Euro: Nico stunner gives Barcelona late win over Elche

A stunning late goal from 19-year-old substitute Nico gave Barcelona three precious points as they beat Elche 3-2 at the Nou Camp in La Liga on Saturday.

After two league games without a win and a humiliating 3-0 loss to Bayern that knocked them out of the Champions League in the group stage for the first time in almost two decades, Barca’s coach Xavi Hernandez was desperate for a win to take some of the pressure off his player’s shoulders.

Xavi’s bet on his younger players appeared to pay off as Spanish youngsters Ferran Junglat and Gavi both scored early on to give Barca a 2-0 lead.

But in the second half, Elche scored twice in two minutes through Tete Morente and Pere Milla.

Nico’s superb strike in the 85th minute saved the day, however, helping Barca climb one spot in the standings to seventh, two points off the European qualifying places but still 15 points behind league leaders Real Madrid.

Meanwhile, a Lucas Ocampos strike in the final minutes of the match gave second-placed Sevilla a 2-1 win over Atletico Madrid.

In a feisty match between two sides that are trying to stay in contention with league leaders Real Madrid, Sevilla came out on top.

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Felipe equalised for Atletico Madrid

They now have 37 points, putting them five behind Real, while Atleti fall to fifth place on 29 points, leapfrogged by surprise team Rayo Vallecano, who beat Alaves 2-0 earlier in the day and remain unbeaten at home this season.

Ivan Rakitic gave Sevilla the lead early in the first half with a fabulous long-range strike that could be a contender for goal of the season.

Felipe equalised from a corner, timing his jump perfectly and thumping his header past Sevilla goalkeeper Bono.

But right before stoppage time, Ocampos reacted quickly to smash in a shot after a Thomas Delaney header came off the crossbar.

Serie A: Abraham helps Roma beat Atalanta

Tammy Abraham was on target for Roma
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Tammy Abraham was on target for Roma

Tammy Abraham scored two goals as Roma put on a counter-attacking clinic to stun Atalanta with a 4-1 win and climb to fifth place in Serie A.

Jose Mourinho’s side finished the game with 29 per cent possession and eight shots to Atalanta’s 17, but they were far more efficient with their chances.

England striker Abraham scored inside the opening minute with a deflected strike, and Nicolo Zaniolo doubled Roma’s lead by finishing off a quick counter-attack for his first league goal of the season.

Gian Piero Gasperini was quick to make a change, bringing on Luis Muriel after 34 minutes, and the Colombia international’s strike cannoned off Roma’s Bryan Cristante for an own goal that got the hosts back into the match on the brink of half-time.

Atalanta pushed for a leveller and thought they had it when Jose Luis Palomino nodded in from close range at a corner, but he was offside.

Mourinho’s team scored a third four minutes later when Chris Smalling volleyed home his second goal in two games, marking the first time in Serie A history that two different English players have scored in the same game.

Abraham swept in his second of the afternoon with eight minutes remaining to take his tally for the season to six goals in Serie A.

Goals from Alvaro Morata and Juan Cuadrado either side of half-time gave Juventus a 2-0 win at Bologna in thick fog to lift the Turin club to sixth place in Serie A.

Morata fired home a first-time finish after six minutes to put the visitors in front, but they were second best for much of the match as Bologna dictated the tempo.

Sinisa Mihajlovic’s side could not make their possession count, however, and Colombia defender Cuadrado punished them when his deflected strike flew into the top corner midway through the second half.

Bundesliga: Dortmund end 2021 with defeat

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Highlights of the Bundesliga match between Hertha Berlin and Borussia Dortmund

Second-placed Borussia Dortmund slumped to a year-ending 3-2 defeat at Hertha Berlin on Saturday to go into the winter break nine points behind leaders Bayern Munich.

Hertha’s Marco Richter struck twice in the second half as Hertha came from a goal down to score three times against a makeshift Dortmund defence.

The visitors, looking to close the gap with Bayern following their 4-0 win over VfL Wolfsburg on Friday, enjoyed a strong start even though in-form Jude Bellingham was missing due to suspension, and central defender Mats Hummels and ‘keeper Gregor Kobel because of illness.

They could have scored with a string of good chances before Julian Brandt cleverly dinked the ball over keeper Alexander Schwolow to put the visitors in front in the 31st minute.

The hosts, however, equalised six minutes after half-time when Ishak Belfoldil slotted the ball under reserve ‘keeper Marwin Hitz.

Richter put Hertha 2-1 up in the 57th with an outstanding finish, placing the ball into the top far corner.

The 24-year-old forward then thundered home on the rebound in the 69th with the Dortmund defence in chaos after an error by Brandt on the edge of the box.

Substitute Steffen Tiggen rose high to drill in a header and cut the deficit seven minutes from time

Dortmund are second on 34 points, with Bayern top on 43. Bayer Leverkusen, third on 28, are in action on Saturday against Freiburg. Hertha’s win moved them away from the relegation zone and into 11th place on 21 points.

Erling Haaland shows his dejection in defeat
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Erling Haaland shows his dejection in defeat

RB Leipzig’s hopes of a fresh start under a new coach are fading after losing at home to 10-man Arminia Bielefeld 2-0.

Japanese midfielder Masaya Okugawa scored the second goal in the 75th minute, not long after Fabian Klos was sent off for a bad challenge on Leipzig defender Willi Orban.

Janni Serra put Bielefeld in front from a rebound, and Leipzig were unable to make their undoubted attacking prowess count, with Andre Silva, Angelino, Christopher Nkunku and Benjamin Henrichs all missing chances.

It was the first loss in three games for new Leipzig coach Domenico Tedesco, who took over after the club dismissed Jesse Marsch. It leaves Leipzig in ninth, far from the Champions League qualification places.

Hoffenheim defender Kevin Akpoguma scored in injury time to deny Borussia Monchengladbach their first win after a run of four defeats, drawing 1-1. Breel Embolo had the visitors on their way to victory, but they failed to stop Akpoguma equalising in the 91st minute.

A brilliant early goal from Max Kruse was enough for Union Berlin to finish the year on a high after winning 1-0 at Bochum. Kruse got married on Thursday and fired home the winner in the 16th minute when he met Grischa Promel’s lay-off with a half volley inside the top left corner.

Eintracht Frankfurt earned a 1-0 victory over visiting Mainz to make it three Bundesliga wins in a row as they climbed to fifth place before the start of the winter break.

Jesper Lindstrom slotted home the winner in the 35th minute, with the Dane scoring for the third consecutive match.

Last-placed Greuther Furth held Augsburg to 0-0.

Euros: Bayern beat Dortmund | Jose suffers Roma humiliation

Robert Lewandowski scored twice, including a second-half penalty, to guide the German champions Bayern Munich to a crucial 3-2 victory at title rivals Borussia Dortmund on Saturday and a four-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga.

The Pole opened his account in the ninth minute to level after Dortmund had taken an early lead through Julian Brandt, and then converted a controversial 77th-minute spot-kick to seal victory with his 16th goal of the campaign.

Kingsley Coman had put Bayern in front a minute before the break before Erling Haaland equalised for the hosts with a superbly curled effort in the 48th.

Robert Lewandowski was the difference again
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Robert Lewandowski was the difference again

In an action-packed encounter, Dortmund coach Marco Rose was sent off with a second booking for dissent following the penalty decision.

Bayern, chasing a record-extending 10th league crown, move up to 34 points with this sixth straight league win over their rivals, leaving Dortmund in second place on 30. Bayer Leverkusen are in third place on 27.

Julian Nagelsmann celebrates with Lewandowski
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Julian Nagelsmann celebrates with Lewandowski

“I think we deserved to win but I also understand the discussions over the two penalty situations,” Bayern coach Julian Nagelsmann said.

Dortmund were fuming about the penalty decision in favour of Bayern after having been denied a VAR review in a penalty claim of their own earlier.

“It was a very tight game that was worthy of its reputation. We could have scored more in the first half,” Nagelsmann said. “Dortmund did it well early in the second half but we found our rhythm again and had good control.”

Elsewhere, Patrik Schick scored four times in 27 minutes as Bayer Leverkusen crushed Greuther Fuerth 7-1 to make it three wins in a row and climb into third place in the Bundesliga.

The 25-year-old Czech striker took his season tally to 12 league goals after scoring all of his four goals in a remarkable second-half performance, to stretch Leverkusen’s unbeaten run to four consecutive league games and lift them to 27 points.

Serie A: Inter thrash Roma as Mourinho suffers reunion to forget

Jose Mourinho suffered a heavy home defeat
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Jose Mourinho suffered a heavy home defeat

AS Roma collapsed to a 3-0 defeat at home to manager Jose Mourinho’s former club Inter Milan on Saturday as the champions climbed to second in Serie A and inflicted a fourth defeat in six league games on the capital club.

Mourinho led Inter to an unprecedented treble in 2010 but his first meeting with them as an opposing coach ended with the second Serie A home defeat of his career in his 46th match — the other coming against AC Milan in October.

The Portuguese pointed to his side’s absentees, who included the suspended Tammy Abraham and Rick Karsdorp and injured captain Lorenzo Pellegrini, after a comprehensive defeat.

“Inter are stronger than us in normal circumstances, in these circumstances, they are much stronger,” Mourinho told DAZN.

Inter Milan celebrate their comfortable away win
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Inter Milan celebrate their comfortable away win

“Today between injuries and suspensions it was a very limited selection. Our attacking potential was practically zero, we had three chances and didn’t score,” Mourinho added.

“When you play with a new defensive system you can’t concede goals like the first and third.”

Elsewhere, Napoli surrendered the lead to lose 3-2 at home to Atalanta, dropping from first to third as the gap between the top four sides in Serie A was squeezed to four points.

Luciano Spallettis hosts recovered from a goal down and went in front early in the second half, only for the visiting Bergamo club to mount a comeback of their own and inflict a second league defeat of the season on the hosts.

The result saw Napoli, who had led the title race since week four, remain on 36 points, two behind new leaders AC Milan, one behind Inter Milan and two ahead of fourth-placed Atalanta.

Meanwhile, AC Milan climbed to the top of the Serie A table with a comfortable 2-0 win over bottom side Salernitana, thanks to early goals from Franck Kessie and Alexis Saelemaekers.

The Rossoneri dominated at San Siro to gain a victory that sent them provisionally into first place on 38 points, two clear of second-placed Napoli, who host Atalanta later in the day.

Milan’s current points tally of 38 is their highest after 16 league games since 2003/04, when they won the title.

La Liga: Barcelona, Atletico beaten as Real win

Xavi on the touchline during the Real Betis loss
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Xavi on the touchline during the Real Betis loss

Barcelona were stunned by Juanmi’s late goal for Real Betis that secured a 1-0 win in LaLiga on Saturday and ended home coach Xavi Hernandez’s honeymoon at the club as he suffered his first defeat since coming back to the Nou Camp three weeks ago.

It was Betis’ first win at Barca in more than three years and took them up to third place with 30 points, six points behind leaders Real Madrid who play later on Saturday at Real Sociedad. Barcelona are languishing in seventh on 23 points.

With Barca’s decisive Champions League match away to Bayern Munich coming up on Wednesday, Xavi rested three of his most important players – Gerard Pique, Frenkie de Jong and Ousmane Dembele – but the decision backfired.

Memphis Depay responds to Juanmi's goal
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Memphis Depay responds to Juanmi’s goal

Betis were dangerous on the counter-attack and Juanmi, who earlier had a goal disallowed by VAR for a close offside call, struck a clean finish past keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen after fine build-up play by Sergio Canales and this one did count.

Elsewhere, Atletico Madrid conceded a goal by Mallorca’s Takefusa Kubo in added time in a shock 2-1 La Liga home defeat that will be remembered on the Mediterranean island for years.

In an electrifying match in the Spanish capital, Atletico went in front through a Matheus Cunha strike in the 68th minute.

However, with 10 minutes left and Atletico looking in control of the match, Mallorca equalised with a header from Argentine defender Franco Russo, who outjumped Mario Hermoso from a free-kick and finished with precision past Jan Oblak.

Eight of the 15 goals conceded by Atletico this season have come when they have been defending set-pieces.

As the clock ticked down in stoppage time substitute Kubo, on loan at Mallorca from Real Madrid, received a perfect through pass from Angel Rodriguez behind the defensive line and the 20-year-old Japan striker calmly slotted the ball under Oblak.

Real Madrid's team players celebrate after scoring their side's second goal
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Real Madrid’s team players celebrate after scoring their side’s second goal

Meanwhile, Real Madrid travelled north to San Sebastian and left with a statement 2-0 win against Real Sociedad on Saturday to move eight points clear at the top of La Liga.

With Karim Benzema forced off after 17 minutes with a hamstring injury, it was once again Vinicius Jr who stood out by scoring his 10th goal of the season and driving the home side’s defence crazy with his boldness and audacity.

Real’s man of the hour, 21-year-old ‘Vini’ has been one of the standout players in Europe during this campaign and is two goals behind Benzema at the top of LaLigas scoring charts.

Luka Jovic, who replaced the injured Benzema, enjoyed his best game as a Real Madrid player, assisting Vinicius for the first goal and scoring the second with a diving header.

Ligue 1: Wijnaldum salvages draw for PSG

PSG's Marco Verratti and Lens' Jonathan Clauss in action
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PSG’s Marco Verratti and Lens’ Jonathan Clauss in action

Georginio Wijnaldum came to the rescue with a last-gasp goal as Ligue 1 leaders Paris St Germain salvaged a fortunate 1-1 draw at RC Lens on Saturday.

The Dutch midfielder headed home two minutes into stoppage time to cancel out Seko Fofana’s second-half opener and put PSG on 42 points from 17 games.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side, who once again looked severely short of ideas, lead second-placed Olympique de Marseille by 13 points after OM slumped to a 1-0 defeat at home against Stade Brestois earlier on Saturday.

Lens, who missed several chances to wrap it up before Wijnaldum’s equaliser, stayed fifth on 27 points.

With Kylian Mbappe on the bench as Pochettino sought to rest the France forward, PSG had the first clear chance when Lionel Messi’s curled shot struck the post in the 19th minute.

But it was Lens who dominated, with opportunities through Jonathan Clauss and Arnaud Kalimiuendo before the interval.

The hosts were rewarded in the 62nd minute when Keylor Navas’s blunder allowed Fofana to score with a floating strike from just outside the box.

Seven minutes later, Pereira Da Costa’s shot hit Navas’s post before landing in the PSG keeper’s arms as Lens continued to push.

Przemyslaw Frankowski tested Navas again at the end of a sharp counter-attack but PSG held out.

Florian Sotoca’s attempt went just wide nine minutes from time and it proved to be Lens’s last clear chance before Mbappe, who came on as a 70th-minute substitute, found Wijnaldum with a fine cross.

The Dutchman timed his jump to perfection to beat Jean-Louis Leca with a header that went into the top corner to give PSG their only satisfaction of the night.

On Sunday, Stade Rennais could move into second place, 11 points off the pace, if they beat bottom side St Etienne at Geoffroy Cuichard.

Fourth-placed Nice host Racing Strasbourg and could themselves go into second place if they win and Rennes do not.

Abraham: Jose has turned me into a ‘monster’

Roma striker Tammy Abraham believes Jose Mourinho has turned him into a “monster” and a more aggressive player.

Abraham left Chelsea to move to the Italian capital in the summer and has hit five goals so far this season.

A dip in form for Roma has coincided with a barren spell for Abraham, with just one goal in his last eight games.

But the 24-year-old’s decision to leave the Premier League continues to be vindicated at international level – with Abraham involved in England’s win over Albania on Friday.

Tammy Abraham had a goal ruled out for Roma
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Abraham has featured in all 12 of Roma’s Serie A games so far this term

Asked what Mourinho had taught him at the Stadio Olimpico so far, Abraham replied: “Just be a monster really!

“I think one of the things he said was I was too much of a nice player and that you have to show that aggressiveness as you’re getting older as a striker.

“It’s not always about being nice on the pitch. You need that character, you need that presence to frighten defenders and I think that’s something I’m learning and getting better at.

“It’s always tough, moving and going to experience a different country and different culture.

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Mourinho’s Roma are currently sixth in Serie A

“I felt the sooner I settled in the better, and started learning different types of football and different styles. I’ve gone to spread my wings and hopefully I can keep up the level of performances I need to stay in the team.

“Of course (the World Cup) was in the back of my mind but really I just wanted to play football. For me, it’s still a young career and I just felt I needed to go out and play some games to improve and hit the highest levels and hopefully I can keep striving on.”

Abraham came off the bench to replace hat-trick hero Harry Kane in Friday’s 5-0 World Cup qualifying win over Albania at Wembley.

He now has nine caps and two goals for England and will be hoping for a rare start when England face San Marino on Monday night, knowing a draw would guarantee them a place at next year’s World Cup.

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Abraham came on as a substitute for England in their 5-0 win over Albania

“Yes, of course, I’m always someone who backs myself and believes in myself and you have to be ready because anything can happen in football,” he said when asked if he is determined to become the go-to man to replace captain Kane when needed.

“For me it’s about always trying to be ready. Of course players go through injury and bad spells etc but as a player you have to be ready and that’s something you have to be ready for, whenever the call is and the opportunities come.

“(Kane is) phenomenal. Everyone is so delighted for him, especially on the bench, every time he scored. It just shows that he’s world-class.

“He got into certain positions where the odds are not in his favour, apparently, but he puts them away like he always does.

“You know he’s striving and striving and trying to get better every game. He’s someone I really look up to and hopefully he can get many more.”

Shevchenko named Genoa boss, will face Mourinho’s Roma first

Andriy Shevchenko has been appointed as Genoa’s new head coach and the former Chelsea striker will face his old manager Jose Mourinho in his first game in charge against Roma.

The 45-year-old joined the Serie A club on a deal until 2024 following the sacking of Davide Ballardini who was dismissed on Saturday after their 2-2 draw with Empoli on Friday night.

Shevchenko departed his role as Ukraine manager in August, which is his only previous coaching position to date. He steered the national team to the Euro 2020 quarter-finals for the first time in their history before they were knocked out by England.

Genoa’s new American owners, private investment firm 777 Partners, acted swiftly with the club flirting with the relegation zone having recorded just one win in 12 league matches this season.

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Jose Mourinho hits back at a journalist who asks if he regretted anything he had done since taking over at Roma

“Kicking off this new adventure to bring back Genoa to its great history,” Shevchenko wrote in a Twitter post.

Shevchenko returns to northern Italy 15 years after he left AC Milan, with whom he won a Serie A title, the Champions League, the Coppa Italia, the Italian Super Cup, and the UEFA Super Cup. The Ukrainian also picked up the 2004 Ballon d’Or during his time at the San Siro.

A meeting with Mourinho’s Roma side is Shevchenko’s first test as Genoa manager on November 14 at the Luigi Ferraris Stadium.

Mourinho brought Shevchenko to Chelsea from AC Milan in 2006
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Mourinho brought Shevchenko to Chelsea from AC Milan in 2006

The pair won the 2006/07 League Cup and FA Cup during their time together at Stamford Bridge and reached the final of the Champions League in the 2007/08 season.

Mourinho’s Roma are sixth in Serie A after six wins, five defeats, and one draw so far this term.

The Giallorossi succumbed to a 3-2 loss to Venezia on Sunday which saw them fall further behind league leaders Napoli.

Euro: Mourinho’s home run ended by Milan

Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Franck Kessie gave AC Milan a 2-1 win at 10-man Roma to inflict Jose Mourinho’s first ever home Serie A defeat and stay level with leaders Napoli.

The victory extended Milan’s superb start in Serie A and kept the Rossoneri level on points with Napoli, who still lead on goal difference after a 1-0 win over local rivals Salernitana.

Ibrahimovic scored midway through the first half with a powerful free-kick through Roma’s wall for his 400th career league goal.

Moments later, the Swedish striker nearly made another goal but he was ruled offside after chesting down for Rafael Leao to slot home.

Ibrahimovic was the victim of a foul inside the Roma box by Roger Ibanez, allowing Kessie to score from the spot just before the hour mark.

Milan then ended with 10 men after Theo Hernandez picked up a second yellow card, which will keep him out of next weekend’s derby with Inter.

Stephan El Shaarawy pulled one back for Roma in stoppage time, but it was not enough.

Napoli struggled to find the target in a narrow win at Salernitana, who are in the top division for the first time in more than two decades.

Piotr Zielinski scored on the hour mark following a header from Andrea Petagna which rebounded off the crossbar.

Napoli were missing standout striker Victor Osimhen, who was out with a muscular issue, and captain Lorenzo Insigne was kept on the bench in an apparent tactical decision.

Napoli have won 10 of their opening 11 matches for the second time in history, after previously doing so in 2017-18.

Joaquin Correa scored twice as Inter Milan beat Udinese 2-0 as the reigning champions ensured they did not fall further behind in the standings.

Both of Correa’s goals came in the second half in an eight-minute span as Inter ensured the seven-point gap to the top two was not extended further than seven points.

Inter dominated from the start at San Siro, with Nicol Barella producing seven attempts in the first half as the Nerazzurri midfielder seemed determined to score.

However, it was Correa who gave Inter the lead on the hour-mark. An Ivan Periic dummy allowed Correa to get on the end of a pass from Alessandro Bastoni, before cutting past a defender and firing into the bottom left corner.

Inter almost doubled their lead seven minutes later, but Udinese goalkeeper Marco Silvestri denied Edin Deko from point-blank range, with Walace managing to block the follow-up attempt from Denzel Dumfries.

The Nerazzurri did get their second moments later and again it was Correa, this time with a shot into the top left corner after Dumfries had cut the ball back to him on the edge of the area.

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Joaquin Correa scored Inter’s second goal as they registered back-to-back wins

Udinese had a late goal by Gerard Deulofeu ruled out for offside in the build-up and so remain four points above the relegation zone.

Elsewhere on Sunday, wantaway forward Duan Vlahovic may have endeared himself to Fiorentina’s fans again after scoring a hat-trick to help his side beat Spezia 3-0.

Vlahovic converted a penalty on the stroke of half-time after a handball from Spezia forward Emanuel Gyasi and added two after the break to take his tally to nine in Serie A this season.

The 21-year-old recently turned down a new contract, much to the ire of Fiorentina’s fans, who have insulted him after recent matches. His current deal expires in 2023, but the club have not ruled out him leaving in January.

Fiorentina moved to within one point of fourth-placed Roma, while Spezia slipped into the relegation zone after Genoa moved above them on goal difference thanks to a goalless draw at home to fellow strugglers Venezia.

And finally, two late goals saw Empoli come from behind to win 2-1 at Sassuolo.

La Liga: Sociedad stay top, Atletico end winless run

In La Liga, Real Sociedad held on to a slender one-point lead at the top of the table despite a late Athletic Bilbao equaliser.

Sociedad took the lead in the 58th minute from the penalty spot through Alexander Isak and looked to be on course for all three points.

However, despite a red card for Inigo Martinez, Iker Muniain struck the equaliser in the first minute of stoppage time at the end of the game, as Bilbao finished the match with 10 men.

Joao Felix scored his first La Liga goal of the season in Atletico's 3-0 win
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Joao Felix scored his first La Liga goal of the season in Atletico’s 3-0 win

Atletico Madrid put an end to their winless streak by comfortably beating Real Betis 3-0 to jump up to fourth in La Liga.

Atletico got on the board through goals from Yannick Carrasco and Joao Felix and an own goal by Betis defender German Pezzella. It was the club’s first win in three matches, following consecutive draws against Levante and Real Sociedad in the league and a defeat by Liverpool in the Champions League.

The victory moved Atletico within two points of leaders Real Madrid, Sevilla and Real Sociedad. Madrid and Sevilla won their matches on Saturday, while Sociedad host Athletic Bilbao in the Basque Country derby in Sunday’s late game.

Bundesliga: Monchengladbach shake off bogey side

Assane Plea scored Borussia Monchengladbach's first to help end their Bochum hoodoo
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Assane Plea scored Borussia Monchengladbach’s first to help end their Bochum hoodoo

Borussia Monchengladbach finally beat Bochum at the 16th attempt with a 2-1 win over the promoted visitors.

First-half goals from Alassane Plea and Jonas Hofmann were enough for Gladbach’s first win over Bochum in Germany’s top tier since a 2-1 victory in September 1997, though the home team were forced to hold on.

Danny Blum scored Bochum’s consolation with a brilliant free kick in the 86th minute and the visitors pushed hard for the equaliser late on. Yann Sommer pulled off a good save in injury time as Gladbach saw out a fourth league win of the season.

Marcus Thuram thought he’d scored the home team’s third goal to seal victory after Blum’s strike, but the French forward’s effort was chalked off for offside.

The clubs last met in 2011 when Gladbach denied Bochum promotion in the two-legged relegation/promotion play-off. Bochum had to wait until last season before earning promotion directly as second division champions.

Augsburg claimed a much-needed Bundesliga win against Stuttgart with goals to spare earlier in the day, winning 4-1 to ease the pressure on coach Markus Weinzierl.

Weinzierl’s team produced their best performance of the season to come from behind after Chris Fuhrich’s early goal for Stuttgart as Augsburg finally picked up a second league win from 10 games.

Fuhrich scored in the seventh minute as the visitors were rewarded for making the better start, but Reece Oxford equalised with a header from a corner after half an hour.

Jeffrey Gouweleeuw scored after another corner shortly after half-time, before Florian Niederlechner and Alfred Finnbogason added further goals late on.

Augsburg remain in the relegation zone, one point behind Stuttgart who suffered a fourth loss of the campaign.

Ligue 1: Nice go second after comeback win over Angers

Nice moved up to second place in the French league with another comeback win as Andy Delort netted twice in a 2-1 victory over Angers on Sunday

Angers winger Sofiane Boufal had opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the 29th minute after Youcef Atal tripped him inside the area.

But Delort equalised with a deflected shot in the 57th minute, before slamming home a volley from the edge of the box in stoppage time. The Nice striker could have had a hat-trick, but his earlier header in the 23rd minute hit the post.

Angers goalkeeper Paul Bernardoni repeatedly frustrated the visitors having tipped Amine Gouiris’s long-range strike over the bar in the 69th minute, before parrying a low drive from the Nice forward in the 72nd minute.

An under-strength Nice side came into the game missing Justin Kluivert, Calvin Stengs, Evann Guessand, and Robson Bambu through injury, as well as Kasper Dolberg for personal reasons.

Nice overcame an even larger 2-0 deficit to edge Lyon 3-2 the previous weekend and the victory moves the club to within eight points of league leaders Paris Saint-Germain ahead of Sunday’s late games.