They say the old ones are the best. Nowhere is that more true than in Italy, where the veterans have a knack of teaching the kids a thing or two. This weekend's golden oldie was Francesco Totti, who blew the title race wide open (well, ajar) with a stunning strike against Juventus (see below). The Roma idol now has 224 Serie A goals to his name, putting him just one behind Gunnar Nordahl on the all-time list. Napoli (now 4.00 to win Serie A) could only move a point closer at the top with a goalless draw against Sampdoria, while third-placed Lazio play this evening. The performance of the weekend came at the Stadio Artemio Franchi, where Fiorentina picked up a fine 4-1 win against Inter.
It was business as usual in La Liga, with both Barcelona and Real Madrid picking up maximum points. The Catalan side didn't have it easy against Granada though: they needed two second-half Leo Messi strikes to come from behind. Atletico Madrid (who you can back at 60.00 to win La Liga) tightened their grip on second spot, romping to a 3-0 win away at Rayo Vallecano, while Champions League contenders Valencia and Malaga also recorded victories. Oh, and here's Sergio Busquets being awesome:
Another week, another clean sheet for Bayern Munich: their 2-0 win over Wolsfburg means they've conceded just seven goals in 22 Bundesliga games. The chasing pack may not harbour realistic chances of stopping Jupp Heynckes' side winning the title, but both Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen chalked up morale-boosting wins. In other news, Rafael van der Vaart has still got it:
The title race is hotting up across the channel, with Lyon closing the gap at the top to just three points. Les Gones spanked midtable Bordeaux 4-0 on the road, and must have been overjoyed to learn that big-spending PSG had slipped up against Sochaux. Even Marseille could get back in the mix: they're just five points off the summit after beating Nancy.