What a thrilling weekend of football that was in Europe's big leagues. In England, Manchester United scored a late, late winner against West Ham United to leapfrog them and get back into the top 4, while runaway leaders Manchester City drew at Southampton. Liverpool and Chelsea both won to remain second and third respectively. In Spain, Real Madrid and Sevilla dropped points with draws, while the teams placed 3,4 and 5 - Real Betis, Atletico Madrid and Barcelona - all won. Germany saw Bayern Munich do what Bayern Munich do, the gap between them and Borussia Dortmund remains at six points. Inter now lead Serie A by four points, while Napoli leaped to second after AC Milan vs Juventus and Atalanta vs Lazio ended goalless. Lionel Messi made a substitute appearance, and Sergio Ramos scored his first goal, as PSG won again to keep the lead at the top of Ligue 1 at 11 points.
By The Numbers has the best stats from the weekend's action:
This is the first time since December 2005 that Arsenal have not scored a goal in four consecutive matches (all comps).
Manchester United's winner against West Ham was scored by Marcus Rashford. It's the fourth time he has scored a 90 (+) minute winning goal in the PL. That's twice as many as any other Manchester United player in the PL era. In fact, no player has ever scored more such winners in the competition's history.
Only Ashley Young (12 at Manchester United), Chris Smalling (11 at Manchester United), Ryan Babel (11 at Liverpool) and Ashley Young (12 at Man Utd) have won 100% of the PL matches in which they've scored in for a team more often than both Virgil van Dijk and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain at Liverpool (10 at Liverpool)
Manchester City´s 12-game winning streak ended with a 1-1 draw at Southampton. This had been the longest for any team in Europe's top 5 leagues this season.
37 y, 123 days
At 37y-123d, Thiago Silva is the oldest player to score a goal in a PL match between the 'big 6' clubs (Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham).
Boy do Newcastle United like a long-range screamer. Jonjo Shelvey has now scored 61% of his Premier League goals from outside the penalty area (14/23); of players with 20+ goals in the competition, only David Ginola (67%) and Laurent Robert (65%) have a higher such ratio.
Chelsea have earned 501 points from their 272 London derby matches in the PL, making them the first side to reach 500 points in such fixtures in the PL era.
Karim Benzema missed his first penalty attempt for Real Madrid on Sunday. He had previously scored with all his previous 16.
Three of the top four teams in LaLiga overturned 2-goal second-half deficits to get a result this weekend. Real Madrid and Sevilla did so to get a point, while Atletico Madrid got a comeback win.
They will rue not holding onto a 2-0 lead with ten minutes to go, but this was Elche's first away point at Real Madrid in 47 years, last getting a draw at the Bernabeu in December 1975.
Intriguingly, Real Madrid scored 2 goals in the final 12 minutes of extra time to overturn a 1-0 deficit vs them in the Copa del Rey Round of 16 this past Thursday!
THE BAYERN MUNICH RECORD SCORING STREAK
Is now at 67 Bundesliga matches.
AC Milan and Juventus have drawn both meetings in a single Serie A campaign for the first time since 1991/92, thirty seasons ago.
As a result, Massimiliano Allegri remains unbeaten as manager vs Stefano Pioli in Serie A (11W, 5D)
Lorenzo Insigne has equalled Diego Armando Maradona (115 goals) as the 3rd highest scoring player in Napoli's history (all comps). Only Marek Hamsik (121) and Dries Mertens have more (144).
Messi Ronaldo watch
Lionel Messi played his first game since December 22, when he came on against Reims. He had missed the previous three games due to COVID-19. Cristiano Ronaldo played a part in the build-up for Manchester United's winner against West Ham.
(Stats courtesy ESPN's Stats & Information Group)