Thinking back to comments from when we asked what people wanted to see in CF, I’ve decided to use Monday morning as a “weekend football recap” post to let you know what happened in the big matches around Europe.
USWNT 3 - Canada 0
Second half goals from Lynn Williams, Lindsey Horan, and Megan Rapinoe lifted the US to the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament title (both the US and Canada had already qualified for the Olympics this summer). The US hasn’t lost in 28-straight matches (25-0-3).
Everton 3 - Crystal Palace 1
The scoreline flatters Palace a bit — Everton were firmly in control of the second half, particularly the last 30 minutes. Bernard, Richarlison, and Calvert-Lewin scored for the Toffees, Christian Benteke for the Eagles.
Brighton 1 - Watford 1
A late Adrian Mariappa own goal saw the points shared at the bottom of the table instead of Watford getting the full points to escape the relegation zone.
Sheffield United 2 - Bournemouth 1
Substitute John Lundstrum’s 84th minute goal made the difference to lift the Blades into sole possession of 5th in the table. Sheffield have the most goals from subs of any team in the Premier League.
Atalanta 2 - Fiorentina 1
It had been 18 matches and 27 years since Atalanta had won in Florence. The visitors moved into 4th in the table and ahead of Roma, who lost over the weekend.
Lecce 3 - Napoli 2
Napoli had been in the midst of a good run and looked to be turning around a disappointing season under (relatively) new manager Gennaro Gattuso until relegation-threatened Lecce went into Naples and took the full points.
Hellas Verona 2 - Juventus 1
Cristiano Ronaldo scored in a record-setting 10th straight Serie A match, but it wasn’t enough for the Bianconeri. Juve’s loss blows the Serie A title chase wide open.
Inter 4 - AC Milan 2
A wild Milan derby saw Milan up 2-0 on Inter at halftime behind goals from Ante Rebic and Zlatan. Inter stormed backed after the break with Marcelo Brozovic, Matías Vecino, Stefan de Vrij, and Romelu Lukaku lifted the Nerazzurri even with Juve at the top of Serie A.
Lazio 1 - Parma 0
Lazio moved one point off the top of Serie A behind a goal from Felipe Caicedo; they haven’t lost in the league since late September.
Bayern Munich 0 - RB Leipzig 0
Both sides will have felt they could have had the full points in this top of the Bundesliga clash. Bayern were on the front foot early while Leipzig had the better of the second half action. Bayern stays top of the table, one point ahead of Leipzig.
Bayer Leverkusen 4 - Borussia Dortmund 3
Goals just a minute apart from Leverkusen’s Leon Bailey and Lars Bender in the 81st and 82nd kept Dortmund from staying level with Bayern on points on top of the Bundesliga.
PSG 4 - Lyon 2
Goals from Ángel Di María, Kylian Mbappé, Edinson Cavani, and an own goal lifted the Neymar-less (injury precaution) PSG to the victory. PSG have a commanding 12 point lead in Ligue 1.
Marseille 1 - Toulouse 0
A Dimitri Payet goal was all Marseille needed to beat a struggling Toulouse side that is all but certain to be relegated. Marseille sit second in Ligue 1, 8 points clear of Rennes in third.
Real Madrid 4 - Osasuna 1
Osasuna struck first less than 15 minutes into the match before Madrid evened things up through Isco and took the lead when Sergio Ramos scored his 90th Madrid goal. Lucas Vazquez and Luka Jovic added two more as Madrid maintained its three-point lead over Barcelona.
Barcelona 3 - Real Betis 2
Lionel Messi assisted on all three Barca goals in a wild match that had three goals in the first 10 minutes (2-1 Betis) and two players sent off for second yellows in separate incidents with about 15 minutes to go. Clément Lenglet was the man sent off for Barca but not before heading home the game-winner.