Lazio Takes Four-Point Lead With Win Over Cagliari; Real Leads in Spain

Lazio took a four-point lead in Italian soccer’s Serie A with a 2-1 home win over Cagliari.

Sergio Floccari and Stefano Mauri scored for Lazio, with Alessandro Matri replying for the visitors. Lazio has 19 points and Inter Milan has 15 after a 1-1 home draw against Sampdoria in yesterday’s late game. AC Milan -- playing at Napoli today -- has 14 points.

In Spain, Real Madrid leads on 20 points after four goals from Cristiano Ronaldo helped it win 6-1 over Racing Santander two days ago. Barcelona is a point behind after a 2-0 victory at Real Zaragoza. Villarreal joined Barca on 19 points with a 2-0 win against Atletico Madrid in yesterday’s late game.

In Germany, Mainz returned to the top of the Bundesliga with a 1-0 win at Bayer Leverkusen yesterday, Andreas Ivanschitz scoring in the 70th minute.

Borussia Dortmund grabbed a 1-1 draw with Antonia da Silva’s goal from a free kick in injury time against visitors Hoffenheim. Mainz has 24 points, two ahead of Dortmund.

Cologne fired coach Zvonimir Soldo after a 2-1 loss at Hanover two days ago. It’s won only one of nine league games this season.

In the Netherlands, league leader PSV Eindhoven handed Feyenoord a club-record 10-0 defeat yesterday. Jonathan Reis got three goals, and Jeremain Lens and Balazs Dzsudzsak each got two as PSV equaled its record victory.

PSV was already 1-0 up when the visitors were reduced to 10 men after 34 minutes as Kelvin Leerdam was red-carded. PSV leads the standings by two points from champion FC Twente, which defeated Den Haag 3-2.

Rennes leads the French standings by a point, even after a 1-0 home defeat by Montpellier two days ago.

In Scotland, an own goal by Glenn Loovens and a double by Kenny Miller gave Rangers a 3-1 win at Celtic after the home team took the lead through Gary Hooper just before halftime. The result gives Rangers a three-point advantage over its Glasgow archrival at the top of the Scottish Premier League.

WEEKEND RESULTS ===============

Italy: Fiorentina 2-1 Bari; Parma 0-0 Roma; Lecce 2-1 Brescia; Lazio 2-1 Cagliari; Genoa 1-0 Catania; Bologna 0-0 Juventus; Chievo 2-1 Cesena; Udinese 2-1 Palermo; Inter Milan 1-1 Sampdoria. Oct. 25: Napoli vs AC Milan.

Spain: Real Zaragoza 0-2 Barcelona; Real Madrid 6-1 Racing Santander; Valencia 1-2 Real Mallorca; Espanyol 2-1 Levante; Osasuna 3-0 Malaga; Almeria 1-1 Hercules; Getafe 3-0 Sporting Gijon; Sevilla 4-3 Athletic Bilbao; Villarreal 2-0 Atletico Madrid. Oct. 25: Real Sociedad vs Deportivo La Coruna

Germany: Hamburg 0-0 Bayern Munich; Eintracht Frankfurt 0-0 Schalke; Borussia Moenchengladbach 1-4 Werder Bremen; Freiburg 2-1 Kaiserslautern; Hanover 2-1 Cologne; Nuremberg 2-1 Wolfsburg; Borussia Dortmund 1-1 Hoffenheim; Bayer Leverkusen 0- 1 Mainz; Stuttgart 2-0 St. Pauli.

France: Bordeaux 0-2 Brest; Lens 1-0 Nice; Monaco 0-2 Valenciennes; Nancy 1-0 Lorient; Rennes 0-1 Montpellier; St. Etienne 1-1 Caen; Sochaux 1-3 Toulouse; Arles-Avignon 1-1 Lyon; Paris St. Germain 2-3 Auxerre; Lille 1-3 Marseille.

Netherlands: NAC Breda 1-2 Roda JC; De Graafschap 1-1 Heracles; NEC Nijmegen 3-2 Groningen; Heerenveen 2-0 VVV-Venlo; Excelsior 2-2 Ajax; PSV Eindhoven 10-0 Feyenoord; FC Twente 3-2 Den Haag; AZ Alkmaar 3-0 Willem II; Vitesse Arnhem 1-4 FC Utrecht.

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