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By the numbers: Messi's 51st hat-trick, Salah's long scoreless streak

Lionel Messi celebrates after putting Barcelona ahead 1-0 in their Champions League tie with Lyon.
Lionel Messi scored his 33rd La Liga hat-trick in the course of Barcelona's 4-1 win away to Real Betis.

There's Lionel Messi, and then there's the rest. The weekend's football in Europe seemed to suggest so, although one must put this helpful caveat: Juventus gave Cristiano Ronaldo the weekend off.

Here are the best numbers from the weekend:


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Lionel Messi scored his 33rd La Liga hat-trick in the course of Barcelona's 4-1 win away to Real Betis, also his 45th hat-trick for Barcelona across all competitions. He also has six hat-tricks for the Argentina national team, taking his overall tally in competitive...

Liverpool continue their high-wire act, international break comes at right time for Man United

Nick Miller recaps a topsy-turvy weekend, with Premier League and FA Cup quarterfinal action serving up another football feast.

Response of the weekend

For the last few months Liverpool have, in the Premier League at least, been sprinting along a tightrope. Sometimes they've kept a straight and steady course. Sometimes they've wobbled. Sometimes they've almost fallen off only to just about right themselves.

It must be a pretty stressful business watching them. They have lain bare their deficiencies...

Liverpool go top with win at Fulham, yet their form suggests title may be beyond them

James Milner dispatched a late penalty after Virgil van Dijk's mistake had gifted Fulham an equalizer.
Virgil van Dijk and James Milner discuss the errors that led to Fulham's goal and how Milner stayed composed for the winning penalty.

LONDON -- On paper, this should have been a simple victory for Liverpool: the Premier League's most rampant three-man attack against the Premier League's most shambolic, error-prone defence.

In practice, it was considerably more complex. This turned into the archetypal Premier League test: away to relegation strugglers fighting for their lives, in a tight ground with home supporters on top of the players, in horrendous conditions that involved swirling wind, torrential rain, blasts of hailstones...

Sadio Mane scores again, Mohamed Salah frustrates as Liverpool sneak past Fulham

James Milner dispatched a late penalty after Virgil van Dijk's mistake had gifted Fulham an equalizer.
Virgil van Dijk and James Milner discuss the errors that led to Fulham's goal and how Milner stayed composed for the winning penalty.

Liverpool needed a late James Milner penalty to win a game they completely dominated from start to finish. Wastefulness in front of goal and a moment of madness at the back threatened to inflict a huge blow to their title chances, but the veteran Milner held his nerve to send Jurgen Klopp's side back to the top of the table.

Positives

The three points. Liverpool would never have forgiven themselves if they'd somehow not won this game.

Negatives

Mohamed Salah's quest for that elusive 50th goal...

FA Cup/Premier League W2W4: Will Man United play kids? Only Liverpool can stop Liverpool

There are some big games in both the FA Cup (all live on ESPN+ in the U.S.) and Premier League this weekend. Nick Miller rounds up what to watch for.

Will Manchester United play kids against Wolves?

After a brilliant start under their new boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Manchester United side are creaking. Last weekend they lost to Arsenal, looking worn out mentally as much as physically (though that is hardly surprising after the monumental effort it took to beat PSG in the Champions League) and...

Champions League still belongs to Ronaldo and Messi despite Premier League's strong showing

So, English football is back, capped by Liverpool's victory in Munich on Wednesday night, but is the Premier League ready, once again, to dominate the Champions League? With four English clubs reaching the quarterfinals for the first time since the 2008-09 season, we may be on the cusp of a new period of European domination by the richest league in the world. Just don't expect that to begin without Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi having something to say about it.

The Champions League round...