Barcelona were held to a 2-2 draw at Real Sociedad in an entertaining game on Saturday which could see the leaders knocked off the top of La Liga by Real Madrid by the end of the weekend before Wednesday’s clasico. Mikel Oyarzabal gave the home side the lead in the 12th minute from the penalty spot after Sergio Busquets was penalised somewhat harshly for tugging the shirt of Diego Llorente while they battled for an aerial ball.
Antoine Griezmann levelled for Barça in the 38th minute, scoring against the club where he began his career by nonchalantly scooping the ball over Álex Remiro after being played in by Luis Suárez in a sweeping counterattack. Suárez put the Catalans ahead in the 49th minute, passing a layoff from Lionel Messi into an unguarded net.
Sociedad levelled shortly after the hour mark as the Swedish youngster Alexander Isak pounced on a loose ball and smashed it home from close range. Barça still lead the standings with 35 points from 16 games but Real Madrid, on 34, can take their place at the top if they win at Valencia on Sunday. Real Sociedad are fourth on 28.
Bayern Munich’s Philippe Coutinho scored a hat-trick and Robert Lewandowski added two more as the Bundesliga champions demolished Werder Bremen 6-1 to bounce back impressively from successive league defeats. The Bavarians, who were missing several players through injury, climb to fourth place on 27 points, four behind the leaders Borussia Mönchengladbach, who are in action against VfL Wolfsburg on Sunday.
Bayern fell behind in the 24th minute to a Milot Rashica goal after wasting several golden chances. But their profligacy went unpunished this time with goals from Coutinho in the 45th minute and Lewandowski in first-half stoppage time turning the game for the hosts.
The Brazilian Coutinho then chipped a superb David Alaba pass over the Bremen goalkeeper for their third in the 63rd minute as Bayern dominated after the break. Lewandowski added the fourth after 72 minutes and Thomas Müller also got on the scoresheet before Coutinho completed his hat-trick.
Borussia Dortmund eased past Mainz 05 4-0 to notch their third straight league win and tighten their hold on third place in the Bundesliga. Days after advancing to the Champions League knockout stage their captain, Marco Reus, put them ahead with a thundering shot in the first half and Jadon Sancho grabbed his eighth league goal in the 62nd to double their lead.
The England international also hit the post after Thorgan Hazard made it 3-0 with a fine shot in the 69th. A low drive from Nico Schulz six minutes from time capped a strong away performance. Dortmund are third on 29 points, two behind the leaders, Borussia Mönchengladbach, and two ahead of fourth-placed Bayern.