European Football Results: Napoli end Juve’s 22-match unbeaten run


The Serie A champions- elect saw their lead pegged back in Naples, whilst Spain’s top three all won and for once Bayern Munich didn’t have things all their own way in Germany

Italy 

Juventus suffered a Serie A defeat for the first time since October on Sunday. Who saw that coming? Well, Paolo Bandini actually.

Our Italian football expert tipped a win for Rafael Benitez’s men, who ran out 2-0 victors at the Stadio San Paolo thanks to strikes in either half from Jose Callejon and Dries Mertens.

Juve’s defeat ensured that Roma moved to within 11 points of Turin giants with their 2-0 win at Sassuolo, and with the club from the capital now playing twice before the Old Lady play their next match, that lead at the top of the table could be reduced to five points.

Elsewhere, Sampdoria and Fiorentina played out a goalless draw and Kaka celebrated his 300th appearance for Milan with two goals in their 3-0 win over Chievo at the San Siro.

 

Spain 

Atletico Madrid recovered from conceding an early goal to Athletic Bilbao’s Iker Muniain to win 2-1 and stay on top of La Liga; Diego Costa and Koke grabbing their goals.

Just behind them, the big two continue to chase, with Barcelona edging to a 1-0 win at city rivals Espanyol thanks to Lionel Messi’s penalty 13 minutes from time, and Gareth Bale scoring twice in as many minutes as Real Madrid easily dismissed Rayo Vallecano 5-0.

Valencia took an early lead at home to Getafe, only to fall to a humbling 3-1 defeat which sees them slip to ninth in the table.

 

Germany 

With more than one eye on Tuesday’s Champions League meeting with Manchester United, Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich were involved in a thrilling 3-3 draw with Hoffenheim on Saturday.

Raphael Honigstein had told us that both teams would score in the Allianz Arena, but both scored three times in a clash which saw Pep Guardiola rest several of his star men ahead of the trip to Old Trafford.

Marco Reus hit a hat-trick as Borussia Dortmund won 3-2 at Stuttgart, Schalke were comfortable 2-0 winners over Hertha Berlin and Bayer Leverkusen’s slump continued as they were held to a 1-1 draw at home to bottom of the table Eintracht Braunschweig.

 

France 

The Paris Saint-Germain winning machine continued with a 1-0 victory at Nice, a match which saw Laurent Blanc rest several players ahead of the Champions League assignment against Chelsea this week.

That win was then made all the more important by Monaco’s shock 1-0 defeat at struggling Evian on Saturday, a result which places the Parisians 13 points clear at the top of the table with just seven games remaining. 

 

Check out Paolo Bandini's tips for Monday's Serie A matches