Antonio Rüdiger’s Roma side returned to form with a 3-1 win over Frosinone Calcio in Serie A. They went in front after 18 minutes through Radja Nainggolan but Daniel Ciofani equalised for the strugglers moments later. The hosts hit the front after the break thanks to a debut goal from Stephan El Shaarawy, with Miralem Pjanic wrapping up the triumph in the closing stages.
Rüdiger played on the right side of a back three, despite carrying a minor injury, but didn’t put a foot wrong during a flawless performance. The Germany star completed the match.
Roma currently sit fifth in the table (38 points), three points behind Fiorentina and Inter Milan, however, that could change after the completion of their fixtures on Sunday. The form stravel to Sampdoria (15:00 CET), whilst the latter face local rivals AC Milan at 20:45 CET.
World Cup winners Mesut Özil and Per Mertesacker were rested as Arsenal beat Burnley 2-1 to reach the fifth round of the FA Cup. Calum Chambers (19’) and Alexis Sanchez (53’) netted for Arsene Wenger’s men, with Sam Vokes netting for Burnley after 30 minutes. Former Karlsruhe player Rouwen Hennings played the final 15 for the Clarets.
Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool side have been taken to a replay for the second consecutive round. Just weeks after beating Exeter City at the second time of asking, his Liverpool side were held to a goalless draw by West Ham United. The sides will therefore meet again, this time at Upton Park, on 9th February. Emre Can wasn’t in the squad for the match.
Champions League winners Barcelona strengthened their title challenge yesterday thanks to a 2-1 victory over Atletico Madrid. Marc-André ter Stegen was an unused substitute. Koke’s goal gave the Madrid side the lead after just 10 minutes but goals from Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez turned the game around for the hosts. To add insult to injury, Atletico ended the game with nine men - both Filipe Luis and Diego Godin received their marching orders.
Barca now have 51 points, three more than Atletico. As things stand Toni Kroos’ Real Madrid side are seven points behind the leaders but could cut the gap on Sunday when they face Espanyol (20:30 CET).