Euro Leagues Wrap: Man City Move Clear, Milan & Inter Both Win

Euro Leagues Wrap: Man City Move Clear, Milan & Inter Both Win Photo: TT
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Manchester City took a major step towards clinching the Premier League crown over the weekend, while the Serie A title battle continues to entertain.

English Premier League

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Manchester City moved clear in the title race with a 5-0 home win over Newcastle United on Sunday after Liverpool had been held to a 1-1 home draw with fifth-placed Tottenham. City’s sizable win also improved their goal difference to the point where they now have that advantage over the second-placed Reds.

Third-placed Chelsea blew a two-goal lead to draw 3-3 with Wolverhampton but they should have enough to hold on for a top-four spot, with Arsenal enhancing their hopes of Champions League qualification with a 2-1 home win over 10-man Leeds United. The Gunners can finish as high as third but will be focused on the top four, with a midweek North London derby with Tottenham next up.

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20Norwich City3521

Down the wrong end, Leeds United loss to Arsenal left them in the drop zone, with Everton winning 2-1 at Leicester City to move up to 16th. Burnley were beaten 3-1 at home by Aston Villa. Watford and Norwich City are already relegated, with the Hornets 1-0 loss to Crystal Palace confirming that.

Italian Serie A

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The tense title race is going to go down to the wire, with both AC Milan and Inter Milan managing wins over the weekend to maintain the status quo. Inter won 4-2 over Empoli on Friday night, overcoming an awful start where they trailed 2-0 before a Lautaro Martinez double. AC Milan got past Verona 3-1 on Sunday to return to top spot with a Sandro Tonali brace.

Third-placed Napoli are assured of Champions League football and won 1-0 at Torino, while Juventus are in a similar position, yet lost 2-1 at struggling Genoa. The race for Europa League qualification is tight, with sixth-placed AS Roma to play Fiorentina on Monday after Lazio moved into fifth with a 2-0 home win over Sampdoria. Down the bottom, 20th-placed Venezia staved off relegation for now, with a seesawing 4-3 win over Bologna.

Spanish La Liga

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4Atletico Madrid6435
5Real Betis5835

Champions Real Madrid were beaten by city rivals Atletico Madrid 1-0 on Sunday with Yannick Carrasco’s 40th-minute penalty proving the decisive. That result boosted Atleti’s top four aspirations, while seem close to being secure after Real Betis lost 2-1 to Barcelona on Saturday. Jordi Alba netted a 90th minute winner for the Catalans who have clinched Champions League football with three games left.

In the relegation battle, 16th-placed Cadiz beat Elche 3-0 and 17th-placed Granada won 6-2 at Real Mallorca in crucial wins. Levante breathed life into their survival bid with a 2-1 win over Real Sociedad.

German Bundesliga

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2Borussia Dortmund6633
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4RB Leipzig5733
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Recently-crowned champions Bayern Munich failed to win for the second successive game, drawing 2-2 at home with VfB Stuttgart, although it’s purely academic. Likewise for Borussia Dortmund who are secure in second and won 3-1 at relegated Greuther Furth.

The race for the third and fourth spots is more interesting, with Bayer Leverkusen securing Champions League football after a come-from-behind 4-2 win at Hoffenheim, who have fallen apart late this season. SC Freiburg lost fourth spot after going down 4-1 at home to sixth-placed Union Berlin, allowing RB Leipzig to take the initiative heading into the final day after snapping their two-game losing run with a 4-0 home win over Augsburg.

Ben somerford
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Australian journalist who specialises on all sports, focusing on football, tennis, basketball and racing, having written for global publications including FourFourTwo, AAP, Inside Futbol and many more....

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