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European Football Weekend Round-Up

This weekend gone was not only a fascinating weekend in the Premiership but also across the continent as title races, relegation battles and the push for Europe all intensified. Sport Report rounds up the best of the action.

France

Marseille maintained their five point lead at the top of Ligue 1 thanks to a 1-0 home win over lowly St Etienne. Mathieu Valbuena’s sixth minute strike was enough to give l’OM all three points and move them a step closer to their 10th league title. Second placed Auxerre did all they could to keep up the pressure at the top with a routine 3-0 win away to Toulouse but time is running out for them to catch Marseille.

Lille leapfrogged Montpellier into third after they beat Le Mans 2-1 and the side from the south of France could only muster a 0-0 draw against Nancy. Bordeaux’s poor run of form continued as Kevin Gameiro’s strike consigned them to defeat at Lorient. Laurent Blanc’s men are now in serious danger of missing out on European football next season. Lyon did not play and so have a game in hand on fourth place Montpellier. A draw will be enough to put Claude Puel’s side in to a Europa league spot.

At the bottom of Le Championnat Grenoble have already been relegated and with only four games remaining, the situation looks bleak for Boulogne and Le Mans who are nine and eight points away from safety respectively.

Results

Le Mans 1-2 Lille

Lens 1-1 Valenciennes

Lorient 1-0 Bordeaux

Nancy 0-0 Montpellier

Nice 2-1 Grenoble

Olympique de Marseille 1-0 St Etienne

Paris St Germain 1-1 Rennes

Sochaux 0-3 Boulogne

Toulouse 0-3 Auxerre

Germany

The title race is hotting up in the Bundesliga following Bayern Munich’s failure to beat Borussia Mönchengladbach. The Rekordmeister could only draw 1-1 and it could have been worse for them were it not for Miroslav Klose’s second half equaliser. Whilst Bayern were struggling against Michael Frontzeck’s men, Schalke were toiling in the German capital. Heiko Westermann’s 87th minute goal gave the Die Königsblauen three vital points which put them level with Bayern at the top. Bayern however, remain top by virtue of their superior goal difference.

In the race for the third Champions League spot, Werder Bremen retained the initiative after a last minute Thorsten Frings penalty sunk Cologne. Bayer Leverkusen remain level on points with Bremen and have reduced the goal difference deficit after a straight forward 3-0 win over relegation threatened Hannover and Borussia Dortmund kept themselves in the mix thanks to a hat-trick from Lucas Barrios which gave them a hard-fought 3-2 win against Nuremberg.

At the other end of the table, the situation is grim for Hertha Berlin who need to win both of their remaining games to have any chance of staying in the top flight. With games away at Leverkusen and at home to Bayern Munich left, they may be fearing the worst. The remaining two spots are much less clear cut. It looks to be a straight battle for survival between Hannover (27 pts), Bochum (28 pts), Nuremberg (28 pts) and Freiburg (31 pts), although the latter’s 1-0 win against Wolfsburg may well prove to be enough to keep them up.

As a side note, Hamburg have today dismissed manager Bruno Labbadia following Sunday’s 5-1 defeat at the hands of Hoffenheim.

Results

Bayer Leverkusen 3-0 Hannover

VFL Bochum 0-2 VFB Stuttgart

Borussia Mönchengladbach 1-1 Bayern Munich

Freiburg 1-0 VFL Wolfsburg

Hertha BSC 0-1 Schalke 04

TSG Hoffenheim 5-1 HSV

Mainz 3-3 Eintracht Frankfurt

Nuremberg 2-3 Borussia Dortmund

Werder Bremen 1-0 FC Cologne

Italy

Inter played on Saturday and moved to the top of Serie A with a 3-1 win over Atalanta at the San Siro. Goals from Milito, Mariga and Chivu piled the pressure on Claudio Ranieri’s Roma who played Sampdoria in Sunday’s evening kick off. A win would have taken the Giallorossi top and things started well with Francesco Totti putting them one up with only fourteen minutes gone. Giampaolo Pazzini’s second half brace however, gave Sampdoria the win and dealt Roma’s title chances a potentially fatal blow.

Despite losing 3-1 to Palermo, AC Milan remain four points clear in third and so look set to clinch a Champions League spot. Roma conquerors Sampdoria are in fourth (Champions League place) two points ahead of Palermo and six clear of Juventus.

Down in the lower reaches of the league, Bologna’s 2-1 win against Parma consigned Livorno to relegation despite a 3-1 win at home to Catania. Siena are as good as down as they need to win all three remaining games, hope other results go their way and for a thirteen goal swing in their favour. Atalanta occupy the final relegation spot, five points off safety with three games remaining and so look set to join Siena and Livorno in Serie B next season.

Results

AS Roma 1-2 Sampdoria

Bologna 2-1 Parma

Fiorentina 0-2 Chievo

Genoa 1-2 Lazio

Internazionale 3-1 Atalanta

Juventus 3-0 Bari

Livorno 3-1 Catania

Napoli 0-0 Cagliari

Palermo 3-1 AC Milan

Udinese 4-1 Siena

Spain

Defending champions Barcelona maintained their one point advantage over Real Madrid at the top of La Liga courtesy of a 3-1 win over Xerez at the Camp Nou. Suarez, Henry and Ibrahimovic got the goals in what was an ill-tempered affair that saw Xerez pick up no fewer than nine yellow cards and finish the game with nine men. Real Madrid laboured to a 2-1 win over ten-man Real Zaragoza to keep the pressure right on Pep Guardiola’s team. Raul gave Real the lead five minutes in to the second half and just two minutes later, Zaragoza were reduced to ten men when Contini saw red. It was however the ten men who got the next goal when Colunga rounded Iker Casillas and slotted home. Kakà spared the Galacticos blushes when he fired in after a clever reverse pass from 80 million man Cristiano Ronaldo.

Valencia strengthened their claim for a Champions League place with a 1-0 win over Deportivo La Coruña and their efforts were aided by Mallorca’s inability to secure all three points at lowly Málaga. Villarreal and Sevilla continue to occupy the Europa League spots although the latter’s 4-3 defeat at the hands of Getafe has given Getafe real hope of European football next year.

At the bottom end of the table, Xerez are now seven points off safety and look to be down. Valladolid and Tenerife occupy the other relegation places but are only two points behind Málaga and Real Zaragoza so it is all to play for.

Results

Almeria 0-1 Espanyol

Atletico Madrid 3-1 Tenerife

Barcelona 3-1 Xerez

Getafe 4-3 Sevilla

Mallorca 1-1 Málaga

Racing Santander 1-2 Villarreal

Real Zaragoza 1-2 Real Madrid

Sporting Gijon 0-2 Valladolid

Valencia 1-0 Deportivo La Coruña

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  1. April 27, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    Thanks for the positive feedback, always appreciated.

    As for Toulon, it is something I am considering blogging on yes but I am unsure how much coverage it will get to allow me to see any matches. I will still try my best though and I’m certainly looking at doing a preview to give an idea of who to look out for.

  2. Superiorraw
    April 27, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    Very nicely done!
    I enjoyed reading this. It’s a really nice round up to the Weekends action in Europe. Any chance you’re going to be blogging on the Toulon Tournament?

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