- Associated Press - Saturday, December 13, 2014

While Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal were victorious in the English Premier League, Barcelona experienced a setback in its pursuit of the Spanish title.

A 0-0 draw at Getafe on Saturday ended Barcelona’s run of eight straight wins in all competitions, and it fell four points behind Madrid at the top of the standings.

The closest Barcelona came to scoring was Lionel Messi’s free kick that hit the crossbar in the second half. Strike partner Luis Suarez remained without a goal in the league since joining Barcelona.

Here is a look at the other leading action in European football on Saturday:

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ENGLAND

Leader Chelsea produced an instant response to its first loss of the by beating Hull 2-0. Eden Hazard headed in his eighth goal of the season and played a one-two with Branislav Ivanovic before releasing Diego Costa to score.

Between the goals, Hull midfielder Tom Huddlestone was sent off on the hour, receiving a second booking for a studs-up challenge on Filipe Luis.

There was a fifth successive league win for Manchester City, with the defending champions edging past bottom-placed Leicester 1-0 to stay three points behind Chelsea.

Frank Lampard, who slotted in a low cross from Samir Nasri, could now potentially extend his loan from sister club New York City FC, which makes its Major League Soccer debut in March.

“Frank wants to stay, we want to keep him,” City manager Manuel Pellegrini said. “Now we must resolve the problem with New York City and MLS.”

The former Chelsea midfielder’s 175th Premier League goal put him level with ex-Arsenal striker Thierry Henry in fourth on the all-time scorers’ list.

Scoring was no problem for Arsenal, with Olivier Giroud and Santi Cazorla both netting twice to banish the gloom following last weekend’s loss at Stoke.

The victory nudged Arsene Wenger’s sixth-placed side within two points of top four Champions League places.

While West Ham stayed fourth after drawing 1-1 with Sunderland, Southampton slumped to a fourth successive loss. Burnley’s 1-0 victory left the south-coast side in fifth, having been second last month.

Burnley provisionally climbed out of the relegation zone, which is now made up of Queens Park Rangers, Hull and Leicester.

Crystal Palace is only a point above the danger zone after drawing 1-1 with Stoke. West Bromwich Albion is two points further in front of Palace after beating 10-man Aston Villa 1-0.

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GERMANY

Arjen Robben scored twice as Bayern Munich routed third-place Augsburg 4-0 to provisionally increase its Bundesliga lead to 10 points over Wolfsburg, which hosts Paderborn on Sunday.

Unbeaten Bayern claimed the symbolic “Autumn championship” as it will remain first going into the Bundesliga’s winter break. The defending champion stretched its lead to 10 points over Wolfsburg, which hosts Paderborn on Sunday.

Robben’s goals for the defending champions came between strikes from defender Mehdi Benatia and Robert Lewandowski.

Borussia Dortmund slumped to a 1-0 defeat at Hertha Berlin to return to the relegation zone.

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ITALY

Palermo beat nine-man Sassuolo 2-1 to move into the top half of the Serie A table and extend its unbeaten streak to seven matches. The Sicilian side leapfrogged Sassuolo by moving into ninth place, while Sassuolo, which had its unbeaten streak halted at eight, dropped to 11th.

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FRANCE

Bordeaux lost 2-1 at Nantes and saw its push for Champions League places come to a halt. The loss ended fifth-place Bordeaux’s three-game unbeaten run and kept Willy Sagnol’s side seven points behind leader Marseille while Nantes snapped a four-game winless streak.

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