Spain: Now only Gerd Muller has ever scored more goals in a calendar year than Lionel Messi, with his brace in Barcelona's 4-2 win at Mallorca taking him past Pele's mark of 75 goals. Barcelona remain three points clear at the top of the league, as Atheltico Madrid won 2-0 at home to Getafe, and a late winner saw Real Madrid win 2-1 at Levante. Madrid were playing on the wettest pitch I've ever seen, so will be delighted to get away with three points and no serious injuries. Malaga lost 2-1 at home to Real Sociedad as their poor run in the league continued.
Germany: Bayern Munich beat Eintracht Frankfurt 2-0 in the clash between first and third in the league, with Ribery and Alaba getting the goals in their tenth win from the first eleven matches. Other than Frankfurt, the rest of the top four also won, with Schalke scoring twice in ten minutes to come from behind to beat Werder Bremen 2-1, and a Robert Lewandowski brace helping Dortmund win 3-1 at last placed Augsburg. That win lifted Dortmund into fourth ahead of Bayer Leverkusen who lost 3-1 at Wolfsburg,
France: PSG stumbled in their first match without the suspended Ibrahimovic, drawing 1-1 away at Montpellier. Fortunately for Ancelotti's men, both Lyon and Marseilles could also only draw so the league remains as it was at the top, with the three sides separated by only one point. Marseilles succumbed to an 88th minute equaliser at home to Nice, with the final score 2-2, and Lyon were held 1-1 at Sochaux.
Italy: Lazio triumphed in the Rome derby, winning 3-2 at home to Roma, who once again took the lead but ended up losing. Having cut Juventus' lead at the top of the table to one point with their win in Turin last week, Inter allowed the leaders to go four points ahead again by losing 3-2 at Atalanta, who climb into sixth place themselves. For their part, Juventus flattened Pescara 6-1 aided by a Quagliarella hat-trick. Two goals in injury time saw Napoli claim a 4-2 win away at Genoa, and take them to within a point of Inter. Fiorentina's excellent form continues at the expense of AC Milan, as the former won 3-1 at the San Siro to stay in fourth place.
Check out Freddy Guarin's excellent free-kick for Inter below...
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