PSG bounced back from the disappointment of losing to Barcelona in the Champions League in midweek by winning 1-0 at ES Troyes AC, a victory that left them nine points clear at the top of the table. Second-placed Olympique de Marseille were unable to match the leaders, drawing 0-0 at LOSC Lille, while third-placed Olympique Lyonnais finally returned to winning ways, defeating Toulouse FC 3-1 after a five-game winless run.
With Manchester City involved in FA Cup action, Manchester United took advantage to stretch their lead at the top of the Premier Leaguewith a 2-0 success at Stoke City FC. Arsenal FC moved up to third, meanwhile, rallying late to see off Norwich City 3-1 while QPR are all but relegated after losing 2-0 at Everton.
Barcelona moved another victory closer to reclaiming the Liga crown with a 3-0 triumph at struggling Real Zaragoza, Cristian Tello scoring twice in a comfortable win for Barça’s experimental lineup. Second-placed Real Madrid also won, 3-0 at Athletic Club, and Falcao scored two in a 5-0 victory for third-placed Atlético Madrid against Granada. There was a win as well for Real Sociedad, in fourth, as they beat Rayo Vallecano 2-0.
Napoli missed the chance to close within six points of leaders Juventus after failing to find victory at San Siro against third-placed Milan. With the champions travelling to Lazio on Monday, Walter Mazzarri’s men spurned the opportunity to put pressure on the pacesetters, drawing 1-1, but were at least able to preserve the four-point gap to Milan. The Viola defeated Atalanta 2-0, while Roma battled past Torino 2-1 and Cagliari defeated Inter Milan 2-0 to end Inter’s hopes of playing in Europe next year.
Already confirmed as champions, a much-changed Bayern Munich refused to take it easy at home to Nürnberg, winning 4-0. The league may be gone, but second-placed Borussia Dortmund also turned on the style to win 6-1 at SpVgg Greuther Fürth, while Schalke came from two down to earn a draw with Bayer Leverkusen in the battle between third and fourth.