Title-chasing Barcelona suffer shock defeat at struggling Almeria
Barcelona missed the chance to extend their lead at the top of LaLiga after suffering an unexpected 1-0 defeat at relegation-battling Almeria.
Real Madrid’s own title hopes looked to have suffered a blow after they played out a 1-1 draw at home to 10-man rivals Atletico Madrid on Saturday.
However, Barca, knocked out of Europe by Manchester United on Thursday, fell behind against Almeria to a first-half goal from El Bilal Toure and could not find a way back as they suffered only their second league defeat of the season.
Despite the loss though, the Catalan giants remain seven points clear of Real at the top of the table.
FT #AlmeríaBarça 1-0
𝗛𝘂𝗴𝗲 win for @UDAlmeria_Eng 😍#LaLigaSantander pic.twitter.com/bPefPOSYxL
— LaLiga English (@LaLigaEN) February 26, 2023
Earlier on Sunday, Athletic Bilbao’s European qualification hopes were dented by a 3-2 home defeat to Girona.
Gabri Veiga scored twice as Celta Vigo moved further clear of the relegation zone with a 3-0 win over Real Valladolid, who ended the match with 10 men at Estadio de Balaidos.
In Italy, Inter Milan lost ground at the top of Serie A after a 1-0 defeat at Bologna saw their six-match unbeaten run in all competitions come to an end.
Defeat in Bologna.#BolognaInter 1-0 (FT)#ForzaInter pic.twitter.com/56JViG2agC
— Inter (@Inter_en) February 26, 2023
Napoli had extended their lead to 18 points with a 2-0 success at Empoli on Saturday.
The Nerazzurri, though, were unable to respond as Riccardo Orsolini’s strike with 15 minutes left settled matters in wet and blustery conditions at the Renato Dall’Ara Stadium.
At the other end of the table, Salernitana pulled further clear of the drop zone with a 3-0 win home win over 10-man Monza, while it finished 2-2 between Udinese and Spezia.
✅ Home win
✅ Clean sheet
✅ League leaders
What a way to end the weekend 😤#MiaSanMia #FCBFCU pic.twitter.com/dw2h80aybZ
— FC Bayern Munich (@FCBayernEN) February 26, 2023
Bayern Munich stormed back to the top of the Bundesliga as they beat third-placed Union Berlin 3-0 at the Allianz Arena.
Borussia Dortmund had moved above Bayern after a 1-0 win at Hoffenheim on Saturday.
Bayern, though, battled through snowy conditions to return to the summit with first-half goals from Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, Kingsley Coman and Jamal Musiala, on his 20th birthday
Sunday’s other match in Germany’s top flight saw European hopefuls Freiburg held to a 1-1 draw at home by Bayer Leverkusen.