German champions and leaders Bayern Munich retained its four-point cushion at the top of the Bundesliga with a 4-0 win at home Stuttgart on Saturday with Robert Lewandowski scoring a hat-trick after Alphonso Davies was sent off early on.
The result left Bayern on top with 61 points from 26 games and second-placed RB Leipzig with 57 before their long-awaited meeting on April 3 after the international break.
Davies was shown a direct red card in the 12th minute for a tack tackle on Wataru Endo, but his sending off only galvanized Bayern and Lewandowski put him ahead five minutes later.
Serge Gnabry made it 2-0 at 22 after a great play in which Thomas Müller and Leroy Sané participated. Lewandowski added the third less than 60 seconds later when he rose to head a Müller cross from the right.
The Polish striker added some sparkle in the 39th minute with a clinical left-footed shot from inside the box as he pounced on the sloppy Stuttgart defense after Sané ran down the right wing.
Bayern took their foot off the pedal in the second half, but despite their numerical disadvantage, they still dominated, as Lewandowski and Gnabry missed opportunities to give them an even bigger victory against the unfortunate visitors.
Erling Haaland continued his fine form when he scored twice, including a late draw, to salvage a 2-2 draw for Borussia Dortmund in Cologne in the Bundesliga on Saturday.
The result left fifth-placed Dortmund losing ground in their quest for a top-four result, as they have 43 points from 26 games, four less than Eintracht Frankfurt fourth who celebrated a 5-2 home win over Union Berlin. Cologne remained 14th with 23 points, two above the relegation places.
Haaland gave Dortmund a lead in the third minute with a sublime finish as he snatched up a long ball from Emre Can and took a challenge from Jorge Mere before directing a low shot through the legs of goalkeeper Timo Horn.
Ondrej Duda equalized with a penalty in the 35th minute after a shot from Noah Katterbach hit Jude Bellingham in the arm and Ismail Jacobs turned the tide by finishing off a counterattack with an unstoppable shot in the 65th minute.
Just when it looked like Cologne was going to complete the league double over Dortmund after beating them 2-1 in the reverse game, Haaland appeared in front of goal to score the equalizer in the 90th minute after an assist from Ansgar Knauff.
Meanwhile in Spain a drone with a flag that opposes the matches of Euro 2020 in Bilbao is interrupted Athletic Bilbaohome game for Eibar in La Liga on Saturday.
The game had to stop in the 68th minute of the 1-1 draw as referee Valentin Pizarro Gómez picked up the drone and accompanying flag and took it off the field before restarting the game.
Bilbao is one of 12 host cities chosen to host matches in the rescheduled European Championship and will host all three of Spain’s group stage matches, which will be the first time the national team has played in the Basque Country since 1967.
The measure has been rejected by groups and political parties with a separatist tendency, which do not want Spain to play on Basque soil. Opposition to hosting the tournament in the city has increased since the prospect of hosting matches without supporters has strengthened due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Real Madrid Forward Karim Benzema combined twice with teammate Toni Kroos to continue his scoring streak as his team won 3-1 away. Celtic vigo on Saturday to get within three points of La Liga leader Atlético de Madrid.
Benzema hit a shot in the bottom corner to give Real the lead in the 20th minute after being released by a fine play from Kroos, who danced alongside a defender before taking out three more with a pass to the feet of Your partner.
Kroos was again involved for the second goal coming within half an hour, recovering the ball on the edge of the area and allowing Benzema to dribble around the area and score his eighth goal in six games in all competitions.
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