FA Cup. 3a R. Liverpool successfully raffled the visit to Aston Villa, who he thrashed and advanced to the next round of the FA Cup like Manchester United, Manchester City, Tottenham, Leicester, Chelsea, Arsenal, Everton and Wolverhampton. The big surprise was the Leeds United, because it fell surprisingly before Crawley Town, League Two table, equivalent to the fourth division of English football. Those of Bielsa they fell 3-0 and now they only have the Premier League this season, a tournament in which they must improve so as not to fall back into the second category. The activity of the Premier League returns in the middle of the week and with the chance that the Red Devils move Liverpool from the top of the championship, something that has not happened in several years, but this year the bid for the English league has become one of the most fierce in Europe in memory.
Serie A. J-16. Italy saw how the Milan returned to move away at the top of the classification with the victory against Torino and the combination with the tie between Roma e Inter, which gives them a game of advantage, while Napoli won again and regained ground with the three points that they added in their visit to Udinese and rose to sixth position, thanks also to the defeat of Sassuolo at the hands of Juventus, where in addition, Cristiano Ronaldo was once again the protagonist, because in the last minute he was present on the scoreboard, which served to reach his goal 759, both with which he equals the mark of Josef Bican and the greatest network breaker in history. The next Portuguese encounter may be the historic one, because with just one goal, he will become the all-time monarch facing the rival goal.
LaLiga. J-18. In Spain it was Lionel Messi who rose as the figure after several weeks in which he did not find his best level and be as decisive for his team as in years past. The Argentine was dispatched with a double against Granada and combined quite well with Griezmann, who collaborated with the other two goals with which the culé team thrashed the Andalusian club. Real Madrid for its part only added one point in Pamplona by drawing without goals against Osasuna in a game that the meringues asked to be suspended due to weather conditions. Atlético de Madrid continues as the leader despite not playing, as the match against Athletic Club was postponed due to heavy snowfalls that occurred in the Spanish capital, while Real Sociedad fell again, this time against Sevilla, and now it is fifth in the ranking.
Bundesliga. J-15. In Germany there was a day to remember, since the Möngengladbach beat the Bayern Munich with a spectacular comeback, as the Bavarians had a 0-2 lead, but the Prussians played by note in the second half and ended up winning 3-2. This setback was not taken advantage of by Leipzig, due to the fact that they succumbed at home to Dortmund, which took away the opportunity to remove the reigning champion from the leadership, while the BVB takes air again and is placed on the lookout for first place. The big news was taken by Schalke 04 with the categorical victory over Hoffenheim and with which they broke the streak of 30 games in a row without winning in the Bundesliga, which is the second longest in the history of the tournament and which was very close to surpass.
Aston Villa 1-4 Liverpool
Granada 0-4 Barcelona
AC Milan 2-0 Torino
Ajax 2-2 PSV
Rome 2-2 Inter
Juventus 3-1 Sassuolo
Star of the day
Lionel Messi – Barcelona
The 10 culé returned to shine in LaLiga with a round match that ended with a win against Granda and a double of his, in addition to being in practically all the dangerous situations that Koeman’s men generated. Messi is already Spain’s top scorer and Barcelona is placed in third position, only behind Atlético de Madrid and Real Madrid.
Borussia Mönchengladbach 3-2 Bayern Munich
The Prussians played an excellent match that allowed them to achieve the feat and overcome the German and European champions after going down 0-2 on the scoreboard. Precise plays and first touch, in addition to high pressure, was what paid off in the three goals that managed to fit into Manuel Neuer’s goal and trip Hansi Flickr’s team that few budgeted. Gladbach intends to finish the season in the top four to reach the Champions League spots, a goal that is very close for now.
TOP SCORERS IN HISTORY
1. C. Ronaldo 759
J. Bican 579
3. Pele 757
PLAYER CLUB MJ GA
H. Lozano Naples 1.144 7 2
R. Jiménez Wolves 540 4 0
J. Corona Porto 1,047 2 4
H. Herrera A. from Madrid 359 0 0
E. Álvarez Ajax 385 0 0
* References: MJ: minutes played, G: goals, A: assists
1 year 8 months it took Messi to score a goal from a free kick outside the Camp Nou; the last was on April 2, 2019 against Villarreal