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Schalke and Inter make their moves

Published: Monday 26 April 2010, 0.55CET
It proved a good weekend for FC Schalke 04 and even more so for FC Internazionale Milano, who ended it top at the expense of an AS Roma team beaten for the first time since October.
Schalke and Inter make their moves
Heiko Westermann scored the winner for Schalke three minutes from time ©Getty Images
Published: Monday 26 April 2010, 0.55CET

Schalke and Inter make their moves

It proved a good weekend for FC Schalke 04 and even more so for FC Internazionale Milano, who ended it top at the expense of an AS Roma team beaten for the first time since October.

With the finishing line in sight, no more than two points separate the top two in England, Germany, Spain and Italy after a weekend in which FC Bayern München had their lead reduced to goal difference and a shock defeat for AS Roma gave FC Internazionale Milano the initiative in Serie A. UEFA.com summarises the action.

England
A rampant Chelsea FC team emphatically restored their one-point lead over Manchester United FC by hitting Stoke City FC for seven. United had usurped the Blues with a 3-1 win against Tottenham Hotspur FC on Saturday, Ryan Giggs scoring two spot kicks, before Carlo Ancelotti's side eased past Stoke thanks in part to a hat-trick from Salomon Kalou. Both clubs have two games remaining, the first of which for Chelsea is a trip to Liverpool FC.

Italy
The destination of the Scudetto is now in Inter's hands with three fixtures to play after UC Sampdoria ended AS Roma's 24-match unbeaten league run with a 2-1 victory at the Stadio Olimpico. Inter went two points clear on Saturday when they defeated relegation-threatened Atalanta BC 3-1 at San Siro, though Roma looked likely to regain the lead when Francesco Totti swept them in front. Giampaolo Pazzini, however, turned the match – and the title race – on its head with a second-half double which lifts his team into Italy's fourth and final UEFA Champions League berth.

Spain
FC Barcelona's Liga advantage over Real Madrid CF remains at one point after the pair traded victories on Saturday. The Azulgrana, who trail FC Internazionale Milano 3-1 going into the conclusion of their UEFA Champions League semi-final tie on Wednesday, beat nine-man Xerez CD 3-1 a few hours before Kaká's 82nd-minute winner earned the chasers a tense 2-1 victory at lowly Real Zaragoza.

Germany
Things are even tighter in the Bundesliga, where Bayern's lead over second-placed FC Schalke 04 is by virtue of goal difference alone with two matches left. Bayern were unable to find a winner at VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach after equalising through Miroslav Klose and Schalke took full advantage by winning 1-0 at relegation-threatened Hertha BSC Berlin.

France
The destination of the Ligue 1 title looks to be the most predictable after Olympique de Marseille continued their fine form to stay five points ahead. OM beat AS Saint-Etienne 1-0 after their lead had briefly been cut to two points by AJ Auxerre, who were 3-0 victors at Toulouse FC. Four rounds of fixtures remain, the next of which pits the top two against one another.

Elsewhere
The champagne was flowing for Rangers FC after they won their second successive Scottish Premier League title. Walter Smith's men made sure of the club's 53rd league championship with a nervy win at Hibernian FC, Kyle Lafferty scoring the only goal 17 minutes in. Fenerbahçe SK ousted Bursaspor at the top of the Süper Lig with three games to play. The Istanbul outfit capitalised on their rivals' goalless draw with third-placed Galatasaray AŞ by winning 1-0 at Kasimpasa SK. AFC Ajax, meanwhile, have one hand on the Dutch Cup following a 2-0 first-leg victory against Feyenoord in the showpiece fixture.

Last updated: 26/04/10 9.15CET

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