Real Madrid put Deportivo La Coruna to the sword as they fought back from a goal down to emerge 7-1 victors at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday.
Zinedine Zidane's side came into the clash on the back of a three-match winless run in La Liga, and their afternoon got off to a bad start when Adrian Lopez gave Depor the lead midway through the first half.
But they responded in style as Nacho, Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo all bagged braces, while Luka Modric managed to get off the mark for the season in a huge comeback win.
The hosts looked determined to turn their fortunes around and they were quickly on the attack, with Ronaldo heading Bale's cross from the right well over the crossbar in the fourth minute.
Ruben was called into action for the first time two minutes later when he caught Borja Mayoral's first-time volley from Modric's cut-back on the right.
Good work from Lucas Perez led to Depor's first chance on 16 minutes as he made his way into the area before picking out Pedro Mosquera, whose tame shot was comfortably saved by Keylor Navas.
Perez had a hand in the opener seven minutes later when he got in behind the defence from Florin Andone's flick and squared the ball across the face of goal for Lopez to tap in at the back post.
Los Blancos immediately went in search of the equaliser, with Marcelo flashing a volley just wide of the right post from Bale's cross on the right in the 26th minute, before Ronaldo drew a brilliant save out of Ruben with a header at the back post from the Brazilian's cross two minutes later.
Marcelo threatened again on the half-hour mark as he advanced into the area and hit the left post with low shot that squirmed through Ruben, who recovered to smother the ball.
Real were back on level terms two minutes later, though, when Nacho guided Marcelo's square pass across the keeper into the right corner of the net.
Ruben was well placed to claim Modric's header from Dani Carvajal's floated cross on the right in the 34th minute, but there was nothing he could do to keep out Bale, who collected a cross on the right and shifted to his left before curling an unstoppable shot into the top-left corner of the goal on 42 minutes.
The champions were relentless in the second half as they scored five times, although it could easily have been more. Modric fired wide of the near post on 52 minutes after being teed up by Bale, while Casemiro forced Ruben into a superb save with a bullet header at the back post six minutes later.
However, Bale had the beating of Ruben from the resulting corner with a glancing header that went in just under the bar.
Mayoral should have extended Real's lead five minutes later from Bale's clipped cross, but he headed wide of the left post with the goal at his mercy.
Modric got in on the act in the 68th minute with a clinical finish from inside the D after being set up by Ronaldo's neat flick, before Depor almost pulled a goal back moments later as Andone scuffed a shot over the bar from six yards out.
Ronaldo somehow missed the target on 72 minutes as he chested the ball down and volleyed wide of the right post from just eight yards out, but he finally got on the scoresheet six minutes later with a simple tap-in at the back post from Casemiro's cross on the right.
The Portuguese forward's final action saw him score again on 84 minutes with a brave header from Lucas Vazquez's cross on the right. He took a boot to the head in the process and left the pitch for treatment.
Real continued to pour forward in the closing stages and Carvajal tested Ruben with a powerful strike after latching onto a long ball over the top in the 88th minute, before Nacho completed the rout with an angled shot the turn from the resulting corner.
Tottenham Hotspur were held to a 1-1 draw with a much-improved Southampton side at St. Mary's Stadium on Sunday.
Davinson Sanchez turned the ball into his own net to give the Saints a deserved early lead, but it took just three minutes for Harry Kane to head Spurs level.
But try as they might, Spurs were unable to find a second goal and Mauricio Pochettino had to settle for a draw against his old team.
Manolo Gabbiadini had the first sight of goal but he couldn't beat Michel Vorm from the edge of the box after turning well.
James Ward-Prowse then dispossessed Son Heung-Min in midfield and released Dusan Tadic on the left flank who in turn fed Gabbiadini with a square pass into the area, but the Italian failed to connect to the delivery.
Ward-Prowse sliced well wide of the target moments later before some more good play down the left flank for the Saints almost saw Gabbiadini in again but he failed to connect to another good Tadic delivery.
But it was no surprise when Southampton took the lead, on 15 minutes, from the left hand side after Davinson Sanchez deflected Ryan Bertrand's low cross into his own net, after the Southampton full-back had raced forward down the flank and picked up a good ball forward from Tadic.
Spurs responded with Eric Dier hitting a shot against Alex McCarthy's right upright as the ball dropped to him from a corner.
And Spurs were also inevitably soon level, through Harry Kane, with 18 minutes on the clock, as he headed in a corner from the right from Ben Davies.
Mario Lemina fired well over the Spurs goal on 26 minutes, while Moussa Sissoko failed to direct a Davies shot across goal on target. Stephens was wide with a header from an excellent Ward-Prowse delivery as the half drew to a close, before the same player drew a good low save from Vorm at the start of the second period.
A good low Davies cross from the left was well cut out by Stephen on the hour mark following a rash of yellow cards as the match started to become a bit scrappy.
Deli Alli was inches away from giving Spurs the lead with a shot that just curled away from the left upright with McCarthy scrambling while Gabbiadini hit straight into the arms of Vorm with a timid shot moments later.
Stephens was well placed again to deflect a Kane shot from the right hand side following a swift break forward, while Vertonghen was forced to shoot from range after the ball broke to him as Alli twisted and turned but couldn’t not work a space for a shot.
17-year-old Irish striker Michael Obafemi replaced Gabbiadini in the 82nd minute as Saints boss Mauricio Pellegrino looked for some late inspiration and he so nearly scored the winner but could not turn a Tadic cross home.
Spurs remained the more likely scorers, as Erik Lamela saw his close range effort deflected out for a corner and Kane pulled a very late shot, from the left, wide of the right post after Sanchez had made an excellent block to deny Sofiane Boufal's shot from making its way through to Vorm.
But try as they might, the away side were unable to find the back of the net again and had to settle for a solitary point.
Chippa United and Golden Arrows both lacked a cutting edge as the played out a 0-0 draw at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Sunday.
Chippa United dominated the first half before Golden Arrows got a hold of the game after the break, but neither side was able to find the net, nor fashion many meaningful chances, as the deadlock remained intact.
Chippa had the first real attack early on when they were able to get the better of Limbikani Mzava, but Nkanyiso Mngwengwe got the block in for a corner. A few minutes later and they worked another chance, but it was headed over the crossbar.
Mngwengwe then was able to pick out Knox Mutizwa, who turned in the box and got a shot away, but his effort was straight at the goalkeeper.
Chippa had another chance when Mzwandile Buthelezi erred to give the Chilli Boys a break, putting Mxolisi Macuphu one-on-one with the goalkeeper, but Nkosingiphile Gumede was able to make the save.
Chippa though were on the front foot again, this time with Kurt Lentjies getting the better of Musa Bilankulu and Buthelezi conceding a free-kick as he tried to cover for his fellow defender. Katlego Mashego took the resulting free kick, which deflected off the wall for a corner.
Arrows had a good chance to score when Musa Bilankulu won the ball in midfield and Danny Venter was able to play it out wide for Kudakwashe Mahachi, but his shot was an easy save for Daniel Akpeyi.
Chippa had another attempt in the 28th minute when Thabo Rakhale got the better of Lehlohonolo Nonyane and was able to get the shot away, but once again Gumede saved the day for Arrows
The next chance fell to Arrows, with Kudakwashe Mahachi winning the ball in midfield and setting up Venter for a shot, but Akpeyi was up to it and able to make the save.
Arrows were more positive after the break, working the Chippa defence with Mutizwa testing Akpeyi, while the best chances fell to Danny Venter and Kudakwashe Mahachi but both their efforts were sliced wide of goal.
Bayern Munich came from behind to beat Werder Bremen 4-2 at the Allianz Arena on Sunday afternoon.
Jerome Gondorf opened the scoring on 25 minutes before Thomas Muller's equaliser with 41 minutes played.
Robert Lewandowski then put Bayern ahead just after the hour mark, and despite an own goal from Niklas Sule, Lewandowski and Muller both scored their second goals of the game each to secure a comprehensive victory.
It was an surprisingly sloppy start by both sides although Franck Ribery was lively early on while Javi Martinez fired a sixth minute shot wide with a flicked header.
Bremen then were so nearly in the lead a minute later but Max Kruse's header from Ludwig Augustinsson's cross deflected off Juan Bernat and clipped the outside of the post.
Ribery fired straight at Jii Pavlenka before Muller saw his goal-bound shot blocked by Nikolas Moisander and Lewandowski headed a Jerome Boateng cross from the left over the bar.
Junuzovic then hit a first-time shot just wide after connecting to a soft punch from Sven Ulreich, but the Bayern stopper could do nothing to deny Gondorf from slotting home and firing Bremen into the lead after some good work from Eggestein and Kruse.
Pavlenka got down well to cut out a low Ribery shot on 31 minutes and after a spell of sustained pressure from Bayern, the home side were level, through Muller, who shrugged off Veljkovic to chest down a Boateng cross and fire in on the volley.
Lewandowski was off target with a 47th minute header from a Robben delivery to the back post, before Boateng got back to deflect a Gondorf strike from the edge of the box over the bar.
Lewandowski was looking lively and after Pavlenka denied Arturo Vidal with a fine save, he had to pick the ball out the back of his net as the Polish striker headed home from a James Rodriguez corner from the left.
Gebre Selassie was off target with a 65th minute header before another great save from Pavlenka to deny Lewandowski from close range. Moisander then cleared Ribery's follow-up off the line.
Astonishinyl though Bremen were level as a Zlatko Junuzovic corner from the right hit Sule on the leg and rolled over the line.
But no sooner had they conceded, Lewandowski restored Bayern's lead, with a clinical header from a Muller cross into the bottom left corner of the net.
Ulreich denied Junuzovic with ten minutes of the match remaining with a good low fingertip save, but could not keep out Muller, who guided a first-time shot past Pavlenka after racing onto an excellent Rodriguez ball, to cap off a resounding result.
Ten-men Kaizer Chiefs came from behind to beat Baroka 2-1 at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Saturday with new signing Leonardo Castro scoring a late winner after coming off the bench.
Lucky Nguzana gave Baroka a first-half lead as he pounced on a shot from Talent Chawapiwa that came back off a post before Ryan Moon headed in an equaliser at the start of the second period.
And the comeback was complete for Chiefs as debutant Castro smashed in from inside the box to hand his new team all three points - after Joseph Molangoane was red carded.
Baroka were quickest out of the blocks and applied some good early pressure on the Chiefs backline.
Amakhosi were soon on the ball though and had their first chance though Gustavo Paez, but his effort was cleared off the line.
Itumeleng Khune was in fine form to deny Robin Ngalande, who struck well from the edge of the area.
Baroka remained on top midway through the first half, but failed to make the most of several corners before Shaku Dineo headed a 30th minute corner down into the ground and up over the bar.
Bakgaga were, however, in the lead just a minute later as Nguzana reacted quickest to a shot from Chawapiwa that had rebounded back into play off the right upright.
Molangoane then failed to test Virgil Vries with a weak effort with 34 minutes on the clock, while Ryan Moon was close to an equaliser with a header that flew just wide as the half drew to a close.
Despite their impressing first-half showing, Baroka were pegged back by Chiefs just two minutes after the break as Moon got onto the end of a Siphiwe Tshabalala delivery and this time made no mistake with a header into the bottom corner of the net.
Paez was off target with an ambitious effort from range before Leonardo Castro replaced Moon for his debut.
The new Chiefs signing looked lively ahead of a moment of madness from Molangoane, who was red-carded for an elbow on Khutso Mohwatseleng off the ball.
With time running out for either side to find a winning goal, Vries denied George Maluleka before Castro headed a 79th minute chance just over the target.
The Colombian though became an instant hero when he fired in from inside the box into the top of the net with a first-time shot.
Dineo was then close to a late leveller with a diving header that beat Khune but not the right hand post, and ultimately it was Chiefs who emerged victorious to record their first ever win over Baroka FC.
Ajax Cape Town coach Muhsin Ertugral claims Cape Town City counterpart Benni McCarthy must learn to keep his passions in check after being sent off in the iKapa derby on Saturday.
Ertugral suffered a third defeat in four games since returning to Ikamva last month, as their local rivals ran out convincing 1-0 victors at the Cape Town Stadium to do the double over the Urban Warriors this season.
The derby only really came to life in the second half, despite the Citizens having dominated proceedings in the opening 45 minutes. Craig Martin had been denied by the woodwork early on in the game, but he went on to break the deadlock in the 52nd minute to secure all three points.
Gerald Takwara had been dismissed for Ajax just before half-time, and McCarthy was also sent to the stands in the closing stages following a confrontation with Ertugral.
An error from the fourth official sparked the incident, after he allowed substitute Kwanda Mngonyama to enter the fray before Martin had left the pitch.
Ertugral wanted Mngonyama to be booked and McCarthy took exception to the Turk's demand, with the former Bafana Bafana international needing to be restrained after breaching his opposite number's technical area.
And the 58-year-old told Times Live: "He needs to learn‚ he is still a baby... next time I will bring lollipops so he can play with it.
"Benni needs also to learn a little bit... he was a great player but he also needs to learn how to behave a bit on the side [in the dugout].
"There is a line‚ why did they draw a line there? He came out of his line‚ came to my line and asked what am I doing. I don't know what he is doing. I am long in this business and we put him out in the stands very quickly.
"Later on he wanted to explain to me certain things‚ but after the game for me these things are always over. That is there‚ in the 90 minutes. He will take time to learn‚ but he will."
Milutin Sredojevic said that Orlando Pirates threw everything at Polokwane City before ultimately settling for a 1-1 draw.
Dominic Chungwa opened the scoring at the Orlando Stadium on Saturday on 18 minutes with Lyle Foster netting an 87th minute equaliser.
Pirates had come off the back of a massive performance in their 3-1 defeat of Mamelodi Sundowns last week, with Sredojevic adding, that that game had taken a lot out of his side.
He was reported in the Sowetan as saying: "When you play a big match‚ like we played a big match last week, that takes so much physically and emotionally‚ you really need to be firmly on the ground and look to the next match with the same dedication and motivation. And looking to repeat the performance through consistency."
He added: "In preparation everything went well. Then we have been a bit surprised from the point where we wanted to play much better. It didn't happen.
"We started well again‚ wanted to build patiently and through football to create chances. We came into what I will call a 'blackout' from the moment of conceding the goal and so many minutes after.
"Because when for three or four minutes we were repeatedly conceding corner kicks we were not answering to that because this is the time when all of us we need to be focused.
"We weren't and we conceded that goal. From then‚ being a goal down‚ we were looking to change the formation‚ going with much more tactical risk‚ playing with three behind and two wing-backs.
"And looking to equalise‚ and then win the game. To throw everything on the field of play.
"I can say that we had against us one very good team who came with very good organisation‚ with a sharp counter attack."
Hamburg have taken the decision to dismiss head coach Markus Gisdol following the 2-0 home defeat to bottom-side Cologne on Saturday.
A new coach has already been identified and will be announced by the club ahead of training on Monday.
It was a fourth successive Bundesliga defeat for the struggling side, who are currently just three points ahead of Cologne in 17th place.
The former Stuttgart and Hoffenheim coach joined Hamburg in September 2016 and helped the club avoid relegation after what had been a disastrous start to the season under his predecessor Bruno Labbadia.
A club statement read: "Following yesterday's 2-0 defeat to 1. FC Köln, the board and sporting director Jens Todt have made the decision to relieve head coach Markus Gisdol and his assistants Frank Fröhling and Frank Kaspari of their duties at the club."
Club chairman Heribert Bruchhagen added: "It wasn’t an easy decision to make. But we are convinced that there was no alternative at this point in time.
"We will unveil our new coach soon. We need to formalise a few things first - we know already who the new coach will be."
Bruchhagen added: "We expressed our gratitude to Markus Gisdol. We hadn't anticipated the current situation that we find ourselves in. Now we need to scrutinise ourselves too. A new head coach should give us a boost and take away any uncertainty in the team.
"The new head coach will take team training on Monday at 15:00."
Gertjan Verbeek admits that FC Twente will need to "play better football in order to score goals and win matches".
Haris Vuckic had given the struggling Eredivisie side the lead against Roda JC on Saturday with 53 minutes played, only to conceded an 88th minute equaliser, as Dani Schahin took his late chance.
The result left Twente in 15th place with 16 points from nine games - level on points with NAC Breda in the relegation play-off places and just four clear of Roda, who are second from bottom.
Speaking to the NOS after the draw in Kerkrade, Verbeek said: "After we scored we had a massive chance to make it 2-0 but we hit the post that appeared to galvanize Roda JC who went on to play with nothing to lose.
"I do not feel that we conceded in the 88th minute due to lack of confidence. I thought we played well in the first-half and we created two or three good chances.
"After hitting the post at 1-0 up we stopped playing football and started to defend deeper. We must ensure that we go on to build on our leads in future matches.
"I have been at FC Twente for three months and I feel that in the run up to the winter break we have shown more stability and have not given too many chances away but we must play better football in order to score goals and win matches.
"We dominated the match at times tonight and this result must give us confidence going forward."
Romeo Castelen enjoyed his return to The Hague to face his former side with new team VVV Venlo.
The 34-year-old former Dutch international began his career with ADO Den Haag ahead of spells with Feyenoord, Hamburg, Volga Nizhny Novgorod, RKC Waalwijk, Western Sydney Wanderers, Suwon Bluewings and most recently China League One side Zhejiang Yiteng.
Speaking to the NOS, Castelen, who came off the bench to make his debut for VVV in their 1-1 draw, said he felt like he had returned home.
Castelen said: "Tonight felt like a homecoming. I still know people in the back room staff and behind the scenes at ADO Den Haag. It was great to be so well received by the supporters after so many years.
"Tonight was a special night for me. Even for the fans to sing my name during the warming up. I still have a lot of love for ADO Den Haag."
He added: "I did not have to think too long about returning to the Eredivisie. At the request of the manager Maurice Steijn we held talks and that went well. The staff and board a VVV Venlo wanted me and that felt good hence why I decided to return to the Netherlands.
”Making my debut for VVV Venlo tonight felt good. I feel fit and it is now about staying fit and playing games as the last match I played was at the end of November 2017.
”I have had fantastic experiences abroad in South Korea, Australia and China and got to grips with new cultures and different types of football. Fantastic life experiences that nobody can take that away from me.
”It’s great for Dutch internationals to return to the Eredivisie such as Robin van Persie and myself. It’s good for Dutch football.
”I am pleased to be back playing football again in the Netherlands.”