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Real offered themselves the clasico on Saturday and pushed Barça a little more into the crisis. In France, the easy-going PSG winner of Dijon settled at the top of the championship, while in Germany, Bayern Munich once again made a very strong impression.
- League : Real pushes Barça into crisis, Atletico displays its ambitions
At the end of the 7e day of the championship of Spain, the irresistible Basques of Real Sociedad keep in hand the first place of the standings thanks to a big victory against Huesca (4-1), with 14 points. But the flagship match of the weekend pitted Barça against Real Madrid in a highly anticipated clasico. It was Zinedine Zidane’s men who won the day by winning in Catalonia (1-3), to climb to second place (13 points with a game late). With seven points in five matches, synonymous with 12e instead, FC Barcelona is sinking into crisis. Finally, Atlético Madrid logically won at home against Betis Sevilla (2-0), thanks in particular to a new goal from Uruguayan Luis Suarez. The capital’s second club remains undefeated this season and is at 5e place in the standings behind Villarreal.
The surprise Premier League leader suffered his first defeat of the season at Southampton (2-0) on Sunday in the 6e championship day. The Toffees remain first in the standings ahead of their historic rivals Liverpool, on goal difference (+5 against +1). But with their 13 points, they are still within reach of Aston Villa (3e) which has 12 with one game less, but which was corrected at home on Friday by Leeds United (0-3), still spectacular. On the tenors’ side, the Reds were content with a narrow home victory against Sheffield United (2-1), while Manchester City, 13e with 8 points (and one game less) could not do better than a draw against West Ham (1-1). Leicester won on Arsenal’s lawn on Sunday and by the smallest of margins (0-1). With the victory, Brendan Rodgers’ team climbed to fourth place with 12 points, one behind the leader, while the Gunners remain tenth with nine units on the clock.
- Bundesliga : insatiable Bayern, Leipzig keeps pace
Saturday, Bayern Munich humiliated Frankfurt (5-0) thanks to a hat-trick from its scorer in series Robert Lewandowski, already scorer of ten goals in five days. Second in the standings with 12 points, the Bavarians remain one point behind RB Leipzig, winner at home against Herta Berlin (2-1), including a goal from the French international Dayot Upamecano. For its part, Borussia Dortmund (3e) also garnered the 3 points by winning clearly against Schalke, in the hot derby of the Rhür (3-0). Finally, thanks to his first success at home for … eight months, Wolfsburg, scorer of promoted Bielefeld (2-1) on Sunday, moved back to the 10e ranking place with 7 points.
- League 1 : PSG takes control, OM takes over
Lille, neutralized in Nice (1-1), left PSG, easy winner of the Dijon red lantern (4-0), first place in Ligue 1 while Lyon humiliated a disturbing Monaco team (4-1) , Sunday at the end of an 8e day. OM, for its part, continued its rise to the top of the ranking (4e) by beating without shining Lorient 1-0, Saturday. The Phocaeans return to Stade Rennais (3e with 15 points), beaten at home by Angers (1-2). Nothing goes on the side of Saint-Etienne, penalized by several absences, who recorded his fourth defeat in a row, losing on the field of Metz (2-0). The day that was cut off from Lens-Nantes, the first meeting postponed because of the Covid-19 since August, was also marked by the spectacular exit from the road in Montpellier at home, corrected by the Stade de Reims (0 -4).
- A league : the Juve can’t do it, Napoli advance their pawns
Still deprived of Cristiano Ronaldo, absent from the last two Serie A matches because positive for Covid-19, Juventus is no longer moving forward. The defending champion conceded his second straight draw (1-1) against Hellas Verona in the league on Sunday in the 6e day. Andrea Pirlo’s men fall at 5e place in the standings and let their opponents take the lead like Naples who won at Benevento (2-1) to climb to second place. With a clear victory on the lawn of Genoa (0-2), Inter returned to fourth position in Calcio with ten points in five days. Fiorentina, despite the absence of Frank Ribéry, has returned to success by beating Udinese (3-2). Monday evening, at the end of this day, AC Milan, leader, receives AS Roma. In case of victory, synonymous with a fifth success in a row, the Lombards will take the lead in the standings.
With AFP and Reuters