PSG took another step towards the Ligue 1 title with a win over Evian, but the match was overshadowed by two red cards for the side from the capital (see below). Marco Verrati received his marching orders after picking up a second booking, and was swiftly joined in the showers by David Beckham. The veteran midfielder received a straight red card, which could see him miss out on a league winner's medal. Elsewhere, Marseille picked up another 1-0 win (against Coupe de France semi-finalists Lorient this time), while Lyon drew 1-1 with local rivals Saint-Etienne.
Schalke were the big winners of the weekend, romping to an impressive 4-1 win against Hamburg thanks in large part to a Klaas-Jan Huntelaar hat-trick (see below). The top three (Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen) all picked up one-goal victories, and there was also a rare win for bottom-of-the-table Greuther Furth. With the Bundesliga all tied up, the question now is how many trophies Bayern will win. Will it be just the one (12.00), two (1.90), or a historic treble (1.85)?
There were plenty of goals in Serie A this weekend. Milan and Roma hit four apiece (against Catania (see below) and Siena respectively), while Fiorentina and Napoli both helped themselves to 3-0 wins. Juventus, meanwhile, are champions in all but name following their derby win over Torino. There was also sad news this weekend: Javier Zanetti, the great Inter servant, ruptured his achilles tendon, an injury some fear may end his distinguished career.
Barcelona were held to a 2-2 draw by Athletic Bilbao in a game marked by another Lionel Messi wonder goal. Of more significance, though, was Real Madrid's win over local rivals Atletico. Jose Mourinho's relatively inexperienced side recovered from going a goal down to win 2-1 (see below) and now have a six-point cushion in second place.