Mertens brace helps Napoli close down gap on Roma
Dries Mertens dream season continues as his 2 goals helped Napoli to return with all 3 points from the capital as they defeated Roma 2-1 at the Stadio Olimpico with Kevin Strootman’s 89th-minute goal proving to be a mere consolation. The win sees Napoli cut down the gap on Roma to just 2 points and took Mertens tally to 18 for the season.
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Dortmund humiliation final nail in the coffin for Schmidt
After a run of 5 losses in 7 across all competitions, 11th defeat in the league (their worst Bundesliga campaign in 14 years) and on the verge of UCL elimination, Bayer Leverkusen have decided to part ways with manager Roger Schmidt. The club sits 9th in the table with any hope for European qualification almost gone. Schmidt final game in charge proved to be one of his worst defeats while in charge of the club as Borussia Dortmund ran riot, winning 6-2, with top scorer Aubameyang bagging a brace.
Barca give perfect audition for PSG comeback
A 5-0 win at Camp Nou: that’s the exact scoreline Lionel Messi and co. will have to produce once more against PSG to complete, it were to become true, the greatest comeback in the history of the Champions League. Surely PSG’s defence is at a whole another level as compared to Celta Vigo, but if there’s any team in the world that could even think about scripting a comeback from a 4-0 down scoreline, it’s Barca and Leo Messi is the only player in the planet who can make it come true. The Argentine came up with a spectacular goal against Celta after a brilliant solo run and capped off Barca’s performance with his 2nd and the teams 5th after goals from Neymar, Rakitic and Umtiti.
Lionel Messi's game by numbers vs. Celta Vigo:
100% take-ons completed
4 chances created
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Payet turns on the charm in Lorient hammering
After all the off-field complications and fan bashing, Dimitri Payet is finally enjoying his football again. The French international scored a clever hooked finish midway through the first half as Marseille thrashed bottom side Lorient 4-1. The win saw Rudi Garcia’s side climb up a spot to sixth, five points behind Lyon who currently occupy the final Europa League qualifying berth.
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Belotti goes atop scoring charts with 8-minute hat-trick
Andrea Belotti’s breakout campaign saw him add another record to his name as the Italian scored the 4th quickest treble in Serie A history clocked at 7 minutes 15 seconds. The striker single-handedly took Torino to a 3-1 comeback win over his former side Palermo. The hat-trick also took Boletti to the top of the Serie A scoring charts with 22 goals in 24 appearances.