Inter Milan Fails to Get Closer to Juventus; Atletico Wins Away

Inter Milan failed to make up ground on leader Juventus when it drew 2-2 at home with Cagliari in Italian soccer’s Serie A. Atletico Madrid won 1-0 at Granada to stay three points behind Barcelona atop Spain’s La Liga.

Inter took an early lead through Rodrigo Palacio yesterday before Marco Sau scored twice to put Cagliari ahead with 24 minutes left. Davide Astori’s own goal in the 82nd minute rescued a point for the home team.

Two days ago, Juventus was held to a 0-0 draw by Lazio and Napoli drew 2-2 with AC Milan. Fiorentina beat Atalanta 4-1 yesterday to move third ahead of Napoli.

Defending champion Juventus has 32 points after 13 games, four ahead of Inter, with Fiorentina and Napoli on 27.

In Spain, Arda Turan’s 61st-minute goal gave 10-man Atletico the victory at Granada yesterday, while Sevilla routed Real Betis 5-1 in the Seville derby.

Lionel Messi scored twice as Barcelona defeated Zaragoza 3-1 two days ago to have the best start to a season by any club in La Liga with 11 wins and a draw.

Barcelona has 34 points, followed by Atletico Madrid with 31 and Real Madrid with 26. Real beat Athletic Bilbao 5-1 two days ago.

Bayern Munich is eight points clear at the top in Germany after a 1-1 draw at Nurnberg, while Schalke lost 2-0 at Bayer Leverkusen. Bayern has 31 points, Schalke and Eintracht Frankfurt 23 and defending champion Borussia Dortmund 22.

In France, Lyon took advantage of Paris Saint-Germain’s 2-1 home defeat by nine-man Rennes to go top with a 3-0 win over Reims. Marseille could have moved into first place with a victory at Bordeaux last night, though lost 1-0.

Lyon has 25 points, one more than Bordeaux. PSG and Marseille both have 23 points.

In the Netherlands, FC Twente lost ground on leader PSV Eindhoven with a 1-1 draw at Utrecht. Two days ago PSV won 6-1 at Den Haag and now has a three-point lead.

Spain: Osasuna 0-0 Malaga, Valencia 2-1 Espanyol, Barcelona 3-1
Real Zaragoza, Real Madrid 5-1 Athletic Bilbao, Deportivo 0-2
Levante, Celta Vigo 1-1 Real Mallorca, Getafe 2-1 Real
Valladolid, Granada 0-1 Atletico Madrid, Sevilla 5-1 Real Betis.
Monday: Real Sociedad vs Rayo Vallecano.

Italy: Juventus 0-0 Lazio, Napoli 2-2 AC Milan, Bologna 3-0
Palermo, Catania 2-1 Chievo, Fiorentina 4-1 Atalanta, Inter
Milan 2-2 Cagliari, Siena 1-0 Pescara, Udinese 2-2 Parma,
Sampdoria 3-1 Genoa.

Germany: Borussia Dortmund 3-1 Greuther Furth, Borussia
Moenchengladbach 1-2 Stuttgart, Eintracht Frankfurt 4-2
Augsburg, Nurnberg 1-1 Bayern Munich, Hamburg 1-0 Mainz,
Hannover 1-2 Freiburg, Bayer Leverkusen 2-0 Schalke, Werder
Bremen 2-1 Fortuna Dusseldorf, Hoffenheim 1-3 Wolfsburg.

France: Lorient 2-0 Lille, Paris SG 1-2 Rennes, Ajaccio 0-1
Sochaux, Brest 3-0 Bastia, Evian 2-2 St. Etienne, Troyes 3-3
Nancy, Valenciennes 1-1 Montpellier, Lyon 3-0 Reims, Nice 1-0
Toulouse, Bordeaux 1-0 Marseille.

Netherlands: Den Haag 1-6 PSV Eindhoven, Ajax 2-0 VVV, FC Zwolle
2-0 NAC Breda, Heerenveen 0-2 RKC Waalwijk, Groningen 1-1 AZ
Alkmaar, Vitesse 4-1 NEC Nijmegen, FC Utrecht 1-1 FC Twente,
Feyenoord 3-0 Willem II, Heracles Almelo 5-1 Roda JC.

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