European Football Results: Gabi lights up derby, but Ronaldo rides to the rescue


A thrilling Madrid derby saw a stunning goal from Atletico’s captain, only for Real’s main man to rescue a point. Elsewhere across the continent, it was business as usual for the big guns.

 

Spain

The much-anticipated Madrid derby looked to be going the way of visitors Real when Karim Benzema prodded them in front Vicente Calderon on Sunday afternoon, only for Atletico to hit back through a low strike from Koke and then a staggering long range strike from skipper Gabi to lead on the stroke of half-time.

A frequently bad tempered affair threatened to boil over on several occasions, before Cristiano Ronaldo rescued a point for the visitors eight minutes from time.

The 2-2 result had been predicted by our in-form La Liga expert Paul Wilkes, who also called Barcelona to beat Almeria 4-1.

Alexis Sanchez, Lionel Messi (with a stunning free-kick), Carles Puyol’s first goal since August 2012 and Xavi sealed the win, with Barca now a point off Real at the top.

If you’d put a double on Paul’s correct score double it would have landed at 175.00!  

 

Italy

The big game in Italy saw league leaders Juventus ride their luck to win 2-0 at a luckless AC Milan.

Kaka came closest to giving the hosts the lead when his effort was saved by Gianluigi Buffon, with his follow-up then miraculously cleared off the line by Leonardo Bonucci.

Fernando Llorente turned in Stephan Lichtsteiner’s pass to open the scoring for Juve just before half-time, with Carlos Tevez sealing the win with a cracking drive from distance.

Juve are now 11 points clear at the top after Roma were held to a goalless draw by Inter Milan on Saturday, with third place Napoli failing to take advantage as a bizarre own goal from Pepe Reina cost them two points in a draw at Livorno.

An early strike from Lorik Cana was enough to earn Lazio an impressive 1-0 win at Fiorentina.

 

Germany

Bayern Munich won in the Bundesliga for the 15th time in a row as they brushed aside Schalke 5-1 at the Allianz Arena to go 20 points clear at the top.

Arjen Robben was the star of the show as he hit a hat-trick in the victory, with Bayern’s goal tally now standing at a staggering 66 strikes from their 23 league matches.

Bayer Leverkusen’s alarming dip in form continued as they lost for the fifth time in a row, going down 1-0 at home to Mainz, a result which allowed Borussia Dortmund to leap above them into third with a 3-0 win over Nurnberg courtesy of second half strikes from Mats Hummels, Robert Lewandowski and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

The performance of the weekend belonged to Hoffenheim, who thrashed Wolfsburg 6-2 at home, a result which got their mascot a little too excited (see video).

 

France

Paris Saint-Germain passed their latest test, with their 2-0 victory over Marseille taking them eight points clear at the top of Ligue 1.

For once it wasn’t Zlatan Ibrahimovic who was hogging the headlines though, with the second half strikes from Maxwell and the returning Edinson Cavani securing a win which made the most of Monaco’s 2-0 loss at Saint-Etienne on Saturday.

Bottom of the table Ajaccio took the lead in the first minute at home to third-placed Lille, but the visitors were able to hit back and win 3-2 courtesy of a Salomon Kalou hat-trick.