No great giant killing feats in the FA Cup so straight to Europe.
Eredivisie. PSV's 4-2 win overGrafschap takes them top as Ajax can only draw at lowly Roda who's Ngombo scored a 92 minute equaliser to deny Ajax all 3 points. Feyenoord lose and stay 3rd.
Ligue 1. 2 goals from Ibrahimovic ( 1st offside) break St Etienne's hearts. Angers beat Monaco and move within 2 points of their mega rich rivals. Caen beat 4th place Nice and are just behind them on G Diff.
Bundesliga. Top 2 Bayern and Dortmund have straightforward 2-0 wins but Herthe are involved in a superb match away at Bremen. They must have thought they had all 3 points after going ahead with 2 superb strikes, Darida's long range shot the pick, but Bremen battled to make it 1-2 before Herthe went 3-1 ahead but a dramatic 2 goals in 3 minutes from Pizarro ties the game 3-3. Brilliant.Leverkussen and Schalke 4th and 5th after their wins. Our faves Frankfurt steady the ship with a point at Augsburg.
La Liga. OK, Barca beat Atletico to gain a 3 point advantage over their nearest rivals with a game in hand. Atletico played the last have hour with 9 men but the goals had already been scored, Koke's early strike for Atletico cancelled out by Messi and Suarez. Some brutal challenges and deserved sending's off for Luis and Godin. Ronaldo's hat trick against Espanyol seems irrelevant but a good return to form after a poor run from the Real giant.
Serie A. Well a great run of form by Bologna takes them way out of relegation territory but their win over Sampdoria drags Samp into bottom four. Bottom club verona and 3rd bottom Carpi get draws but my nearest Serie A team in italy, Frosinone lose at Roma 3-1 with potent strike force Nainggolan, Shaarawy and Pjanic doing the damage. 4th place Inter, for whom the wheels seem to have come off, are ripped apart by Milan. Fiorentino cant breakdown Genoa in 0-0 stalemate to stay 3rd and in the early game Juve are imperious as they take Chjevo apart 4-0. It could have been 8 or 9 as Pogba scored 1 but could hve had 4. Brilliant performance from the Utd reject. That made it 12 wins in a row and threw down the gauntlet to Napoli who were hosting Empoli and would you know it Paredes put the visitors ahead. Higuain should have had an early hat trick but had to settle for the equaliser before juve hit their stride and eased to a 5-1 victory to keep the top. The next head to head will be HUGE.
Tomorrow sees a raft of Premier League games as all teams play over the two night to make up for FA Cup weekend.
I'll be at Eastleigh Town FC again as Saint's head to Arsenal for a tough match against 3rd place title contenders. Later. Al.