Newcastle clawed their way out of the Premier League relegation zone with an Aleksandar Mitrovic goal on Saturday but had to feel relieved with the victory after spurning a hatful of other chances against West Bromwich Albion at St James' Park.
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Dele Alli came off the bench to set up Kieran Trippier's first goal for Tottenham Hotspur and seal a 1-0 win over Watford that lifted them into second place in the Premier League on Saturday.
PARIS Virimi Vakatawa and Jules Plisson shone in a new-look France team who secured a hard-fought 23-21 victory over Italy in their Six Nations opener on Saturday.
Crystal Palace ended a run of five successive league defeats with a 1-1 draw at Swansea to deny Francesco Guidolin victory in his first home game in charge of the Premier League strugglers.
MADRID Substitute Fernando Torres scored his 100th goal for Atletico Madrid as they came from a goal down to beat Eibar 3-1 at home on Saturday and go level with Barcelona at the top of La Liga.
BERLIN Borussia Dortmund gave Bayern Munich a chance to extend their lead on top of the Bundesliga after the second-placed club settled for a drab 0-0 draw at Hertha Berlin on Saturday.