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Weekend Developments From Europe's Top Leagues 16/4

Weekend Developments From Europe's Top Leagues 16/4 Photo: IBL

Borussia Dortmund closed in on successive titles in Germany, while it’s as you were in Spain and England after another big weekend.

German Bundesliga

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

Pos Team Pts
1 Borussia Dortmund 72
2 Bayern Munich 64
3 Schalke 04 57
4 Borussia Moenchengladbach 56
5 Stuttgart 49

It was a huge weekend in Germany, as Borussia Dortmund moved eight points clear with a big Ruhr derby victory over Schalke, while Bayern Munich stumbled to a goalless draw with FSV Mainz. Schalke’s defeat and Monchengladbach’s win over Koln means the battle for third spot, and an automatic Uefa Champions League spot, is heating up.

Pos Team Pts
14 Hamburg SV 34
15 Augsburg 33
16 FC Koln 29
17 Hertha BSC 28
18 Kaiserslautern 20

With three games to play, Kaiserslautern are all but down, while Hamburg SV and Augsburg both claimed important wins which has eased their relegation concerns. Hertha BSC fought back from 2-0 down but conceded late to draw with Leverkusen in a blow for them.

Topscorers, Mario Gomez (Bayern Munich) 25 goals, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (Hamburg SV) 24 goals, Robert Lewandowski (Borussia Dortmund) 20 goals, Lukas Podolski (FC Koln) 17 goals, Martin Harnik (VfB Stuttgart) 17 goals

Spanish La Liga

Weekend Results, Saturday; Real Madrid 3 Sporting Gijon 1, Levante 1 FC Barcelona 2, Sunday; Espanyol 4 Valencia 0, Real Zaragoza 1 Granada 0, Real Betis 1 Osasuna 0, Malaga 1 Real Sociedad 1, Villarreal 1 Racing Santander 1, Athletic Bilbao 1 Real Mallorca 0, Rayo Vallecano 0 Atletico Madrid 1, Monday; Getafe v Sevilla

Pos Team Pts
1 Real Madrid 85
2 Barcelona 81
3 Valencia 52
4 Malaga 51
5 Levante 48

Real Madrid stayed four points clear with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring his 41st goal of the season in their 3-1 win over struggling Gijon. Barcelona kept the pressure up with a 2-1 win away to Champions League hopefuls Levante. Another Champions League hopeful, Valencia, suffered a stunning 4-0 loss to Espanyol, while Malaga moved up to fourth with a draw against Real Sociedad.

Pos Team Pts
16 Villarreal 36
17 Granada 36
18 Real Zaragoza 31
19 Sporting Gijon 28
20 Racing Santander 26

Tomislav Dujmovic scored the winner to keep alive Real Zaragoza’s survival hopes as they edged past 17th-placed Granada 1-0. Villarreal blew the chance to move well clear of the danger zone after Lautaro Acosta’s late goal earned Racing Santander a 1-1 draw.

Topscorers, Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona) 41 goals, Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) 41 goals, Radomel Falcao (Atletico Madrid) 22 goals, Gonzalo Higuain (Real Madrid) 21 goals

English Premier League

Weekend Results, Saturday; Norwich City 1 Manchester City 6, Sunderland 0 Wolverhampton 0, Swansea City 3 Blackburn 0, West Bromwich 1 QPR 0, Sunday; Manchester United 4 Aston Villa 0, Monday; Arsenal v Wigan

Pos Team Pts
1 Manchester United 82
2 Manchester City 77
3 Arsenal 64
4 Tottenham 59
5 Newcastle 59

It’s as you were at the top, after both Manchester United and Manchester City cruised to big wins. Carlos Tevez hit a hat-trick in his side’s 6-1 crushing of Norwich, to ensure City keep the pressure on the Red Devils.

Pos Team Pts
16 QPR 31
17 Wigan 31
18 Bolton 29
19 Blackburn 28
20 Wolverhampton 23

Wolverhampton claimed a point away to Sunderland but it hardly does enough to boost their survival hopes with only four games to play. Blackburn are also in deep after another defeat, 3-0 away to Swansea where there was some woeful defending.

Topscorers, Robin van Persie (Arsenal) 27 goals, Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) 24 goals, Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) 21 goals, Demba Ba (Newcastle) 16 goals, Yakubu Aiyegbeni (Blackburn) 16 goals, Clint Dempsey (Fulham) 16 goals

Italian Serie A

Weekend postponed after the death of Serie B player Piermario Morosini.

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