MADRID: Substitute Munir El Haddadi saved Barcelona’s blushes with a late equaliser against Athletic Bilbao as the reigning champions narrowly avoided suffering a second successive La Liga defeat.
Óscar De Marcos’s 41st-minute effort at the Camp Nou looked set to consign the Catalan giants – who lost 2-1 to Léganes in midweek – to back-to-back league defeats for the first time in over two years.
However, Barça, after hitting the woodwork through Philippe Coutinho and Lionel Messi, salvaged a 1-1 draw thanks to Munir’s leveller seven minutes from time. He had been on the pitch only four minutes after replacing Ousmane Dembélé when he drew Barça level after diverting the ball home from inside the six-yard area.
Real and Atletico drew 0-0 in their derby in the Estadio Bernabeu. Atlético edged the first half and Real dominated the second. This was the second successive game in which Real have failed to score – the first time that had happened in seven years.
Gareth Bale was substituted at half-time with a groin injury.
Eight Sevilla fans were taken to hospital after a barrier collapsed at Eibar’s Ipurua stadium as away supporters celebrated a goal during a 3-1 win. Eibar issued a statement on Twitter, saying: “In the end, and pending confirmation from the emergency services, eight Sevilla supporters have been taken to Mendaro hospital. None of the injuries are serious.”
The barrier collapsed as dozens of travelling supporters standing behind the goal spilled on to the pitch after Éver Banega converted a penalty in the 58th minute to put Sevilla 2-0 up.
In Italy . . .
Roma clinched a 3-1 victory over their city rivals Lazio to ease the pressure after a shaky start to their Serie A campaign.
Aleksandar Kolarov and Federico Fazio struck to secure the win after Lazio striker Ciro Immobile had cancelled out Lorenzo Pellegrini’s opener. Roma came into the derby against their bitter rivals sitting 10th in the table having taken just eight points from their opening six games.
However, the victory extended their unbeaten home run to six matches and lifted last season’s beaten Champions League semi-finalists to fifth and within a point of Lazio. Meanwhile, Mario Mandzukic scored twice for Juventus in a 3-1 win over Napoli at the Allianz Stadium. Leonardo Bonucci added the other goal for Juve, while Dries Mertens replied for 10-man Napoli, who had Mário Rui sent off in the second half.
Cristiano Ronaldo set up all three goals for the Italian champions. Inter claimed a comfortable 2-0 win over Cagliari, with Lautaro Martínez and Matteo Politano both finding the net.
In Germany . . .
Borussia Dortmund staged a sensational second-half fightback from two goals down to win 4-2 at Bayer Leverkusen and move back into top spot in the Bundesliga. Leverkusen were seemingly in control after goals from Mitchell Weiser and Jonathan Tah before the break.
But Dane Jacob Bruun Larsen began Dortmund’s recovery on 65 minutes before Marco Reus equalised four minutes later. The scores remained level until the last five minutes when Paco Alcácer scored twice to give Dortmund a memorable victory.