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Euro Round-Up: La Liga Giant Battle Ends In A Draw, Juventus And Dortmund Go On The Rampage

BARCELONA, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 21: Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona competes for the ball with Filipe Luis of Club Atletico de Madrid during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Club Atletico de Madrid at the Camp Nou stadium on September 21, 2016 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

While English clubs were busy in EFL Cup action this week, a number of their European counterparts were engaged in league action, as La Liga, Serie A and the Bundesliga all had fixtures taking place.

In La Liga, the meeting of title rivals Barcelona and Atlético Madrid was the tie of the night, and ended in a 1-1 draw that would have pleased Diego Simeone and Atleti far more than Barca.

Ivan Rakitic put the home side in front with a header just before half time, before substitute Angel Correa equalised on the hour mark to give Atlético a share of the points.

Of bigger concern for Luis Enrique right now, however, is the news that Lionel Messi will be out of action for the next three weeks having sustained a groin strain in the match.

BARCELONA, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 21: Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona reacts injured on the pitch during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Club Atletico de Madrid at the Camp Nou stadium on September 21, 2016 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Real Madrid, meanwhile, missed the chance to break a La Liga record on Wednesday night. Zinedine Zidane’s side had won their past 16 league matches – a record now shared with the Barca side of 2010/11 – but could only manage a 1-1 draw with Villareal at the Bernabéu.

The away side took the lead on the stroke of half time through a Bruno penalty, after Sergio Ramos handled in the penalty area. The defender made amends soon after, however, as he scored the leveller just three minutes into the second half but there was to be no winner.

MADRID, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 21: Alvaro Morata of Real Madrid CF reacts defeated during the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and Villarreal CF at Santiago Bernabeu stadium on September 21, 2016 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

In Wednesday’s other games, Athletic Bilbao recorded a 2-1 away win at Granada, Celta Vigo defeated Sporting Gijón by the same scoreline, while Real Sociedad enjoyed a comprehensive 4-1 win at home to Las Palmas. On Tuesday night, Malaga beat Eibar 2-1, while Sevilla had a narrow 1-0 win at home to rivals Real Betis.

Tonight, managerless Valencia play Alaves at the Mestalla, Osasuna host Espanyol while Deportivo entertain Leganes.

In Serie A, Juvntus recovered from their Derby d’Italia defeat to Inter last week by destroying Cagliari 4-0. Dani Alves, Gonzalo Higuaín, Daniel Rugani and an own goal from Luca Ceppitelli gave Juve the win, which sent them back to the top of the Serie A table.

JUVENTUS STADIUM, TURIN, ITALY - 2016/09/21: Gonzalo Higuain (right) of Juventus FC celebrates with his teammates after scoring a goal during the Serie A football match between Juventus FC and Cagliari Calcio.

The replace Napoli at the summit, as Maurizio Sarri’s side could only manage a 0-0 draw away to Genoa.

Roma also enjoyed a productive night at the Stadio Olimpico, as Luciano Spaletti’s outfit enjoyed a 4-0 win at home to bottom side Crotone courtesy of goals from Stephan El Shaarawy and Mohamed Salah, and a double from Edin Dzeko.

Inter maintained their good domestic form by beating Empoli 2-0 away from home, captain Mauro Icardi scoring both within the opening 20 minutes.

EMPOLI, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 21: Mauro Icardi and Joao Mario of FC Internazionale during the Serie A match between Empoli FC and FC Internazionale at Stadio Carlo Castellani on September 21, 2016 in Empoli, Italy. (Photo by Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images)

In the other midweek results, AC Milan beat Lazio 2-0 at the San Siro, Bologna beat Sampdoria by the same score, Chievo defeated Sassuolo 2-1,  Palermo recorded a much-needed 1-0 win at AtalantaPescara and Torino played out a scoreless draw, while Udinese drew 2-2 at home to Fiorentina.

In the Bundesliga (as with La Liga) the fixtures were spread out over more than one night. On Tuesday, Borussia Dortmund continued their frighteningly good form by crushing Wolfsburg 5-1 away from home. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang bagged two, with Raphael Guerreiro, Ousmane Dembélé and Lukasz Piszczek also getting on the scoresheet.

Daniel Didavi scored for the home side, for what it was worth.

Elsewhere on Tuesday, Eintracht Frankfurt defeated Inglostadt 2-0, Freigburg beat Hamburg 1-0 and Darmstadt and Hoffenheim played out a 1-1 draw.

WOLFSBURG, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 20: Lukasz Piszczek (C) of Dortmund celebrates after scoring his team's fifth goal with team mates during the Bundesliga match between VfL Wolfsburg and Borussia Dortmund at Volkswagen Arena on September 20, 2016 in Wolfsburg, Germany. (Photo by Ronny Hartmann/Getty Images For MAN)

24 hours later, champions Bayern Munich maintained their 100% start to the season with a 3-0 win against Hertha Berlin at the Allianz Arena. An unlikely trio of goalscorers in Thiago Alcántata, Franck Ribéry and Arjen Robben were the deciders to send Carlo Ancelotti’s side back to the top of the Bundesliga table.

Elsewhere, Borussia Monchengladbach drew 1-1 away at newly-promoted RB Leipzig, Bayer Leverkusen could only manage a 0-0 draw at home  to Augsburg, Schalke’s abysmal start to the season continued with a 3-1 home defeat to Cologne, and Werder Bremen are also in serious trouble after they lost again, this time 2-1 at home to Mainz.

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: Players of Bayern Munich celebrate after scoring a goal during the Bundesliga soccer match between Bayern Munich and Hertha BSC Berlin at the Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany on September 21, 2016. (Photo by Lukas Barth/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

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