After a disappointing start to the Apertura, Chivas became a side revitalised under Luis Fernando Tena and continue their good form into Liga MX’s winter tournament - the Clausura. A 2-0 win over FC Juárez, thanks to two goals in two minutes from Alexis Vega and José Juan Macías, got matchday one off to the best possible start.
Franco Cervi’s pinpoint accurate finish from close range was enough to see Benfica past Vitória SC. The Eagles took the lead in the 23rd minute but held on a narrow margin that became all but certain when Vitória midfielder, Rochinha received his marching orders in the 95th minute. Bruno Lage’s side hold a four point gap to Porto at the top of LigaNOS.
Real Madrid / Atlético de Madrid
Zinedine Zidane’s Los Blancos overcame Diego Simeone’s Los Rojiblancos in the Supercopa de España Final played in Jeddah, Saudia Arabia. A closely fought 120 minutes was defined by Federico Valverde red card. Atletico could have won it in extra-time, Alvaro Morata went through one-on-one with five minutes remaining, but Valverde scythed him down as he approached the box. Real eventually won 4-1 on penalties.
Atlético de Madrid Femenino
Ángela Sosa’s first half penalty kick was enough to give Atléti a 1-0 victory over Sporting Huelva at the Wanda Sports Center. It was the midfielder’s seventh goal in 15 Primera División matches this season. It keeps the Femenino second, seven points behind leaders Barcelona.
Two goals in the opening 10 minutes were enough to see Juventus past AS Roma away from home. Merih Demiral scored after just 180 seconds before talisman, Cristiano Ronaldo doubled the advantage from the spot seven minutes later. The hosts pulled one back from their own penalty with 20 minutes remaining, Diego Perotti on target, but Juventus held on.
Zlatan Ibrahimović came off the bench for another AC Milan ‘debut’, the striker back at the Rossoneri once again. However, even his presence could do nothing to stop a nil-nil draw with Sampdoria. Milan lie 10th in Serie A, four points off the Europa League qualifier slot and a further six off automatic qualification for UEFA’s second tier competition.
Antonio Conte’s Inter missed the chance to go top of Serie A as they could only fashion a draw with Champions League surprise package, Atalanta. Lautaro Martínez’s fabulous fourth minute opener was cancelled out by Robin Gosens’ poacher-like finish with 15 minutes remaining.
Germán Pezzella rose highest to power La Viola to victory with just eight minutes remaining as Spal fell to a late goal away from home. Erick Pulgar’s lofted corner was met with Pezzella’s full force, the header gave Fiorentina their first Serie A win since October and it brought to a close a winless streak of eight games in which they’d leaked 16 goals.
It was Coupe de France action for Lyon’s Feminin and what an evening of action it was. Despite going behind to Olympique de Marseille after eight minutes, Jean-Luc Vasseur’s side rallied and went onto win 9-1. Nikita Parris scored four as Marseille collapsed in the most spectacular fashion.
Manchester City Women
Pauline Bremer scored a brace as City beat North West rivals Everton 3-1 at the Academy Stadium. Gemma Bonner added the third just after the hour mark before The Toffees grabbed a late consolation via City forward, Georgia Stanway. It was to be a telling moment as the added time mishap stopped Nick Cushing’s Sky Blues going top of the WSL on goal difference.
José Mourinho could only drop to his knees as Giovani Lo Celso missed a clear opportunity to peg leaders Liverpool back to a draw. The Reds were in second gear for the majority of the fixture, but Lo Celso’s second half introduction created a number of chances, but none could be taken, 1-0 the final score to Jürgen Klopp’s seemingly unstoppable red machine.
The Red Devils followed up a 4-1 whipping of Newcastle with a 4-0 demolition of Norwich City, making it the first time United had hit four goals in consecutive home league games since 2017. Marcus Rashford crowned his 200th appearance in emphatic style as he hit a brace past - heaping more woe on the Canaries, who prop up the Premier League table.
Mikel Arteta was unable to see his Gunners pick up their first away victory since taking over the club at the back end of December. Jordan Ayew's deflected equaliser cancelled out a Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang opener just before the Arsenal captain received a straight red, via VAR, for a tackle that left Max Meyer in a heap.