European Football Results: Thiago Silva’s own goal leaves ‘Le Cashico’ all square


The summit meeting in France topped the bill across the continent this weekend, whilst Atletico’s slip up at Almeria sees Barca and Real leapfrog them in Spain

 

France

Our expert Julien Laurens couldn’t split Ligue 1’s top two ahead of ‘Le Cashico’, and he was proved right as Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain played out an entertaining 1-1 draw in the Principality on Sunday night.

Javier Pastore headed PSG ahead after Monaco had failed to deal with a corner, but the hosts levelled 16 minutes from time when defender Thiago Silva turned Fabinho’s cross into his own net for the equaliser.

The draw means that PSG stay five points clear at the top, whilst Lille closed the gap on second placed Monaco to six points with a 2-0 win over Sochaux, and Lyon were 2-1 winners at Nantes.

 

Italy

Paolo Bandini had predicted a draw in the Rome derby, and he was proved right as Lazio and Roma played out a frankly disappointing goalless game on Sunday afternoon.

Even more impressively for our expert, Paolo’s brave call of Juventus to draw at Verona also came in at a healthy 4.40 when a last minute equaliser from Verona’s Juanito forced a 2-2 draw after a brace from Carlos Tevez had put Juve 2-0 up.

A debut goal from Adel Taarabt couldn’t help AC Milan as they went down 3-1 at Napoli, who are now four points behind second-placed Roma and 13 off Juve at the top.

Inter move up to fifth thanks to Walter Samuel’s solitary strike in a 1-0 home win over Sassuolo, a match for which our in-form expert tipped the unders.

 

Spain

A damaging and surprising 2-0 loss at Almeria saw Atletico Madrid slip from the top of La Liga and down to third, as two goals in the final 10 minutes from Verza saw off Diego Simeone’s side.

Gareth Bale was on the scoresheet earlier on Saturday as his strike, a brace from Karim Benzema and a fourth goal in four games from youngster Jese Rodriguez led Real Madrid to a 4-2 victory at home to Villarreal.

Barcelona were then presented with the chance to go back to the top of the table as they headed for Sevilla on Sunday night, and it was a chance that they weren’t going to let slip as, despite conceding the first goal, they hit back through Alexis Sanchez, two goals from Lionel Messi and a  late Cesc Fabregas effort to win 4-1.

 

Germany

Goals from Mario Mandzukic and Philipp Lahm gave Bayern Munich a routine 2-0 win at Nurnburg, whilst a solitary strike from Leverkusen’s Son Heung-Min was enough for his side to win at Borussia Moenchengladbach, a match for which Raphael Honigstein had urged you to try the unders.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Robert Lewandowski each scored twice as Borussia Dortmund thrashed Werder Bremen 5-1, whilst Schalke were comfortable 2-0 winners at home to Hannover and Wolfsburg saw off Mainz at home, again as Raphael had predicted.