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  • Updated: February 10, 2020

Weekend European Football Roundup: Clubs Experience Mixed Fortunes

Weekend European Football Roundup: Clubs Experience Mixed Fo

 

With the world's most popular football league, the English Premier League,  in the middle of a much-needed two-week winter break, leagues around Europe treated football fans to varying degrees of fun and despair.

Barcelona came back twice against Real Betis to win 3-2 courtesy of a hat-trick of assists from the super attacker, Lionel Messi. Quique Setien's men came into the encounter knowing they had to leave with nothing less than a win following their uneventful midweek Copa Del Rey loss to Atletico Bilbao. However, a 6th Canales penalty meant they got off to a  poor start and although De Jong equalized barely three minutes later, Barcelona were left trailing once more when Nabil Fekir sent a delightful shot past Ter Stegen in the 26th minute.

It had looked like Barcelona would be heading into the interval trailing but a Sergio Busquet goal right on the brink of half time got them level once more and Lenglet ensured another upset was avoided when he guided Messi's sublime pass past Robles in goal for Betis. The win meant Barcelona ramped up the pressure on league leaders Real Madrid after the capital outfit had humbled an Osasuna side by four goals to one earlier in the day.

The game in Germany between Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Dortmund featured a flurry of goals as both teams locked horns in a what was a frenetic atmosphere. In the end, there would be no further breaking of records for Dortmund's new sensation, Erling Haaland, as he failed to inspire his third-placed team as they lost 4-3, their second successive loss after crashing out of the DFB Pokal at the hands of Werder Bremen.

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Meanwhile, the hugely anticipated top-of-the-table clash between Bayern Munich and RB Leipzig delivered a disappointing 0-0 outcome to leave Bayern Munich top of the German Bundesliga, although Leipzig are behind by just a point.

Cristiano Ronaldo's 20th league goal was not enough as Juventus fell to a shock 2-1 loss to newly-promoted side, Hellas Verona. The Serie A  newbies had earlier claimed a huge scalp in midweek, holding a free-scoring Lazio side to a blank and followed that up by delivering a huge upset to Sarri's team. Fabio Borini's 76th-minute strike canceled out Ronaldo's 65th-minute opener while Pazzini maintained his nerves to score an 86th-minute penalty to guarantee Juventus' second loss of the campaign. 

Meanwhile, It looked like Inter Milan would yet again fail to capitalize on Juventus' travails as they trailed 2-0 at half time to staunch rivals, AC Milan following goals from Leah and Ibrahimovic. However, a sensational second-half comeback saw them grab a 4-2 victory to go top of the Serie A table, with the Old Lady behind on goal difference.

Lazio continued their surge as dark horses, returning to winning ways by defeating Parma by a lone goal, while Napoli dented their recent resurgence, losing 3-2 at home to relegation-threatened Lecce.
 

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