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Numbers: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer tastes first league defeat, Lionel Messi scores in 800th game

While Liverpool kept pace with Manchester City, Arsenal beat Manchester United to keep the top four race alive. In La Liga, Barcelona continued their dominance, while Kareem Benzema helped Real Madrid get back to winning ways after their humiliating Champions League defeat. Elsewhere, Juventus remained unbeaten in the league, while Bayern Munich scored six against Wolfsburg to leapfrog Dortmund to the top of the Bundesliga. Here are the best numbers from the weekend's action.


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By the numbers: Barcelona move ahead of Real Madrid for the first time in 87 years

It was a weekend of derbies and fierce cross-country rivalries. The North-London derby was feisty, controversial and ended 1-1, the Merseyside one was tamer and ended 0-0, while the Rome edition saw Lazio absolutely smash Roma 3-0. Across in Spain, the Clasico saw Barcelona run out 1-0 winners at Real Madrid, while in a brilliantly-manic edition of the great Italian north-south rivalry, Juventus clung onto a 2-1 win at Napoli.

Here are the best stats from the weekend action:


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Guardiola: Sterling showed character with Man City's winning penalty vs. Chelsea

MANCHESTER, England -- Raheem Sterling showed his strength of character by taking the winning penalty in Manchester City's Carabao Cup victory over Chelsea, according to Pep Guardiola.

The England international was City's fifth penalty taker after Sunday's Wembley final finished goalless, and the City boss compared Sterling to an NBA star, who is prepared to take the clutch shot in a tight game.

"I admire the fact that, in Sunday's situation, he took responsibility," Guardiola told a news conference...

Chelsea fine Kepa Arrizabalaga for Carabao Cup final meltdown, keeper admits 'big mistake'

Kepa Arrizabalaga has been fined one week's wages for his refusal to be substituted during Chelsea's Carabao Cup final loss to Manchester City, the club have confirmed.

Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri was left enraged on the Wembley touchline when Kepa, having twice received treatment on the pitch during extra time, angrily waved away the Italian's attempt to replace him with Willy Caballero.

Both men played down the incident as a "misunderstanding" after the match, but in a follow-up statement...

Sarri, Kepa drama overshadows Chelsea's effort vs. Man City in cup final defeat

It feels weird to start not with a game itself but with an attempted substitution that never came to pass, but this was the big talking point of the European weekend and there's no escaping it.

I'm talking, of course, about the end of extra time in Chelsea's Carabao Cup final loss to Manchester City. It's easy to get lost in the minutiae and the speculation, but there is one overriding fact we do know: Kepa Arrizabalaga refused to come off the pitch when his number was called.

He offered his own...