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Across the Continent weekend review: 5-7 January


It’s been another busy weekend of European football, so here’s a recap of all the results, stories and talking points from Copa del Rey, Serie A and Coupe de France

Copa del Rey

There were almost no upsets in the Copa del Rey, with just one lower league team, so far, making it through to the round of 16.

This one shock came in the Derbi canario, where second-tier Tenerife beat fierce rivals Las Palmas 2-0 at Estadio Heliodoro Rodríguez López.

Elsewhere, Villarreal were held to a 1-1 draw by third division Unionistas de Salamanca and, just as extra time was being played, the match was suspended due to floodlight failure at the Municipal Reina Sofía.

The tie will be concluded at 4:30pm local time today (Monday), with the home side believing they can knock out the Yellow Submarine.

Aside from those ties, all the La Liga teams saw off lower-league opposition, with Barcelona battling to a 3-2 victory at Barbastro on Sunday.

On Saturday, Atlético Madrid won at Lugo and Real Madrid beat Arandina so, with the quarter-final draw almost completely open, some huge ties could await.

La Liga action returns on Friday night but, before then, it’s time for the Supercopa de España, with Barça, Real Madrid, Atleti and Osasuna jetting off to Saudi Arabia.

The semi-finals on Wednesday and Thursday, before the final in Riyāḍh on Sunday.

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Real Madrid to win and both teams to score

Real Madrid vs Atlético Madrid


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Barcelona to win and both teams to score NO

Barcelona vs Osasuna


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At 17/2 a £10 bet would return £95

Supercopa de España acca of the week

Serie A

It was another Serie A weekend that produced plenty of talking points, so let’s get straight into it.

There’s no change at the top, with Inter still two points clear of Juventus, although both were made to work hard for their respective victories.

I Nerazzurri required a 93rd minute tap-in from Davide Frattesi to snatch a 2-1 victory over Hellas Verona at San Siro, sparking wild celebrations.

The following day, Juventus were also 2-1 winners, beating Salernitana, courtesy of a stoppage time winner of their own, this from Dušan Vlahović.

Samuel Iling-Junior had equalised at Stadio Arechi, becoming the third Juve played born in 2003 or later to net this season, after Kenan Yıldız and Fabio Miretti.

Across Europe, only Barça have had more players aged 20 or under (4) score for them during this campaign.

The fact that the top two just keep on winning suggests this enthralling title race is in for the long haul.

Last season’s Scudetto winners will not be retaining their trophy, which isn’t a bold statement to make given that Napoli are all the way down in ninth, hammered 3-0 by Torino on Sunday.

I Partenopei have taken just four points from their last six Serie A matches, also dumped out the Coppa Italia during this period, so Walter Mazzarri’s team face a real uphill battle just to get into the top four.

On the flip side, 27 points at the mid-way point represents Torino’s third-best points tally in the three points for a win era, after 94/95 and 16/17, although they plateaued in the second half of both those campaigns.

In the top four race, Bologna could only draw with Genoa on Friday night, while Fiorentina were beaten at Sassuolo 24 hours later.

On Sunday night, Roma and Atalanta drew 1-1 at Stadio Olimpico, with Paulo Dybala’s penalty cancelling out Teun Koopmeiners’ early opener.

This midweek’s Calcio sees the Coppa Italia quarter-finals take centre stage, with the four ties played on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

The undisputed tie of the round is Wednesday’s early kick off, which is a Derby della Capitale between Lazio and Roma, both desperate to get through as they dream of Coppa glory in May.

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Under 2.5 goals

Lazio vs Roma


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Over 2.5 goals and both teams to score

AC Milan vs Atalanta


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Juventus to win and both teams to score NO

Juventus vs Frosinone


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Both teams to score

Fiorentina vs Bologna


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At 13/1 a £10 bet would return £138.60

Coppa Italia acca of the week

Coupe de France

The Coupe de France reached the round of 64 stage this weekend, the point at which Ligue 1 clubs enter the competition.

The reason the French Cup is so beloved is because teams from nine overseas territories also compete, with two clubs making it through numerous qualifying rounds to get this far.

Golden Lion FC from Martinique were handed a dream draw away to Lille, although this soon became a nightmare, as they were smashed 12-0 at Stade Pierre-Mauroy.

Yusuf Yazıcı and Hákon Arnar Haraldsson bagged braces, while Jonathan David and Edon Zhegrova both scored hat-tricks as les Douges enjoyed their biggest-ever win, reaching double figures for the first time in 67 years.

Meanwhile, the other remaining overseas side CS Moulien of Guadeloupe were also eliminated, smashed 4-0 by SO Romorantin from Championnat National 2, France’s fourth-tier.

On Sunday night, there was also an emphatic victory for Paris Saint-Germain, steamrollering US Revel 9-0, with Kylian Mbappé the scorer of a treble at Stade Pierre-Fabre.

In, arguably, the tie of the round, Lens fought back from 2-0 down to earn a penalty shootout against Monaco at Stade Bollaert-Delelis.

Of the 18 spot kicks taken, seven were missed, Adrien Thomasson squandering the decisive one, as les Monégasques snuck through.

Ligue 1 returns on Friday night, while the next round of the Coupe de France is the weekend after next.

Ben Gray

Ben Gray

Arsenal fan – follow them over land and sea (and Leicester); sofa Celtic supporter; a bit of a football '"encyclopedia".