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PSG and City stumble in title races

Published: Monday 26 March 2012, 0.30CET
A pair of draws could prove costly for Manchester City FC and Paris Saint-Germain FC in their respective title races, though the weekend smiled on the leaders in Italy, Germany and Spain.

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Published: Monday 26 March 2012, 0.30CET

PSG and City stumble in title races

A pair of draws could prove costly for Manchester City FC and Paris Saint-Germain FC in their respective title races, though the weekend smiled on the leaders in Italy, Germany and Spain.

It was a weekend of frustration for Manchester City FC and Paris Saint-Germain FC as both sides were held to draws that could prove costly to their respective title challenges. There were no such worries for the leaders in Italy, Germany and Spain, though, as UEFA.com recaps.

England
Manchester City returned to the top of the Premier League on goal difference after playing out a 1-1 draw at Stoke City FC, a result that opens the door for Manchester United FC to build a three-point lead at home against Fulham FC on Monday. Despite that prospect, City defender Kolo Touré remains upbeat. "I think today we were disappointed to drop two points, but at the end of the day it's a good result," he said. "Every point is important and we will now watch the United game and hope." Meanwhile, Arsenal FC consolidated third spot with their seventh straight win, while Tottenham Hotspur FC and Chelsea FC drew 0-0 in the race for UEFA Champions League berths.

France
Montpellier Hérault SC lead the way on goal difference with nine games to go after Olivier Giroud's late strike sealed a 1-0 success against AS Saint-Étienne. PSG's hopes of wresting back control at the summit were dashed when they could only draw 1-1 at home against FC Girondins de Bordeaux. "We wanted this win right up until the end," said Montpellier goalscorer Giroud. "We went after it and were focused until the final minute." In third, LOSC Lille Métropole prevailed 3-0 at Évian Thonon Gaillard FC, while UEFA Champions League quarter-finalists Olympique de Marseille drew 1-1 at OGC Nice.

Spain
Cristiano Ronaldo wrote himself into Real Madrid CF folklore by becoming the fastest player to reach 100 goals in Liga history. After netting for the 101st time in 92 appearances, Ronaldo eclipsed Ferenc Puskás' record of 100 goals in 105 games. Aside from that feat, Ronaldo helped Madrid recover from last week's setback by beating Real Sociedad de Fútbol 5-1. Their lead at the top remains six points, however, after FC Barcelona triumphed 2-0 at RCD Mallorca. "It was an important win that will allow us to prepare well for our Champions League game against AC Milan," said Josep Guardiola.

Germany
After being overshadowed by FC Bayern München's scoring feats in the last few games, champions Borussia Dortmund reasserted themselves with a 6-1 victory at 1.FC Köln that kept them five points clear of Bayern. Jürgen Klopp's charges scored five times in the second half, a day after Bayern edged Hannover 96 2-1 to maintain pressure. "I'm very pleased," said Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes. "As we all saw, Hannover aren't through to the quarter-finals of the Europa League and comfortably in the top third of the table by accident." Four points behind Bayern, FC Schalke 04 downed Bayer 04 Leverkusen 2-0 to jump ahead of VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach, who lost 2-1 to TSG 1899 Hoffenheim.

Italy
AC Milan remain four points clear atop Serie A thanks to a 2-1 win against AS Roma. The Rossoneri fell behind but emerged victorious thanks to two second-half goals from Zlatan Ibrahimović, taking his league tally for the season to 22. "The players were stupendous, real professionals; they're doing great things and I'm lucky to have them," said Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri. Juventus remain second, meanwhile, thanks to their 2-0 win against FC Internazionale Milano. S.S. Lazio are third after they beat Cagliari Calcio 1-0, while fourth-placed SSC Napoli drew 2-2 with Calcio Catania and Udinese Calcio, in fifth, were held 1-1 at US Città di Palermo.

Elsewhere
Celtic FC missed out on the chance to win the Scottish Premier League title at the home of their eternal rivals Rangers FC as they went down 3-2 after having both Cha Du-Ri and Victor Wanyama sent off. Silverware was decided in Belgium, however, as KSC Lokeren OV lifted the Belgian Cup for the first time in their history via a 1-0 win against KV Kortrijk in the final. In the Czech Republic, meanwhile, AC Sparta Praha's run of five successive derby successes was ended in a 1-1 draw at SK Slavia Praha, a result that allowed FC Slovan Liberec to close within one point of Sparta at the summit.

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