Euro round-up: Barca end winless streak, Juve lose again

Memphis Depay and Philippe Coutinho scored late on at Villarreal as Barcelona won 3-1 to finally end their winless streak away from home under new coach Xavi.

Prior to Saturday’s game, only three teams across the division had picked up fewer points on the road this season, after Barcelona were winless in their first five league matches away from the Nou Camp.

The long-awaited win came in Xavi’s third match in charge since replacing Ronald Koeman.

Frenkie de Jong broke through for the visitors minutes after half-time when he turned in a rebound.

But Villarreal equalised through substitute Samuel Chukwueze 15 minutes from time and were pressing for a winner themselves when Depay struck against the run of play two minutes from time.

Depay brought down a long goal kick from Marc-Andre ter Stegen, dribbled around Rulli and coolly put the ball between the legs of defender Pervis Estpuinan on the line.

Coutinho sealed the three points in stoppage time when he converted a penalty he had earned himself.

Barcelona remain in seventh place, but reduced the gap to early leaders Real Madrid to seven points.

Rayo Vallecano continued to impress as the promoted team fought back to draw 1-1 at Valencia.

Rayo, who have the league’s best home record, inched into fifth place after taking the point on the road.

Iago Aspas and Santi Mina scored as Celta Vigo won 2-1 at Alaves, while Mallorca and Getafe drew 0-0 on the Balearic Islands.

Serie A: Juventus’ misery compounded by Atalanta

Duvan Zapata has now scored nine goals in 12 Serie A games this season
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Duvan Zapata has now scored nine goals in 12 Serie A games this season

There was more misery for Juventus as they were jeered off following a 1-0 home defeat by Atalanta, four days after losing 4-0 at Chelsea in the Champions League.

Duvan Zapata scored the only goal in Turin, with a powerful effort in the 28th minute which went in off the underside of the crossbar.

Juventus almost levelled in the second half but Adrien Rabiot’s effort was denied by a fingertip save from Juan Musso.

Juventus players Federico Chiesa and Weston McKennie went off injured during the match, to cap a miserable night for the Bianconeri.

Inter Milan kept up the pressure on the top two in Serie A as the defending champions won 2-0 at Venezia.

Hakan Calhanoglu opened the scoring in the first half, before Lautaro Martinez sealed the result with a stoppage-time penalty. Third-placed Inter moved to within two points of AC Milan and Napoli. Napoli hoss Lazio on Sunday, while Milan welcomes Sassuolo to the San Siro.

Hakan Calhanoglu opened the scoring for Inter Milan at Venezia
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Hakan Calhanoglu opened the scoring for Inter Milan at Venezia

Both teams struggled to create chances in the early stages and Inter’s best opportunity came in the 30th minute when Venezia goalkeeper Sergio Romero did well to parry an Ivan Perisic header.

Inter took the lead six minutes later as Calhanoglu unleashed a powerful effort from outside the area which flew into the bottom-left corner.

Venezia almost levelled shortly after with a screamer from Mattia Aramu that Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic kept out.

Inter had several opportunities to double their lead before eventually doing so in stoppage time. Venezia left-back Ridgeciano Haps was penalised for a handball, and Martinez fired the resulting spot kick into the bottom-left corner.

Elsewhere, two late goals saw Empoli complete an extraordinary turnaround and beat Fiorentina 2-1.

Fiorentina seemed to be heading for the win after Dusan Vlahovic’s 57th-minute opener but substitute Filippo Bandinelli levelled three minutes from time, and Andrea Pinamonti netted the winner in the final minute of the game.

Sampdoria came from behind to beat Hellas Verona 3-1.

Bundesliga: Haaland scores on return from injury

Erling Haaland scored on his comeback with a second-half volley as Borussia Dortmund came from a goal down to beat VfL Wolfsburg 3-1 in the Bundesliga.

The Norwegian striker scored in the 81st minute after coming on as a second-half substitute following his recovery from a hip flexor muscle injury that had sidelined him since mid-October.

With their sixth win in the last seven league matches, Dortmund – having crashed out of the Champions League on Wednesday after a 3-1 loss to Sporting Lisbon – moved up to 30 points, one behind Bayern Munich, who beat Arminia Bielefeld later in the day.

The Bundesliga’s top two teams face each other next weekend.

Haaland was a second-half substitute for Dortmund
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Haaland was a second-half substitute for Dortmund

“A lot has happened in the past few days. But we played a good game and the result stands above everything else,” Dortmund’s Julian Brandt said.

“We are extremely happy. Now we have a good full week to prepare for Bayern and we will go into that game with a lot of confidence.”

The Wolves took a second-minute lead through Wout Weghorst, who headed in at the near post to complete a textbook break that had left the Dortmund back line exposed.

The Ruhr valley club levelled with an Emre Can penalty in the 35th minute after captain Marco Reus was brought down in the box by Wolfsburg’s Maxence Lacroix.

Donyell Malen put them in front by rifling in from a Reus pass to score for the third consecutive game in all competitions.

There was more good news for Dortmund, with Haaland making a second-half substitute appearance and looking as sharp as ever ahead of the big game against the Bavarians.

He needed only eight minutes on the pitch to bag his 10th league goal in seven appearances, volleying in from close range to become the youngest ever player to reach 50 Bundesliga goals at 21 years and 128 days.

Leroy Sane's winner was his fourth Bundesliga goal of the season
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Leroy Sane’s winner was his fourth Bundesliga goal of the season

Bayern laboured for long periods against a defensive-minded Bielefeld team, who had earned a 3-3 draw on their previous visit to Munich.

Substitute Jamal Musiala provided the key with a brilliant diagonal pass forward to Thomas Muller, who laid it off for Leroy Sane to fire in the winner from outside the penalty area in the 71st minute.

It ensured Bayern set a record of 102 Bundesliga goals in a calendar year, previously held by Cologne who plundered 101 in 1977.

Sebastian Andersson scored in injury time as Cologne beat Borussia Monchengladbach 4-1 in their Rhine derby in front of 50,000 fans.

Augsburg substitute Michael Gregoritsch scored in the seventh minute of injury time to salvage a 1-1 draw at Hertha Berlin, and extend the hosts’ winless run to four games.

Elsewhere, Hoffenheim routed bottom side Greuther Furth 6-3 away, while Bochum came from behind to beat visitors Freiburg 2-1. Milos Pantovic scored the winner from barely inside the Freiburg half.

Ligue 1: Bottom side Metz stun second-placed Nice

Bottom side Metz stunned second-placed Nice 1-0 in Ligue 1.

Nice’s second straight defeat at Allianz Riviera Stadium could see Rennes, who play on Sunday, jump above them into second place.

The hosts gave a listless performance in the first half and Metz capitalised on a lack of urgency to take the lead in the 31st minute when Fabien Centonze converted a low cross from Nicolas de Preville.

Goalkeeper Alexandre Oukidja protected Metz’s lead by saving Andy Delort’s close-range header with his legs on the stroke of half-time, before pushing behind a cross-cum-shot from Pablo Rosario in the 63rd minute.

Champions Lille failed to convert a late penalty and remained in the bottom half of the Ligue 1 table when they were held to a 1-1 home draw by 10-man Nantes on Saturday.

The result left Lille stuck in 12th spot, with 18 points from 15 matches, one point behind their visitors who remained in 11th.

Jonathan David had his 80th-minute penalty saved by Alban Lafont after Fabio had given away the spot kick, and been sent off, for tugging on the shirt of Mehmet Celik.

It was an unconvincing effort from the Canadian international and proved a comfortable stop for the Nantes goalkeeper.

Lille, whose domestic form has contrasted with their Champions League exploits where they top their group with one game to play, went ahead early when veteran Burak Yilmaz crashed home a right-footed shot.

The ninth-minute goal was set up by Jonathan Bamba and suggested Lille could break a spiral of disappointing Ligue 1 form.

But, as had happened six times previously this season, they failed to hold on to their lead as Nantes equalised in the 24th minute.

Ludovic Blas shrugged off the defensive attention of both Tiago Djalo and captain Jose Fonte to squeeze his shot inside the post and make it 1-1.

Nantes might have taken the lead six minutes later but the effort of former Manchester United full-back Fabio cannoned back off the upright.

Nantes’s Pedro Chirivella missed a good chance with some 30 minutes left before Lille came back strongly to dominate the closing stages but squandered their chance to take all three points.

Euro round-up: Haaland scores on Dortmund return

Erling Haaland scored on his comeback with a second-half volley as Borussia Dortmund came from a goal down to beat VfL Wolfsburg 3-1 in the Bundesliga on Saturday.

The Norwegian striker scored in the 81st minute after coming on as a second-half substitute following his recovery from a hip flexor muscle injury that had sidelined him since mid-October.

With their sixth win in the last seven league matches, Dortmund – having crashed out of the Champions League on Wednesday after a 3-1 loss to Sporting Lisbon – moved up to 30 points, one behind Bayern Munich, who beat Arminia Bielefeld later in the day.

The Bundesliga’s top two teams face each other next weekend.

“A lot has happened in the past few days. But we played a good game and the result stands above everything else,” Dortmund’s Julian Brandt said.

Haaland was a second-half substitute for Dortmund
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Haaland was a second-half substitute for Dortmund

“We are extremely happy. Now we have a good full week to prepare for Bayern and we will go into that game with a lot of confidence.”

The Wolves took a second-minute lead through Wout Weghorst, who headed in at the near post to complete a textbook break that had left the Dortmund back line exposed.

The Ruhr valley club levelled with an Emre Can penalty in the 35th minute after captain Marco Reus was brought down in the box by Wolfsburg’s Maxence Lacroix.

Donyell Malen put them in front by rifling in from a Reus pass to score for the third consecutive game in all competitions.

There was more good news for Dortmund, with Haaland making a second-half substitute appearance and looking as sharp as ever ahead of the big game against the Bavarians.

He needed only eight minutes on the pitch to bag his 10th league goal in seven appearances, volleying in from close range to become the youngest ever player to reach 50 Bundesliga goals at 21 years and 128 days.

Leroy Sane's winner was his fourth Bundesliga goal of the season
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Leroy Sane’s winner was his fourth Bundesliga goal of the season

Bayern laboured for long periods against a defensive-minded Bielefeld team, who had earned a 3-3 draw on their previous visit to Munich.

Substitute Jamal Musiala provided the key with a brilliant diagonal pass forward to Thomas Muller, who laid it off for Leroy Sane to fire in the winner from outside the penalty area in the 71st minute.

It ensured Bayern set a record of 102 Bundesliga goals in a calendar year, previously held by Cologne who plundered 101 in 1977.

Sebastian Andersson scored in injury time as Cologne beat Borussia Monchengladbach 4-1 in their Rhine derby in front of 50,000 fans.

Augsburg substitute Michael Gregoritsch scored in the seventh minute of injury time to salvage a 1-1 draw at Hertha Berlin, and extend the hosts’ winless run to four games.

Elsewhere, Hoffenheim routed bottom side Greuther Furth 6-3 away, while Bochum came from behind to beat visitors Freiburg 2-1. Milos Pantovic scored the winner from barely inside the Freiburg half.

Ligue 1: Lille squander late penalty against Nantes

Champions Lille failed to convert a late penalty and remained in the bottom half of the Ligue 1 table when they were held to a 1-1 home draw by 10-man Nantes on Saturday.

The result left Lille stuck in 12th spot, with 18 points from 15 matches, one point behind their visitors who remained in 11th.

Jonathan David had his 80th-minute penalty saved by Alban Lafont after Fabio had given away the spot kick, and been sent off, for tugging on the shirt of Mehmet Celik.

It was an unconvincing effort from the Canadian international and proved a comfortable stop for the Nantes goalkeeper.

Lille, whose domestic form has contrasted with their Champions League exploits where they top their group with one game to play, went ahead early when veteran Burak Yilmaz crashed home a right-footed shot.

The ninth-minute goal was set up by Jonathan Bamba and suggested Lille could break a spiral of disappointing Ligue 1 form.

But, as had happened six times previously this season, they failed to hold on to their lead as Nantes equalised in the 24th minute.

Ludovic Blas shrugged off the defensive attention of both Tiago Djalo and captain Jose Fonte to squeeze his shot inside the post and make it 1-1.

Nantes might have taken the lead six minutes later but the effort of former Manchester United full-back Fabio cannoned back off the upright.

Nantes’s Pedro Chirivella missed a good chance with some 30 minutes left before Lille came back strongly to dominate the closing stages but squandered their chance to take all three points.

Later on Saturday, second-placed Nice entertain Metz while Sunday’s standout fixtures see leaders Paris St Germain, with 37 points, visit Saint Etienne and third-placed Rennes go to Lorient.

Augsburg stun leaders Bayern in Bavarian derby

Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich suffered a shock 2-1 loss at Augsburg who struck twice against the run of play in the first half to snatch a memorable victory in Friday’s Bavarian derby.

Goals from Mads Pedersen and Andre Hahn in the 23rd and 36th minutes put the hosts in the driving seat, before Robert Lewandowski pulled a goal back in the 38th, as Augsburg earned their third win in 21 Bundesliga matches against Bayern.

The result leaves Bayern top of the table on 28 points but second-placed Borussia Dortmund, on 24, will be looking to cut the gap when they host VfB Stuttgart on Saturday.

Andre Hahn celebrates after he put Augsburg 2-0 up
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Andre Hahn celebrates after he put Augsburg 2-0 up

With Thomas Muller playing his 600th game for the Munich club in all competitions, but Joshua Kimmich out again for a week in COVID-19 quarantine after contact with an infected person, Bayern had more than 75 per cent possession at the start.

But Augsburg caught the visitors with a sucker punch when Pedersen powered home a low shot for his maiden Bundesliga goal.

With Bayern, who travel to Dynamo Kyiv in the Champions League next week, struggling to create chances, Augsburg struck again. Bayern lost possession in their own half and Hahn rose higher than the defence to head in a perfect Iago cross.

The celebrations of the home fans were dampened two minutes later when Bundesliga top scorer Lewandowski scored his 14th league goal from a Muller assist to cut the deficit.

But Augsburg remained disciplined in defence after the break and looked comfortable as they soaked up the Bayern pressure.

The visitors did not have many chances despite dominating possession but came close when Alphonso Davies’ low shot in the 73rd flew just wide of the post before Augsburg goalkeeper Rafal Gikiewicz then denied Lewandowski from close range.

The genius of Jordan-like Lewandowski

If there has been a better player in world football these past two years, Robert Lewandowski’s goal record suggests otherwise.

His 41 Bundesliga goals for Bayern Munich last season were 11 more than anyone else in a major European league. More than anyone has ever managed in the history of that competition, breaking the record set by the late, great Gerd Muller in 1972.

If France Football deigned to award the Ballon d’Or last year, Lewandowski would have been strong favourite to win it. He is expected to be given the gong later this month anyway.

At 33, he has achieved it all in the club game, winning nine of the last 11 German titles – two with Dortmund and seven in a row with Bayern. He added the Champions League in 2020.

But it will be difficult to repeat the feat at international level, despite being the top scorer in qualifying for the European Championship in 2016 and the World Cup in 2018. He scored three goals in three games at Euro 2020 but it was not enough for Poland to progress.

When edging past Albania last month, Lewandowski’s teammates included those playing in Russia and MLS. There were colleagues from the second tier in Italy and England. The world’s best striker sharing a pitch with pals from Derby County and Barnsley.

This is the peculiar challenge of international football. At club level, in this globalised world, the best gravitate towards the best. But the international game still throws up these quirks.

So, how do you handle a world-class player in that team?

Poland coach Paulo Sousa in conversation with star striker Robert Lewandowski
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Poland coach Paulo Sousa in conversation with star striker Robert Lewandowski

Paulo Sousa knew that this would define his success as Poland manager as soon as he was appointed to the role in January 2020. His relationship with Lewandowski would be key.

It is why he made a detour to Germany before even setting foot on Polish soil. At the height of the pandemic, restrictions meant that the pair had to meet at a hotel nearby Munich airport, where they had a lengthy conversation, sharing ideas about the game.

“That first meeting was close to four hours,” Sousa tells Sky Sports.

“It was vital and it was amazing.”

In Sousa’s mind was a book that he had read years earlier when the Portuguese had been in Italy in charge of Fiorentina. The book was by Phil Jackson, the former Chicago Bulls coach who won everything there was to win with Michael Jordan.

“Someone gave it to me and it had a big impact on me.”

Jordan was already the best basketball player in the world when Jackson was promoted to head coach but the greatest achievements were still to come. They came not by improving Jordan’s numbers but bringing out other qualities in him to help the team succeed.

“If I was going to have any success realising my vision for the team, I knew my first challenge was to win over Michael Jordan,” Jackson explained in Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success.

 Michael Jordan and Phil Jackson of the Chicago Bulls look on against the Miami Heat on April 2, 1996 at Miami Arena in Miami, Florida.
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Phil Jackson was able to adapt Michael Jordan’s thinking to bring team success

“He was the team leader, and other players would follow if he went along with the program. Michael and I had a good rapport, but I wasn’t certain how he would respond to the idea of giving up the ball and taking fewer shots.

“In a way, I was asking Michael to produce less. How much less, I wasn’t sure. Perhaps enough to prevent him from winning his fourth straight scoring title. Michael was more receptive than I thought he would be.

“We had a private meeting in my office, and I told him, ‘You have got to share the spotlight with your teammates because if you don’t, they won’t grow … As a result, you probably won’t be able to win another scoring title.’

“Michael’s reaction was surprisingly pragmatic, ‘Okay, you know me. I have always been a coachable player. Whatever you want to do, I am behind you.'”

Sousa sees parallels with Lewandowski.

“Reading about Jordan was a key moment for me,” he reveals. “The guy was already at the top but the challenge was to involve him in the process to make others develop their skills together. It was amazing and it was always in my mind with Robert.”

Poland coach Paulo Sousa in conversation with star striker Robert Lewandowski
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Poland striker Robert Lewandowski is a deep thinker about the game

The initial conversation had been over the telephone, establishing that Lewandowski still had big ambitions with Poland. The desire was there. “I knew how important his role with the national team was to him. He still had the will to do something.”

But there was a frustration too, having had an uneasy relationship with some of his former coaches. A paucity of ambition to the play combined with sky high expectations on him as an individual made for an uncomfortable mix. “All the focus was on him,” says Sousa.

The mutual respect was there. Sousa had won the Champions League himself with Lewandowski’s former club Dortmund. The Portuguese has “invested a lot in communication and sports psychology” and wanted to bring out a new side to the striker.

“The first step was to know him, to understand him,” he explains.

“There is a way of asking questions, driving players to open up. We understood the frustration that he was feeling. We started to involve him more in the process.”

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Some of the moments of magic from Robert Lewandowski’s Bundesliga career

What Sousa soon found, perhaps unsurprisingly given that Lewandowski has turned himself into one of the world’s best players through will as well as skill, is that he has a keen mind.

“He is very demanding, always asking questions. He has his own ideas about football and wants to know everything about our game model, our strategy for specific matches, why we decide to pick certain players over others and when we choose to adapt the dynamics.

“How we work, we divide the game into five moments. Our defensive organisation, our attacking organisation, set pieces, and what happens in transition when we win the ball and when we lose the ball. We have patterns as a team, this is our identity.

“But while our idea is to be very aggressive and win the ball back as quickly as possible, we will have a different strategy for every game, which means inputting certain dynamics.

“Robert always listens intently when we have these tactical discussions with the team before matches and we are doing the analysis of ourselves and of our opponents.

“He is very intelligent and he picks up these ideas very quickly.”

Robert Lewandowski's Champions League goals for Bayern Munich in the past five seasons

That intelligence to adapt to the situation has underscored Lewandowski’s growth as a player. He was no teenage superstar. In fact, he was still playing for Lech Poznan in his homeland as he approached his 22nd birthday and took time to settle at Dortmund.

He worked at his game and found the solutions through hard work and determination. “You can see that it is not just technique with him,” says Sousa. “It is the feeling that he has in every moment, all of his movements, and the timing of those movements.”

At Bayern, he is perfectly in synch with the forward runs of Thomas Muller. He has learned to anticipate when his wingers will shoot – requiring him to close down the goalkeeper looking for the rebound – and when they will cross to the near post or the far.

With Poland, the ball will not always come so quickly or so accurately.

Lewandowski has had to adapt his movements.

“This is what we made him realise,” Sousa explains. “The way he sees the game in each moment, it is different to the others, especially the timing of his decisions, the analysis, he needs to adapt to the timing of the others and understand that.

“The timing that he has with his players at Bayern Munich is not going to be the same for the national team. An intelligent player like him, it is important to understand the others.

“He has to make sure that his decisions suit the team.

“That intelligence requires a lot of concentration.”

Poland coach Paulo Sousa in conversation with star striker Robert Lewandowski
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Paulo Sousa tries to involve Robert Lewandowski in his decision-making

If that sounds like this is all about Lewandowski adjusting to the level of inferior teammates, that is not the whole story. In other respects, this is about him dragging others along with him. He is the perfect example for any players seeking to maximise their potential.

His wife Anna is a famed nutritionist, a world-class karate expert with a degree in physical education. She has helped transform Lewandowski’s diet, cutting out sugar and cow’s milk. He made headlines when it was revealed he eats meals backwards, starting with dessert.

While it might sound odd, it is indicative of his dedication.

“It is only when you work with him on a daily basis that you understand his mindset regarding football and his life. He is always demanding of himself and has changed lots of things in his life to become more consistent, physically, technically and tactically.

“This is something that he can also provide to his teammates with his experience of his own development. In doing that, he has the chance to have much more players up to his level.

“They can learn everything from him.”

The signs are good. Poland won that game in Albania, a crucial victory that takes them a step closer to securing at least a playoff place in their bid to reach the World Cup.

It followed another win – by five goals against San Marino. Lewandowski played in both, but did not score. His own numbers are down but Poland are outscoring England in Group I.

Poland are not the Chicago Bulls. But perhaps the team is growing.

“With Robert, it has been a beautiful process, for himself and for the national team,” says Sousa. “We have tried to guide him to get the same energy as his teammates and from there we could build it up into something special.”

If so, it could be the story of how the world’s best player became even better.

Euro round-up: Barca held after squandering 3-0 lead

Xavi had plenty to like and much more to lament about Barcelona’s wild 3-3 draw at Celta Vigo on Saturday when his soon-to-be team squandered a three-goal half-time lead.

Playing their final match under caretaker-coach Sergi Barjuan before Xavi takes over as the club’s new full-time manager, Barcelona roared out to a 3-0 lead after playing one of their best halves of the season.

But injuries to Ansu Fati and Nico Gonzalez, who were having inspired performances, and the resurgence of Barca’s defensive doubts, helped Iago Aspas lead Celta back with a second-half double.

Aspas capped the comeback with one of the final kicks of the match when he scored from long range, while Barcelona were hunkered down in their box begging for the final whistle.

“We forgot we had to play the second half,” said a dejected Frenkie de Jong, who provided Barcelona’s only spark in the second half with a shot that hit the crossbar with the score at 3-2.

“We were too static, we need to show more character. This game was important to move up a bit in the table. It is a very hard blow.”

Barcelona remain in ninth place in La Liga.

Toni Kroos and Karim Benzema fired Real Madrid to a 2-1 win at home to Rayo Vallecano to go top of La Liga on Saturday.

Karim Benzema celebrates his goal
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Karim Benzema celebrates his goal

Real had drawn their last two league games at the Santiago Bernabeu 0-0 but got off to a strong start when Kroos drilled a shot into the top corner in the 14th minute after Marco Asensio had cut into the area from the right wing.

Their top-scorer Benzema doubled their lead in the 38th minute by knocking in a defence-splitting pass from defender David Alaba.

Real looked to be cruising their way to victory until Radamel Falcao came off the bench in the second half and soon scored a header, with the help of a deflection off Alaba, to put Rayo back in contention in the 76th minute.

The goal awakened the visitors and struck fear into the hosts as Rayo had two late chances to grab an equaliser, Kroos clearing the ball off the line following a goalmouth scramble and ‘keeper Thibaut Courtois tipping an Unai Lopez attempt over the bar.

The win took Real on to 27 points after 12 games, two above second-placed Real Sociedad who have also played 12 but can return to the summit if they beat Osasuna on Sunday

Ligue 1: Neymar double lifts PSG to 3-2 win at Bordeaux

Paris Saint-Germain stretched their advantage at the top of Ligue 1 to 10 points after two goals by Brazil forward Neymar and another from Kylian Mbappe helped them to a 3-2 win at Girondins Bordeaux on Saturday.

PSG, who carved out a 3-0 lead before late goals by Bordeaux set up a tense finish, have 34 points from 13 games, ahead of second-placed Lens who beat Troyes 4-0 at home on Friday. Bordeaux stayed 16th on 12 points.

Neymar struck twice in the first half thanks to a pair of sublime assists by Mbappe, having opened the scoring in the 26th minute with a neat shot past two defenders inside the near post.

Neymar muted his celebrations and took off his jersey to unveil a message on his shirt paying tribute to Brazilian country singer Marilia Mendonca, who was killed in a plane crash in the state of Minas Gerais on Friday.

The second goal was of superior quality as Neymar raced down the left and exchanged a one-two with Mbappe, who set up the Brazilian with a cheeky back-heel for a clinical finish into the bottom corner.

Mbappe made it 3-0 with a simple goal as Georginio Wijnaldum beat the offside trap and squared the ball to the forward who rolled it into an empty net in the 63rd minute, with Bordeaux goalkeeper Benoit Costil stranded.

The home side pulled one back in the 79th minute as striker Alberth Elis held off his marker and beat visiting ‘keeper Kaylor Navas from close range and PSG were forced to hang on after M’Baye Niang netted in stoppage time.

Bundesliga: Bayern win, Dortmund beaten

Robert Lewandowski scored his 60th goal of the year as leaders Bayern Munich won 2-1 against previously-unbeaten Freiburg in the Bundesliga.

Lewandowski knocked the ball in from close range in the 76th minute.

Leon Goretzka gave Bayern the lead in the 30th minute off a slick team passing move and could have scored more in the second half, when he hit the post with one shot and clipped the crossbar with another.

Janik Haberer ensured a nervy finish when he scored for Freiburg in added time.

Christopher Nkunku scored one and set up another as Leipzig beat second-place Borussia Dortmund 2-1 to ease the pressure on their American coach Jesse Marsch.

Leipzig piled on the pressure from the start and finally went ahead in the 29th minute when Nkunku picked up a long pass from Josko Gvardiol and rounded the goalkeeper to score. Marco Reus levelled for Dortmund early in the second half but Leipzig hit back when Nkunku crossed for Yussuf Poulsen to tap in at the far post.

A day after getting his first call-up to the German national team, striker Lukas Nmecha scored the only goal of the game in Wolfsburg’s 1-0 win over Augsburg.

Relegation-threatened Arminia Bielefeld got their first league win of the season, beating Stuttgart 1-0 thanks to Japanese winger Masaya Okugawa’s goal on the counter.

Serie A: Last-gasp Cuadrado winner ends Juventus slump with Fiorentina win

Juan Cuadrado’s stoppage-time strike earned Juventus a 1-0 win over 10-man Fiorentina in Serie A on Saturday as the Turin club ended a three-match winless league run.

The Colombian substitute beat goalkeeper Pietro Terracciano at his near post with a powerful effort in the dying minutes to clinch victory, despite a poor Juve performance in which they failed to muster a shot on target until the 86th minute.

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Juventus’ players celebrate their late win over Fiorentina

Fiorentina defender Nikola Milenkovic’s dismissal in the 73rd minute injected some life into the home side as Federico Chiesa blasted a shot off the crossbar and Alvaro Morata had a goal ruled out for offside, before Cuadrado broke through at the death.

The result leaves eighth-placed Juventus on 18 points, level with Fiorentina above them.