BERLIN Second-placed RB Leipzig brushed aside Eintracht Frankfurt 3-0 in the Bundesliga on Saturday after opposing goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky was sent off after just three minutes.
Hradecky was one of two goalkeepers to be dismissed in the first half of Saturday's games after Werder Bremen's Jaroslav Droby was given his marching orders in his side's 2-1 home defeat by Borussia Dortmund.
Hoffenheim, the only team still unbeaten this season in any of Europe's big five leagues, continued their run with a 2-0 win at Augsburg.
BARCELONA Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos gave yet another demonstration of his attacking talents by grabbing both goals in his side's 2-1 win over Malaga on Saturday to notch up 50 career goals in La Liga.
The Spain international is famed for his late, decisive goals, including in the 2014 Champions League final, the 2016 UEFA Super Cup and against arch-rivals Barcelona last month, although against Malaga he made his mark in the first half.
Second-placed Tottenham Hotspur rode their luck to battle back and earn an unlikely 2-2 Premier League draw at Manchester City on Saturday after mistakes by goalkeeper Hugo Lloris had left them two goals down.
France keeper Lloris was guilty of two howlers as Leroy Sane and Kevin de Bruyne scored early in the second half to reward a vibrant City who had completely dominated before halftime against a rattled Tottenham.
PORT GENTIL, Gabon Ghana became the second team at the African Nations Cup to book a quarter-final place after veteran striker Asamoah Gyan scored the only goal of the game against Mali in Group D on Saturday.
A second successive 1-0 win for Ghana ensured they progressed past the group stage for the sixth successive tournament, although they needed two late saves from goalkeeper Razak Brimah to make sure of the victory.
LONDON Liverpool's defensive gremlins returned again as their Premier League title ambitions suffered a painful body blow in a 3-2 home defeat by relegation battlers Swansea City on Saturday.
Manchester United also dropped precious points in their top-four push, although Wayne Rooney celebrated breaking Bobby Charlton's all-time scoring record for the club with a superb last-gasp free kick to salvage a 1-1 draw at Stoke City.
BARCELONA Sergio Ramos made amends for his untimely own goal last week at Sevilla by scoring twice as Real Madrid bounced back from two successive defeats by beating Malaga 2-1 on Saturday to go four points clear at the top of La Liga.
The Real Madrid captain headed his side in front in the 35th minute by powering Toni Kroos' outswinging corner beyond Carlos Kameni and struck again in the 43rd by sliding in a free kick from his German team mate from close range to net his third goal in four games.
- Sam Allardyce's anxious wait for a first Premier League win as Crystal Palace manager continued as his lacklustre side suffered a 1-0 home defeat by in-form Everton that left them stuck in the bottom three.
The pressure on Palace increased even before kickoff when Swansea City's shock win at Liverpool left the London club in the relegation places.
Had Christian Benteke's header found the net rather than the crossbar early on the jitters may have settled but Everton responded to dominate the game and took the points when Seamus Coleman fired the winner in the 87th minute.