FOOTBALL: Man City 2-2 Arsenal, Barca 5-0 Espanyol, Real Madrid 3-2 Valencia (Photos)

It was a weekend packed with both actions and tensions... Fighting off relegation to contending for the 2015/2016 League crown(La Liga
Peep the cut to see some actions analysis from the weekend. What is the weekend going to be when the leagues are on break?

Sergio Aguero put Manchester City into the lead in the 8th minute with a well-taken strike at the Etihad but Arsenal hit back immediately when Olivier Giroud leaped to head home a corner past goalkeeper Joe Hart.

Danny Welbeck injured his knee in the first half and limped off after he clashed with Bacary Sagna and the first  half ended in a stalemate but Belgium playmaker Kevin De Bruyne regained City's lead few minutes after the restart with a marvelous solo goal.

Man City's fans expecting a smooth roll into the champions league qualifying spot for next season were given the shock of their lives as Arsenal starman Alexis Sanchez scored Arsenal's second goal after linking up well with Giroud before sending Hart the wrong way.

Man City will have to win their next match and pray Man U do not win their next two matches to ensure they qualify for next season's Champions League.

In the second big match of the day, Real Madrid defeated 11th placed Valencia 3-2 to ensure they become second on the La Liga table, with just a point keeping Real Madrid away from Barcelona at the summit of the Spanish La Liga table as Barcelona thrashed Espanyol 5-0.

Cristiano Ronaldo was in dazzling form for Real Madrid as he scored twice for the hosts in an entertaining goals-filled game that stretches the La Liga title race to the wire.

As the first-half progressed, Real gradually found their rhythm and took the lead through a Ronaldo goal after 26 minutes.Marcelo found space on the left to fire the ball into the feet of the Portuguese forward, who left Aymen Abdennour in his wake and fired into the bottom corner to give Los Blancos the lead.

Frech forward Karim Benzema, who has been ruled out of EURO 2016 for a sex tape scandal, then made it 2-0 just before half-time.
Confusion surrounded Benzema's finish after he appeared to be offside and Abdennour went down injured during the build-up, but it didn't matter as Zinedine Zidane's team headed to the dressing room deservedly in front.

Valencia, however, had other ideas and stunned the Bernabeu on the 55th-minute mark, with Rodrigo Moreno firing in to make the deficit just one.It didn't last long, though, as Ronaldo scored his second of the game three minutes later, rifling a left-footed shot past Diego Alves.


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