Atlético and Bayern beat fellow European hopefuls

28 Feb

SATURDAY


Real Madrid 0-1 Atlético Madrid (Griezmann 53)
Atlético became the first side in Liga history to claim three successive wins at the Santiago Bernabéu and dealt a major blow to Real Madrid’s title hopes in the process. Antoine Griezmann notched the decisive strike – his first in six league outings – as the second-placed visitors moved to within five points of the leaders. Zinédine Zidane’s third-placed side now trail Barcelona, who have a game in hand on the capital sides, by nine points with 12 games to go.

Wolfsburg 0-2 Bayern (Coman 66, Lewandowski 74)
Franck Ribéry came off the bench to inspire Bayern to a victory that dents Wolfsburg’s hopes of returning to the UEFA Champions League next season. The game was in the balance when Ribéry replaced Arjen Robben 11 minutes into the second half. He instigated the breakthrough with a fine run and cross that was volleyed in by Kingsley Coman. Robert Lewandowski, who hit five in ten minutes in the reverse fixture earlier this season, sealed the points.

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Branislav Ivanović head in for Chelsea

Southampton 1-2 Chelsea (Long 42; Fàbregas 75, Ivanović 89)
Branislav Ivanović headed in a late winner as Guus Hiddink’s men recovered from a goal down to secure a win that lifts them up to 11th in the Premier League. Cesc Fàbregas had equalised with 15 minutes left when his cross crept in, only his third goal in his 40th appearance this season. “We like to be proactive and show the desire is huge to turn a result from negative to positive,” said Hiddink. “The players responded.”

Empoli 1-3 Roma (Zukanovic og 22; El Shaarawy 5 74, Pjanić 27)
On-loan Stephan El Shaarawy scored twice as Roma moved third in Serie A with a sixth successive Serie A win. The 23-year-old opened the scoring with a fine individual effort, but the hosts levelled via an own goal when Wojciech Szczesny’s clearance hit team-mate Ervin Zukanovic and looped into the net. Miralem Pjanić quickly restored the lead and El Shaarawy sealed it. A late red card compounded Empoli’s disappointment.

PSV Eindhoven 2-0 Den Haag (Van Ginkel 72, De Jong 82)
Luuk de Jong struck his 50th goal for PSV as Phillip Cocu’s side claimed a ninth successive league win. The home side had to be patient against resilient visitors but once Marco van Ginkel had broken the deadlock with his third for the club there looked only one likely winner. De Jong, returning from a ban that forced him to sit out the draw with Atlético, then made sure with his landmark goal.

FRIDAY

Gent 3-1 Lokeren (Renato Neto 9, Dejaegere 38, Depoitre 90; Harbaoui 42pen)
The Buffalos kept the pressure on Belgian leaders Club Brugge thanks to an east Flanders derby win, Renato Neto lighting the way with an acrobatic finish. Brecht Dejaegere added a second towards the end of the first half, and although Lokeren cut the deficit, Laurent Depoitre’s 12th league effort this term ensured that Gent moved level with Club Brugge before the rest of the weekend’s games.

SUNDAY

Manchester United v Arsenal (15.05)
Zenit v Kuban (Cup QF, 17.00)
Liverpool v Manchester City (League Cup final, 17.30)
Benfica v União (18.00)
Barcelona v Sevilla (20.30)
Juventus v Inter (20.45)
Lyon v Paris Saint-Germain (21.00)

No game: Dynamo Kyiv

All times CET.

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