Real Madrid won the Spanish Super Cup after beating rivals Atletico Madrid 4-1 in a penalty shootout on Sunday at the King Abdullah Sports City Stadium in Saudi Arabia.
Sergio Ramos scored the winning penalty after Dani Carvajal, Rodrygo and Luka Modric had all sent Jan Oblak the wrong way, while Saul Niguez hit the post, and Thomas Party’s spot-kick was saved by Thibaut Courtois.
The match had ended 0-0 after 120 minutes despite chances for both sides.
Real and Atletico had reached the final after eliminating Valencia and Barcelona in the new-look Super Copa.
This Real’s 11th Super Cup win in total, two fewer than Barcelona’s record of 13.
In Italy, Juventus moved two points clear at the top of Serie A following a 2-1 victory over Roma on Sunday while second-placed Inter Milan was lucky to draw 1-1 at home to Atalanta.
Juventus who came into the game a point behind Inter raced into a 2-0 lead before the break thanks to Merih Demiral and Cristiano Ronaldo’s penalty. Roma tried to mount a comeback but Diego Perotti’s second-half penalty was all they could show in the hotly contested encounter.
The victory takes Juve to 48 points and also sees Roma drop into 5th with 35 points.
The day before, Inter saw Luis Murial miss a late penalty so as to take a point at home to Atalanta.
Antonio Conte’s side had gone ahead in the 4th minute through Lautaro Martinez’s goal before Robin Gosens equalized 15 minutes from time. Atalanta will feel aggrieved after Murial’s 88th-minute penalty miss and know that a chance for three vital points slipped through their hands.
The draw saw Inter move to 46 points while Atalanta climbed into 4th with 35 points.
In the capital, Ciro Immobile scored the winning goal on 82 minutes as Lazio defeated Napoli 1-0 on the same day to maintain 3rd spot with 42 points now.
For Napoli, they dropped into 11th with 24 points from 19 games.
In the opening game of the 19th round, Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored his first goal on his second AC Milan return as they over-powered Cagliari 2-0.
Zlatan who was playing his second game after returning from USA, netted in the 64th minute after Rafael Leao had opened the scoring at the start of the second half.
Victory for Milan sees them move to 10th on the log with 25 points.
Elsewhere, Udinese beat Sassuolo 3-0, Fiorentina were 1-0 winners at home to SPAL, Sampdoria thrashed Brescia 5-1, Genoa lost 2-1 at Hellas Verona while Torino scrapped to a 1-0 victory over Bologna.
Parma’s home game against Lecce will be played on Monday.
In France, PSG’s six-match winning run came to an end following a 3-3 draw at home to Monaco on Sunday.
Neymar Jr struck twice either side of a Ballo Toure own-goal but Monaco scored three goals of their own through Gelson Martins, Wassim Ben Yedder and substitute Islam Slimani to ensure the game ends in a draw.
The point sees PSG’s lead at the top cut to five points as they now have 46 points from 19 games. Monaco, on the other hand, drops to 8th with 29 points. The two sides meet again at the Stade Luis II on Wednesday.
Second-placed Marseille saw Kevin Strootman net the winner in the 84th minute as they beat Rennes 1-0 on Friday night.
Marseille will feel they are now back in contention for the title as they have 41 points despite playing a game more than PSG.
On Saturday, Lyon moved up to 7th spot with 29 points thanks to a 2-1 win away to Bordeaux.
Maxwell Cornet and Moussa Dembele scored the goals for Lyon who had earlier fallen behind to a Jimmy Briand first-half strike.
For Lille, they lost 1-0 away to Dijon in a game that saw either side have a player sent off. Before Julio Tavares netted what proved to be the winner in the end, Hamza Mendyl was shown a straight red and later, Boubakary Soumare was given his marching order for two bookings.
Lille now drops into 5th with 30 points while Dijon are 16th on 20 points.
Elsewhere, Brest thrashed Toulouse 5-2, Montpellier were 2-1 winners at Amiens, Angers drew 1-1 with Nice, Nimes beat Reims 2-0, Metz were 1-0 winners at home to Strasbourg while Saint Etienne lost 2-0 to Nantes.