Barcelona, Liverpool and Leicester enjoy morale-boosting wins

It was a weekend full of surprises in European football. Barcelona dominated Real Madrid in El Clasico, handing their arch rivals their heaviest

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Barcelona, Liverpool and Leicester enjoy morale-boosting wins

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It was a weekend full of surprises in European football. Barcelona dominated Real Madrid in El Clasico, handing their arch rivals their heaviest defeat at home in 25 years.

In England, meanwhile, a rejuvenated Liverpool wreaked havoc at Manchester City as on-fire Leicester jumped to the summit of the table.

A catalan football lesson

It is billed as a game that pits Spain’s, if not the world’s, top two clubs against each other.

But Saturday’s El Clasico in Madrid looked more like a game that pitted men against boys as Barcelona stunned their rivals 4-0 to go six points clear of Cristiano Ronaldo and company at the top of La Liga.

The visitors controlled the tie throughout.

Luis Suarez scored twice while Neymar and man-of-the-match, Andres Iniesta, struck the other two to complete the misery for Rafa Benitez’s men in front of their dissatisfied home fans.

Real are third in the standings, two points behind city rivals Atletico Madrid in second while they trail Barca by six.

Leicester take in views from the summit

Leicester continued their stunning campaign in the English Premier League beating Newcastle for their eighth win in 13 games.

The impressive Jamie Vardy can’t stop putting them away and equalled the Premier League record for consecutive goals by scoring in a 10th successive match.

Leonardo Ulloa and Shinji Okazaki also scored as the Foxes went top of the table after Arsenal and Man City lost.

While the Gunners stumbled away at West Brom, Manuel Pellegrini’s City were completely dismantled by Jurgen Klopp’s rejuvenated Liverpool.

A dazzling first-half from the Reds saw them 3-0 up thanks to Eliaquim Mangala’s own goal and cool finishes from Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino.

Sergio Aguero pulled one back for City, but Martin Skrtel’s late fourth cemented Liverpool’s highly impressive victory.

Up and down

The first person to make our ‘‘Up & Down’‘ list this week is Leicester’s hitman Vardy, but who has also made it this week? Let’s see.

Only three years ago Vardy was playing non-league football with Fleetwood, over the weekend he joined Ruud Van Nistelrooy as the only players to score in 10 straight Premier League Games.

Leicester’s star striker will look to break the record at Nistelrooy’s old club Manchester United next Saturday.

On Thursday, Italy goalkeeper Gigi Buffon marked his 20th year in the Serie A having made his debut for Parma as a 17-year-old.

Over the weekend the Juventus shotstopper celebrated this landmark, like he did on his debut, with a clean sheet against AC Milan.

Panathinaikos supporters are on the down after fighting with riot police following a decision to call off the derby with Olympiakos.

Scuffles had started two hours before the tie and when it was called off due to safety concerns fans invaded the pitch in violent protest – 50 people were reportedly arrested.

A milestone from the spot

We continue our travels down the Road To Euro with a milestone in penalty taking from Euro76.

The Panenka penalty kick style was created by Czech player Antonín Panenka, who presented this technique to the world in the UEFA European Championship finals in 1976 when he beat goalkeeper Sepp Maier and gave the title to the Czechoslovakian national team.

After its sensational debut in the UEFA European Championship, the panenka kick has been used on rare occasions and mostly by highly respected players who can deal with the consequences of missing a penalty kick that way.

We might be wrong

On Tuesday and Wednesday some European heavyweights could book their spot in the last 16 phase of the champions league with a game spare. Here’s how we think some selected match will finish. Send us your predictions using #TheCornerScores

Barcelona 2-1 Roma
Bayern Munich 4-1 Olympiacos
Manchester United 1-1 PSV Eindhoven
Juventus 1-0 Manchester City


We wrapped up last week’s edition with Wembley’s tribute to France, following the deadly attacks in Paris. Today we will leave you with some moving images from various European club stadiums, where over the weekend the Marseillaise, again, brought everyone together under the same flag in solidarity. (See video at top of page)