Juventus beat Roma 4-0 to take a three-point lead atop Italian soccer’s Serie A over AC Milan, which failed to win for a third time in four games. Borussia Dortmund clinched the German title and Real Madrid extended its advantage in Spain.
Arturo Vidal got two goals in the opening eight minutes, Andrea Pirlo added a third from the penalty spot and Claudio Marchisio completed the scoring in the second half for unbeaten Juventus, which is chasing its first title since 2003.
Milan rescued a 1-1 draw against Bologna yesterday on a late goal from Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Gaston Ramirez put Bologna ahead in the first half.
Genoa’s home match against Siena was halted for 30 minutes because of crowd disturbances with the visitors four goals ahead. The game finished 4-1.
Real Madrid beat Barcelona 2-1 in “El Clasico” two days ago to stretch its lead in Spain’s Primera Liga to seven points with four rounds of matches to play.
Third-place Valencia, which is 33 points behind Madrid, won 4-0 against Real Betis yesterday and leads Malaga by five points. Malaga faces Osasuna in today’s match.
Dortmund Wins Title
Two days ago, Borussia Dortmund beat Borussia Moenchengladbach 2-0 to claim its second consecutive Bundesliga championship.
Dortmund, which extended its unbeaten run to 26 league games, holds an eight-point lead over Bayern Munich with two games remaining. Bayern won 2-1 at Werder Bremen.
Third-place Schalke leads Moenchengladbach by two points in the race for the final automatic Champions League place after being held to a 1-1 tie at Augsburg yesterday.
Paris Saint-Germain kept the gap to Ligue 1 leader Montpellier at two points following a 6-1 victory against Sochaux yesterday. Montpellier beat Valenciennes 1-0 the previous day.
Defending champion Lille defeated Dijon 2-0 two days ago and is a further five points back.
Ajax remains on course for its 31st Dutch league title after a 2-0 win against Groningen yesterday maintained its six- point lead over AZ Alkmaar and Feyenoord with three games to play.
AZ beat VVV Venlo 2-1 and Feyenoord defeated Den Haag 2-1.
WEEKEND RESULTS =============== Italy: Chievo 0-0 Udinese, Napoli 2-0 Novara, Fiorentina 0-0 Inter Milan, Catania 2-0 Atalanta, Parma 3-0 Cagliari, AC Milan 1-1 Bologna, Cesena 2-2 Palermo, Genoa 1-4 Siena, Lazio 1-1 Lecce, Juventus 4-0 Roma. Spain: Real Mallorca 1-0 Real Zaragoza, Sporting Gijon 2-1 Rayo Vallecano, Barcelona 1-2 Real Madrid, Sevilla 1-1 Levante, Granada 1-0 Getafe, Real Sociedad 1-1 Villarreal, Racing Santander 0-1 Athletic Bilbao, Atletico Madrid 3-1 Espanyol, Valencia 4-0 Real Betis. Today: Osasuna v Malaga. Germany: Mainz 0-0 Wolfsburg, Cologne 1-1 Stuttgart, Nurnberg 1- 1 Hamburg, Hertha Berlin 1-2 Kaiserslautern, Hoffenheim 0-1 Bayer Leverkusen, Werder Bremen 1-2 Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund 2-0 B. Monchengladbach, Augsburg 1-1 Schalke, Hannover 96 0-0 Freiburg. France: Brest 0-1 Rennes, Caen 1-4 St Etienne, Dijon 0-2 Lille, Evian 2-1 Toulouse, Montpellier 1-0 Valenciennes, Nice 1-0 Auxerre, Bordeaux 2-1 Marseille, AC Ajaccio 0-0 Nancy, PSG 6-1 Sochaux, Lyon 3-2 Lorient. Netherlands: NAC Breda 0-3 Roda JC, Heerenveen 1-1 Vitesse Arnhem, De Graafschap 2-3 Heracles, RKC Waalwijk 0-2 FC Utrecht, Excelsior 0-1 FC Twente, Den Haag 1-2 Feyenoord, AZ Alkmaar 2-1 VVV, PSV Eindhoven 2-1 NEC Nijmegen, Ajax 2-0 Groningen.