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Weekend Developments From Europe's Top Leagues 23/4

Weekend Developments From Europe's Top Leagues 23/4 Photo: IBL

It a defining weekend in the world’s biggest leagues with Real Madrid, Juventus and Manchester City making big moves while Dortmund won the German title.

Spanish La Liga

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

Pos Team Pts
1 Real Madrid 88
2 Barcelona 81
3 Valencia 55
4 Malaga 51
5 Levante 49

Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola conceded the title to Real Madrid with four games to play after they won El Clasico 2-1 on Saturday at the Nou Camp. Sami Khedira had opened the scoring, before Alexis Sanchez levelled on 70 minutes, but Cristiano Ronaldo stepped up for a 73rd-minute winner. Elsewhere, Valencia boosted their Champions League aspirations with a big 4-0 win over Real Betis.

Pos Team Pts
16 Granada 39
17 Villarreal 37
18 Sporting Gijon 31
19 Real Zaragoza 31
20 Racing Santander 26

Franco Jara scored early to boost Granada’s survival hopes with a 1-0 victory over Getafe, while Sporting Gijon aren’t rolling over just yet as they knocked off nine-man Rayo Vallecano 2-1. Racing’s home loss to Athletic Bilbao has them all but down.

Topscorers, Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) 42 goals, Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona) 41 goals, Radomel Falcao (Atletico Madrid) 22 goals, Gonzalo Higuain (Real Madrid) 21 goals

English Premier League

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

Pos Team Pts
1 Manchester United 83
2 Manchester City 80
3 Arsenal 65
4 Newcastle 62
5 Tottenham 59

Manchester United’s lead at the top has been cut to just three points after they threw away 3-1 and 4-2 leads to draw 4-4 with Everton. Manchester City closed the gap later on Sunday as they eased to a 2-0 win at Wolverhampton. Newcastle kept up their push for Champions League football with a big win over Stoke, while Tottenham lost to battling QPR.

Pos Team Pts
16 QPR 34
17 Wigan 34
18 Blackburn 31
19 Bolton 30
20 Wolverhampton 23

Wolverhampton were relegated after their defeat to Manchester City, while QPR’s survival hopes were boosted after their surprise victory at home to Tottenham. Blackburn breathed life into their survival push with a 2-0 win over Norwich, while Bolton missed the chance to enhance their chances after a 1-1 home draw with Swansea.

Topscorers, Robin van Persie (Arsenal) 27 goals, Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) 26 goals, Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) 22 goals, Demba Ba (Newcastle) 16 goals, Clint Dempsey (Fulham) 16 goals, Yakubu Aiyegbeni (Blackburn) 16 goals

Italian Serie A

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

Pos Team Pts
1 Juventus 71
2 AC Milan 68
3 Lazio 55
4 Udinese 52
5 Napoli 51

Arturo Vidal fired an early double to help Juventus create a three-point buffer at the summit with a big 4-0 win over AS Roma. Earlier on Sunday, AC Milan needed a last-gasp Zlatan Ibrahimovic goal to earn a 1-1 draw with Catania, while Napoli boosted their Champions League ambitions with a win over Noara, while both Lazio and Udinese drew.

Pos Team Pts
16 Cagliari 38
17 Genoa 36
18 Lecce 35
19 Novara 25
20 Cesena 22

Lecce continue to fight for survival after a 1-1 draw away to Champions League hopefuls Lazio with Valeri Bojinov netting a stoppage-time leveller. Genoa and Cagliari both suffered heavy defeats and they’ll now be looking over their shoulders.

Topscorers, Zlatan Ibrahimovic (AC Milan) 24 goals, Antonio Di Natale (Udinese) 20 goals, Edinson Cavani (Napoli) 20 goals, Diego Milito (Internazionale) 20 goals, Rodrigo Palacio (Genoa) 17 goals

German Bundesliga

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

Pos Team Pts
1 Borussia Dortmund 75
2 Bayern Munich 67
3 Schalke 04 58
4 Borussia Moenchengladbach 56
5 Stuttgart 50

Borussia Dortmund clinched the Bundesliga title on the weekend after goals from Ivan Perisic and Shinji Kagawa secured a 2-0 victory over Borussia Moenchengladbach. Bayern Munich’s win over at Werder Bremen kept the pressure up, but BVB got the job done.

Pos Team Pts
14 Hamburg SV 35
15 Augsburg 34
16 FC Koln 30
17 Hertha BSC 28
18 Kaiserslautern 20

Kaiserslautern were relegated despite their victory away to Hertha Berlin, which has the capital club in huge danger with two games to play. Koln could only draw 1-1 at home with Stuttgart, meaning they sit in the promotion-relegation playoff spot.

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

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