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PSG and Swansea soar, Milan rivals draw

Published: Monday 25 February 2013, 0.32CET
Paris Saint-Germain FC won Le Classique in France and it was honours even in the Milan derby, on a weekend that brought a first major cup success for Swansea City AFC at Wembley.

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Published: Monday 25 February 2013, 0.32CET

PSG and Swansea soar, Milan rivals draw

Paris Saint-Germain FC won Le Classique in France and it was honours even in the Milan derby, on a weekend that brought a first major cup success for Swansea City AFC at Wembley.

Paris Saint-Germain FC brought the weekend to an entertaining climax with a 2-0 defeat of arch-rivals Olympique de Marseille in France's Le Classique, after city rivals AC Milan and FC Internazionale Milano played out a 1-1 draw in Serie A – where leaders Juventus returned to winning ways. There were victories too for FC Bayern München, FC Barcelona and the top two in England, though none can have tasted as sweet as Swansea City AFC's success in the English League Cup showpiece. recaps the action.

PSG remain three points clear at the head of Ligue 1 thanks to a thrilling 2-0 success against Marseille in Paris, Nicolas N'Koulou's own goal setting them on their way before Zlatan Ibrahimović struck in added time. "PSG were the more clinical team," said OM coach Élie Baup, whose charges now lie eight points off the summit in third. "We were unlucky for the first goal and the second. We tried to build moves on the wings but couldn't score." Olympique Lyonnais kept the pressure on the capital side by battling back to beat FC Lorient 3-1 on home soil, while fourth-placed OGC Nice downed Stade de Reims 2-0 and AS Saint-Étienne, in fifth, prevailed 3-0 at AS Nancy-Lorraine.

The Milan derby took centre stage in Serie A on Sunday and the spoils were shared in a 1-1 draw at San Siro. Stephan El Shaarawy put Milan ahead in the first half, but Inter – who would have leapfrogged their city rivals into third with a win – pulled level via substitute Ezequiel Schelotto 19 minutes from time. "I shed a tear because to mark my derby debut like this was remarkable and I thought back to everything I've been through over the last few months," said Schelotto. The draw left Milan six points behind second-placed SSC Napoli, who will look to close the seven-point gap to leaders Juventus when they visit Udinese Calcio on Monday. Juve pulled clear by overwhelming struggling AC Siena 3-0.

A spectacular strike from Rafael and a late Ryan Giggs effort earned Manchester United FC a 2-0 win at Queens Park Rangers FC. "I can't remember scoring a better goal," said Rafael. "I think it's my best. I just saw the ball coming towards me and hit it as hard as I could." Sir Alex Ferguson's team remain 12 points clear of Manchester City FC, who posted a 2-0 victory against Chelsea FC the following day. In the League Cup final, meanwhile, Swansea swatted aside fourth-tier Bradford City AFC 5-0 to claim their first ever major cup success, Nathan Dyer and Jonathan de Guzmán both scoring twice at Wembley.

"The best thing about the game was our capacity to react," said Barcelona defender Javier Mascherano after the Blaugrana came from behind to beat Sevilla FC 2-1 at Camp Nou courtesy of second-half strikes from David Villa and Lionel Messi. "Conceding goals is something we know we have to improve on," added the Argentinian international, Barcelona's 11-match sequence without keeping a clean sheet not lost on him. The runaway Liga leaders are 12 points clear of closest pursuers Club Atlético de Madrid, who edged RCD Espanyol 1-0 with ten men. Real Madrid CF also had to dig deep to complete a 2-1 victory against RC Deportivo La Coruña, who led for more than 70 minutes.

Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes sounded an ominous warning after his side dispatched SV Werder Bremen 6-1 on Saturday to chalk up their eighth win in a row in all competitions. "The team did well and scored good goals. We wanted to keep up our momentum and not be swayed by any premature praise," said the 67-year-old. "We want to play even better than before and be more successful." Borrussia Dortmund are 17 points back in second after drawing 1-1 at VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach, with Bayer 04 Leverkusen a further point back after they were held 0-0 at SpVgg Greuther Fürth. That was also the scoreline between fourth-placed Eintracht Frankfurt and SC Freiburg in fifth.

Eredivisie leaders PSV Eindhoven suffered a setback as they went down 2-1 at third-placed Feyenoord, for whom Ruben Schaken and Graziano Pellè found the net. Nearest challengers AFC Ajax failed to take maximum advantage, however, as they could only draw 1-1 with ADO Den Haag, leaving them two points off the top. In Switzerland, the big game between FC Basel 1893 and Grasshopper-Club yielded a goalless stalemate as Grasshoppers maintained their four-point lead over their opponents, while Neftçi PFK took over in pole position in Azerbaijan courtesy of a 2-0 defeat of previous pacesetters İnter Bakı PİK. FC Zestafoni claimed the Georgian Super Cup at FC Dila Gori's expense, finally.

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