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Euro Round-Up: Narrow Wins For Barcelona And Juventus, Dortmund’s Poor Form Continues

TURIN, ITALY - OCTOBER 26: Giorgio Chiellini of Juventus FC celebrates after scoring by Patrick Evra during the Serie A match between Juventus FC and UC Sampdoria at Juventus Stadium on October 26, 2016 in Turin, Italy. (Photo by Getty Images/Getty Images)

Surprise results were in short supply at the weekend in any of Serie A, Bundesliga or La Liga as the big boys maintained their place at the top of their respective leagues.

To La Liga first, where a Rafinha goal three minutes into the second half gave Barcelona a narrow 1-0 win against bottom side Granada. The visitors were determined to grind out a point but Rafinha’s strike effectively ruined their game plan.

BARCELONA, SPAIN - OCTOBER 29: Rafinha (R) of FC Barcelona celebrates with his teammates Neymar Santos Jr (L), Sergi Roberto (2nd L) and Lucas Digne (2nd R) after scoring the opening goal during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Granada CF at Camp Nou stadium on October 29, 2016 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

Real Madrid had a much easier time of it, downing Alavés 4-1 thanks to a Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick. There had been calls for Zinedine Zidane to drop Ronaldo prior to this game, but the forward answered the critics in emphatic fashion. Deyverson had put the home side before Ronaldo’s onslaught, with Álvaro Morata netting Real’s other goal.

Atlético Madrid stay top of the table thanks to an eventful 4-2 win at home to Malaga. Yannick Carrasco and Kevin Gameiro had the host 2-0 ahead before Sandro Ramírez pulled one back on the half-hour mark. Gameiro restored Atléti’s two goal advantage on the stroke of half time, but Ignacio Camacho clawed the visitors back into the game with half an hour remaining. However, this was to be Atlético’s day, and Carrasco made sure of the win with four minutes remaining.

VITORIA-GASTEIZ, SPAIN - OCTOBER 29: Cristiano Ronaldo (R) of Real Madrid CF holds the ball after scoring a hat trick as well as hugs goalkeeper Fernando Pacheco (3dL) of Deportivo Alaves after the La Liga match between Deportivo Alaves and Real Madrid CF at Estadio de Mendizorroza on October 29, 2016 in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

Elsewhere, Sevilla are in third despite a disappointing 1-1 draw at Sporting Gijón, while Villarreal suffered their first defeat of the season thanks to a late 2-1 turnaround at Eibar.

Real Sociedad defeated Leganés 2-0, Athletic Bilbao drew 1-1 at home to Osasuna, Espanyol recorded a 1-0 win at Real Betis, while Las Palmas and Celta Vigo played out an entertaining 3-3 draw. Cesare Prandelli’s Valencia take on Deportivo La Coruna on Monday night to round out the weekend of fixtures.

MADRID, SPAIN - OCTOBER 29: Yannick Carrasco of Club Atletico de Madrid celebrates after scoring his team's 4th goal during the La Liga match between Club Atletico de Madrid and Malaga CF at estadio Vicente Calderon on October 29, 2016 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

To Serie A next, where Gonzalo Higuaín worsened relations with former club Napoli by scoring the winner against them for new side Juventus. Giorgio Chiellini has the hosts in front after 50 minutes, though Jose Callejón restored parity four minutes later. With twenty minutes remaining, Higuaín pounced to steer a well-taken finish past Pepe Reina and give Juve an unconvincing 2-1 win.

However, the Bianconeri have extended their lead at the top of Serie A as Roma could only draw 0-0 at Empoli. AC Milan, meanwhile, continued their resurgence as a Giacomo Bonaventura strike four minutes into the second half gave Vincenzo Montella’s side the 1-0 win against Pescara and sees them leapfrog Napoli into third.

MILAN, ITALY - OCTOBER 30: Giacomo Bonaventura of AC Milan in action during the Serie A match between AC Milan and Pescara Calcio at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on October 30, 2016 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)

While Milan soar, however, Inter continue to struggle. The speculation surrounding Frank De Boer’s position at the San Siro continues to grow louder (with Laurent Blanc reportedly waiting in the wings), and a 1-0 defeat at Sampdoria, courtesy of a goal from Fabio Quagliarella just before half time, will have done little to help De Boer’s cause.

Elsewhere, Fiorentina beat Bologna 1-0, Atalanta defeated Genoa 3-0, Crotone finally registered their first win of the season with a 2-0 victory at home to Chievo, while Lazio defeated Sassuolo 2-1. Udinese face Torino and Caglari host Empoli on Monday to round off the weekend.

GENOA, ITALY - OCTOBER 30: Mauro Icardi (Internaionale) and Matias Silvestre-Milan Skriniar (Sampdoria) during the Serie A match between UC Sampdoria and FC Internazionale at Stadio Luigi Ferraris on October 30, 2016 in Genoa, Italy. (Photo by Getty Images/Getty Images)

Finally, to the Bundesliga, where Bayern Munich secured a routine 3-1 at Augsburg. An Arjen Robben strike in between a Robert Lewandowski double earned the points, with a Koo Ja-Cheol strike offering little in the way of consolation.

Borussia Dortmund, meanwhile, continued their slightly concerning run of form with a 0-0 draw at home to Schalke. Thomas Tuchel’s side have now gone four games without a win in the Bundesliga and already look in danger of falling behind in the title race.

AUGSBURG, GERMANY - OCTOBER 29: Arjen Robben of Bayern Munich is tackled by Kostas Stafylidis of Augsburg during the Bundesliga match between FC Augsburg and Bayern Muenchen at WWK Arena on October 29, 2016 in Augsburg, Germany. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Bongarts/Getty Images)

RB Leipzig continued their stunning start to the season with a 2-0 win at Darmstadt. Two second half goals from substitute Marcel Sabitzer keep Ralph Hasenhüttl’s side in second place, two points behind Bayern. Hoffenheim, the third and final remaining unbeaten side, defeated Hertha Berlin thanks to a Nicklas Süle goal on the half-hour mark.

Elsewhere, Borussia Monchengladbach continued their indifferent start to the season with a 0-0 draw at home to Eintracht Frankfurt, Mainz defeated Inglostadt 2-0, Bayer Leverkusen defeated struggling Wolfsburg 2-1, Freiburg recorded a 3-1 away win at Werder Bremen, while FC Colgone stayed in the Champions League places with a 3-0 win at home to bottom side Hamburg.

(L-R) Alessandro Schopf of Schalke 04, Sebastian Rode of Borussia Dortmundduring the Bundesliga match between Borussia Dortmund and Schalke 04 on October 29, 2016 at the Signal Iduna Park stadium in Dortmund, Germany.(Photo by VI Images via Getty Images)

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