Friday 23 June 2017

Barca give perfect response

Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

BARCELONA and Real Madrid continued their relentless marches around Spain last night, as both giants won again.

Madrid had few problems as they disposed of Real Zaragoza 3-1, Mesut Ozil opening the scoring before Cristiano Ronaldo and Angel di Maria added to the total.

Ex-Barca midfielder Gabi pulled back a second-half penalty for the hosts, but they couldn't trouble Jose Mourinho's men further as they held on comfortably.

It was a case of over to you, as all eyes switched to the Nou Camp where Real Sociedad were the latest side to be passed into submission by the champions.

The Catalans were in irrepressible form once again as goals from David Villa and Andres Iniesta gave them a 2-0 lead at half-time. A Leo Messi brace made it 4-0 before Bojan Krkic completed the rout in injury-time.

Villarreal's shock 1-0 defeat at Getafe means they lost further ground on the leaders, while Sevilla slipped up against Almeria who won just their second match of the season 3-1.

In Italy, AC Milan continue to lead the way atop Serie A thanks to their seventh successive victory.

Bologna were the victims this time as the Rossoneri cruised to a 3-0 away win. Kevin-Prince Boateng got them off the mark early on before Robinho quickly made it 2-0 and Zlatan Ibrahimovic enjoyed a well-deserved goal of his own after another top performance.

Milos Krasic struck deep into injury-time to send Juventus second after a 2-1 win over Lazio. Mauro Zarate cancelled out Giorgio Chiellini's second-minute opener but Krasic had the last laugh. Napoli's 1-0 win over Genoa means they keep pace with the leaders.

Bayern Munich celebrated tying Bastien Schweinsteiger down to a six-year deal by beating 10-man St Pauli 3-0 with goals from Hamit Altintop, Philip Lahm and Franck Ribery.

But Borussia Dortmund continued their march on the title with a 2-0 win over Werder Bremen, keeping their lead on top of the table at 11 points thanks to goals from Nuri Sahin and Shinji Kagawa.

Bayer Leverkusen's 4-2 away win at Hamburg sees them move into second. Hannover moved into third with a 2-1 win over Stuttgart, while a 1-0 win over Mainz sees Schalke move away from relegation trouble.

Irish Independent

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