The season is barely past the halfway point and already Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has virtually given up on winning the title.
Free-scoring Monaco moved to the top of the French league on goal difference by crushing Marseille 4-1 Sunday, tearing the home side apart with lightning counterattacks that took its season's tally to 60 league goals in 20 games.
FC Porto defeated Moreirense 3-0 to move within four points of Portuguese league leader Benfica on Sunday.
Sevilla fans enjoyed the last laugh over Sergio Ramos.
Top-scorer Diego Costa wasn't missed by English Premier League leader Chelsea.
Lionel Messi didn't need a free kick this time, scoring from close range to help Barcelona rout Las Palmas 5-0 and move within two points of Spanish league leader Real Madrid on Saturday.
Sevilla twice scored late -- including an 85th-minute own goal by Ramos -- to end Real Madrid's 40-game unbeaten streak and move within one point of its rival atop the Spanish league with a 2-1 victory on Sunday.
Mauro Icardi came to Inter Milan's rescue yet again as Serie A's top goalscorer helped the Nerazzurri come from behind to beat Chievo Verona 3-1 on Saturday.
Diego Costa's Chelsea career could be coming to a fiery abrupt end, in a setback to the English Premier League leaders' pursuit of the title.
With a remarkable injury time goal, Real Madrid salvaged a 3-3 draw against Sevilla in the Copa del Rey to set a Spanish record of 40 consecutive games unbeaten on Thursday.