Welcome to the Corner. Our look at the weekends top football matches from across the European continent.
Wembley, London, England is our first point of call for the League Cup final between Manchester City and Sunderland, as Man City’s Chilean coach Manuel Pellegrini looks for his first trophy since taking charge at the Ethiad.
The underdogs Sunderland took the lead after 10 minutes thanks to Fabio Borini, 1-0 to the Black Cats.
The second half belonged to City with two sublime goals from Yaya Toure and Samir Nasri, Jesus Navas added a third.
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Spain’s Liga next.
Deep into the season and the top two met in the Madrid derby Athletico v Real at the Vicente Calderon.
Frenchman Karim Benzema gave Real the lead, but Athletico hit back with Koke and went ahead thanks to captain Gabi.
Two goals to one at the interval and the prospect of an exciting second half.
While Ronaldo is on the pitch no lead is safe and sure enough with eight minutes on the clock up popped the Portuguese to level the match at 2-2.
The draw left Real one point clear of Barca who beat Almeria. Athletico drop to third.
In the Bundesliga Bayern continue to demolish all comers.
Each passing week sees them move closer to the championship.
Bayern are well clear at the summit and playing with certainty and confidence battered Shalke at the Allianz Arena.
Bayern’s 100 percent home record was never under threat as Shalke, thrashed by Real in champions league, started shipping goals early in Munich.
David Alba began the rout with a deflected free-kick.
Arjen Robben then bagged his first
Mario Mandzukic headed a third before half-time.
And Robben scored the fourth. The Dutchman then completed his hat-trick from the spot.
Shalke got one back back thanks to a Bayern own goal.
The Bavarians are now 20 points clear of second placed Borussia Dortmund, Leverkusen have dropped to third.
Juventus tighten their grip in Italy’s Serie A to cap a highly satisfying week. A win in Turkey against Trabzonspor in the Europa League followed by domestic victory against arch-rivals AC Milan in the Rossoneris own backyard.
Deadly duo Fernando Llorente and Carlos Tevez dashed the home sides hopes and stunned an expectant San Siro.
Llorente scored on the stroke of half time against the run of play.
Carlos Tevez blasted a spectacular second from 25 metres for his 15th of the season.
Tevez now leads the hot shot list in Italy ahead of Fiorentina’s Giuseppe Rossi.
Juve now move 11 points clear at the top of the table from Roma. Napoli are third 17 points adrift.
A fixture to send French fans into a frenzy the big guns from Paris Saint Germain met Olympique Marseille in the French capital.
PSG on an unbeaten run stretching 11-weeks won again gaining ground on second placed Monaco who lost at St Etienne.
Edinson Cavani scored in his first match for over a month, after recovering from a thigh injury.
The first half at the Parc des Princes was a damp squib and the French giants went in at half-time scoreless.
Something had to happen after the interval and the Brazilian Maxwell put the home side in front on 50 minutes. Cue Cavani as the substitute came on and headed in on 79 minutes to secure a PSG victory 2-0.
PSG now move 8 points clear at the top with 64 points. Monaco drop back with Lille in third on 49 points.
That’s it for the corner, see you next Monday for another round up of Europe’s top football fixtures.
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