Juventus Sets Record Run as Inter Gets Win; Valencia Draws
Juventus won 3-0 against Napoli to trail Serie A leader AC Milan by two points, while Andrea Stramaccioni’s first game as Inter Milan coach ended with a 5-4 win over Genoa. Valencia and Levante tied 1-1 in Spain.
Leonardo Bonucci, Arturo Vidal and Fabio Quagliarella scored in Turin last night as Juventus set a club record of 31 straight unbeaten league games going back to last season. Milan drew 1-1 at Catania two days ago to move to 64 points.
“We must be ready in the event of their possible slip ups,” Juventus coach Antonio Conte told his club’s website. “Being so close gives us further drive.”
Inter boosted its chances of a spot in next season’s Europa League, with Diego Milito scoring a hat trick at the San Siro in the team’s second win in 11 soccer matches. The game had four penalties and red cards for Inter goalkeeper Julio Cesar and Genoa’s Fernando Belluschi.
Stramaccioni took charge this week after Claudio Ranieri was fired March 26.
Also yesterday, Roma defeated Novara 5-2 and Udinese slipped to a 1-0 loss at Siena, while Lazio was beaten 3-1 by Parma on March 31.
In La Liga, third-place Valencia ended a run of two straight defeats, though remains winless since March 18. It has a one-point advantage over Malaga, which lost 2-0 against Real Betis two days ago, with Levante another two points back.
Real Madrid maintained its six-point lead over Barcelona atop the standings as it reached 100 league goals this season. Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice in a 5-1 win at Osasuna to take his tally to 37. Barca’s Lionel Messi has 36 after he netted in a 2-0 victory against Athletic Bilbao.
“We did two things very well: we adapted to Osasuna’s style and we didn’t lose our identity in attack,” Real coach Jose Mourinho said on the team’s website. “We did well overall and we reacted after Osasuna gained some strength with their goal.”
Borussia Dortmund’s German Bundesliga lead was cut to three points following this weekend’s matches after it was held to a 4-4 tie by Stuttgart on March 30. Second-place Bayern Munich then beat Nurnberg 1-0 two days ago.
Yesterday, Schalke drew 1-1 at Hoffenheim, while Hannover beat Borussia Moenchengladbach 2-1.
Paris Saint-Germain remains behind leader Montpellier on goal difference in France following a 2-1 loss at Nancy two days ago, with an 89th-minute goal from Yohan Mollo giving coach Carlo Ancelotti a first defeat in Ligue 1. Montpellier has played one game fewer, with its match against Marseille rescheduled to April 11.
Defending champion Lille beat Toulouse 2-1 to be four points off the lead. Its grip on third place was strengthened by Lyon’s 1-1 draw at Rennes.
Ajax moved atop Dutch soccer’s Eredivisie after routing Heracles 6-0, with AZ Alkmaar one point back as it was held to a 2-2 tie at Vitesse Arnhem. Third-place FC Twente beat Roda JC 2- 0 two days ago.
WEEKEND RESULTS =============== Italy: Catania 1-1 AC Milan, Parma 3-1 Lazio, Roma 5-2 Novara, Bologna 1-3 Palermo, Cagliari 2-0 Atalanta, Fiorentina 1-2 Chievo, Inter Milan 5-4 Genoa, Lecce 0-0 Cesena, Siena 1-0 Udinese, Juventus 3-0 Napoli. Spain: Barcelona 2-0 Athletic Bilbao, Malaga 0-2 Real Betis, Osasuna 1-5 Real Madrid, Racing Santander 0-1 Granada, Sporting Gijon 1-2 Real Zaragoza, Atletico Madrid 3-0 Getafe, Valencia 1-1 Levante, Real Sociedad 4-0 Rayo Vallecano, Villarreal 1-1 Espanyol. Today: Sevilla v Real Mallorca. Germany: Borussia Dortmund 4-4 Stuttgart, Bayer Leverkusen 0-2 Freiburg, Augsburg 2-1 Cologne, Nurnberg 0-1 Bayern Munich, Kaiserslautern 0-1 Hamburg, Werder Bremen 0-3 Mainz, Hertha Berlin 1-4 Wolfsburg, Hannover 2-1 Borussia Moenchengladbach, Hoffenheim 1-1 Schalke. France: Auxerre 2-0 Valenciennes, Bordeaux 1-1 Dijon, Lorient 0- 1 Evian, Nancy 2-1 Paris St Germain, Sochaux 2-1 Brest, St Etienne 2-3 Nice, Caen 0-0 AC Ajaccio, Lille 2-1 Toulouse, Rennes 1-1 Lyon. Netherlands: Utrecht 3-2 Excelsior, Groningen 1-3 Heerenveen, FC Twente 2-0 Roda JC, PSV Eindhoven 2-0 VVV, Feyenoord 3-1 NAC Breda, NEC Nijmegen 2-0 De Graafschap, Ajax 6-0 Heracles Almelo, RKC Waalwijk 1-0 Den Haag, Vitesse Arnhem 2-2 AZ Alkmaar.
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