Real Madrid’s La Liga Run Halted by Malaga’s Stoppage-Time Goal
Real Madrid’s lead atop Spanish soccer’s La Liga was cut to eight points after a stoppage-time goal earned Malaga a 1-1 away draw. Udinese and Napoli missed the chance to go third in Italy’s Serie A by tying 2-2.
Karim Benzema’s 35th-minute header had put Real on track for a 12th straight victory last night before Santi Cazorla scored with a free kick in the second minute of added time. Malaga joined Barcelona as the only teams to have avoided defeat in 21 matches at the Bernabeu stadium this season.
The result leaves Real, seeking its first Spanish league title since 2008, with 71 points, eight more than defending champion Barcelona, which won 2-0 at Sevilla two days ago on goals by Xavi Hernandez and Lionel Messi.
Valencia, which remains in third, beat Athletic Bilbao 3-0 yesterday with a hat trick from Roberto Soldado.
In Italy, Udinese and Napoli failed to take advantage of third-place Lazio’s 1-0 loss at Catania. Edinson Cavani scored twice in the last 10 minutes to pull Napoli back to 2-2 after earlier missing a penalty with his team trailing 2-0.
Inter Milan, last season’s runner-up, failed to win for an eighth time in nine Serie A matches as it was held to a 0-0 tie by Atalanta. Inter’s Diego Milito missed a penalty in the first half at the San Siro.
Inter slipped to eighth place in Serie A, seven points behind Lazio, which occupies the last spot which would secure qualification for Europe’s elite Champions League.
Defending champion AC Milan leads the standings with 60 points following a 2-0 victory at Parma two days ago. Juventus trails by four points after winning 5-0 at Fiorentina.
Schalke rallied to defeat last-place Kaiserslautern 4-1 yesterday and remain fourth in Germany’s Bundesliga, nine points behind leader Borussia Dortmund.
Two days ago, Dortmund beat Werder Bremen 1-0, second-place Bayern Munich routed Hertha Berlin 6-0 and Borussia Moenchengladbach won 2-1 at Bayer Leverkusen. Bayern trails the leader by five points, with Moenchengladbach three points further back.
Paris Saint-Germain stretched its lead atop France’s Ligue 1 to two points on the weekend even after being held to a 2-2 draw at Caen. Second-place Montpellier lost 1-0 at Nancy.
Defending champion Lille is seven points further back following a 4-0 win at home against Valenciennes last night.
AZ Alkmaar has a one-point lead in Dutch soccer’s Eredivisie following a scoreless draw against NAC Breda yesterday. Second-place Ajax won 2-0 at Den Haag, while PSV Eindhoven is another point back after routing Heerenveen 5-1.
WEEKEND RESULTS =============== Italy: Parma 0-2 AC Milan, Fiorentina 0-5 Juventus, Bologna 2-2 Chievo, Cagliari 3-0 Cesena, Catania 1-0 Lazio, Inter Milan 0-0 Atalanta, Lecce 1-1 Palermo, Siena 0-2 Novara, Udinese 2-2 Napoli. Today: Roma vs Genoa. Spain: Getafe 1-0 Real Sociedad, Granada 2-1 Sporting Gijon, Real Zaragoza 1-1 Osasuna, Sevilla 0-2 Barcelona, Rayo Vallecano 3-0 Real Betis, Levante 1-0 Villarreal, Real Mallorca 2-1 Atletico Madrid, Athletic Bilbao 0-3 Valencia, Real Madrid 1-1 Malaga. Today: Espanyol v Racing Santander. Germany: Hoffenheim 1-2 Stuttgart, Bayer Leverkusen 1-2 B. Moenchengladbach, Borussia Dortmund 1-0 Werder Bremen, Augsburg 2-1 Mainz, Nurnberg 1-3 Wolfsburg, Hamburg 1-3 Freiburg, Hertha Berlin 0-6 Bayern Munich, Kaiserslautern 1-4 Schalke, Hannover 4-1 Cologne. France: Auxerre 0-2 Evian, Bordeaux 1-1 AC Ajaccio, Caen 2-2 PSG, Lorient 2-1 Brest, Marseille 1-2 Dijon, Nancy 1-0 Montpellier, St Etienne 0-1 Lyon, Rennes 0-1 Toulouse, Sochaux 2-0 Nice, Lille 4-0 Valenciennes. Netherlands: Vitesse Arnhem 2-0 Heracles Almelo, RKC Waalwijk 1- 0 De Graafschap, Excelsior 2-1 Roda JC, VVV 0-2 NEC Nijmegen, ADO Den Haag 0-2 Ajax, FC Twente 0-2 Feyenoord, FC Utrecht 3-1 Groningen, PSV Eindhoven 5-1 Heerenveen, AZ Alkmaar 0-0 NAC Breda.