Weekend Developments From Europe's Top Leagues 27/2
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.
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
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.
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 Liga
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
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.
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
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
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.
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 League
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
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.
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
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