Monday 23 April 2018

Real return to the top

European round-up

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo. Photo: Juan Medina/Reuters
Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo. Photo: Juan Medina/Reuters newsdesk

Real Madrid's 2-0 win over Espanyol saw them equal Barcelona's record of 16 straight La Liga wins and open up a three-point lead at the top of the table.

In the absence of Ronaldo and Bale, James and Benzema stepped up to hand Real a club-record and ensure they returned to the summit.

Lionel Messi scored twice as Barcelona got back to winning ways with a 5-1 rout of Leganes on Saturday.

The Spanish champions suffered a shock 2-1 home defeat against Alaves last weekend, before a 7-0 hammering of Celtic in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Messi opened the scoring against Leganes before adding a second-half penalty. Luis Suarez and Neymar also got in on the goalscoring act while Rafinha added the fifth.

Antoine Griezmann and Fernando Torres both scored twice in Atletico Madrid's 5-0 win over Sporting Gijon.

Bayern Munich opened up a two-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga. Carlo Ancelotti's side had to work hard for a 3-1 win over Ingolstadt, falling behind to a Dario Lezcano goal. But Robert Lewandowski, Xabi Alonso and Rafinha turned the game around for the Bavarians.

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