Euro Leagues Wrap: Napoli & Real Move Clear, City Close on Chelsea

Euro Leagues Wrap: Napoli & Real Move Clear, City Close on Chelsea Photo: TT
Chelsea's Jorginho celebrates with Antonio Rudiger, left, after scoring his side's first goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge

Napoli and Real Madrid moved clear in Italy and Spain respectively while Chelsea’s lead in England were cut to one point by Manchester City with their rivals doing them a favour.

Italian Serie A

2AC Milan32
5AS Roma25

AC Milan were the big losers of the weekend, going down 3-1 at home to Sassuolo with Alessio Romagnoli being sent off late after opening the scoring. Napoli pulled three points clear with Sunday’s 4-0 home win over Lazio, with Dries Mertens hitting a double.

Inter Milan continue to loom large in the title race with a 2-0 victory at Venezia seeing them move within a point of the Rossoneri. Atalanta claimed an impressive 1-0 victory at Juventus, who are struggling to build any momentum and remain seventh. Jose Mourinho’s AS Roma beat Torino 1-0 to stay in the top five.

English Premier League

2Manchester City29
4West Ham United23

Antonio Rudiger volleyed over late as leaders Chelsea had to settle for a 1-1 draw against Manchester United who are eighth. Jorginho equalised from the penalty spot for the Blues, after his error allowed Jadon Sancho to open the scoring.

Manchester City overcame heavy snow as they won 2-1 over West Ham United to close the gap on the Blues, while Liverpool put on another attacking masterclass with a 4-0 victory over Southampton. Arsenal remain in the top four chase after beating Newcastle 2-0 while Tottenham’s game at Burnley was postponed due to the weather.

German Bundesliga

1Bayern Munich31
2Borussia Dortmund30
3Bayer Leverkusen24
4SC Freiburg22

Leroy Sane’s 71st minute strike kept Bayern Munich ahead of second-placed Borussia Dortmund as they secured a 1-0 win over Arminia Bielefeld. Dortmund stayed in touch with their 3-1 victory away to VfL Wolfsburg, where Erling Haaland scored his 50th Bundesliga goal in his 50th game.

Bayer Leverkusen moved up to third spot with an impressive 3-1 triumph away to RB Leipzig who continue to struggle. Leipzig are now eighth. SC Freiburg were beaten 2-1 by VfL Bochum, suffering their third straight loss, while Hoffenheim moved into the top five with a 6-3 victory at struggling Greuther Furth with Ihlas Bebou scoring a treble.

Spanish La Liga

1Real Madrid3314
2Atletico Madrid2914
3Real Sociedad2915
5Real Betis2715

Real Madrid moved four points clear at the top of the table with their fourth straight victory, knocking off Sevilla 2-1 with Vinicius Junior netting an 87th-minute winner after Rafa Mir had put the visitors in front early.

Real Sociedad slipped up with a 1-0 defeat at Espanyol, meaning champions Atletico Madrid were able to move up to second spot with their 4-1 win away to Cadiz where they netted four second-half goals. Juanmi hit a hat-trick as Real Betis won 3-1 over Levante, while Barcelona edged up to seventh with late goals from Memphis Depay and Philippe Coutinho clinching a 3-1 triumph at Villarreal.

Dutch Eredivisie

2PSV Eindhoven3114

PSV Eindhoven stumbled to a 1-1 draw at Heerenveen after Rami Al Hajj’s 73rd minute equaliser, meaning Ajax were able to pull two points clear in the title race with a 1-0 victory away to Sparta Rotterdam.

Feyenoord’s run of victories ended with a 0-0 draw at Twente, meaning they were unable to capitalise on PSV dropping points. Cambuur continue to surprise with their fourth successive win, moving them up to fifth, as they knocked off NEC 3-2 on Friday. Cambuur have conceded the second most goals in the league this term, but have also netted 26 goals with a free-wheeling style.

Ben somerford
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