Welcome to The Corner. Our look at the weekend’s top matches across the European continent.
Barcelona’s bid for a fifth La Liga title in six years suffered a surprise setback when they stumbled to a 1-0 defeat at Valladolid on Saturday. Although the Catalans dominated possession, Italy’s Fausto Rossi netted the only goal of the game as he finished from close range after 17 minutes.
Real Madrid took advantage of Barca’s slip up to move four points ahead of their arch rivals and three above Atletico Madrid after they outclassed Celta Vigo 2-0 at the Balaidos stadium.
In Germany, Bayern Munich continued their march towards the Bundesliga title with an emphatic 6-1 win over Wolfsburg, for their 16th consecutive win and 49th match without defeat.
This result sees the Bavarians extend their lead to 20 points atop the table following Dortmund’s narrow 1-0 win over Freiburg. Jurgen Klopp’s men consolidated second place as Sebastian Kehl pushed his former club closer to relegation with the only goal of the game.
After some good work from Kevin Grosskreutz in midfield, Kehl unleashed a venomous strike from distance, leaving Freiburg goalkeeper Oliver Baumann no chance.
Bayer Leverkusen are still lying in third place after being held to a frustrating 1-1 draw by Hannover. Schalke and Wolfsburg are fourth and fifth respectively.
Cameroon striker Samuel Eto’o stole the show as Chelsea thumped Tottenham 4-0 at Stamford Bridge.
The 33-year-old brushed off recent comments regarding his age with a unique celebration that saw him stagger to the corner flag holding his back.
Liverpool, who have a game in hand, are seven points behind the Blues with Arsenal sitting third.
That’s it for the corner, see you next Monday for another round up of Europe’s top football fixtures.