Euro Leagues Wrap: Bayern Stumble, Inter Stay Ahead of Milan

Euro Leagues Wrap: Bayern Stumble, Inter Stay Ahead of Milan Photo: TT
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The title races in Italy’s Serie A, Spain’s La Liga and Germany’s Bundesliga continued to intensify after the turn of the year, while the Premier League took the weekend off with the FA Cup on.

German Bundesliga

PosTeamPts
1Bayern Munich43
2Borussia Dortmund37
3Hoffenheim31
4SC Freiburg30
5Bayer Leverkusen29

Leaders Bayern Munich suffered a shock 2-1 home defeat to Borussia Moenchengladbach upon the return from the winter break, with the visitors coming from behind with goals from Florian Neuhaus and Stefan Lainer.

Second-placed Borussia Dortmund made the most of their slip by grabbing maximum points with a 3-2 win away to Eintracht Frankfurt where they fought back from a 2-0 deficit in the final 20 minutes. Hoffenheim continued their fine season with a 3-1 home win over Augsburg, while SC Freiburg slipped to fourth with a disappointing 2-2 home draw with lowly Arminia Bielefeld.

Italian Serie A

PosTeamPtsGames
1Internazionale4920
2AC Milan4821
3Napoli4321
4Atalanta4120
5Juventus3821

It’s got tight at the top in the race for the Scudetto and Inter Milan held on to their slender one-point advantage with a 2-1 home win over Lazio, after Milan Skriniar’s 67th minute winner.

AC Milan applied the pressure with Theo Hernandez at the double in a 3-0 win at Venezia, while Napoli found some form after their recent wobbles with a 1-0 home victory over Sampdoria to stay third. Atalanta piled on the goals with a 6-2 triumph at Udinese, while Juventus came from 3-1 down to edge AS Roma 4-3 and to move into the top five.

Spanish La Liga

PosTeamPtsGames
1Real Madrid4921
2Sevilla4420
3Real Betis3420
4Atletico Madrid3320
5Real Sociedad3320

Real Madrid got back on the winners’ list after their stumble at Getafe, getting past Valencia 4-1 with their two star forwards, Karim Benzema and Vinicius Junior scoring doubles each.

Second-placed Sevilla continued their excellent recent form to stay within five points of Los Blancos as they beat Getafe 1-0. Third-placed Real Betis managed a 1-1 draw with Rayo Vallecano meaning they have only collected one point from their past three games. Champions Atletico Madrid could only manage a 2-2 draw away to Villarreal and don’t seem in title contention this term.

Ben somerford
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