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Negouai sets the Standard in Belgium

Published: Sunday 9 April 2006, 21.59CET
European round-up: R. Standard de Liège and FC Porto have taken control of their respective title races, while Olympiacos CFP are a point from glory.

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Published: Sunday 9 April 2006, 21.59CET

Negouai sets the Standard in Belgium

European round-up: R. Standard de Liège and FC Porto have taken control of their respective title races, while Olympiacos CFP are a point from glory.

R. Standard de Liège have taken a one-point lead in the Belgian title race, while in Portugal, FC Porto's advantage is now five points. Meanwhile, Olympiacos CFP are just a point away from yet another Greek championship, and in Scotland Celtic FC are already home and dry.

Goal record
R. Standard de Liège took top spot in Belgium from RSC Anderlecht, helped along by the fastest goal in league history. Christian Negouai scored against KVC Westerlo after just eleven seconds, before Milan Rapaic rounded off a 2-0 win. Anderlecht were held 1-1 by R. Charleroi SC, and slip a point behind Standard with four games to play. Club Brugge KV won their first match under coach Emilio Ferrera, coming from behind to defeat SV Zulte-Waregem 2-1 with goals from Ibrahim Salou and Gert Verheyen. KSK Beveren won an important relegation battle 1-0 against RAA Louvièroise, moving them to 16th position and at least temporary safety.

Porto punish Sporting
FC Porto took a potentially decisive step towards the Portuguese Liga title on Saturday with a 1-0 win away against Sporting Clube de Portugal. The result leaves them five points clear of Sporting with four games remaining, after Jorginho scored the winner with six minutes remaining. SL Benfica narrowed the gap behind Sporting to four points as they drew 2-2 against SC Marítimo. The Lisbon giants were two goals down with eleven minutes left but salvaged a point through a Petit strike and Simão’s late penalty. Elsewhere, Paços de Ferreira FC boosted their surival hopes with a 2-1 home win against Rio Ave FC.

Celtic roll on
Newly-crowned Premier League champions Celtic FC underlined their status as Scotland's elite team with a 4-1 win against Kilmarnock FC. Two goals from Japanese international Shunsuke Nakamura and one each from John Hartson and Dion Dublin sealed victory, and restored a 20-point lead over Heart of Midlothian FC. Hearts stay three points clear of third-placed Rangers FC after the two beat Dunfermline Athletic FC and Motherwell FC respectively. Aberdeen defeated Hibernian FC 1-0, while bottom club Livingston FC won 2-1 against Inverness Caledonian Thistle FC 2-1 and Falkirk FC beat Dundee United FC 1-0.

Olympiacos home in
Olympiacos CFP need just one point from their three remaining matches to seal their ninth Greek league title in ten years, following a 5-1 win against Egaleo FC, with goals from Pantelis Kafes, Ieroklis Stoltidis, Predrag Djordjević, Ioannis Okkas and Nery Alberto Castillo. Panathinaikos FC clinbed into second, beating Atromitos FC 4-3 while rivals AEK Athens FC were beaten 2-1 by PAOK FC. Levadiakos FC took a step towards avoiding relegation with a 3-0 victory against Larissa FC. There was also a win for Panionios NFC, while relegation-threatened Akratitos FC and Kallithea FC moved closer to the drop despite drawing.

Fenerbahçe maintain pace
Fenerbahçe SK returned to the top of the Turkish Superleague after a 3-0 win against Sivasspor. The defending champions are level on points with Galatasaray SK, who had enjoyed two days at the top after their 3-1 win at Diyarbakirspor on Friday. There are five games to play, and the title may be decided when Galatasaray visit Fenerbahçe on 22 April. Gençlerbirliği SK moved into a share of third with Beşiktaş JK after they defeated Trabzonspor 1-0 and Beşiktaş drew 2-2 at home to relegation-threatened Malatyaspor. There were also weekend wins for Ankaraspor A.S., MKE Ankaragücü and Rizespor.

Last updated: 10/04/06 12.04CET

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