Ten-man Atletico Madrid dealt a blow to Actual Madrid’s LaLiga title hopes as they held the defending champions to a 1-1 draw at their Santiago Bernabeu stadium.
After substitute Angel Correa had acquired a straight crimson card within the sixty fourth minute for an elbow to the chest of defender Antonio Rudiger, Jose Maria Gimenez gave Atletico the lead when he netted a header from an Antoine Griezmann free-kick within the 78th minute.
Nonetheless, 18-year-old Alvaro Rodriguez levelled the match seven minutes later with a header from a Luka Modric nook.
Actual Madrid are second within the LaLiga standings on 52 factors, seven behind leaders Barcelona who face lowly Almeria on Sunday. Atletico are fourth on 42 factors.
A aim by striker Victor Osimhen and an personal aim by Empoli defender Ardian Ismajli earned 10-man Napoli a 2-0 away win in Serie A, extending their lead over second-placed Inter Milan to a staggering 18 factors.
Napoli dominated the conflict from the outset and pushed mid-table Empoli sufficient to strain Ismajli into opening the scoring with an personal aim within the seventeenth minute.
Osimhen made it 2-0 for Napoli simply earlier than the half-hour mark, tapping in a rebound from shut vary after Empoli ‘keeper Guglielmo Vicario had parried a strike by Khvicha Kvaratskhelia proper into the Nigerian’s path.
The guests had been left with 10 males within the 67th minute after defender Mario Rui acquired a direct crimson for a foul on Empoli striker Francesco Caputo.
Napoli stay prime of the standings on 65 factors. Empoli are twelfth on 28 factors.
Julian Brandt was on the right track as Borussia Dortmund held on to maneuver prime of the Bundesliga with a 1-0 win towards Hoffenheim.
It was Dortmund’s ninth win from 9 video games throughout all competitions this 12 months and sufficient for the workforce to maneuver three factors away from 10-time defending champions Bayern Munich and shock challengers Union Berlin.
Bayern, who’ve seen their four-point lead disappear because the winter break, host Union on Sunday.
Brandt scored for the fourth consecutive league sport for Dortmund. Marco Reus whipped in a free-kick and Brandt bent ahead in order that the ball skimmed off his again and in after 43 minutes.
Marius Wolf thought he had made it 2-0 with a strong strike contained in the close to submit, however the aim was chalked off by the VAR for an obvious foul by Nico Schlotterbeck on Ihlas Bebou.
The loss was American coach Pellegrino Matarazzo’s third consecutive defeat since taking on at Hoffenheim.
Elsewhere, Hertha Berlin climbed out of the relegation zone with a 2-0 win over Augsburg in snowy circumstances within the capital.
Marco Richter broke the impasse with a shot from distance within the 61st minute, 9 minutes earlier than Dodi Lukebakio sealed what was solely Hertha’s fifth win of the season.
Earlier on Saturday, Leipzig held on to beat Eintracht Frankfurt 2-1, Cologne misplaced 2-0 at dwelling to Wolfsburg, and Werder Bremen loved a 3-0 win over Bochum.