Barcelona's Thrashing and Le Classique in the Best of the Week

  • Victories, Derbies & More
    1/13 Barcelona and Sevilla thrased in Copa del Rey, while PSG won Le Classique. In other sports, the 6 Nations began and the Broncos won the Super Bowl.
  • Barcelona 7-0 Valencia
    2/13 Barcelona 7-0 Valencia: Suarez scores FOUR in Copa del Rey demolition: Luis Suarez scored four times and Lionel Messi netted a hat-trick as Barcelona thumped 10-man Valencia 7-0 in the first leg of the Copa del Rey semi-final at Camp Nou. A pair of clinical finishes from Suarez had Luis Enrique's men two goals up within 12 minutes and the ruthless Messi soon made it three. Neymar missed a penalty just before half-time after Valencia captain Shkodran Mustafi was sent off for bringing down Messi, who then notched his side's fourth in the second half. The Argentine scored his third of the contest before Suarez headed home and struck again in the final minutes.
  • Barcelona 7-0 Valencia
    3/13 Barcelona 7-0 Valencia: Suarez scores FOUR in Copa del Rey demolition: Luis Suarez scored four times and Lionel Messi netted a hat-trick as Barcelona thumped 10-man Valencia 7-0 in the first leg of the Copa del Rey semi-final at Camp Nou. A pair of clinical finishes from Suarez had Luis Enrique's men two goals up within 12 minutes and the ruthless Messi soon made it three. Neymar missed a penalty just before half-time after Valencia captain Shkodran Mustafi was sent off for bringing down Messi, who then notched his side's fourth in the second half. The Argentine scored his third of the contest before Suarez headed home and struck again in the final minutes.
  • Sevilla 4-0 Celta
    4/13 Sevilla 4-0 Celta: Gameiro double puts hosts on the brink of Barça date: Kevin Gameiro recovered from a saved penalty to score twice as Sevilla took a huge step towards the Copa del Rey final with a 4-0 first-leg victory over Celta Vigo. Sevilla dominated the early stages before Gameiro's spot-kick was saved by Ruben Blanco 28 minutes in. Sergi Gomez's header struck the Sevilla woodwork soon after but the hosts recovered and led at the break courtesy of Adil Rami's powerful header. Gameiro then made amends for his penalty miss with two calm finishes in three second-half minutes either side of the hour before Michael Krohn-Dehli scored in similar fashion against his former club late on to bolster Sevilla's hopes of a Copa final appearance.
  • Sevilla 4-0 Celta
    5/13 Sevilla 4-0 Celta: Gameiro double puts hosts on the brink of Barça date: Kevin Gameiro recovered from a saved penalty to score twice as Sevilla took a huge step towards the Copa del Rey final with a 4-0 first-leg victory over Celta Vigo. Sevilla dominated the early stages before Gameiro's spot-kick was saved by Ruben Blanco 28 minutes in. Sergi Gomez's header struck the Sevilla woodwork soon after but the hosts recovered and led at the break courtesy of Adil Rami's powerful header. Gameiro then made amends for his penalty miss with two calm finishes in three second-half minutes either side of the hour before Michael Krohn-Dehli scored in similar fashion against his former club late on to bolster Sevilla's hopes of a Copa final appearance.
  • Marseille 1-2 Paris Saint-Germain
    6/13 Marseille 1-2 Paris Saint-Germain: Di Maria strike settles Le Classique: Angel Di Maria's second-half strike handed Paris Saint-Germain a ninth successive Classique victory as Marseille were beaten 2-1 in Ligue 1. Zlatan Ibrahimovic gave the visitors an early lead with his 21st league goal of the campaign. Marseille levelled through Remy Cabella midway through the opening period. Di Maria scored his ninth league goal of the campaign with 19 minutes remaining of the clash at Stade Velodrome.
  • Marseille 1-2 Paris Saint-Germain
    7/13 Marseille 1-2 Paris Saint-Germain: Di Maria strike settles Le Classique: Angel Di Maria's second-half strike handed Paris Saint-Germain a ninth successive Classique victory as Marseille were beaten 2-1 in Ligue 1. Zlatan Ibrahimovic gave the visitors an early lead with his 21st league goal of the campaign. Marseille levelled through Remy Cabella midway through the opening period. Di Maria scored his ninth league goal of the campaign with 19 minutes remaining of the clash at Stade Velodrome.
  • Manchester City confirm Pep Guardiola to join club
    8/13 Manchester City confirm Pep Guardiola to join club: Manchester City has announced Pep Guardiola will take over as manager at the end of the season after Manuel Pellegrini confirmed he will leave the club when his contract expires. Guardiola had already revealed he would depart Bayern Munich at the conclusion of the 2015-16 campaign and City has now announced that the Etihad Stadium will be his next destination.
  • Klopp has successful surgery to remove appendix
    9/13 Klopp has successful surgery to remove appendix: Jurgen Klopp underwent a successful operation to remove his appendix as Liverpool drew 2-2 with Sunderland. The German felt ill on Friday night, with club doctor Andy Massey diagnosing the problem on Saturday and the manager was taken to Aintree Hospital.
  • Jules Plisson to the rescue as France scrape victory in Six Nations opener vs brave Italians
    10/13 Jules Plisson to the rescue as France scrape victory in Six Nations opener vs brave Italians: Jules Plisson spared France's blushes as they escaped their Six Nations opener against Italy with a 23-21 victory. Guy Noves' French revolution had threatened to get off to a false start as an inexperienced Italy side gave an excellent account of themselves at Stade de France, aided by the wayward kicking of France debutant Sebastien Bezy.
  • England hold off spirited Scotland to retain Calcutta Cup
    11/13 England hold off spirited Scotland to retain Calcutta Cup: England made a winning start to the Eddie Jones era as tries from George Kruis and Jack Nowell saw them retain the Calcutta Cup with a 15-9 Six Nations victory over Scotland. The visitors, playing their first game under Jones after the head coach was appointed following England's pool-stage exit at last year's home Rugby World Cup, were made to work hard by Scotland at Murrayfield. England stayed strong to seal the points, although Jones will know his team will need to make plenty of improvements in order to challenge for the title.
  • Wales fight back to earn Ireland draw
    12/13 Wales fight back to earn Ireland draw: Wales were unable to complete the turnaround as they battled back to draw 16-16 with defending Six Nations champions Ireland in Dublin. Warren Gatland's men trailed 13-0 following a Conor Murray try and eight points from the boot of Jonathan Sexton. Rhys Priestland, who missed with two drop-goal attempts in the second half, kicked Wales into a 16-13 lead after the break, but one more three-pointer from Sexton ensured the spoils were shared.
  • Denver Broncos seal Super Bowl 50 glory over Carolina Panthers
    13/13 Denver Broncos seal Super Bowl 50 glory over Carolina Panthers: Finally, a magnificent defensive performance ensured victory for the Denver Broncos in what was likely Peyton Manning's last game with a 24-10 win over the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50. The Broncos had suffocated the defending champions, the New England Patriots, in the AFC Championship game to reach the season-ending showpiece. And they did the same to a Panthers team that had previously seemed unstoppable, clinching a third Super Bowl title with their win at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara.