On an exciting weekend in European football, David Beckham made his Paris Saint-Germain début in a 2-0 win over Marseille, while it was all square in the Milan derby.
David Beckham made his eagerly anticipated début for Paris Saint-Germain as they beat Joey Barton’s third-placed Olympique Marseille 2-0 at the Parc Des Princes. A Nicolas Nkoulou own goal and a customary finish from Zlatan Ibrahimovic maintained PSG’s three-point lead over Olympique Lyonnais at the top of the Ligue 1 ladder.
Lyon kept the pressure on the Parisians with a 3-1 home win over Lorient, thanks to goals from Lisandro lopes, Rachid Ghezzal and Arnold Mvuemba. Former Arsenal player, Jermie Aliadiere scored the opener for Lorient.
Bayern Munich opened up a massive 17-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga after a 6-1 drubbing of Werder Bremen. The Munich giants were in scintillating form with Mario Gomez scoring a brace. Javi Martine, Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery were also on target, with Gabre Selassie scoring an own goal.
Borrusia Dortmund stumbled to a 1-1 draw at Borussia Monchengladbach after Amin Younes goal cancelled out Mario Gotze’s opener from the spot.
It was spoils shared in the Milan derby as Inter and AC played out a 1-1 draw at the San Siro. The talented Stephan El Shaarawy put the Rossoneri ahead in the first half, but Inter equalised through Ezequiel Schelotto in the 70th minute.
Reigning champions and Serie A leader Juventus opened up a seven-point gap at the top with a 3-0 win over Siena in Turin. Ex-Manchester United starlet Paul Pogba put the icing on the cake with a goal in the 89th minute.
Third-placed Feyenoord had a huge win over Eredivisie leaders PSV Eindhoven over the weekend, goals from Ruben Schalken and Graziano Pelle securing a vital three points. Second-placed Ajax were unable to capitalise on PSV’ slip-up as they were held at the Amsterdam Arena by ADO den Haag.
Porto and Benfica remain joint-leaders at the top of the Portuguese Liga after both sides notched up wins over the weekend. Porto came out on top in a tight affair with Rio Ave 2-1, with Jackson Martinez scoring a brace. The Colombian embarrassingly missed an earlier penalty in which he tried to recreate the famous ‘Panenka’.
Benfica convincingly beat Pacos de Ferreira, who currently sit in third place, 3-0 with Enzo Perez, Oscar Cardozo and Eduardo Salvio getting on the score-sheet.
Barcelona and Real Madrid both needed to come from behind to secure wins in their games over Sevilla and Deportivo, respectively. Both teams fielded relatively weakened sides,with one eye firmly placed on the Tuesday night’s Copa Del Rey semi-final second leg.
Messi was once again the hero for Barcelona, scoring the winner after David Villa had levelled the sides. Riki had opened the scoring for the visitors.
Kaka and Gonzalo Higuain supplied the goals for Los Blancos as they beat rock-bottom club Deportivo La Coruna to keep the pressure on rival Atletico Madrid in second-place. Atleti continued their perfect home record with a 1-0 nil win over Espanyol thanks to a Radmel Falcao penalty. They find themselves four points ahead of Real but twelve behind Barcelona.
Celtic thrashed Dundee 5-0 at Parkhead to open up a 21-point lead at the top of the Scottish Premier League. Joe Ledley was the star for the Bhoys, scoring a brace.
Elsewhere, Dundee United and Hibernian played out a 2-2 draw at Tannadice.