Substitute Riqui Puig struck at the death as Barcelona left it late to secure a fifth-successive La Liga win on the road as they were made to work hard for the points at lowly Elche. Frenkie de Jong’s 39th-minute opener was all that separated the sides as the clock ticked down towards the final minute of the 90 at the Martinez Valero Stadium before Puig headed home the Netherlands midfielder’s cross to seal a 2-0 victory.
Champions Bayern Munich opened up a seven-point gap at the top of the Bundesliga after dishing out a 4-0 thrashing at bottom club Schalke 04 helped by a Thomas Muller double on Sunday. Muller scored with two headers, starting the scoring after 33 minutes and again in the 88th after league top scorer Robert Lewandowski hit his 23rd of the campaign in the 54th.
David Alaba’s long-range effort in the 90th minute capped a comfortable evening for the Bavarians.
With title rivals RB Leipzig, Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Dortmund all losing this weekend, Bayern remain firmly on course for a ninth consecutive Bundesliga title.