European football round-up: Real extend La Liga lead

Sport360 staff 18/03/2017
It was a busy Saturday of action.

Real Madrid went five points clear at the top of La Liga after beating Athletic Bilbao 2-1.

Casemiro scored the eventual winner just minutes after Arturo Aduriz had netted for the hosts to cancel out Karim Benzema's early opener.

Barcelona play Valencia on Sunday, but Los Blancos will have a game in hand again once that fixture is complete.

In the Premier League, Arsene Wenger sunk further into a crisis after Craig Dawson's brace helped West Brom to a 3-1 win over Arsenal.

During the game, rival sets of Arsenal fans each had messages flown over the Hawthorns, with a "Wenger Out" banner appearing first before the manager's supporters got their point across with an "In Arsene We Trust" banner.

Meanwhile, Chelsea extended their lead at the top to 13 points, with Gary Cahill grabbing a late winner after a Jonathan Walters penalty had levelled the scores following Willian's opener.

Meanwhile, Romelu Lukaku shrugged off any controversy generated by his decision to turn down a new Everton contract, scoring twice as the Toffees beat Hull 4-0.

Leicester City picked up their first away win of the season over West Ham.

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STAT: Away day blues deepen Arsenal wounds

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The pressure is building on the Gunners.

Arsenal have previously been known for their patchy away form, but in recent seasons, the Gunners have fared decently in games away from the Emirates Stadium (not counting fixtures against other top-six clubs).

However, Saturday’s 3-1 loss to West Brom means Arsenal are now in a sequence of three straight away losses in the Premier League, a run that had not been seen at the club since they lost to Manchester United, Blackburn, and Tottenham in successive away games in the 2011/12 season.

The Gunners have five more away games left in the league this season, including trips to Tottenham and Southampton, and those games could define the remainder of what is turning out to be a disastrous season.

Arsenal are now in serious danger of missing out on a top four spot for the first time under Arsene Wenger, with the Hawthorns defeat leaving them five points behind fourth ahead of Sunday’s clash between Liverpool and Manchester City.

Will this spell prove the end for Wenger at Arsenal?

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WATCH: Skrtel destroys four defenders en route to incredible goal

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Former Liverpool star Martin Skrtel scored an absolute screamer in Fenerbache’s 3-2 defeat to Konyaspor on Friday.

Collecting possession in his own half, the Slovakian burnt four defenders en route to netting an outrageous goal from 30-yards-out.

Despite the defeat Fenerbache sit 4th in the Turkish Super Lig, ten points behind leaders Besiktas.


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