Soccer Laduma looks back at the weekend that just passed to see how things panned out for some of the biggest clubs in Europe.
On Saturday in Spain there were wins for all three title challengers. Barcelona grabbed a 1-0 win away at Espanyol, Atletico Madrid came back from a goal down to beat Athletic Club 2-1 in Bilbao, while Gareth Bale scored a brace and got an assist as Real Madrid hammered Rayo Vallecano 5-0 in the late game.
In Germany on Saturday, Bayern Munich’s win-run came to an end, as they draw 3-3 at home to Hoffenheim, while Marco Reus grabbed a hat-trick as Borussia Dortmund came back from two goals down to beat Stuttgart 3-2 in Stuttgart.
On Saturday in the early game in England, Wayne Rooney scored a brace as Manchester United beat Aston Villa 4-1.
The surprise result of the day came at Selhurst Park, where table-topping Chelsea suffered a 1-0 defeat to Kagisho Dikgacoi’s Crystal Palace.
In the late game of the day, Arsenal and Manchester City shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw at the Emirates Stadium.
On Sunday, Everton made some ground on fourth-placed Arsenal as they moved to within four points of Arsene Wenger’s team with a 3-1 away win at Fulham.
In the final game of Sunday, Liverpool moved top of the table when they hammered Tottenham 4-0 at Anfield, the first time the Reds have led the league since Christmas.
See the results below and give us your thoughts on how things went down: