The troubled Copa Libertadores final between Argentina's two biggest clubs ran into more problems on Saturday when River Plate said they rejected the decision to face Boca Juniors in Madrid in the postponed second leg.
Real Madrid produced another unconvincing display on Saturday but rode their luck to earn a 2-0 win at home to Valencia which allowed them to climb to fifth in the La Liga standings and soothe their recent troubles.
Manchester City maintained their unbeaten run with a 3-1 win over Bournemouth to extend their lead at the top of the Premier League table as Manchester United fought back to salvage a 2-2 draw at Southampton on Saturday.
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho said his squad lacks "mad dogs" and some players do not understand that "simplicity is genius" after seeing his side draw 2-2 at Southampton in the Premier League on Saturday.
- The decision to play the South American Copa Libertadores final between River Plate and Boca Juniors in Madrid should not signal the start of a new trend, FIFA President Gianni Infantino said on Saturday.
- A pair of headers from Shane Duffy and Florin Andone helped visitors Brighton & Hove Albion to bounce back from a goal down to beat 10-man Huddersfield Town 2-1 in their Premier League clash on Saturday.
- Leicester City gave their fans some timely festive cheer with a 2-0 victory over 10-man Watford on Saturday as they registered their first Premier League win at the King Power Stadium since September.