The race to run from relegation intensified as nine out of ten teams from the bottom played it out this Saturday. And while, we had a few surprises like Stoke beating Tottenham, and Leicester beating Southampton, rest of the matches played out as expected.  Manchester United found it hard to earn a victory over the Eagles, with Fellaini winning it for the Red Devils by a header, courtesy a superb cross by Ashley Young. Earlier, Puncheon leveled for Palace after Mata scored from the spot-kick. With this, United secured their champions league position, as on the next day Liverpool dropped points at Stamford Bridge.  Chelsea began the scoring with John Terry nodding in above Rickie Lambert for a goal as early as in the fifth minute. Liverpool had a resilient comeback with Gerrard scoring another header. Elsewhere, Manchester City thrashed QPR 6-0, thus removing any distant hopes for the Rangers to stay put in the Premier League. Aguero scored a hat-trick while Milner, Kolarov, and Silva each scored one.

Weekend Football Review

Real Madrid’s Francisco “Isco” Alarcon celebrates after scoring a goal against Galatasaray during their Champions League soccer match at Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid November 27, 2013. REUTERS/Juan Medina (SPAIN – Tags: SPORT SOCCER)

In Spain, Real Madrid dented their chances to catch up with Barcelona, as they drew 2-2 with Valencia. Isco and Pepe got on the score-sheet after the away team stunned everyone with goals by Paco Alcacer and Fuego. Barcelona, meanwhile won comfortably against David Moyes managed Real Sociedad.  Pedro scored a stunning bicycle after Neymar got the breakthrough. In Italy, Juventus were saved by Pogba, who scored a free-kick on his comeback match. For Cagliari, Rossettini score a late goal. In Germany, Bayern Munich lost 1-0 to Augsburg. It would seem all these four teams had their focus on the Champions League fixtures which take place mid-week.