Raphinha’s winner restores Barcelona’s nine-point lead at the top of LaLiga

Raphinha scored the only goal as LaLiga leaders Barcelona beat Athletic Bilbao at the San Mames Athletic to restore their nine-point lead over second-placed Real Madrid.

The Brazil international struck in first-half injury time, with the shot coming after a VAR review after the flag was initially flown for offside.

Barca then benefited from the technology again in the 89th minute. Inaki Williams thought he’d equalized but VAR spotted a handball in the build-up as Xavi’s men secured the 1-0 win.

Fourth-placed Real Sociedad lost 1-1 in Mallorca, just after the break Lee Kang-in equalized Carlos Fernandez’s early opener. The guests sent Mikel Merino off in the closing stages.

Real Betis and Villarreal in fifth and sixth also drew 1-1.

Sevilla left the relegation places after earning a 2-1 home win over Almeria 2-1 at home, with Erik Lamela scoring a winner in the 73rd minute.

Jorge Sampaoli’s side move up to 13th place, two points clear of the relegation zone, while Getafe replaces them in 18th place.

In Serie A, the 10-strong Roma were beaten 4-3 in an eventful match at Sassuolo’s Stadio Olimpico.

Jose Mourinho’s men – now fifth – were 2-0 down early on thanks to a brace from Armand Lauriente and Nicola Zalewski’s reply saw Marash Kumbulla’s first-half fight against Domenico Berardi result in a penalty, scored by the latter was while the former was sent out.

Paulo Dybala closed the gap again before Andrea Pinamonti gave the visitors a 4-2 lead, Roma then struck back through Georginio Wijnaldum in extra time at the end but failed to salvage a point.

Juventus were also involved in an action-packed game as they defeated bottom-placed Sampdoria 4-2 at home.

The game was 2-2 at half-time after goals from Bremer and Juve’s Adrien Rabiot, followed by Tommaso Augello and Filip Djuricic. Rabiot then scored his second in the 64th minute before Matias Soule sealed the win in added time.

There were also 2-0 victories for Torino in Lecce and Fiorentina in Cremonese, while Hellas Verona and Monza drew 1-1 at the Stadio Marcantonio Bentegodi.

In Ligue 1, second-placed Marseille are 10 points behind leaders Paris St Germain after two late goals from Jean-Eudes Aholou meant they were dramatically denied a home win against Strasbourg.

Despite Leonardo Balerdi being sent off in the first half, OM looked on course for three points after Chancel Mbemba and Alexis Sanchez scored from a second-half penalty, but Aholou then struck in the 88th and 89th minutes and saved himself a 2-2 draw for his team.

Lens moved up to third after a 4-0 win over Clermont Foot at the Stade Gabriel-Montpied that featured a remarkable hat-trick from Lois Openda.

Lens overtook Monaco, who lost 1-0 at home to Reims with a 51st-minute goal from Folarin Balogun.

In the Bundesliga, fourth-placed Union Berlin’s winless streak extended to a fourth game when Patrick Wimmer equalized to a 1-1 draw at Wolfsburg.

Freiburg are level on points with Union and third-placed RB Leipzig in fifth after Ritsu Doan’s 89th-minute shot secured a 2-1 win over Hoffenheim, who sent off Ozan Kabak five minutes earlier.

Bayer Leverkusen fought back after falling behind to win 3-2 at Werder Bremen.

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