European Football Results: Granada shock Barca, as Atletico go three clear


Lowly Granada stunned Barcelona in La Liga, but the Catalans weren’t the only big European name to suffer defeat on a remarkable weekend across the continent as both Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain slipped up

 

Spain

The problems are mounting for under-fire Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino, as his team followed up their Champions League exit with a 1-0 league defeat at Granada on Saturday which leaves them four points off the pace.

Algeria midfielder Yacine Brahimi struck a 16th minute winner for the hosts, who managed to hold on despite Barca enjoying over 80% of the possession.

Elsewhere things were far more routine for Real Madrid, as Gareth Bale scored his 19th goal of the season in a comfortable 4-0 home win over Almeria, but it is Atletico Madrid who now sit three points clear at the top of the table following a 2-0 win at Getafe courtesy of goals from Diego Godin and Diego Costa.

Costa sustained an injury in the act of scoring as he collided with a post, although Atletico have played down fears that he suffered a serious blow, instead claiming that it was the woodwork which came off worse.

 

Germany

Pep Guardiola suffered his biggest ever defeat as a manager as German champions Bayern Munich lost 3-0 at home to Borussia Dortmund on Saturday.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Marco Reus and Jonas Hofmann all struck at the Allianz Arena, as Bayern slipped to a second straight league defeat following a 53-match unbeaten run. The hosts’ misery was compounded by a late red card for Rafinha.

Dortmund remain second, whilst there were wins for both Bayer Leverkusen and Schalke in the race for the Champions League places, with Wolfsburg hammering Nuremburg 4-1 and refusing to be counted out of the picture.

 

France

Paris Saint-German’s lead at the top of Ligue 1 has been cut to 10 points following a 1-0 loss at Lyon on Sunday, with Monaco winning by the same scoreline at Rennes a day earlier.

Jordan Ferri struck to inflict only a second league defeat of the season on PSG, who were again without the injured Zlatan Ibrahimovic and failed to score for the second successive match after a run of 24 games in which they hadn’t failed to find the net.

Forward Emmanuel Riviere grabbed Monaco’s winner at Rennes.

 

Italy

With Juventus at Udinese on Monday, Roma shortened the gap at the top of the table to five points with a 3-1 win over Atalanta, a seventh straight league victory.

Gonzalo Higuain scored a hat-trick as Napoli were 4-2 winners over Lazio in an entertaining contest, whilst there were even more goals at Verona, where an Alberto Aquilani brace helped Fiorentina to a 5-3 win to strengthen their position in fourth.