City’s Aguero nets hat trick
Sergio Aguero scored a hat trick for a second successive Sunday as Manchester City posted a 6-0 rout of visiting Chelsea in the English Premier League.
It was a day of misery for Chelsea as the west London club suffered its worst loss in 28 years and sank to sixth place.
Defending champion City reclaimed the top spot from Liverpool on goal differential.
With Maurizio Sarri hired after Antonio Conte failed to make the top four last season, the prospect of another season out of the Champions League probably will imperil the job prospects of another Chelsea manager.
Tottenham beat Leicester, 3-1, at Wembley Stadium in Sunday’s other game to strengthen its hold on third place.
Werder Bremen continued its birthday celebrations by routing Augsburg, 4-0, in the German Bundesliga.
Bremen, which marked its 120th anniversary as a club Monday, followed its dramatic penalty shootout win over Borussia Dortmund in the German Cup on Tuesday with its biggest league win of the season.
Lille moving up
Lille stepped up its bid for second place in the French league and automatic qualification for the Champions League by winning, 2-0, at Guingamp before Lyon lost, 1-0, at Nice.
The win put Lille six points ahead of thirdplaced Lyon, while Nice climbed up to the seventh spot.
Barca draws Lionel Messi was back from a leg injury, but Barcelona needed goalkeeper MarcAndre ter Stegen to put on a superb performance to salvage a 0-0 draw at Athletic Bilbao in the Spanish league.
Barcelona is six points ahead of second-place Real Madrid.
After it often won by a single goal in the first half of the season, Juventus has scored three goals in two straight matches, including a 3-0 win at Sassuolo in Serie A.
Cristiano Ronaldo, who turned 34 last week, had a hand in all three goals, scoring with a header on a corner kick in the 70th minute.
It was his 18th league goal, two clear of Atalanta’s Duvan Zapata in the race for the top scorer award.
Juventus moved 11 points clear of second-place Napoli as it seeks an eighth successive title.