European round-up: City outclassed, Ramos rescues Real


Sergio Ramos’s stoppage-time equaliser maintained Real Madrid‘s six-point lead at the top of La Liga as the European champions salvaged a 1-1 draw at Barcelona in Saturday’s El Clasico.

Luis Suarez looked to have breathed new life into the title race when he headed home the opener from Neymar’s free-kick eight minutes into the second half.

Neymar and Lionel Messi then passed up huge chances to add to Barca’s advantage, and the hosts were made to pay when Ramos met Luka Modric’s free-kick with a powerful header to stretch Madrid’s unbeaten run in all competitions to 33 games.


Diego Costa starred as Premier League leaders Chelsea roared back to win 3-1 in an ill-tempered game at Manchester City, who had Sergio Aguero and Fernandinho dismissed.

Gary Cahill’s own goal gave City the lead, but Costa equalised and teed up substitute Willian before Eden Hazard struck to send Antonio Conte’s men four points clear of City at the summit.

Tottenham striker Harry Kane finished off a special week in style by scoring a brace in Spurs’ 5-0 victory over Swansea at White Hart Lane

Jermain Defoe’s eighth goal of the season condemned Premier League champions Leicester to yet another defeat as improving Sunderland won for the third time in four attempts.


Marek Hamsik hit his 104th goal for Napoli to tie Uruguayan Edinson Cavani’s tally for the Italians in a defiant 3-0 win over Inter Milan at the San Paolo on Friday.


Robert Lewandowski scored twice as Bayern Munich moved back top of the Bundesliga on Friday after coming from an early goal down to win 3-1 at Mainz.

Freiburg stalled their recent slide down the Bundesliga standings and frustrated Bayer Leverkusen with a 1-1 draw at the BayArena.

Borussia Dortmund got back to winning ways with a 4-1 win over Borussia Monchengladbach which increases the pressure on the Foals’ coach Andre Schubert.

Bundesliga top goalscorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang pulled further away at the top of the scoring charts with a brace while Lukasz Piszczek and Ousmane Dembele were also on target in a convincing win.

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European round-up: Ronaldo scores brace, Chelsea go top

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Cristiano Ronaldo was on the scoresheet yet again.


Real Madrid reeled off their sixth straight LaLiga victory to remain in control at the top of the table, but were made to sweat by Sporting Gijon as they clung on to win 2-1.

A brace for Cristiano Ronaldo made it 10 goals in as many league matches this season, but while it was a return to normal service for him it was far from plain sailing for his team as they had to battle past their dogged opponents in atrocious conditions at the Bernabeu.

Carlos Carmona pulled a goal back for Sporting in the 35th minute and they had a golden chance to level it late on, but Duje Cop missed a penalty with 12 minutes to go as Real held on.

The win means they now head into El Clasico next weekend with at least a four-point cushion on Barcelona.


Substitute Divock Origi and James Milner struck to send Liverpool top of the Premier League as both they and Manchester City stole past previous leaders Chelsea in Saturday’s action.

Sergio Aguero scored two scruffy goals as City won 2-1 at Burnley and Liverpool followed suit by downing Sunderland 2-0 after losing Brazilian playmaker Philippe Coutinho to a worrying injury.

Meanwhile, Swansea City claimed an extraordinary 5-4 win over fellow strugglers Crystal Palace, while champions Leicester City narrowly avoided a seventh defeat of the campaign in a 2-2 draw with Middlesbrough.

Having seen City prevail at Turf Moor in the early game, Liverpool were under pressure to produce the goods against a Sunderland team who had won their two previous matches.

Former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard was in attendance at Anfield, two days after announcing his retirement from football.

But he could only look on with concern as the influential Coutinho was stretchered off with his right ankle in a brace after hurting himself in a challenge by Didier Ndong.

Origi took the Brazil international’s place and he gave Liverpool reward for their dominance in the 75th minute with his first league goal of the season.

Jordan Henderson picked the Belgian forward out on the left and he cut inside onto his right foot and swept a shot inside the far post.

Milner completed victory from the penalty spot in the first minute of injury time.

Burnley took a shock 14th-minute lead against City when Dean Marney met Nicolas Otamendi’s headed clearance with a thumping 25-yard volley that nestled in the bottom-left corner.

But Aguero equalised in the 37th minute, stabbing home after Burnley failed to clear a corner, and the hosts’ luck continued to desert them as both Marney and Johann Berg Gudmundsson went off injured.

A defensive mix-up allowed City to net the decisive goal in the hour, with Fernandinho’s cross striking Aguero and going in after Ben Mee and Stephen Ward had got in each other’s way.

Swansea upped the pressure on Palace manager Alan Pardew by condemning the south London club to a sixth straight defeat in a madcap game that gave Bob Bradley his first win since becoming manager.

Palace led 1-0, fell 3-1 down, fought back to go 4-3 up, but eventually succumbed courtesy of a remarkable brace of injury-time goals from Spanish striker Fernando Llorente.

The victory took Swansea off the foot of the table, where they were replaced by Sunderland, and left Palace above the bottom three on goal difference.

Leicester reached the Champions League last 16 in the week and they were almost brought down to earth with a bump by Middlesbrough at the King Power Stadium.

Alvaro Negredo twice put Boro ahead, but Riyad Mahrez cancelled out his first goal with a 34th-minute penalty and Islam Slimani rescued a draw with another spot-kick in the fourth minute of added time.

Elsewhere, Gareth McAuley’s header was cancelled out by Michael Dawson as West Bromwich Albion were held to a 1-1 draw at Hull City.

In the late game, Pedro’s sublime strike cancelled out Christian Eriksen’s superb opener and Victor Moses struck what proved to be the winner in a 2-1 success for Chelsea, who have not lost to Spurs at home in 30 games.


Borussia Dortmund were brought crashing to earth on Saturday following their record Champions League win with a 2-1 Bundesliga defeat at Eintracht Frankfurt, who went third in Germany’s top flight.

It was a first defeat in 10 games for Dortmund and came hot on the heels of their 8-4 romp on Tuesday at home to Legia Warsaw – a record score for a Champions League game.

Hungary international Szabolcs Huszti had given the home side the lead only for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to equalise, but Haris Seferovic grabbed the winner for Frankfurt.

Later on Saturday, second-placed Bayern Munich ran out 2-1 winners over Bayer Leverkusen.

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Steven Gerrard's five greatest Liverpool games

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Steven Gerrard.

Former Liverpool and England skipper Steven Gerrard called time on his glittering playing career on Thursday at the age of 36.

Here’s a look at five of the Liverpool legend’s finest displays:

Miracle in Istanbul (v AC Milan, 2004-05 Champions League final)   

Faced with the prospect of a humiliating defeat after falling 3-0 behind against an inspired AC Milan, Liverpool overcame extraordinary odds to win their first European Cup for 21 years thanks to Gerrard, whose never-say-die efforts at the Ataturk Stadium ensured he would forever be regarded as an Anfield icon. In the signature moment of Gerrard’s storied career, the midfielder, who admitted he was certain Liverpool would lose at half-time, helped orchestrate a comeback for the ages. He reduced the deficit with a header before winning the penalty that led to Xabi Alonso’s equaliser as Rafael Benitez’s side scored three times in five incredible minutes. The Reds completed their astonishing triumph in a penalty shoot-out, leaving Gerrard to experience “the best moment of my life” as he lifted the trophy.

The ‘Gerrard final’ (v West Ham, 2005-06 FA Cup final)   

Just 12 months after his heroics in Istanbul, Gerrard added to his growing legend by almost single-handedly winning another piece of silverware in a final destined to be remembered for his majestic contribution. Trailing 2-0 after a woeful start at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium, Liverpool were dragged back into the match on the strength of Gerrard’s talent and tenacity. He set up Djibril Cisse to reduce the deficit before equalising himself, only for the Hammers to regain the lead. The Reds were seconds away from defeat when Gerrard struck again with a blistering 35-yard drive to force extra-time. Liverpool went on to win in a penalty shoot-out that inevitably featured a successful spot-kick from the captain.

Last-gasp European heroics (v Olympiakos, 2004-05 Champions League)   

When Rivaldo gave Olympiakos a shock lead at Anfield in a decisive group-stage clash, it appeared Benitez’s team were destined for a lacklustre exit. But Gerrard rose to the occasion with an unmatchable fervour that inspired an epic fightback. Goals from Florent Sinama Pongolle and Neil Mellor put Liverpool within a solitary strike of progressing to the knockout stages, setting the stage for Gerrard to fire home with a sweetly struck shot from just outside the penalty area in the 86th minute. It was a moment destined to go into Anfield folklore as Liverpool went on to become European champions for a fifth time that season.

Treble Derby delight (v Everton, 2011-12 Premier League)   

Entering the twilight of his career, Gerrard was struggling to silence the critics who claimed he was past his best. But the sight of Merseyside rivals Everton typically brought the best out of him and that was the case again at Anfield as he scored a hat-trick in a 3-0 win that was just reward for a virtuoso performance. It was the first hat-trick in a Merseyside derby since Ian Rush scored four in the Reds’ 5-0 win at Goodison Park in 1982 and the first at Anfield since Fred Howe achieved the feat for Liverpool in 1935.

Red revenge (v Manchester United, 2000-01 Premier League)   

Although Gerrard never quite succeeded in knocking United off their perch as the Premier League’s top dogs for much of his career, he did enjoy some notable individual successes against the old enemy. He scored nine goals against United and the pick of them came on a spring day at Anfield when he lashed a superb long-range strike past Fabien Barthez to open the scoring in a 2-0 win that gave Liverpool a first double over their rivals in 22 years.

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