Real Madrid, Dortmund get title boosts from rivalry wins; Serie A looks wide-open

Real Madrid got a big boost in the La Liga title race with a derby win
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European football was back with a bang this weekend after the final international break of the year. The Madrid derby went the way of Cristiano Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane, while Borussia Dortmund beat Bayern Munich as the title race caught fire in Germany. There was a surprise comeback for one of Manchester City’s former heroes in the Premier League, while question marks persist around PSG coach Unai Emery after an injury-hit win over Nantes. In Italy, it was honours even in a dramatic Milan derby. Here is what caught our eye around Europe this week.