It was a case of another game, another win for Borussia Dortmund and FC Barcelona as the duo maintained their unrelenting winning momentum at the head of the class in Germany and Spain respectively. AC Milan reacquainted themselves with the taste of victory as well, while there was a change of leadership in England and France. UEFA.com looks back at the latest action.
Dortmund remain masters of all they survey in the Bundesliga after rattling off their 13th league win of the season on Sunday. The early-season pacesetters stretched their league lead to ten points following their 2-0 win at 1. FC Nürnberg and 1. FSV Mainz 05's own 2-1 defeat at Eintracht Frankfurt. Bayer 04 Leverkusen moved to within a point of second place after edging their five-goal thriller with 1. FC Köln, while FC Schalke 04 responded to their 5-0 humbling by 1. FC Kaiserslautern last week by posting a 2-0 success against FC Bayern München, who slipped back to seventh.
Milan claimed their ninth Serie A triumph in 11 outings by seeing off Brescia Calcio 3-0, their goals coming from Kevin-Prince Boateng, Robinho and Zlatan Ibrahimović. In contrast, FC Internazionale Milano slumped to a third defeat in four league matches away against second-placed S.S. Lazio, for whom Giuseppe Biava, Mauro Zárate and Hernanes were on target in a 3-1 win. Lazio are three points behind the leaders and three ahead of Juventus, who overcame Calcio Catania 3-1, while Inter are in sixth place, level on points with a trio of teams in US Città di Palermo, who face SSC Napoli on Monday night, UC Sampdoria and AS Roma, squanderers of a two-goal lead in their 2-2 draw with AC Chievo Verona.
Barcelona found themselves up against more than just CA Osasuna on Saturday as an air traffic controllers' strike left them in a race to reach Pamplona in time for their kick-off. After a delayed start, Lionel Messi fired a pair of goals in a 3-0 win for Josep Guardiola's troops which kept them two points ahead of Real Madrid CF, for whom Cristiano Ronaldo was twice on target as Valencia CF were beaten 2-0. "The most important thing was to win a difficult game because it's not easy to react after a terrible loss," said Madrid coach José Mourinho, whose side were beaten 5-0 by Barça on Monday. In third spot, Villarreal CF edged Sevilla CF 1-0, while fourth-placed RCD Espanyol handled Real Sporting de Gijón by the same scoreline.
Arsenal FC are the team now looking down on the rest of the Premier League after two wonderfully taken Samir Nasri strikes earned Arsène Wenger's charges a somewhat nervy 2-1 success against Fulham FC. That result sent the Gunners a point ahead of Manchester United FC – whose meeting with Blackpool FC fell victim to the weather – and two clear of an out-of-sorts Chelsea FC. Held 1-1 at home by Everton FC, the titleholders have taken a mere five points from their last six contests. "We have to change something in our behaviour on the training ground," said Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti. "It's the way to move quickly in this difficult moment." In fourth, Manchester City FC defeated Bolton Wanderers FC 1-0.
The weather did its best to deny fans the spectacle of LOSC Lille Métropole tackling FC Lorient, but 24 hours after their match was postponed on Saturday they were able to meet and served up a nine-goal thriller. Moussa Sow plundered his second hat-trick this term and took his overall tally to 13 as Lille went top with a 6-3 victory. "To get a game like that, you need two good teams," said Les Dogues' coach Rudi Garcia. One point back in second are Paris Saint-Germain FC, who overcame Stade Brestois 29 3-1, with Stade Rennais FC in third after they beat AS Monaco FC 1-0 and champions Olympique de Marseille down to fourth following their 1-0 loss at OGC Nice.
RSC Anderlecht remain on top of the Belgian First League, but it took a last-gasp goal by Romelu Lukaku to keep the Brussels outfit at the summit. SV Zulte Waregem were on course for a hard-earned point after Rémi Maréval had equalised Marcin Wasilewski's strike, but the 17-year-old Belgian international grabbed his eighth league goal of the season in the final minute to keep his side one point clear of KRC Genk. In Turkey, meanwhile, Trabzonspor AŞ stretched their lead to five points after fifth-placed Beşiktaş JK defeated Bursaspor 1-0. The visitors, reduced to ten men when Volkan Şen was dismissed on the stroke of half-time, succumbed to Filip Hološko's second-half winner.
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