- Associated Press - Saturday, January 30, 2016

Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez helped Barcelona break the tie at the top of the Spanish league on Saturday, and Manchester City, Arsenal and Tottenham all won in England’s FA Cup.

Messi and Suarez scored goals to lead a 2-1 comeback win over second-place Atletico Madrid, which ended the match at Camp Nou with nine men.

Here is a look at Europe’s major action on Saturday:

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SPAIN

Barcelona took a big step toward successfully defending its Spanish league title by opening up a three-point lead over Atletico.

Atletico’s Jorge “Koke” Resurreccion netted 10 minutes into the match, but Messi drove in the equalizer at the half-hour mark before Suarez scored from a solo effort eight minutes later.

Atletico fell apart when Filipe Luis earned a direct red card for sticking his cleats into Messi’s knee seconds before halftime. Diego Godin then left Atletico down two men from the 65th with a second booking for a second hard foul on Suarez.

The Catalan leaders also have a game in hand at Sporting Gijon on Feb. 17.

Atletico coach Diego Simeone said, “They have players who decide games, a three-point lead, and a game to play. The league is long, but they don’t stumble very much.”

Elsewhere, fourth-place Villarreal moved level on points with third-place Real Madrid after edging Granada 1-0. Athletic Bilbao also won 1-0 at Getafe, Malaga won 2-1 at Eibar, and Real Sociedad beat Real Betis 2-1.

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ENGLAND

Manchester City remained in the hunt for a record trophy quadruple after a hat trick from teenager Kelechi Iheanacho helped them demolish Aston Villa 4-0 in the FA Cup.

Fringe players such as Iheanacho got their chance in fourth-round games throughout the day, which also saw wins for cup holder Arsenal and Tottenham, while Liverpool was held 0-0 by West Ham.

City is second behind surprise leader Leicester City in the English Premier league, and it is set to play Liverpool in the League Cup final next month. City also has a place in the last 16 of the Champions League.

Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez scored one goal and made the other in a 2-1 home victory over second-tier side Burnley.

Nacer Chadli scored twice as Tottenham cruised to a 4-1 victory at third-tier Colchester United, after a clash of heads left one of the home side’s defenders in hospital.

Bournemouth rallied past fourth-tier Portsmouth 2-1. West Bromwich Albion was held 2-2 by third-tier Peterborough, Watford beat Nottingham Forest 1-0, and Crystal Palace edged Stoke 1-0.

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GERMANY

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice for Borussia Dortmund to beat promoted Ingolstadt 2-0 and provisionally cut the gap on Bundesliga leader Bayern Munich to five points.

Aubameyang broke the deadlock with a header in the 77th minute, and secured the win with his league-leading 20th goal of the season four minutes from time.

Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez scored twice as Bayer Leverkusen defeated bottom side Hannover 3-0.

Hertha Berlin drew at Werder Bremen 3-3 to consolidate third place, Schalke won at promoted Darmstadt 2-0, and Augsburg and Eintracht Frankfurt drew 0-0.

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ITALY

New Roma coach Luciano Spalletti earned his first win back in charge by beating relegation-threatened Frosinone 3-1 in Serie A.

It was Roma’s second win in 14 matches in all competitions and Spalletti’s first following a draw and a loss in his two matches since replacing Rudi Garcia as coach.

New signing Stephan El Shaarawy restored Roma’s lead at the start of the second half after Daniel Ciofani canceled out Radja Nainggolan’s opener. Miralem Pjanic sealed the win six minutes from time.

Carpi drew with Palermo 1-1, and Atalanta drew 1-1 against Sassuolo.

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FRANCE

Captain Cheikh N’Doye scored a brace as Angers beat second-place Monaco 3-0 to climb to third in the French league.

Angers’ biggest win this season ended Monaco’s nine-match unbeaten run in the league.

Lyon failed to seize the chance to close the nine-point gap to Monaco with a 1-0 loss at Bastia.

Frederic Hantz celebrated his first match in charge as Montpeliier coach with a 4-0 win at Ajaccio.

Nantes won at Troyes 1-0, Lorient beat Reims 2-0, and Toulouse lost against Guingamp 2-1.

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