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Weekend Developments From Europe's Top Leagues

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It was another good weekend for the leaders in England, Italy and Spain but German leaders Dortmund continue to falter while there’s an interesting two-horse race emerging in Turkey.Valencia; back on the scoresheet after injury>

English Premier League

Weekend Results Saturday; Wolverhampton 0 Everton, Blackburn 1 Birmingham 1, Bolton 3 West Ham 0, Chelsea 1 Wigan 0, Manchester United 2 Fulham 0, Sunderland 2 West Bromwich 3, Tottenham 3 Stoke City 2. Sunday; Blackpool 1 Arsenal 3, Aston Villa 1 Newcastle 0. Monday; Liverpool v Manchester City

Pos Team Pts Pl
1 Manchester United 69 32
2 Arsenal 62 31
3 Chelsea 58 31
4 Manchester City 56 31
5 Tottenham 53 31

Leaders Manchester United continued on their way to the title after a comfortable 2-0 win over Fulham with Dimitar Berbatov and Antonio Valencia getting the goals, both in the first-half. Arsenal kept up the pressure with a 3-1 win at Blackpool. Manchester City can move back into third when they play Liverpool on Monday.

Pos Team Pts
16 Birmingham City 35
17 Blackpool 33
18 West Ham 32
19 Wolverhampton 32
20 Wigan 31

The bottom four all lost in the Premiership this weekend, as Aston Villa’s 1-0 win over Newcastle moved them away from danger up to 14th on 37 points. Wolverhampton’s 3-0 home loss was arguably the most alarming for any of the strugglers, while West Ham’s recent resurgence was thwarted by a 3-0 thumping from Bolton.

Topscorers Dimitar Berbatov (Manchester United) 21 goals, Carlos Tevez (Manchester City) 19 goals, Darren Bent (Aston Villa/Sunderland) 13 goals, Kevin Nolan (Newcastle) 12 goals, Robin van Persie (Arsenal) 12 goals

Spanish La Liga

Messi at it again for Barca> Weekend Results Saturday; Athletic Bilbao 0 Real Madrid 3, Barcelona 3 Almeria 1, Mallorca 2 Sevilla 2. Sunday; Gijon 1 Osasuna 0, Hercules 0 Espanyol 0, Racing Santander 1 Levante 1, Malaga 0 Deportivo Coruna 0, Atletico Madrid 3 Real Sociedad 0, Valencia 5 Villarreal 0. Monday; Zaragoza v Getafe

Pos Team Pts
1 FC Barcelona 84
2 Real Madrid 76
3 Valencia 60
4 Villarreal 54
5 Sevilla 46

Barcelona retain their eight-point buffer at the top after a come-from-behind 3-1 win over Almeria. Lionel Messi was the star with the equalising penalty, then the assist for the goal which put them ahead before rounding it out with a cool finish for the third.

Real Madrid kept in touch with a 3-0 win at Athletic Bilbao with Kaka converting two penalties. Meanwhile, Valencia seem best of the rest after a stunning 5-0 win over Villarreal.

Pos Team Pts
16 Getafe 34
17 Real Zaragoza 30
18 Hercules 30
19 Malaga 30
20 Almeria 26

None of the bottom eight clubs in La Liga won this weekend, meaning Gijon’s 1-0 win over Osasuna was the big result, as they made it three wins in a row to move up to 11th. Fourteenth-placed Real Sociedad lost for the fifth game in a row, 3-0 at Atletico Madrid, while strugglers Malaga and Deportivo played out a goalless draw.

Topscorers Lionel Messi (Barcelona) 29 goals, Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) 28 goals, David Villa (Barcelona) 17 goals, Giuseppe Rossi (Villarreal) 15 goals, Joseba Llorente (Athletic Bilbao) 15 goals

Italian Serie A

Pato in rare form> Weekend Results Saturday; Internazionale 2 Chievo Verona 0, Udinese 1 AS Roma 2. Sunday; Juventus 3 Genoa 2, Cagliari 1 Brescia 1, Bari 1 Catania 1, Palermo 2 Cesena 2, Sampdoria 1 Lecce 2, Bologna 0 Napoli 2, Lazio 2 Parma 0, Fiorentina 1 AC Milan 2

Pos Team Pts
1 AC Milan 68
2 Napoli 65
3 Internazionale 63
4 Lazio 57
5 Udinese 56

AC Milan remain the team to catch in Italy after an impressive 2-1 win at Fiorentina, where they produced some fine attacking football with Clarence Seedorf and the in-form Alexandre Pato getting the goals. Napoli won 2-0 at midtable Bologna with Edinson Cavani to keep up the pressure.

Meanwhile Lazio moved into the final Champions League spot after a 2-0 win over Parma, following Udinese’s 2-1 loss to AS Roma on Saturday, which has all three clubs in a battle.

Pos Team Pts
16 Sampdoria 32
17 Parma 32
18 Cesena 31
19 Brescia 30
20 Bari 21

Sampdoria’s Serie A status remains precarious after a 2-1 home loss to Lecce who move up to 15th. Parma’s poor form continued with their 2-0 loss at Lazio, while all bottom three sides drew this weekend with Cesena’s incredible fightback, with two goals in stoppage-time, earning them a 2-2 draw at Palermo despite being down to 10 men.

Topscorers Antonio Di Natale (Udinese) 26 goals, Edinson Cavani (Napoli) 25 goals, Marco Di Vaio (Bologna) 19 goals, Samuel Eto’o (Internazionale) 19 goals, Alessandro Matri (Juventus/Cagliari) 18 goals

German Bundesliga

Van Gaal out with immediate effect> Friday; Eintracht Frankfurt 1 Werder Bremen 1. Saturday; FC Nurnberg 1 Bayern Munich 1, Hamburg SV 1 Borussia Dortmund 1, Schalke 04 1 VfL Wolfsburg 0, Hannover 96 2 FSV Mainz 0, SC Freiburg 3 Hoffenheim 2, VfB Stuttgart 2 Kaiserslautern 4. Sunday; Moenchengladbach 5 FC Koln 1, Bayer Leverkusen 2 St Pauli 1

Pos Team Pts
1 Borussia Dortmund 66
2 Bayer Leverkusen 61
3 Hannover 96 53
4 Bayern Munich 52
5 FSV Mainz 45

Jakub Blaszczykowski scored in stoppage-time to rescue a point for leaders Dortmund in their 1-1 draw with Hamburg SV, as they hang onto a five-point advantage at the top. They’ve now only won one of their past four matches. Second-placed Leverkusen made it five consecutive wins with a 2-1 win over struggling St Pauli.

Elsewhere, Bayern sacked Louis van Gaal after a 1-1 draw with FC Nurnberg which saw them slip out of the Champions League places again as Hannover 96 won 2-0 over fifth-placed Mainz.

Pos Team Pts
14 Eintracht Frankfurt 33
15 VfB Stuttgart 30
16 VfL Wolfsburg 28
17 St Pauli 28
18 Moenchengladbach 26

Bottom-club Moenchengladbach breathed life into their survival bid with an unbelievable 5-1 rout of FC Koln, with Marco Reus scoring a double. Elsewhere, Kaiserslautern won a crucial relegation battle over VfB Stuttgart 4-2 with Srdjan Lakic grabbing a brace.

Topscorers Papiss Demba Cisse (SC Freiburg) 20 goals, Mario Gomez (Bayern Munich) 19 goals, Theofanis Gekas (Eintracht Frankfurt) 16 goals, Srdjan Lakic (Kaiserslautern) 13 goals, Lucas Barrios (Borussia Dortmund) 13 goals, Milovoje Novakovic (FC Koln) 13 goals, Didier Ya Konan (Hannover 96) 13 goals

Random League: Turkish Super Lig

Trabzonspor close on Turkish title> |Pos|Team|Pts| |—|—-|—| |1|Trabzonspor|66| |2|Fenerbahce|64| |3|Bursaspor|52| |4|Gaziantepspor|49| |5|Kayserispor|43|

It’s become a two-horse race in Turkey, with Trabzonspor and Fenerbahce battling it out for honours with six games to play. Trabzonspor claimed a 1-0 win at fallen giants Galatasaray on the weekend, while Fenerbahce came from behind to win 3-1 at Eskisehirspor.

Elsewhere, champions Bursaspor are completely out of form after losing 3-2 to Antalyaspor meaning they’ve collected four points in their past five matches.

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