It was an interesting weekend in leagues across Europe as unexpected results were recorded in some leagues, while in others; leaders cement their place at the top of the standings.
In England the English Premier League leaders Manchester United were at the stadium of light on a match day Sunderland tagged ‘The Nelson Mandela Day’ after ailing former South African President, Nelson Mandela.
The Red Devils showed their class as they were the better side on the day, but could not convert more than a Robin Van Persie shot which was deflected in by a Sunderland defender. The match ended 0-1 in favour of Manchester United, and the darkness falling on the Stadium of Light became more apparent. The loss was Sunderland Manager Martin O’neil’s last opportunity as he was relieved of his duty.
Manchester City also won Newcastle convincingly, but the gap between them and United remains 15 points.
Chelsea however lost to Southampton who has been noted in the season not to be a respecter of big teams in the premiership, mounting more pressure on caretaker manager Rafael Benitez, but Tottenham, Everton, and Arsenal won.
In Italy, table toppers Juventus showed what champions are made of, as they beat Inter Milan 2-1, to move closer to clinching the Serie A title.
In Germany, Bayern Munich unleashed terror on Hamburg as they beat the hosts 9-2. Claudio Pizarro who fell further down the pecking other with the arrival of Mario Mandzukic took his chances, grabbing four goals.
With the emphatic win, Bayern now need just two points from the last seven games of the season to seal the title .
The two big La Liga clubs Barcelona and Real Madrid didn’t live up to expectations, as they both played out draws. Real Madrid drew 1-1 with Real Zaragoza while Barcelona played a 2-all draw with Celta vigo. Barcelona still leads the Spanish La Liga log and could be crowned winners with games to go.