Euro Leagues Wrap: Italy's Top Two Beaten, Inter Close In

Euro Leagues Wrap: Italy's Top Two Beaten, Inter Close In Photo: TT
Inter Milan's Ivan Perisic, left, celebrates with his teammate Hakan Calhanoglu after he scored his side's second goal celebrates after he scored his side's second goal during the Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and Napoli

Manchester United continued to slide off the pace in the Premier League as three contenders emerged, while the top two in Italy’s Serie A stumbled and Real Madrid finally over at the top in Spain.

Italian Serie A

PosTeamPts
1Napoli32
2AC Milan32
3Internazionale28
4Atalanta25
5AS Roma22

After remarkable starts to their seasons, leaders Napoli and second-placed AC Milan both lost for the first time on the same weekend. The big winners of the weekend were Inter Milan, who triumphed 3-2 over Napoli to move within four points of the top two. Lautaro Martinez netted in the 61st minute for what proved to be the match-winner on Sunday.

Milan were humbled 4-3 by Fiorentina on Saturday, with Dusan Vlahovic enhancing his reputation with a brace. Atalanta beat Spezia 5-2 to stay in touch with the leaders, while AS Roma teenager Felix Afena-Gyan netted a double in a 2-0 victory at Genoa. Juventus climbed up to eighth with a 2-0 triumph at Lazio via two Leonardo Bonucci penalties.

English Premier League

PosTeamPts
1Chelsea29
2Manchester City26
3Liverpool25
4West Ham United23
5Arsenal20

Chelsea maintained top spot with a strong 3-0 win away to Leicester City, while Manchester City stayed three points behind with a 3-0 home victory over Everton. Liverpool returned to the top three with their 4-0 triumph over Arsenal.

West Ham United slipped outside of the top with a 1-0 loss to Wolverhampton who have moved up to sixth, beyond Manchester United who sacked manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after their 4-1 defeat to Watford. United are down to eighth, losing four of their past five, with Tottenham moving above them into seventh with their 2-1 victory over Leeds on Sunday.

German Bundesliga

PosTeamPts
1Bayern Munich28
2Borussia Dortmund27
3SC Freiburg22
4Bayer Leverkusen21
5Union Berlin20

Borussia Dortmund narrowed the gap at the top to one point with their 2-1 home win over Stuttgart on Saturday, with Marco Reus popping up with a crucial 85th minute winner. Bayern Munich had been upset 2-1 by Augsburg on Friday night, opening up the opportunity for BVB.

Third-placed Freiburg failed to capitalise, though, with a 2-0 home loss on Sunday to Eintracht Frankfurt, while Bayer Leverkusen moved back into the top four with a 1-0 home victory over Bochum. Union Berlin beat city rivals Hertha BSC 2-0 to get themselves back into the top five after their surprise start to the season. RB Leipzig lost 2-0 at Hoffenheim and are down in seventh.

Spanish La Liga

PosTeamPtsGames
1Real Madrid3013
2Real Sociedad2914
3Sevilla2813
4Atletico Madrid2613
5Real Betis2414

Real Madrid went top in Spain with a 4-1 win away to 10-man Granada, capitalising on Real Sociedad’s goalless home draw with Valencia. Real’s rivals Barcelona won the Catalan derby over Espanyol 1-0 but remain back in sixth.

Third-placed Sevilla, like Sociedad, dropped points over the weekend with a 2-2 home draw against Alaves, while champions Atletico Madrid got past Osasuna 1-0 to start entering the conversation again. Real Betis eased past struggling Elche 3-0.

Ben somerford
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