo Higuain’s double completing their scoring. Raul Albiol’s own-goal and Luis Muriel’s strike made some noise for the visitors.
Fiorentina missed the chance to jump into fifth after their 3-1 home defeat against Cagliari. Duje Cop hit a brace while Diego Farias completed the scoring in the final minute. The hosts found the back of the net through Alberto Gilardino inside the 75th.
Here are the results from the Serie A this weekend:
Udinese 2-1 AC Milan
Inter 2-1 Roma
Atalanta 2-2 Empoli
Genoa 3-1 Cesena
Hellas Verona 3-2 Sassuolo
Lazio 1-1 Chievo
Parma 1-0 Palermo
Torino 2-1 Juve
Fiorentina 1-3 Cagliari
Napoli 4-2 Sampdoria
Paris-Saint Germain were once again without Zlatan Ibrahimovic who is continuing to serve his suspension. However, allowing Edinson Cavani to play centrally in the 4-3-3 paid dividends as they defeated Lille 6-1 with the Uruguayan scoring twice and assisting once. PSG still sits second with 68 points, level with Lyon, with a game in-hand.
Lyon won, 4-2, at Reims to continue the Ligue 1 chase to the title as a two-way race against PSG. Corentin Tolisso, Alexandre Lacazette, Clinton Njie and an own-goal Mickael Tacalfred brought the points back home with the visitors. With four games remaining, these two still have it all to play for.
Monaco is now in third with 62 points after a thrilling 3-0 sweep at Lens. Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco, Anthony Martial and Bernardo Silva made sure of all three points.
Here is what happened in Ligue 1 this weekend:
Marseille 3-5 Lorient
PSG 6-1 Lille
Bordeaux 1-1 Metz
Caen 0-2 Guingamp
Evian 1-2 Bastia
Rennes 2-1 Nice
Toulouse 1-1 Nantes
Saint Etienne 1-0 Montpellier
Lens 0-3 Monaco
Reims 2-4 Lyon
PSG-Mets (Game in-hand to be played on Tuesday)