Real Madrid they led to a goalless draw in the fight Osasuna Saturday night, unable to overcome the unforgiving conditions amid persistent snow and missing the opportunity to go clear at the top of La Liga.
Zinedine Zidane’s team was held back on the Madrid court for four hours on the eve of the match by a snow storm and things were not easier for them when they started in the snowy field of the El Sadar Stadium.
The closest they came to finding a breakthrough was when Karim Benzema had two goals disallowed for offside in the second half, while he was lucky not to concede. The tie kept the champion second with 37 points, one behind leader Atlético de Madrid. Osasuna, who was right in his tactic, remains 19th.
Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann scored twice each Barcelona whipped Pomegranate 4-0 away on Saturday to win a third straight La Liga game for the first time this season.
Griezmann opened the scoring in the 12th minute, while Messi scored two goals before half-time to score four goals in his last two games and top the league’s scorers table with 11 goals.
French striker Griezmann scored an elegant second goal at half-time, while things took a turn for the worse for Granada when Jesús Vallejo was sent off in the 78th minute for hitting Barça substitute Martin Braithwaite.
The victory once again placed Barça in third place in the table with 34 points, reducing the distance with the Atlético leader to four. However, Atlético, whose match with Athletic Bilbao was postponed due to heavy snowfall in the Spanish capital, has three games pending.
Milan went four points clear at the top of Serie A with a comfortable 2-0 home win over Torino when Zlatan Ibrahimovic returned from injury.
The league leaders’ 27-match unbeaten streak ended with Juventus on Wednesday, but they showed little sign of insisting on the result, as a Rafael Leão goal and a Franck Kessié penalty gave the hosts a dominant lead in Rest.
Ibrahimovic came on as a substitute in the final five minutes to make his first appearance since sustaining an injury against Napoli in late November.
The result leaves Milan with 40 points, four ahead of rival Inter, who travel to third-place Roma on Sunday. Torino, whose four-game unbeaten streak came to an end, remains in 19th place with 12 points, two behind the safety zone.
AtalantaJosip Ilicic conducted a masterclass to inspire his team to a 4-1 victory in Benevento and upload them to the provisional fourth place.
The Slovenian striker put the visitors ahead in the half hour after jumping between two defenders in the box and shooting through the legs of another at goalkeeper Lorenzo Montipò. The unmarked Marco Sau tied for the hosts against the game’s streak early in the second half.
Ilicic helped Atalanta take the lead in the 69th minute when he played a double on the edge of the area with Cristian Romero before launching a shot that Montipò could only stop in the way of Rafael Tolói for a bunt. Duvan Zapata and substitute Luis Muriel completed the score.
GenoaThe revival continued as they struck Bologna 2-0 with goals from Miha Zajc and Mattia Destro to break out of the relegation zone and record their first league win at home since September.
Borussia Dortmund scored three times in the second half, twice through Erling Haaland and once through Jadon Sancho, to beat the hosts RB Leipzig 3-1 and shorten the gap with the top spots in the Bundesliga.
After a toothless first half, Dortmund improved after the break, taking the lead as Haaland charged down the wing and Marco Reus threw his cross with his back heel for Sancho to shoot.
Haaland stepped onto the roster, heading with a Sancho cross at the far post after making the play himself in the 72nd minute. And the Norwegian international scored a second goal six minutes from time when he was sent by Reus to surround Peter Gulacsi before Leipzig scored at 90 thanks to Alexander Sørloth.
Dortmund are fourth with 28 points, five from leaders Bayern Munich, who lost 3-2 to Borussia Mönchengladbach on Friday. Leipzig, who suffered their first home loss of the season, are in second place with 31.
Mauricio Pochettino claimed his first victory with Paris St Germain as the French champions moved closer to the top of the Ligue 1 table by winning Brest 3-0 at home.
PSG won with goals from Moise Kean, Mauro Icardi and Pablo Sarabia to be with 39 points in 19 games, one point behind Olympique de Lyon who saved a 2-2 draw in Rennais Stadium.
Little They are third behind second-placed PSG on goal difference after Burak Yilmaz’s goal earned them a 1-0 win at bottom Nimes. Monaco climbed to fourth place with 33 points with a 3-0 home win against Angers.
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