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Footballers of the weekend: Ronaldo, Lewandowski sizzle in Europe

April 18, 2016 11:38 IST
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Barcelona completed a disastrous week by losing 2-1 at home to Valencia, their third consecutive league defeat. In England, Leicester City came from behind to earn a late draw, while Bayern Munich look unstoppable at the top of the Bundesliga.

Check out the top footballers of the weekend…

Ronaldo stars for Madrid in Getafe win

Cristiano Ronaldo

IMAGE: Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo (2nd from left) and Lucas Vazquez vie with Getafe's goalkeeper Vicente Guaita (left) during their La Liga match at Colisseum Alfonso Perez, in Getafe, Spain on Saturday. Photograph: Sergio Perez/Reuters

Barcelona's title bid suffered another setback when they lost 2-1 at home to Valencia -- their third straight La Liga defeat -- while Atletico Madrid moved level on points with the league leaders after a 3-0 home win over Granada.

Barca have 76 points along with Atletico, who knocked the holders out of the Champions League in midweek, and remain top only due to a superior head-to-head record.

Real Madrid, whose coach Zinedine Zidane said in February that the title race was over, thrashed Getafe 5-1 away and stand just one point behind the leading pair.

An own goal by Barca midfielder Ivan Rakitic put Valencia ahead at the Nou Camp and Santi Mina added a second before Lionel Messi pulled one back with his 500th career goal.

Rashford nets United winner

Marcus Rashford

IMAGE:Marcus Rashford of Manchester United celebrates. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Leicester City scored a penalty with the last kick of the game to draw 2-2 with West Ham United and open an eight-point lead at the top of the Premier League.

Tottenham Hotspur will reduce Leicester's lead to five points if they win their match in hand at Stoke City on Monday.

Leicester are top with 73 points, followed by Spurs on 65 and Manchester City on 60. City leapfrogged Arsenal into third place after their 3-0 win at Chelsea and Arsenal's 1-1 home draw with Crystal Palace.

Manchester United, fifth on 56 points, condemned Aston Villa to relegation when they beat them 1-0 at Old Trafford.

Bayern close on title as Lewandowski strikes

Robert Lewandowski

IMAGE: Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski celebrates after scoring a goal. Photograph: Michael Dalder/Reuters

Bayern Munich edged closer to a record fourth consecutive Bundesliga title with a 3-0 victory over Schalke 04 as the league's leading scorer, Robert Lewandowski, scoring twice.

Bayern, chasing a treble of titles in what they hope will be a repeat of the 2013 season, are seven points clear of Borussia Dortmund with four matches left.

Dortmund comfortably beat nine-man Hamburg SV with 17-year-old American Christian Pulisic becoming the fourth-youngest Bundesliga scorer and Colombian Adrian Ramos netting twice.

Pogba helps Juventus to tighten grip on top spot

Pogba

IMAGE: Paul Pogba of Juventus celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the Serie A match against US Citta di Palermo. Photograph: Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images

Juventus tightened their grip on top spot in Serie A with a comfortable 4-0 home win over Palermo to go nine points clear of second-placed Napoli, who lost 2-0 at Inter Milan.

Juve took a giant step towards a record fifth consecutiveScudetto but lost midfielder Claudio Marchisio to a ruptured cruciate ligament injury which has ruled him out of Euro 2016.

Francesco Totti scored a late equaliser to rescue a pointfor Roma in a thrilling 3-3 draw with Atalanta, but the game wasovershadowed by media reports of a spat between the 39-year-old forward and Luciano Spalletti, which the coach denied.

Juve have 79 points after 33 matches, with Napoli on 70and Roma on 65.

Ibrahimovic double helps PSG rebound with Caen thrashing

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

IMAGE: Paris St Germain's Zlatan Ibrahimovic in action during his team's soccer match against Caen on Saturday. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

Paris St Germain rebounded from their Champions League elimination at the hands of Manchester City with a resounding 6-0 victory over mid-table Caen.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored twice for PSG, who were crownedLigue 1 champions in March and need one win to equal the club's all-time record points total for a season in the top flight.

Second-placed Monaco beat troubled Olympique Marseille 2-1 to move two points clear of Olympique Lyonnais, who drew 1-1 at home to fourth-placed Nice.

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