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European Weekend Review

It was a record breaking weekend in as set a new unbeaten record in Liga winning streak. Over in the Serie A title race got closer as both Inter and closed the gap on leaders .

Barcelona set another fabulous benchmark on Saturday as their 3-0 home win against established a new Liga record of 16 consecutive victories. Not for the first time, Lionel Messi was at the heart of the action, scoring all three goals to make it 40 goals in all competitions this term. Barca’s nearest rivals replied with a 4-1 defeat of as Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice, while third-placed were shocked 1-0 at home by third-bottom Levante.

A total of 41 goals were scored in the Premier League on Saturday, the most on a single day since the division was reduced to 20 sides. Eight of those goals came at Newcastle, where threw away a 4 goal lead to draw 4-4. Leaders failed to profit, though, as their unbeaten run was ended in a 2-1 loss at Wolves. There was also defeat for Fernando Torres and against the striker’s old employers . Liverpool are now up to sixth in the Premier League, six points back of Chelsea for the fourth place.

It was a disappointing weekend for Milan, whose second successive draw, 1-1 at , ensured their Serie A lead was reduced to three points after Napoli beat Cesena 2-0. Milan’s city rivals Inter beat 5-3 and are now five points back of the leaders and they have a game in hand. Elsewhere, Antonio Di Natale notched his 100th Serie A goal for in a 2-0 home victory against , and recorded a much-needed 3-1 triumph at Cagliari.

What began as a potentially frustrating weekend for frontrunners eventually became yet another good one, as rivals Bayer Leverkusen and both lost. Both had hoped to pounce on Dortmund’s goalless draw with 04 on Friday, yet while Leverkusen lost 1-0 at Nurnberg, champions Bayern surrendered a 2-0 lead on their way to losing 3-2 at third-bottom Koln. In 17th place, Stuttgart completed a similar comeback as they won 3-2 at bottom club Borussia Mönchengladbach.

Lille experienced a wide range of emotions over the weekend, beginning when closest rivals lost 1-0 at Rennes on Saturday. That result, which also lifted Rennes level with , gave Lille a chance to move seven points clear on Sunday, but they could only draw 1-1 at Auxerre to leave then 5 points clear. In fourth, beat bottom place Arles-Avignon 1-0.

Celtic and Rangers played out an enthralling 2-2 draw in their Scottish Cup fifth-round tie on Sunday, with both sides having a player sent off in a result that means the Glasgow giants will need to meet again – and seven times in all competitions this season – to determine a winner.