Football Round Up:Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scores hat-trick in Barcelona win over Valencia


Barcelona's last-gasp swoop for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang seems paying dividends after the striker scored a hat-trick in resounding 4-1 away at Valencia.
Aubameyang led the Catalans to a resounding victory at the Mestella with his first Barcelona goals on his full La Liga launching, after coming off the bench in the second half in previous league encounters against Atletico and Espanyol.
The previous Arsenal striker, who last found the net in October in the Gunners' 3-1 win over Aston Villa, now has 10 goals in general this season.

Aubameyang's very first goal came when he calmly hit the upper corner in an one-on-one scenario in the 23rd minute, and his second came from close range in the 38th minute to make it 3-0 after Frenkie de Jong netted Barcelona's second.
At first, Barca's fourth goal was attributed to Pedri, but when the referee provided his match report after the game, he switched it to Aubameyang as Pedri's strike was deflected off the striker's back on its way in.Carlos Soler scored a consolation goal for the locals, with many of the almost 40,000 Valencia fans at Mestalla Stadium again protesting against Singaporean owner Peter Lim.

The win lifted Barcelona into 4th place on 42 points from 24 games, tied with Atletico who are fifth on goal difference. Real Madrid top the table with 57 points.
" We are starting to find that effectiveness that we were lacking previously in the season," captain Sergio Busquets informed press reporters.

" I hope Aubameyang is that a person piece that we were missing out on up front. He is an excellent player that arrived hungry since he was not getting numerous opportunities at his last club. It is a pleasure having him in our team."
Second-place Sevilla stumbled in their pursuit of Real Madrid after being held 1-1 at Espanyol, leaving them six points behind the league leaders.

Rafa Mir opened the scoring for the visitors in the 36th after a help by Papu Gomez, who had begun 10 minutes earlier to replace the injured Anthony Martial.
Espanyol equalised early in the second half with a close-range header by Sergi Darder, before Sevilla defender Jules Kounde was sent, offered a straight red card after complaining to the referee.

Serie A: Sorry Inter stunned by Sassuolo

Inter Milan missed the chance to climb back to the top of Serie A as they suffered a shock 2-0 home defeat by Sassuolo on Sunday.The hosts fell behind after 8 minutes with Giacomo Raspadori drilling a shot through goalkeeper Samir Handanovic, before Gianluca Scamacca headed into the net when unmarked to double Sassuolo's lead.

Inter were all at sea, and might have gone into the break 3-0 down when Domenico Berardi's effort struck the crossbar.
After the break, the hosts piled on the pressure, with goalkeeper Andrea Consigli making a number of fine saves to keep the visitors in a commanding position.

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Sassuolo needs to have put the game to bed with late chances, but 2 goals were enough as Inter stayed second on 54 points, 2 behind leaders AC Milan. Sassuolo reached 11th." I am very angry with how we played," Inter coach Simone Inzaghi informed DAZN.

" We had 3 days given that Wednesday's game (against Liverpool) and we discussed the reality Sassuolo beat Juventus and Milan away - we needed to beware.
" We attempted to do everything in the second half, created many chances and were unlucky, however the fact remains we ought to've had a different approach.
" We will evaluate the circumstance. We understand there are 13 games to go, we are all up there and want to keep going forward. The fact is, a team that wishes to win the Scudetto can not get the method as incorrect as we did today."Earlier, Fiorentina beat Atalanta 1-0 to stay in the race for a place in European competitors, while Venezia and Genoa played out a 1-1 draw.

Bundesliga: Lewandowski leads Bayern to triumph

Robert Lewandowski scored twice as Bayern Munich came from behind to beat last-place Greuther Furth 4-1 in the Bundesliga on Sunday.
The Poland star took his league-leading tally to 28 goals in 23 games and helped Bayern remain six points ahead of Borussia Dortmund, who whipped Borussia Monchengladbach 6-0.

Furth captain Branimir Hrgota fired the competitive underdogs ahead in the 42nd minute when his free-kick took a definitive deflection off Bayern's Marcel Sabitzer.Bayern coach Julian Nagelsmann's half-time talk had quick outcomes.Lewandowski equalised only a minute into the second half and Bayern kept pressing, forcing an own goal from Sebastian Griesbeck just past the hour-mark. Griesbeck likewise scored an own goal in the previous meeting in between the two, which Bayern won 3-1.

Max Christiansen struck the post as Furth pushed for an equaliser, but Lewandowski sealed Bayern's win with an 82nd-minute header.Serge Gnabry established half-time substitute Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting for the fourth goal in injury time.
Borussia Dortmund captain Marco Reus played a part in 5 goals as his side hammered his former club Borussia Monchengladbach 6-0.

Highlights of the Bundesliga match in between Borussia Dortmund and Borussia Mönchengladbach.

Reus, who changed from Gladbach to Dortmund just over a decade back, scored two and provided 3 assists, but he chose not to take a penalty his side were granted in added time, with Emre Can stepping up and converting to finish the drubbing.
Reus opened the scoring in the 26th minute by catching the rebound after Switzerland keeper Yann Sommer had actually parried a shot from Donyell Malen.

Reus returned the favour 6 minutes later on, playing a one-two with Dutchman Malen, who powered a shot through the grasp of Sommer to double Dortmund's benefit.Dortmund put the result beyond doubt when Reus teed up Marius Wolf to score in the 70th-minute, two minutes after he had actually come off the bench.
The captain included his third assist of the game 4 minutes later as Youssoufa-Moukoko, another substitute, netted Dortmund's fourth.Reus then got back among the goals by smashing the ball in after a long punt from defender Mats Hummels, before Can completed Gladbach's humiliation from the area after Wolf was felled in package.

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