In England, Chelsea’s relentless charge towards the championship continued with yet another 4-0 win, this time against an out-classed Newcastle. Main slipstreamers, Arsenal, Everton and Manchester United also won to at least keep in touch.
Barcelona are continuing to dominate La Liga in Spain, their latest 4-0 victory over Malaga seeing them 10 points clear of Madrid before their rivals’ match in Villareal on Sunday night.
The Italian championship is hotting up with both Milan and Inter hitting form at last to close the gap on runaway leaders Juventus.
Lyon are still well ahead of the chasing pack in France despite drawing with bottom club Ajaccio, mainly due to the opposition failing to string together a meaningful set of results.
In Germany, Bayern Munich have returned to the top of the table, surprise packet Wolfsburg fading dramatically. Schalke, Stuttgart and in-form Hanover make up the trio giving chase.