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Barcelona reeled in, Juventus move clear

Published: Monday 2 December 2013, 0.58CET
Juventus established a three-point cushion in Serie A and Athletic Club inflicted FC Barcelona's first Liga defeat of the campaign, on a weekend when Arsenal FC forged on in England.

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Published: Monday 2 December 2013, 0.58CET

Barcelona reeled in, Juventus move clear

Juventus established a three-point cushion in Serie A and Athletic Club inflicted FC Barcelona's first Liga defeat of the campaign, on a weekend when Arsenal FC forged on in England.

There were wins for the frontrunners in England, France, Germany and Italy, where Juventus put daylight between themselves and an AS Roma side that extended their frustrating run of draws to four. Elsewhere, Iker Muniain scored the only goal in Bilbao as Athletic Club gave FC Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino his first taste of defeat in the Liga.

FC Bayern München's relentless form continued as they recorded their ninth straight win in all competitions, Arjen Robben's double easing the Bavarians to a 2-0 victory against TSV Eintracht Braunschweig. "It was a difficult match, coming straight after Dortmund and Moscow," said coach Josep Guardiola. "I'm pleased. Robben is very important to us and scores a lot of goals." Bayern end the weekend as they started it: four points ahead of Bayer 04 Leverkusen, who saw off 1. FC Nürnberg 3-0, and seven clear of Borussia Dortmund, 3-1 winners at 1. FSV Mainz 05. Fourth-placed VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach prevailed 1-0 against SC Freiburg.

Arsenal FC consolidated their four-point lead at the Premier League summit as Aaron Ramsey inspired the Gunners to a 3-0 win at his former club, Cardiff City FC. "He has developed and matured not only as a player but as a person as well," said manager Arsène Wenger of the two-goal Wales midfielder. Chelsea FC are Arsenal's closest rivals after beating Southampton FC 3-1, but Liverpool FC lost ground as they succumbed by the same scoreline to Hull City AFC. Manchester City FC are third after overcoming Swansea City AFC 3-0, while Manchester United FC came from behind twice to draw 2-2 with Tottenham Hotspur FC.

AC Milan registered their first away league victory of the season, 3-1 at Calcio Catania, but neighbours FC Internazionale Milano were held to a draw at San Siro by lowly UC Sampdoria. AS Roma drew their fourth game in succession, this time against Atalanta BC, meaning the weekend's big winners were Juventus, whose 1-0 defeat of Udinese Calcio sent them three points clear at the top of Serie A. Bianconeri striker Fernando Llorente said: "It was a tough game, we created plenty of chances, but it didn't seem like we'd find the breakthrough."

Iker Muniain scored the only goal as Athletic Club condemned FC Barcelona to their second defeat of the week and first in the Liga since 2 March. Consequently, the leaders stay level on points with Club Atlético de Madrid – who had closed the gap by winning 2-0 at Elche CF on Saturday – and three ahead of Real Madrid CF, the last side to have beaten the Azulgrana in domestic competition. Gareth Bale scored a hat-trick as Madrid put four without reply past visitors Real Valladolid CF. "His [Bale's] period of adaptation is over," said Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti. "He is doing well, he is confident and is very important for us."

Fourth-placed Olympique de Marseille got over their UEFA Champions League defeat by Arsenal with a 2-0 home win against Montpellier Hérault SC on Friday. On Saturday, LOSC Lille and AS Monaco FC, second and third respectively, both prevailed, keeping up the pressure on the pacesetters. Paris Saint-Germain, though, hit back in style on Sunday night, cruising to a 4-0 success against Olympique Lyonnais in the capital to restore their four-point advantage.

FC Porto lost ground on the top two in Portugal, losing 1-0 at A. Académica de Coimbra – their first league reverse of the campaign. Sporting Clube de Portugal took over at the top after easing to a 4-0 home victory against FC Paços de Ferreira, while SL Benfica were 3-1 winners at Rio Ave FC. In Turkey, honours were even as a high-scoring Istanbul derby between Beşiktaş JK and Fenerbahçe SK finished 3-3, and 2-2 was the score in the big games in Switzerland, where BSC Young Boys came from behind versus FC Basel 1893, and Croatia, where GNK Dinamo Zagreb and HNK Hajduk Split shared the spoils.

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