Author`s name Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey

Soccer round-up

The thriller of the weekend was a nine-goal romp in the French league, Bordeaux pulling out all the stoppers to beat Lille at home 4-5. City, United and Spurs remain within sight of the Championship in England, with André Villas-Boas' Chelsea looking for a place in the Champions League at best. In Spain, it looks more than ever like Mourinho will lift his first Liga Championship.

England Premier League

Wins for the top four clubs distance them from the rest of the pack - Chelsea FC going down 2-0 at Everton, Newcastle United being drubbed 5-0 by Tottenham and Liverpool being another victim of Rooney (two goals for Manchester United). City maintains a three-point cushion with a 1-0 away win over Aston Villa; Arsenal came away from Sunderland 2-1 winner.

English Premier League after 25 games 

1. Manchester City 60 
2. Manchester United 58  
3. Tottenham  55  
4. Arsenal 43  
5. Chelsea FC 43  
6. Newcastle United 42 
7. Liverpool FC 39

Spain - Primera Liga 

Real Madrid goes ten points clear, with a 4-2 thrashing of Levante, while Barcelona dropped three more points at Osasuna (3-2). Valencia clawed three points back with a 4-0 victory against Gijón; Espanyol went down 2-0 at home against Zaragoza, on a bad day for the city of Barcelona. Atlético de Madrid moves up a place with a 0-0 away draw at Racing Santander and Málaga comes back into the pack beating Mallorca 3-1.
 
Spanish Primera Liga after 22 games  
1. Real Madrid 58 
2. FC Barcelona 48 
3. Valencia CF 40   
4. Levante UD 32  
5. RCD Espanyol 32 
6. Club Atlético de Madrid 31 
7. Málaga CF 31

Italy - Serie A 
AC Milan goes top, taking advantage of a partially fulfilled calendar which leaves Juventus two points behind with two games less played; Milan's victory was a 2-1 away win at Udinese, leap-frogged by Lazio with a 3-2 home win against Cesena. Inter lost at home 1-0 with Novara.

 

Italian Serie A after 23 games  
1. AC Milan 47 
2. Juventus 45 (21 games)
3. SS Lazio 42 

4. Udinese Calcio 41

5. Inter Milan 36 
6. AS Roma 35 (22 games)
7. SSC Napoli 31 (22 games)

Germany - Bundesliga 
Dortmund maintains the gap at the top with a 1-0 victory over Leverkusen; Bayern beat Kaiserslautern 2-0; Moenchengladbach swaps places with Schalke after receiving them with a 3-0 home victory; Bremen drew at home 1-1 with Hoffenheim and Hannover picked up a point with a 1-1 draw at Mainz.


German Bundesliga after 21 games  
1. Borussia Dortmund 46 
2. FC Bayern Munchen 44

3. VfL Borussia Moenchengladbach 43 
4. FC Schalke 04 41 
5. Werder Bremen 33     
6. Bayer 04 Leverkusen 31 
7. Hannover 96 31 

France - Ligue 1 

PSG remains top on 50 points with a goalless draw away at Nice; Montpellier remains a point behind after beating Ajaccio 3-0. Lille lost 4-5 at home to Bordeaux and with a game in hand remains ten/eleven points behind the leaders; Lyon also went down at home to Caen, 1-2. Rennes beat Sochaux 1-0 and jumps above Marseille while Toulouse and Saint-Étienne change places (0-1).

French Ligue 1 after 23 games  
1. Paris Saint-Germain FC 50 
2. Montpellier Hérault 49 
3. LOSC Lille Métropole 39 (22 games)
4. Olympique Lyonnais 39 
5. Stade Rennais 39 
6. Olympique de Marseille 38 (22 games)
7. Saint-Étienne 36 (22 games) 

Portugal - Primeira Liga 

Wins for the top three, Benfica (4-1 against Nacional), FC Porto (4-0 against Leiria) and Braga (3-0 against Vitória de Setúbal), a defeat for Sporting CP against Marítimo 2-0 in Madeira leaves fourth and fifth placed clubs equal on points; Vitória (Guimarães) beat Beira-mar 1-0 in Aveiro and Olhanense lost at home 0-2 to Rio Ave.

 

Primeira Liga after 18 games 
1. SL Benfica 48
2. FC Porto 43  
3. SC Braga 40 
4. SC Portugal 32    
5. CS Marítimo 32  
6. Vitória SC (Guimarães) 23 
7. SC Olhanense 21 

Russian Premier League - Final standings (League closed for winter) 
Russian Premier League after 30 games 
1. FC Zenit St. Petersburg 61 
2. PFC CSKA Moskva 59 
3. FC Dinamo Moskva 55 
4. FC Spartak Moskva 53 
5. FC Lokomotiv Moskva 53 
 
Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey 
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