Weekend Developments From Europe's Top Leagues 23/4
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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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