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Weekend Developments From Europe's Top Leagues 24/9

Weekend Developments From Europe's Top Leagues 24/9 Photo: TT

Manchester United knocked off Liverpool, AC Milan were beaten once again, Bayern Munich carried on in Germany and Barcelona left it late but got the points too.

English Premier League

Weekend Results, Saturday; Swansea 0 Everton 3, Chelsea 1 Stoke City 0, Southampton 4 Aston Villa 1, West Bromwich 1 Reading 0, West Ham 1 Sunderland 1, Wigan 1 Fulham 2, Sunday; Liverpool 1 Manchester United 2, Newcastle 1 Norwich 0, Tottenham 2 QPR 1, Manchester City 1 Arsenal 1

Pos Team Pts
1 Chelsea 13
2 Manchester United 12
3 Everton 10
4 West Bromwich 10
5 Arsenal 9

Chelsea stayed at the top of the table thanks to Ashley Cole’s late goal earning them a 1-0 triumph over Stoke City on Saturday, while their rivals were all in action on Sunday. Robin van Persie’s controversial late penalty took Manchester United up to second with a 2-1 victory away to 10-man Liverpool, while Laurent Koscielny struck late from a corner to see Arsenal draw 1-1 at champions Manchester City.

Pos Team Pts
16 Southampton 3
17 Norwich 3
18 Liverpool 2
19 QPR 2
20 Reading 1

Liverpool’s woes continued with a 2-1 home defeat to Manchester United which leaves Brendan Rodgers’ side with just two points from five games and down in the bottom three. There’s more woes for the Reds, with serious injuries to Daniel Agger and Martin Kelly suffered against United. Southampton claimed their first points of the season with a big 4-1 triumph over Aston Villa, while Reading slumped to a 1-0 loss on the road against West Bromwich leaving them in some trouble.

Spanish La Liga

Weekend Results, Saturday; Barcelona 2 Granada 0, Real Betis 1 Espanyol 0, Celta Vigo 2 Getafe 1, Real Zaragoza 3 Osasuna 1, Sunday; Athletic Bilbao 0 Malaga 0, Atletico Madrid 2 Valladolid 1, Levante 2 Real Sociedad 1, Mallorca 2 Valencia 0, Monday; Deportivo Coruna v Sevilla, Rayo Vallecano v Real Madrid

Pos Team Pts
1 Barcelona 15
2 Real Mallorca 11
3 Malaga 11
4 Atletico Madrid 10
5 Real Betis 9

Two goals in the final five minutes kept Barcelona’s perfect record in tact as they got past Granada 2-0 with Xavi breaking the deadlock. Malaga could only manage a goalless draw away to Athletic Bilbao, while Real Mallorca jumped up to second with a shock 2-0 triumph over Valencia.

Pos Team Pts
16 Real Madrid 4
17 Getafe 4
18 Granada 2
19 Espanyol 1
20 Osasuna 1

With Real Madrid facing Rayo Vallecano on Monday after Sunday’s postponement, they have slipped into the bottom five after their ordinary start to the season but can jump up as high as seventh with victory. Espanyol’s problems down the bottom of the table continued as they lost 1-0 at Real Betis, while Osasuna missed their chance to get some points on the board, losing 3-1 to Real Zaragoza.

Italian Serie A

Weekend Results, Saturday; Juventus 2 Chievo Verona 0, Parma 1 Fiorentina 1, Sunday; Sampdoria 1 Torino 1, Atalanta 1 Palermo 0, Bologna 1 Pescara 1, Cagliari v AS Roma (postponed), Catania 0 Napoli 0, Inter Milan 0 Siena 2, Udinese 2 AC Milan 1, Lazio 0 Genoa 1

Pos Team Pts
1 Juventus 12
2 Napoli 10
3 Lazio 9
4 Sampdoria 8
5 Fiorentina 7

Fabio Quagliarella struck twice as Juventus made it four victories from four games with a 2-0 triumph over Chievo Verona and they moved clear at the top as their rivals slipped up. Napoli stumbled to a goalless draw away to Catania, while Lazio went down 1-0 at home to Genoa. Inter Milan’s shock 2-0 home loss to Siena leaves them in sixth, while AC Milan’s 2-1 loss to Udinese has them in all sorts of trouble down in 15th.

German Bundesliga

Weekend Results, Friday; Nurnberg 1 Eintracht Frankfurt 2, Saturday; Schalke 0 Bayern Munich 2, Wolfsburg 1 Greuther Furth 1, Mainz 2 Augsburg 0, Hamburg SV 3 Borussia Dortmund 2, Fortuna Dusseldorf 0 Freiburg 0, Sunday; Bayer Leverkusen 1 Borussia Moenchengladbach 1, Werder Bremen 2 Stuttgart 2, Hoffenheim 3 Hannover 1

Pos Team Pts
1 Bayern Munich 12
2 Eintracht Frankfurt 12
3 Hannover 96 7
4 Borussia Dortmund 7
5 Schalke 04 7

Bayern Munich continued on their merry way with a fine 2-0 victory away to fellow title contenders Schalke with two goals early in the second half sealing their victory thanks to Toni Kroos and Thomas Muller. Champions Dortmund stumbled 3-2 to Hamburg which saw their long unbeaten league run come to an end, while Eintracht Frankfurt maintained their perfect start with Friday’s win at Nurnberg.

Ben somerford
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