While You Were Sleeping: Barcelona beat Celta in the Spanish league, Union Berlin remains top of the Bundesliga and Udinese drew 2-2 at Atalanta in Serie A

Barcelona keep winning – at least in the Spanish league. The Catalan club beat Celta Viga 1-0 on Sunday to earn their seventh straight win in the competition, reclaiming first place and regaining some confidence ahead of the crucial Champions League game against Inter Milan .

Barcelona failed to repeat their league success in the group stage of European competition and anything but a home win against Inter on Wednesday will leave the club on the brink of elimination for a second consecutive season following the departure of Lionel Messi.

Barcelona lost to Inter in Italy last week, their second consecutive Champions League defeat. In the Spanish league, on the other hand, Barcelona have been perfect at home since a goalless opener against Rayo Vallecano.

In another game, Real Betis held on to a 0-0 draw in Valladolid despite being a man down by more than an hour when defender Germán Pezzella was sent off in the 35th.

Union Berlin defeats Stuttgart 1-0 and remains Bundesliga leader

The late goal from Union Berlin defender Paul Jaeckel was enough for the capital club to lead the Bundesliga for the fourth consecutive weekend with a 1-0 “dirty win” in Stuttgart on Sunday.

Niko Gießelmann played a corner that Jaeckel headed in from the left post in the 77th to win a game of attrition with few highlights. It was only Union’s second shot on goal.

“It feels fantastic,” said Jackel. “First Bundesliga goal, and such an important one makes it even better.”

Stuttgart defender Konstantinos Mavropanos hit the post in response before the home side had to send off striker Serhou Guirassy with his second yellow card for a late tackle on Morten Thorsby. Guirassy apologized to the Norwegian midfielder.

Union were two points ahead of Freiburg after nine rounds and four points ahead of ten-time holders Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, who drew 2-2 on Saturday.

Udinese are recovering from a 2-goal deficit to the draw with Atalanta

Udinese never gives up. The latest example of the Italian side’s fighting spirit came in a 2-2 draw with high-flying Atalanta in Serie A on Sunday, recovering from two goals down.

Nehuén Pérez and Gerard Deulofeu nullified goals from Ademola Lookman and Luis Muriel to allow Udinese to salvage a point and draw level with defending champions AC Milan in the table, a point behind second-placed Atalanta and three points behind Napoli after the south side beat Cremonese 4- 1.

Udinese and Atalanta Nehuen Perez of Udinese scores the ball to score his team’s second goal during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Udinese and Atalanta at Friuli Stadium in Udine, Italy on Saturday 09 October 2022. (Andrea Bressanutti/LaPresse via AP)

Udinese had won their last six games and four of those wins after Andrea Sottil’s side initially fell behind.

The match was played with high intensity but there were few real chances to score before Atalanta broke the deadlock nine minutes before the break. Muriel ran for a very long ball over the top of Teun Koopmeiners, sliced ​​in from the left and rolled it over for Lookman to tap the back post.

In another Serie A game, Napoli prevailed again to move alone to the top of the standings with their eighth consecutive win in all competitions.

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