Weekend round-up: Madrid feel Real power

Real Sociedad drew with Real Madrid CF, while the Russian championship went to a play-off.

Real Sociedad continued their fine run at the top of Spain's Primera División with a 0-0 draw at Real Madrid CF, on a weekend that also saw the Russian championship go to a play-off and Arsenal FC go back to the top in the English Premiership.

Under pressure
Madrid found themselves under pressure throughout from a Real Sociedad side who hold the division's only remaining unbeaten record. Indeed, only a fine display in goal from Iker Casillas prevented a Madrid defeat. Meanwhile, RCD Mallorca extended their club-record winning league run to seven games by beating Real Racing Club Santander 2-1 to move up to second, a point behind Real, as Valencia CF were beaten 1-0 by lowly Club Atlético Osasuna. FC Barcelona, unbeatable in the UEFA Champions League, are down to tenth after losing 2-0 to RC Deportivo La Coruña on Saturday, although they are only three points off the top three.

Thursday decider
FC Lokomotiv Moskva will meet PFC CSKA Moskva on Thursday to decide the destination of the Russian Premier-Liga title after both sides ended the season level on points at the top. Lokomotiv, chasing their first-ever championship, beat FC Dinamo Moskva 2-1, while CSKA overcame FC Saturn Moskovskaya Oblast 3-0. FC Sokol Saratov and FC Anzhi Makhachkala were both relegated as FC Torpedo-ZIL Moskva stayed up thanks to a 2-0 victory against FC Rostselmash Rostov-Na-Donu.

Arsenal on top
Liverpool FC, who exited the Champions League on Tuesday at the hands of FC Basel, saw their place at the top of the Premiership taken by Arsenal FC as the north London club beat local rivals Tottenham Hotspur FC 3-0 on Saturday, Thierry Henry, Freddie Ljungberg and Sylvain Wiltord scored as Spurs had Simon Davies sent off. Sunderland AFC ensured Liverpool would not retake the lead the next day as they drew 0-0 at Anfield to continue their impressive form under new manager Howard Wilkinson. Chelsea FC and Everton FC both won to remain third and fourth respectively.

Bayern stay clear
FC Bayern München's Champions League ordeal may be over, but their 1. Bundesliga domination continues as they overcame VfL Wolfsburg 1-0 with a goal from Roque Santa Cruz to stay five points clear. Second-placed BV Borussia Dortmund, who remain in the Champions League, beat TSV 1860 München 1-0, Ewerthon on target after five minutes. UEFA Cup challengers Hertha BSC Berlin are third after beating Hannover 96 1-0.

Derby delight for Juve
Juventus FC moved to the summit of Serie A with a 4-0 victory against city rivals Torino Calcio, Alessandro Del Piero, Marco Di Vaio, Pavel Nedved and Edgar Davids scoring. Deposed leaders Internazionale FC ended the weekend in second after being held 2-2 by fellow Champions League contenders AS Roma, while the fourth of Italy's teams still in that competition, AC Milan are third as Andrea Pirlo's double from the penalty spot beat Parma AC 2-1.

Nice finish
OGC Nice retained first place in France's Ligue 1 with a 2-0 win at AJ Auxerre, substitutes Adekanmi Olufadé and Sammy Traoré scoring in the final two minutes. Olympique Lyonnais beat FC Girondins de Bordeaux 4-2 to stay second, with Olympique de Marseille up to third as they were held 0-0 by ES Troyes Aube Champagne but Paris Saint-Germain FC were beaten 3-2 by RC Lens.

Galatasaray set new mark
Turkish Superleague leaders Galatasaray SK secured a top-flight record 25th consecutive home win, a 2-1 victory at the Ali Sami Yen Stadium beating the mark previously held by Fenerbahçe SK. Legia Warszawa's 33-match Polish first division unbeaten run is over, though, as they lost 1-0 against KS Ruch Chorzów.

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