Madrid march on, Bayern stumble and Robben is back: Talking points from around Europe


Pulse News Agency International by AFP

Real Madrid won the Clasico as the title race intensifies in La Liga, while Inter march towards the Scudetto but Bayern Munich stumbled in Germany.

Real Madrid followed their 3-1 Champions League quarter-final first-leg win over Liverpool by beating Barcelona 2-1 in a thrilling Clasico, and Zinedine Zidane’s side remain, remarkably, on course for a La Liga and European Cup double.

A brilliant back-heel finish by Karim Benzema — his ninth goal in his last seven league appearances — and a free-kick from in-form Toni Kroos gave Real their fourth straight La Liga win and a result which keeps their momentum building.

The result should not be a major setback in their quest to win a ninth straight Bundesliga title, even if second-placed RB Leipzig closed to within five points with a 4-1 victory at Werder Bremen. Nevertheless the atmosphere around the club could really deteriorate if they fail to turn the PSG tie around.

Eintracht Frankfurt took a big step closer to a first top-four finish in the Bundesliga since 1993 as they defeated fellow high-fliers Wolfsburg 4-3 in a thriller.

Andre Silva was among the scorers as the Portuguese striker got his 23rd of the season — that’s two more than Erling Braut Haaland.

With just one defeat in 17, fourth-placed Eintracht — who have scored 11 goals in their last three outings — remain seven points clear of Borussia Dortmund with six games remaining.

A place in the Champions League beckons for the club who famously lost the 1960 European Cup final 7-3 to Alfredo Di Stefano’s Real Madrid.

There is surely little doubt now that Inter Milan will win a first Serie A title since 2010 and in doing so stop Juventus from making it 10 consecutive Scudetti.

On Sunday Inter edged out Cagliari 1-0 with a late goal from ex-Manchester United full-back Matteo Darmian. Antonio Conte’s side have now claimed 11 straight Serie A wins, but it has often been like this: their last six wins have all been by a single goal.

With eight matches remaining, Inter are 11 points ahead of second-placed AC Milan, who beat Parma 3-1 despite having Zlatan Ibrahimovic sent off. Juventus beat Genoa 3-1 but are 12 points behind in third.

It seemed that Arjen Robben’s playing days might actually be over as injuries marred his return to first club Groningen last summer.


Pulse News Agency International by AFP

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