Real Madrid close in on LaLiga leaders Barcelona with comeback win
Real Madrid drew level with La Liga leaders Barcelona with a 3-1 home win over Espanyol.
Joselu put Espanyol ahead after eight minutes but Real, trying to end a three-game winless streak, hit back as Carlo Ancelotti celebrated his 100th league win as the club’s manager.
Vinicius Jr. equalized midway through the first half and Eder Militao scored six minutes before the break.
Marco Asensio’s cool stoppage-time finish sealed matters as Real finished within six points of Barcelona, who have a game in hand.
With a brace from Iago Aspas and an own goal from Pathe Ciss, Celta Vigo defeated Rayo Vallecano 3-0.
Elche and Real Valladolid drew 1-1 and the duel came to a dramatic end after Cyle Larin put the visitors ahead in the fourth minute.
Substitute Tete Morente equalized in the sixth minute of added time before Valladolid duo Roque Mesa and Martin Hongla were sent off in quick succession.
Valencia climbed out of the last three with a 1-0 home win against Osasuna. Justin Kluivert scored the winning goal in the 74th minute, while Hugo Duro was unable to add to the lead with a penalty in the final moments.
FC Bayern Munich have gained a two-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga with a 5-3 comeback victory over their Bavarian neighbor Augsburg.
Augsburg led through Mergim Berisha after two minutes but Joao Cancelo equalized with his first Bayern goal.
Benjamin Pavard’s brace and a Leroy Sane header gave Bayern the lead before Berisha struck again from the penalty spot.
Alphonso Davies made it 5-2 for Bayern with his first league goal in more than two years, Irvin Cardona clinched the late consolation goal.
Second-placed Dortmund drew 2-2 at Schalke after leading twice.
Defender Nico Schlotterbeck put Dortmund ahead at half-time and Raphael Guerreiro also scored, but Marius Bulter and Kenan Karaman scored for Schalke.
RB Leipzig remain third after Timo Werner, Emil Forsberg and Josko Gvardiol scored second-half goals in a 3-0 home win over Borussia Monchengladbach.
There was a 1-1 draw between Eintracht Frankfurt and Stuttgart and Hertha Berlin and Mainz.
Napoli extended their Serie A lead to 18 points with a 2-0 win over sixth-placed Atalanta.
Georgia winger Khvicha Kvaratskhelia broke the deadlock with a brilliant individual performance on the hour mark and Amir Rrahmani brought order with 13 minutes remaining.
Third-placed Lazio were unable to repeat last weekend’s victory in Napoli as Bologna struggled against a goalless draw.
Udinese won 1-0 at Empoli, with Rodrigo Becao scoring the winner in the 54th minute.
Kylian Mbappe scored in the final minute in Ligue 1 leaders Paris St Germain’s 2-1 win in Brest.
PSG – who were eliminated from the Champions League midweek – led through Carlos Soler after 37 minutes but Franck Honorat quickly equalized just before the break.
The other game was a goalless affair between Auxerre and Rennes, who remain fifth.
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/real-madrid-barcelona-espanyol-carlo-ancelotti-joao-cancelo-b2298916.html Real Madrid close in on LaLiga leaders Barcelona with comeback win