Manchester City breathed fresh life into their Premier League title challenge as they came from behind to secure a crucial 2-1 win over Arsenal on Sunday.
Pep Guardiola’s side recovered from Theo Walcott’s early opener as second half goals from Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling delivered the knockout blows in a heavyweight clash at Eastlands.
"ooohhh the power..beat cech, Raheem Sterling!" pic.twitter.com/oFForqkEmf— bovis (@bovisromovli) December 18, 2016
Southampton forward Jay Rodriguez bagged a brace to inspire his side’s 3-1 win against local rivals Bournemouth on Sunday.
Rodriguez hadn’t scored in the Premier League since August but he ended that barren stretch with a second half double in the south coast derby at Dean Court.
Danny Rose broke Burnley hearts with a second-half winner as Tottenham snatched a 2-1 victory and moved to within a point of the Premier League’s top four.
Burnley took a surprise lead at White Hart Lane through Ashley Barnes but Dele Alli pulled the hosts level before Rose’s stinging strike clinched a valuable three points for Mauricio Pochettino’s men.
A Luis Suarez brace along with goals from Lionel Messi and Jordi Alba saw Barcelona win 4-1 at home to Espanyol.
Suarez scores, but this Barcelona goal is all about the magic of Andres Iniesta and Lionel Messi. pic.twitter.com/Gsvo7Qk3wi— Daryl Hammond (@DarylBHammond) December 18, 2016
Mario Balotelli scored twice on his return to the starting line-up as Ligue 1 leaders Nice stretched their advantage at the top to four points on Sunday with a 2-1 victory at home to Dijon.
The Italy striker made his first league start in six weeks after recovering from a calf injury and converted a first-half penalty to fire Nice ahead at the Allianz Riviera.
Douglas Costa’s long-range strike rescued Bayern Munich in their 1-0 victory at bottom side Darmstadt on Sunday to reinstate his side as Bundesliga leaders before their showdown with RB Leipzig.
Ingolstadt moved out of the bottom two on Sunday with a surprise 2-1 win at Bayer Leverkusen.
The visitors took the lead in the 26th minute with a powerful Alfredo Morales header from Markus Suttner’s cross, prompting the first chorus of whistles from the BayArena faithful.
Dries Mertens put four goals past England’s Joe Hart as rampant Napoli completed a memorable 5-3 win over Torino to move up to third place in Serie A.
Mertens hit three goals in a 5-0 rout of Cagliari last week to add to a goal he scored against Benfica in a 2-1 Champions League win a fortnight ago.
Dries Mertens scored 4 goals against Joe Hart's Torino today. First player to score a hat-trick in consecutive Serie A games since 94/95. pic.twitter.com/ulCoeuSKrM— 🎈 (@MedioSadio) December 18, 2016
Antonio Candreva struck a second-half winner as Inter Milan edged Sassuolo 1-0 on Sunday to hand coach Stefano Pioli his first away victory since he replaced Dutchman Frank De Boer.
Inter’s second win in succession following a chastening 3-0 defeat to Napoli a fortnight ago moves the Nerazzurri up to provisional seventh place 15 points off top spot.