Inter Milan, Real Madrid Win to Stay in Touch With Archrivals Atop Leagues

Inter Milan beat Genoa 5-2 to stay within five points of Italian Serie A soccer leader AC Milan, while Real Madrid moved back within seven points of Barcelona atop Spain’s La Liga with a 3-1 win at Racing Santander.

Trailing 1-0 at halftime, defending champion Inter came back with two goals by Samuel Eto’o and one each by Giampaolo Pazzini, Goran Pandev and Yuto Nagatomo yesterday. AC Milan won 1-0 at Juventus two days ago on Gennaro Gattuso’s goal.

With 10 games left, AC Milan has 61 points ahead of Inter with 56. Napoli has 53 points following a 0-0 home draw against Brescia and Lazio is two points further back after two goals by Giuseppe Sculli sealed a 2-0 win over Palermo last night.

In Spain, French striker Karim Benzema scored twice and Togo’s Emmanuel Adebayor got the other goal as Real Madrid maintained the seven-point gap to archrival Barcelona with a 3-1 win at Racing Santander last night.

Barcelona, seeking its third straight La Liga title, beat Real Zaragoza 1-0 at home two days ago, Seydou Keita scoring.

Barca has 74 points, Real Madrid 67, Valencia 54 and Villarreal 50. Athletic Bilbao went fifth with 41 points after a 2-0 win against Sevilla yesterday.

Borussia Dortmund still leads by 12 points in Germany after a 1-0 win over Cologne three days ago. Second-place Bayer Leverkusen beat Wolfsburg 3-0 two days ago, and Mainz overtook Bayern Munich to go fourth with a 4-2 win at Hamburg yesterday. Hanover is third after beating Bayern 3-1.

Lille retook the league lead in France on goal difference with a 2-1 win at fourth-place Marseille last night. Pierre- Alain Frau struck the winning goal in the second minute of stoppage time.

Lille and Rennes have 49 points ahead of Lyon and Marseille on 45.

In the Netherlands, PSV maintained a three-point lead after a 3-2 win at Excelsior two days ago. FC Twente, in second, beat NAC Breda 2-0. Ajax is two points further back after a 4-0 win over AZ Alkmaar yesterday.

WEEKEND RESULTS =============== Italy: Lecce 1-2 Roma; Juventus 0-1 AC Milan; Sampdoria 2-3 Cesena; Inter Milan 5-2 Genoa; Bologna 2-2 Cagliari; Chievo 0-0 Parma; Udinese 1-0 Bari; Fiorentina 3-0 Catania; Napoli 0-0 Brescia; Lazio 2-0 Palermo.

Spain: Real Mallorca 1-2 Valencia; Barcelona 1-0 Real Zaragoza; Atletico Madrid 3-1 Villarreal; Sporting Gijon 2-0 Getafe; Hercules 1-2 Almeria; Malaga 0-1 Osasuna; Levante 1-0 Espanyol; Athletic Bilbao 2-0 Sevilla; Racing Santander 1-3 Real Madrid. March 7: Deportivo La Coruna v Real Sociedad

Germany: Borussia Dortmund 1-0 Cologne; Stuttgart 1-0 Schalke; Eintracht Frankfurt 0-0 Kaiserslautern; Hanover 3-1 Bayern Munich; Borussia Moenchengladbach 2-0 Hoffenheim; Nuremberg 5-0 St. Pauli; Bayer Leverkusen 3-0 Wolfsburg; Freiburg 1-3 Werder Bremen; Hamburg 2-4 Mainz.

France: Montpellier 0-1 Rennes; Caen 1-0 Saint-Etienne; Lorient 0-0 Nancy; Nice 0-0 Lens; Toulouse 0-1 Sochaux; Valenciennes 0-0 Monaco; Auxerre 1-0 Paris Saint-Germain; Lyon 5-0 Arles-Avignon; Brest 1-3 Bordeaux; Marseille 1-2 Lille.

Netherlands: FC Twente 2-0 NAC Breda; Vitesse Arnhem 2-0 VVV- Venlo; Den Haag 5-1 NEC Nijmegen; Excelsior 2-3 PSV Eindhoven; Groningen 1-4 Heracles Almelo; Heerenveen 0-1 Feyenoord; FC Utrecht 1-1 Roda JC; Ajax 4-0 AZ Alkmaar.

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