Luis Suarez won the battle of the player of the year contenders as he scored and earned the match-winning penalty to eclipse Gareth Bale and keep Liverpool's top-four hopes alive with a 3-2 win.
Yaya Toure and Carlos Tevez took advantage of a rare Frank Lampard penalty miss to fire Manchester City to their first Premier League win in a month, 2-0 over Chelsea on Sunday.
Atletico Madrid claimed a 2-1 victory over Sevilla in an incident-packed Copa del Rey semifinal first leg that produced three penalties and three red cards in the second half.
Lazio cut Serie A leader Juventus' lead to five points Saturday with a 2-1 home win over struggling Cagliari.
Of all the issues rolling round in Sir Alex Ferguson's mind ahead of Manchester United's visit to Liverpool on Sunday, a woeful recent penalty record is not among them.