CLOUDSPORTS' EUROPEAN FOOTBALL WEEKEND REVIEW
As top flight football continues to return across Europe, fans from across the continent will be getting their football fix from the comfort of their home throughout the remainder of the season.
So we thought why not bring the footballing feast to you - a weekly round-up of the talking points across all of Europe’s big leagues from the weekend.
A HAPPY RETURN TO HOFFENHEIM FOR NAGELSMANN
RB Leipzig moved closer to securing a second consecutive season of Champions League football after two early quick-fire goals from Dani Otto proved decisive.
Captivating early exchanges saw the game turn on its head completely though, with Hoffenheim being denied a penalty at 0-0 as VAR overturned the referee’s on-field decision.
Victory came as manager Julian Naglesmann returned to his former employers for the first time - a club where he rose to fame in Germany after taking over the reins at just 28-years-old.
BAYERN LOVING THE SOMMER FOOTBALL
A gift from Borussia Mönchengladbach goalkeeper Yann Sommer, followed by a late Leon Goretzka winner, secured a 2-1 win for Bayern Munich and ensured they moved within one win of regaining the Bundesliga title for an 8th consecutive season - a feat achieved on Tuesday night in a 1-0 win at Werder Bremen.
Swiss international Sommer passed straight to Bayern’s Joshua Zirkzee in the 26th minute and the attacker took the chance to slot the ball into an empty net.
Gladbach are battling it out with Leverkusen for 4th place, and Champions League qualification.
Hoffenheim 0-2 RB Leipzig
Fortuna Düsseldorf 0-1 Borussia Dortmund, Köln 1-2 Union Berlin, Wolfsburg 2-2 Freiburg, Hertha Berlin 1-4 Eintracht Frankfurt, Paderborn 1-5 Werder Bremen, Bayern Munich 2-1 Borussia Mönchengladbach
Mainz 0-1 Augsburg, Schalke 1-1 Bayer Leverkusen
SCRAP FOR SURVIVAL
A long break from League action will have given those fighting for their La Liga status time to regroup, and it was only bottom placed Espanyol who could capitalise and pick up points this weekend with a 2-0 win over Alaves.
The win moved the Barcelona club to within three points off Celta Vigo who sit outside the relegation zone ahead of midweek fixtures in the league
In all, just four points separate the bottom five - as Leganes, Mallorca, Vigo, and Eibar all suffered defeat at the weekend.
BRATHWAITE OFF THE MARK FOR BARCA
As former employers Leganes struggle for their league safety, Barcelona forward Martin Braithwaite fired in his first La Liga goal for his new club on Saturday.
Mallorca fought hard but were arguably fighting a losing battle, as Arturo Vidal gave the visitors an early lead inside two minutes.
Goals from Braithwaite and Jordi Alba put the contest to bed, before Lionel Messi added his 20th La Liga goal of the season - a twelfth consecutive season he's achieved this feat.
Sevilla 2-0 Real Betis
Granada 2-1 Getafe, Valencia 1-1 Levente
Espanyol 2-0 Alavés, Celta Vigo 0-1 Villarreal, Leganés 1-2 Valladolid, Mallorca 0-4 Barcelona
Athletic Club 1-1, Atlético Madrid, Real Madrid 3-1 Eibar
Headlines across Europe
PORTO AND BENFICA TRADE PLACES ONCE MORE
Two points separate these two Portuguese giants as they fight it out at the top of Liga NOS.
Porto’s win against Marítimo saw them climb back to top spot after a loss in their second game back since the restart, as Benfica succumbed to a fourth draw in succession in the league after a 2-2 draw at Portimonense.
Will Benfica retain their crown or will they plunder and let Porto through their grasp?
SALZBURG STARS SPREADING THEIR WINGS
Anyone who followed Red Bull Salzburg's progress in the Champions League will know the attacking power and intent they possess, and the loss of star duo Erling Haaland and Takumi Minamino is not changing that.
Since their departures, the likes of striker Patson Daka and winger Dominik Szoboszlai
have stepped up to the plate and continued providing excellent attacking contributions.
The pair have contributed 13 goals and seven assists between them in the last eight league games, and a goal each and two assists for Szoboszlai helped Jesse Marshe’s side to a 3-1 win on Sunday - keeping their leading margin at the top of the table at seven points.
A TIME FOR SOLIDARITY
Football is a sport that brings millions from across the world together and when used for good it can convey messages far and wide.
And in a time of change across the world, players on tier pitch have been making themselves heard.
Real Madrid ace Marcelo ‘took the knee’ in support of the Black Lives Matter movement after scoring the third goal or Los Blancos’ in a 3-1 win against Eibar
In terms of the red side of Madrid, Atlético’s Diego Costa paid tribute to a player very close to home - raising the shirt of the club's women’s team member Virginia Torrecilla who had recently had surgery for a brain tumour.
The forward made the tribute after his equaliser in a 1-1 draw in Bilbao.
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