European football round-up: Real extend La Liga lead

Real Madrid and Chelsea both extended their leads at the top of La Liga and the Premier League, respectively, while defeat at West Brom saw Arsenal sink further into crisis.

Sport360 staff
by Sport360 staff
18th March 2017

article:18th March 2017

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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European football round-up: Real Madrid go five points clear at top of La Liga, Arsenal slump to defeat at West Brom, Chelsea leave it late to win

Real Madrid and Chelsea both extended their leads at the top of La Liga and the Premier League, respectively, while defeat at West Brom saw Arsenal sink further into crisis.

Craig Dawson's brace gave West Brom a 3-1 win over Arsenal.

Craig Dawson's brace gave West Brom a 3-1 win over Arsenal.

A fan protest against Wenger saw this banner flown over the Hawthorns.

A fan protest against Wenger saw this banner flown over the Hawthorns.

And the Wenger Out fans made their point clear in the away end.

And the Wenger Out fans made their point clear in the away end.

Another set of Arsenal fans had an "In Arsene We Trust" banner flown over the stadium.

Another set of Arsenal fans had an "In Arsene We Trust" banner flown over the stadium.

Karim Benzema set Real Madrid on their way to victory at Athletic Bilbao.

Karim Benzema set Real Madrid on their way to victory at Athletic Bilbao.

Chelsea left it late to win.

Chelsea left it late to win.

Resurgent Leicester beat West Ham.

Resurgent Leicester beat West Ham.