Gonzalo Higuaín scored a second-half hat-trick as Juventus beat Sassuolo 7-0 to keep the pressure on Napoli in the Serie A title battle.
Juve were already four goals to the good at half-time, Sami Khedira’s brace sandwiched by strikes from Alex Sandro and Miralem Pjanic.
And Higuaín took centre stage after the interval, scoring in the 63rd, 74th and 83rd minutes to give the scoreline an emphatic look.
Roma had earlier beaten Hellas Verona 1-0, with Cengiz Under scoring inside a minute.
Ten-man Milan, though, were held to a 1-1 draw at Udinese. The visitors took an early lead through Suso but Davide Calabria’s dismissal and the keeper Gianluigi Donnarumma’s own goal pegged them back.
Cagliari picked up an important three points against relegation rivals SPAL. Luca Cigarini scored in the first half and Marco Sau made the game safe in the second to lift the Sardinians seven points clear of their opponents who occupy the top relegation position.
Fiorentina won 2-1 at Bologna, with goals from Jordan Veretout and Federico Chiesa either side of Eric Pulgar’s equaliser, while Gianluca Mancini earned Atalanta a 1-0 win over Chievo.
In Ligue 1, champions 10-man Monaco came from two goals down to beat Lyon and move above their opponents to climb into third. The result moves Leonardo Jardim’s side up to third in the table, one point behind second-placed Marseille but 12 points adrift of PSG.
In Spain, Barcelona needed a late header from Gerard Piqué to earn a 1-1 draw at their city rivals Espanyol on Sunday and a club record. Gerard Moreno opened the scoring midway through the second half. However, Piqué headed home an 82nd-minute Lionel Messi free-kick to stretch the leaders’ unbeaten run to 22 games, the best in the club’s history.
Getafe extended their unbeaten home run but were unable to claim victory over Leganes as the two local rivals played out a goalless draw on the outskirts of Madrid.
Koo Ja-cheol, Michael Gregoritsch and the substitute Marco Richter got the goals as Augsburg registered a 3-0 home victory over Eintracht Frankfurt in the Bundesliga.