Real Madrid drew 0-0 with Valencia yesterday, reducing its advantage over Barcelona in Spanish soccer’s La Liga to four points. Juventus leads in Italy after defending champion AC Milan lost at home to Fiorentina.
Madrid was held scoreless at the Bernabeu by third-place Valencia, which is now winless in four matches.
Two days ago, Lionel Messi moved to 60 goals in all competitions this season as he scored twice in Barcelona’s 4-1 win against Real Zaragoza.
The top two are well clear of the rest of the league, with Valencia 26 points behind Barcelona. Levante beat Atletico Madrid 2-0 yesterday.
In Serie A, Juventus beat Palermo 2-0 two days ago to remain unbeaten after 31 games and take a one-point lead over AC Milan, which lost 2-1 against Fiorentina.
Leonardo Bonucci and Fabio Quagliarella scored in Sicily for Juventus, which is aiming to win the championship for a first time since 2003.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic gave Milan a halftime lead from a penalty kick before Fiorentina rallied on goals from Stevan Jovetic and Amauri.
Third-place Lazio retained its three-point advantage over Udinese after both teams had 3-1 wins, against Napoli and Parma respectively. Lazio trails Milan by 10 points.
Schalke, six points further back in third spot, defeated Hanover 3-0 yesterday. Hamburg tied 1-1 against Bayer Leverkusen in yesterday’s other match.
Paris Saint-Germain beat Marseille 2-1 yesterday to remain tied on points with Ligue 1 leader Montpellier, a 2-1 winner against Sochaux the previous day. Montpellier has played one less game than its rival.
Third-place Lille, the defending champion, trails both by seven points following a 3-1 defeat at Brest.
Celtic routed Kilmarnock 6-0 on April 7 to win its 43rd Scottish championship. The Hoops lead second-place Rangers, which defeated St. Mirren 3-1, by 18 points with five games remaining in the Scottish Premier League season.
Rangers received a 10-point deduction in February after entering administration.
WEEKEND RESULTS =============== Italy: Chievo 3-2 Catania, AC Milan 1-2 Fiorentina, Atalanta 1-2 Siena, Cagliari 2-2 Inter Milan, Cesena 0-0 Bologna, Lecce 4-2 Roma, Novara 1-1 Genoa, Udinese 3-1 Parma, Palermo 0-2 Juventus, Lazio 3-1 Napoli. Spain: Espanyol 2-2 Real Sociedad, Getafe 2-0 Sporting Gijon, Rayo Vallecano 6-0 Osasuna, Real Zaragoza 1-4 Barcelona, Real Betis 3-1 Villarreal, Levante 2-0 Atletico Madrid, Real Mallorca 0-0 Granada, Athletic Bilbao 1-0 Sevilla, Real Madrid 2-1 Valencia. Monday: Malaga v Racing Santander. Germany: Bayern Munich 2-1 Augsburg, Cologne 1-1 Werder Bremen, Kaiserslautern 1-2 Hoffenheim, Freiburg 2-2 Nurnberg, Stuttgart 4-1 Mainz, Wolfsburg 1-3 Borussia Dortmund, B. Monchengladbach 0-0 Hertha Berlin, Schalke 3-0 Hannover, Hamburg 1-1 Bayer Leverkusen. France: Ajaccio 1-1 St Etienne, Brest 3-1 Lille, Dijon 0-2 Nancy, Evian 1-3 Rennes, Montpellier 2-1 Sochaux, Valenciennes 2-0 Toulouse, Lyon 2-1 Auxerre, Caen 1-0 Bordeaux, Nice 2-0 Lorient, PSG 2-1 Marseille.