The Full 90: Union Berlin, Barcelona, Napoli, and Arsenal Stay on Top With Narrow Wins

Every European football team leading a top table won this last weekend except for a Messi-less PSG.

Union Berlin and Barcelona each won their contests 1-0 to remain on top of the Bundesliga and LaLiga.

Arsenal proved themselves against Liverpool 3-2 in a thrilling back-and-forth North London goal-fest to stay ahead of Erling Haaland’s Manchester City.

Napoli may have won their match 4-1, but the Serie A leaders were tied 1-1 until Diego Simeone’s header broke the tie in the 76th minute.

This is the US Guide to the past weekend in European football.

Bundesliga

Der Klassiker between Dortmund and Bayern Munich lived up to its billing on Saturday, ending in a 2-2 tie after a last-gasp goal from Dortmund’s Anthony Modeste in the 95th minute.

The draw leaves both teams four points behind league-leaders Union Berlin after they defeated VfB Stuttgart 1-0 on Sunday. Second-place SC Freiburg tied Hertha 2-2 in a game that would have seen them go top of the table had they won.

LaLiga

Table leaders FC Barcelona and Real Madrid squeaked out 1-0 wins against Celta Vigo and Getafe, respectively. The Spanish rivals are tied at 22 points as Barca leads on goal differential. The stakes are clear for next weekend’s El Clásico – the winner takes the table.

USMNT star Yunus Musah returned from injury with Valencia in a 2-1 win over Osasuna.

Ligue 1

Something different happened in France this week – PSG didn’t score a goal. The reason? Messi needs his rest – between a busy Champions League schedule and the upcoming World Cup, the GOAT needs some sleep. PSG tied Reims 0-0 after starting Messi and Neymar on the bench. Something familiar did happen, though – Sergio Ramos got a completely avoidable red card.

PSG leads the Ligue 1 table by 1 point over Lorient, who has won their last five games in a row.

Premier League

Arsenal maintains a well-earned 1-point lead over Manchester City after outgunning Liverpool 3-2 Sunday. 

Erling Haaland scored again in City’s 4-0 thumping of Southhampton, bringing his Premier League total to 15 goals in 9 matches. 

Harry Kane saved Tottenham from Brighton 1-0, and Captain America got on the board for Chelsea in a 3-0 win over Wolverhampton that has The Blues sitting in fourth place.

America’s Team Leed’s United has come back down to earth, losing 2-1 in heartbreaking fashion to Crystal Palace. Brenden Aaronson, Tyler Adams, and the rest of Marsch’s merry men have failed to win any of their last five contests and are nearing the relegation zone at 14th.

Serie A

Napoli scored three goals in the last 20 minutes to win 4-1 over Serie A bottom feeders Cremonese on Sunday to stay atop of perhaps the most competitive table in Europe. 

Second and third place Atalanta and Udinese lived up to the hype, tying 2-2 after Udinese came from behind to score a brace in the final 25 minutes.

AC Milan avenged their mid-week UCL loss to Chelsea by thumping Juventus, who really need some help at this point, 2-0.

Roma and Inter Milan managed 2-1 wins to remain buzzing about the top four. Concerning news for AS Roma fans, though – Paolo Dybala left with what looks to be a serious injury after scoring the winning penalty kick.

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