BARCELONA: Lionel Messi scored on his Barcelona record 506th La Liga appearance but the troubled Catalan giants followed their Champions League defeat by Paris Saint-Germain with a 1-1 home draw against Cadiz.
Messi’s first-half penalty after Pedri was felled was cancelled out by Alex Fernandez’s last-minute penalty. Cadiz’s equaliser, from their only shot on goal, ended Barca’s seven match-winning run in La Liga.
Barcelona collapsed 4-1 at home in midweek to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League but there was a shock awaiting the French champions back home when they lost in front of their own fans to Monaco.
In France . . .
New PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino suffered his second defeat after Sofiane Diop opened the scoring for the visitors in the sixth minute, heading home Ruben Aguilar’s header back across goal from Kevin Volland’s cross.
Guillermo Maripan doubled the lead with a second-half side-footed finish after Ander Herrera failed to clear.
PSG thus stayed third, four points behind leaders Lille, who thrashed Lorient 4-1. Kovac’s Monaco are fourth, now onky two points behind Pochettino’s side.
In Italy . . .
Lautaro Martinez’s two goals helped Inter Milan to an impressive derby win against AC Milan as they opened up a four-point gap at the top of Serie A.
The striker’s early header laid the platform for a confident Inter display.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic twice went close to equalising for Milan but the hosts were then caught out chasing the game.
A fine team move saw Martinez tap in his second then Romelu Lukaku finished another incisive counter attack with a low drive into the bottom corner.
While the normal raucous atmosphere that usually greets this fixture will have to wait until fans return to stadiums, supporters of both clubs lined the route to the ground, underlining the significance of the match.
This was the first time the sides had met while occupying the top two positions in Serie A since April 2011.
On that occasion AC Milan went on to win the Scudetto after a 3-0 win and having emulated that scoreline Antonio Conte will feel his Inter side are well placed to lift their first title since 2009-10.
It was an unhappy way for Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma to mark his 200th Serie A appearance.
The 21-year-old, who is the youngest player to reach the milestone, beat the previous record set by legendary keeper Gianluigi Buffon by more than two years.
While his opposite number Samir Handanovic made important stops to prevent both Ibrahimovic and Sandro Tonali from equalising as Milan poured forward after the break, Donnarumma stood no chance with any of the goals.
Champions Juventus are 11 points behind Inter, although they have two games in hand on Conte’s side.