Sevilla close in on Barcelona and Real Madrid



THURSDAY






Sevilla 1-0 Athletic Club (Iborra 14)
Sevilla are now within two points of new Liga leaders Barcelona and one behind Real Madrid after a fifth consecutive competitive win. Vicente Iborra got the goal on the follow-up from Stevan Jovetić’s saved penalty, the Sevilla captain driving the ball under Gorka Iraizoz.

Deportivo La Coruña 1-1 Atlético Madrid (Andone 13; Griezmann 68)
A superb swerving finish from Antoine Griezmann rescued a point for Atleti against a struggling Deportivo side who were under new coach Pepe Mel. Atlético end the midweek games a point ahead of Real Sociedad in fourth. Substitute Fernando Torres left the pitch on a stretcher after being seemingly knocked unconscious by a clash of heads.

WEDNESDAY

Niort 0-2 Paris Saint-Germain (Pastore 78, Cavani 90)
Second-tier Niort could not deny Paris a place in the French Cup quarter-finals on a soggy night as the Ligue 1 side extended their unbeaten run to 15 games. Javier Pastore scored the first and then set up Edinson Cavani for a tap-in – his 12th strike in his last ten games. Paris will visit third-tier Avranches in early April.


Edinson Cavani (Paris)


Edinson Cavani scores at Niort©AFP

Barcelona 6-1 Sporting Gijón (Messi 9, J Rodríguez 11og, Suárez 27, Alcácer 49, Neymar 65, Rakitić 87; Castro 21)
Lionel Messi headed his 20th Liga goal of the season and Luis Suárez’s cross led to an own goal before he volleyed in Barça’s third. Paco Alcácer converted from a Messi pass as the onslaught continued, with Neymar’s free-kick the best hit of the night. Ivan Rakitić smashed in his side’s sixth.

Luis Enrique announced his decision to step down as Barcelona coach in the summer after the match.


Robert Lewandowski (Bayern)


Robert Lewandowski after scoring against Schalke©Getty Images

Bayern München 3-0 Schalke (Lewandowski 3 29, Alcántara 16)
After a weekend hat-trick, Robert Lewandowski was the star man again as Bayern made it to the German Cup semi-finals, where they will meet Borussia Dortmund or Sportfreunde Lotte in late April. Lewandowski clipped in Bayern’s first, delivered a cross for Thiago Alcántara to make it 2-0 and scored a low shot from the edge of the box to complete the scoring inside 30 minutes.

Manchester City 5-1 Huddersfield Town (Sané 30, Agüero 35pen 74, Zabaleta 38, Iheanacho 90; Bunn 7)
City trainee Harry Bunn fired the second-flight side ahead, but City rallied to win the FA Cup replay. Sergio Agüero scored one from the spot and one from open play either side of setting up a rare goal for Pablo Zabaleta. City will visit Middlesbrough in the last eight.


Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)


Cristiano Ronaldo salvaged a point for Madrid©Getty Images

Marseille 3-4aet Monaco (Payet 43, Cabella 84 111; Pelé 19og, Mbappé 66, Mendy 104, Lemar 113)
Monaco were pegged back three times; João Moutinho’s deflected free-kick, Kylian Mbappé’s near-post clip and ex-OM man Benjamin Mendy’s tap-in in extra time all failing to kill off the home side in the French Cup. However, Thomas Lemar’s elegant finish finally won the day. Monaco will play LOSC Lille in the quarter-finals.

Real Madrid 3-3 Las Palmas (Isco 8, Ronaldo 86pen 89; Tana 10, Viera 56pen, Boateng 59)
Isco sprung the offside trap to score the opener, but his side trailed 3-1 and were down to ten men with five minutes remaining, Gareth Bale dismissed on 47 minutes. Cristiano Ronaldo scored from the spot and headed the equaliser, but Barcelona finished the night top of the table.

TUESDAY


Paulo Dybala (Juventus)


Paulo Dybala celebrates a goal©Getty Images

Juventus 3-1 Napoli (Dybala 47pen 69pen, Higuaín 64; Callejón 36)
Trailing at half-time, holders Juventus scored three times without reply in the second period as they came out on top in the first leg of this Coppa Italia semi-final. Gonzalo Higuaín’s far-post finish against the club he left last summer was sandwiched by two penalties from Paulo Dybala. The return leg takes place on 5 April.

Sportfreunde Lotte P-P Borussia Dortmund
The German Cup quarter-final was postponed due to an unplayable pitch.

Estoril 1-2 Benfica (Kléber 41pen; Mitroglou 36 89)
Kostas Mitroglou’s 89th-minute winner, his 18th goal in his last 16 outings for Benfica, earned the Eagles a narrow lead to take into the return leg of this Portuguese Cup semi-final. Kléber had levelled after a handball by Eliseu. The tie concludes in Lisbon on 5 April.

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