FRANKFURT: Thomas Muller ended his Bundesliga scoring drought to give champions Bayern Munich a 1-0 win at Borussia Monchengladbach.
Muller’s 63rd-minute strike extended Bayern’s commanding lead at the top of the league to 13 points. Closest challengers RB Leipzig lost 3-0 at Werder Bremen on Saturday.
Bayern missed several opportunities to open the scoring in a first half they dominated. Poland striker Robert Lewandowski was the major culprit while Arjen Robben also hit the angle of post and crossbar, with Lewandowski’s follow-up header superbly stopped by Yann Sommer.
Finally Muller converted Thiago Alcantara’s assist for only his second league goal this season and his first this year.
This was Bayern’s 17th win in 19 games in all competitions.
In SPAIN Lionel Messi scored twice as Barcelona won a dramatic showdown with Valencia 4-2 to cut the gap to LaLiga leaders Real Madrid to two points.
Barca were given a scare by Valencia, who took the lead through a header from on-loan Manchester City defender Eliaquim Mangala. However, the lead lasted just six minutes before Neymar’s quick throw-in caught the Valencia defence napping and Luis Suarez equalised.
A minute before half-time Mangala felled Suarez to earn a red card and Messi converted the spot-kick.
The drama did not end there as the 10 men immediately hauled themselves level, with Barca’s own player doing the damage. This time Barcelona switched off at the back and Jose Luis Gaya squared for on-loan winger Munir El Haddadi to score.
Eight minutes after the break Messi fired the hosts back in front, wriggling past Aymen Abdennour before beating Diego Alves at his near post.
Barca wrapped up a vital victory two minutes from the end when Neymar burst down the left and picked out Andre Gomes for a tap-in.
Diego Godin, Antoine Griezmann and Koke fired fourth-placed Atletico Madrid to a crucial 3-1 victory over Sevilla.
Defeat capped a miserable week for Sevilla after they were dumped out of the Champions League by Leicester on Tuesday.
In ITALY Juan Cuadrado’s seventh-minute goal helped Juventus preserve their dominant lead at the top of the Serie A table while ending Sampdoria’s unbeaten run.
The 1-0 victory at the Marassi means Juve are once again eight points clear of Roma, who beat Sassuolo later on Sunday, while Napoli’s earlier triumph over Empoli leaves them 10 points off the title pace.