Atletico Madrid routed Real Betis 5-0 to move within a point of Spanish soccer league leader Barcelona, which defeated Real Madrid at the weekend. Roma set a record for the best start to Italy’s Serie A.
Bayern Munich and Inter Milan advanced to the Champions League round of 16, while Benfica secured its spot with a 2-2 draw at Manchester United that left the English club’s further participation in doubt.
Chelsea hired former Liverpool coach Rafael Benitez as interim soccer manager until the end of the season after firing Roberto Di Matteo, an appointment that may pave the way for an approach to Pep Guardiola.
Juventus won 3-0 against Napoli to trail Serie A leader AC Milan by two points, while Andrea Stramaccioni’s first game as Inter Milan coach ended with a 5-4 win over Genoa. Valencia and Levante tied 1-1 in Spain.