Stellar weekend bows out as Ciara storms stole the spotlight

Real, Barca and Inter cruised to victory, Bayern drew blank and Dorrmund left writhing

Real Madrid and Barcelona banished the demons of Copa del Rey on Osasuna and Real Betis respectively as they bounced back to victory. It was a walk in the park for Los Blancos, but for the Blaugranas, they needed a comeback win to seal all three points. Intense game at Benito Villamarin. Incessant yellow cards and two red cards for Nabil Fekir and Clement Lenglet. Hat trick of assists for Messi as he made his mark as the second player in Europe’s top five leagues to hit double figures in both goals and assists (14 goals, 11 assists). Nabil Fekir, sent off in the 76th minute, also had his name on the record sheet as he became the first player in 21st century to score in his first two appearances against Barcelona. Stellar game for the Frenchman.

The Derby di Milano wasn’t without its tense either. Inter were two goals down during half time but it didn’t stop them from pulling a comeback on their rival club. It was a special derby and this time, went in the favor of Antonio Conte and his boys. Given Juventus lost to Hellas Verona on Saturday, the blue and black Milan side is top of the Serie A table with same points as Bianconeri. Cristiano Ronaldo, despite the loss, ran away with another record as the first Juventus player in their history in top flight to score in ten consecutive league games.

Dortmund were left writhing in pains away from home as Bayer Leverkusen got the better of them this time in an enthralling game. Exactly not what the Black and Yellow need at the moment having been dumped out of the DFB Pokal in midweek by Frankfurt. Bayern Munchen drew blank in their tie with one of the primary Meisterschale contenders, RB Leipzig, failing to cement, at the least, their claim in the title race. The race to win the title is pretty much open in Germany.

Manchester City PL tie with West Ham was postponed in the wake of Ciara Storms that is hitting heavily on most parts of Europe. Borussia Mochengladbach and FC Koln were also affected as they also got their game postponed.


Football Writer/Analyst

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