Atletico Madrid held by Valencia

Atletico Madrid remain third in La Liga after they drew 1-1 with fourth-placed Valencia at the Vicente Calderon last night. Koke put the home side ahead but Valencia equalised through Shkodran Mustafi.

Earlier Lionel Messi hit a record-breaking 24th Primera Division hat-trick as Barcelona went to the top in style with a 6-1 win over Rayo Vallecano at the Nou Camp. Luis Suarez scored twice while Gerard Pique got Barca’s other.

Both sides had a man sent off, with Tito getting two yellow cards for Rayo and Dani Alves a straight red for bringing down Alberto Bueno, who scored a consolation goal for the visitors.

Luis Enrique’s side are point clear at the top after Real Madrid lost at Athletic Bilbao.

A mistake by Espanyol goalkeeper Kiko Casilla proved to be costly as it set up Sergio Canales for the only goal which saw David Moyes’s Real Sociedad win 1-0 at Anoeta on Sunday.

In Italy, Napoli and Inter drew 2-2 last night. Marek Hamsik and Gonzalo Higuain put Napoli into a two-goal lead but Rodrigo Palacio halved the deficit with 20 minutes left and a rash challenge from Henrique saw the Napoli defender dismissed, allowing Mauro Icardi to equalise with a ’Panenka’ spot-kick.

Rafael Benitez’s men are four points shy of second place Roma — held to a 0-0 draw by Chievo yesterday. Leaders Juventus face Sassuolo tonight.

In Germany, Bayern Munich lead the Bundesliga by 11 points over Wolfsburg thanks to a 3-1 win at Hannover.

Hiroshi Kiyotake gave Hannover the lead, but a Xabi Alonso goal and two from Thomas Muller saw Pep Guardiola’s side come back for a 3-1 win.

Wolfsburg saw their slim title hopes fade after a 1-0 defeat at Augsburg, Dominik Kohr scoring the only goal.

In France, two goals from Nabil Fekir helped Lyon back to the top of Ligue 1 with a 3-1 victory at Montpellier last night.

trip to face Chelsea with a thumping 4-1 victory over Lens. Goals from David Luiz, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Blaise Matuidi and Javier Pastore saw the Parisians home.

Monaco maintained their Champions League push with a comfortable 3-1 win at Evian.


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