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Weekend Developments From Europe's Top Leagues 27/2

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Italy’s top two faced off in Serie A but it all ended level, while there were some stunning goals from the top two in Spain’s La Liga.nocerino milan

Italian Serie A

Weekend Results, Saturday; Genoa 2 Parma 2, AC Milan 1 Juventus 1, Sunday; Chievo Verona 1 Cesena 0, Cagliari 1 Lecce 2, Catania 3 Novara 1, Siena 4 Palermo 1, Atalanta 4 AS Roma 1, Lazio 1 Fiorentina 0, Napoli 1 Internazionale 0, Bologna 1 Udinese 3

Pos Team Pts
1 AC Milan 51
2 Juventus 50
3 Udinese 45
4 Lazio 45
5 Napoli 40

Serie A top two AC Milan and Juventus played out a thrilling 1-1 draw on Saturday, although fans of Milan may argue they deserved more after seeing a goal not counted despite clearly crossing the line. The result means Juve remain unbeaten. Meanwhile Udinese kept up the pressure with Antonio Di Natale on the scoresheet in their 3-1 win at Bologna. Inter lost their fourth game in a row, going down 1-0 at Napoli.

Pos Team Pts
16 Bologna 28
17 Siena 26
18 Lecce 24
19 Novara 17
20 Cesena 16

Siena maintained their bid to survive with an impressive 4-1 victory over Palermo, while Lecce also were on the winners list getting past Cagliari 2-1 on the road. Fiorentina’s 1-0 defeat away to Lazio meant they’ve lost three on the trot and are slipping towards danger down in 15th on 28 points.

Topscorers, Antonio Di Natale (Udinese) 18 goals, Zlatan Ibrahimovic (AC Milan) 15 goals, Edinson Cavani (Napoli) 15 goals, German Denis (Atalanta) 15 goals, Rodrigo Palacio (Genoa) 14 goals

Spanish La Ligalionel messi barcelona goal

Weekend Results, Saturday; Espanyol 1 Levante 2, Malaga 5 Real Zaragoza 1, Real Betis 1 Getafe 1, Racing Santander 1 Sporting Gijon 1, Sunday; Atletico Madrid 1 Barcelona 2, Valencia 1 Sevilla 2, Real Sociedad 1 Real Mallorca 0, Osasuna 2 Granada 1, Rayo Vallecano 0 Real Madrid 1, Villarreal 2 Athletic Bilbao 2

Pos Team Pts
1 Real Madrid 64
2 Barcelona 54
3 Valencia 40
4 Levante 35
5 Athletic Bilbao 34

Real Madrid and Barcelona may have both claimed wins on the weekend, but Pep Guardiola conceded their rivals would be hard to stop. Cristiano Ronaldo’s stunning backheel helped Real get past Rayo Vallecano, while Lionel Messi’s sublime free-kick earned Barca a win at Atletico Madrid. Levante boosted their Champions League hopes with a 2-1 win at Espanyol.

Pos Team Pts
16 Granada 28
17 Villarreal 27
18 Racing Santander 24
19 Sporting Gijon 21
20 Real Zaragoza 15

Real Sociedad moved up to 13th with their 1-0 triumph over Real Mallorca, while battlers Racing Santander and Sprtoing Gijon drew 1-1 with Christian Stuani’s 74th-minute penalty the equaliser. Villarreal managed a 2-2 draw with Athletic Bilbao with Nilmar grabbing their crucial leveller.

Topscorers, Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) 28 goals, Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona) 27 goals, Gonzalo Higuain (Real Madrid) 14 goals, Radomel Falcao (Atletico Madrid) 14 goals, Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) 13 goals

German Bundesligadortmund lewandowski

Weekend Results, Friday; Borussia Monchengladbach 1 Hamburg SV 1, Saturday; FSV Mainz 4 Kaiserslautern 0, Stuttgart 4 SC Freiburg 1, FC Koln 0 Bayer Leverkusen 2, VfL Wolfsburg 1 Hoffenheim 2, Augsburg 3 Hertha Berlin 0, Werder Bremen 0 FC Nurnberg 1, Sunday; Bayern Munich 2 Schalke 04 0, Borussia Dortmund 3 Hannover 96 1

Pos Team Pts
1 Borussia Dortmund 52
2 Bayern Munich 48
3 Borussia Moenchengladbach 47
4 Schalke 04 44
5 Bayer Leverkusen 37

Dortmund moved four points clear with Robert Lewandowski hitting a brace in their 3-1 win over Hannover on Sunday, while Bayern moved into second spot after getting past Schalke 2-0 with Franck Ribery the star. Borussia Moenchengladbach dropped down to third after a 1-1 draw with Hamburg SV on Friday night.

Pos Team Pts
14 FC Koln 24
15 FC Augsburg 21
16 Hertha BSC 20
17 Kaiserslautern 18
18 SC Freiburg 18

Torsten Oehrl hit a brace as Augsburg claimed a big 3-0 victory over fellow relegation battlers Hertha Berlin. It wasn’t a positive start for new Hertha boss Otto Rehhagel, while there were also defeats for FC Koln, Kaiserslautern and SC Freiburg.

Topscorers, Mario Gomez (Bayern Munich) 18 goals, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (Hamburg SV) 18 goals, Robert Lewandowski (Borussia Dortmund), 16 goals, Lukas Podolski (FC Koln) 15 goals, Claudio Pizarro (Werder Bremen) 15 goals

English Premier Leaguearsenal rosicky

Weekend Results, Saturday; Chelsea 3 Bolton 0, Newcastle 2 Wolverhampton 2, QPR 0 Fulham 1, West Bromwich 4 Sunderland 0, Wigan 0 Aston Villa 0, Manchester City 3 Blackburn 0, Sunday; Arsenal 5 Tottenham 2, Norwich City 1 Manchester United 2, Stoke City 2 Swansea City 0

Pos Team Pts
1 Manchester City 63
2 Manchester United 61
3 Tottenham 53
4 Arsenal 46
5 Chelsea 46

Tottenham’s title hopes now appear over after their stunning 5-2 loss to rivals Arsenal who boosted their own Champions League ambitions. Spurs had led 2-0 before the Gunners piled on five goals. Manchester City eased past Blackburn 3-0, while Manchester United needed a late Ryan Giggs goal to get the points against Norwich City.

Pos Team Pts
16 Wolverhampton 22
17 QPR 21
18 Blackburn 21
19 Bolton 20
20 Wigan 20

A bottom five has formed in the Premier League, and Wolverhampton were the team to move out of the drop zone this weekend after fighting back from two goals down to draw 2-2 at Newcastle. Wigan claimed a goalless draw with Aston Villa which sees them close on safety, while defeats for QPR, Blackburn and Bolton left them in trouble.

Topscorers, Robin van Persie (Arsenal) 23 goals, Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) 17 goals, Demba Ba (Newcastle) 16 goals, Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) 16 goals