Udinese beat Chievo 2-1 to top Italy’s Serie A by one point from Juventus, which plays at Roma today. Bayern Munich moved three points clear atop Germany’s Bundesliga after beating 10-man Stuttgart.
Antonio Di Natale and Dusan Basta gave Udinese the lead with second-half goals at its Stadio Friuli yesterday and Alberto Paloschi pulled a goal back with seven minutes left.
Udinese, which has never won Serie A in its 115-year history, leads the 20-team standings with 38 points after 14 of 38 games. It finished fourth last season.
Lazio won 3-2 at last-placed Lecce two days ago and is level on points with third-placed AC Milan, which tied 2-2 at Bologna yesterday.
In Germany, Mario Gomez scored twice as Bayern came from behind to beat Stuttgart 2-1. Christian Gentner put the host ahead before Cristian Molinaro was ejected after 29 minutes for a foul on Arjen Robben.
Defending champion Borussia Dortmund is second, level on points with Schalke, after being held 1-1 at home by Kaiserslautern.
Barcelona won 3-1 at Real Madrid two days ago to move ahead of its archrival atop Spain’s La Liga on goal difference. The teams are tied on 37 points, with Madrid having played one fewer game.
Karim Benzema scored after less than a minute at Santiago Bernabeu stadium before Barcelona claimed the win with goals from Alexis Sanchez, Xavi Hernandez and Cesc Fabregas.
Valencia is third with 24 points after a 2-1 loss to Real Betis, while Levante beat Sevilla 1-0 on a goal by Nano to hold fourth place on goal difference behind Valencia.
In France, Kevin Gameiro scored as Paris Saint Germain won 1-0 at Sochaux two days ago to draw level on points with leader Montpellier, which lost 1-0 at Valenciennes.
AZ Alkmaar leads by four points from PSV Eindhoven in the Netherlands after beating De Graafschap 4-0 two days ago.
WEEKEND RESULTS ===============
Italy: Atalanta 1-1 Catania, Bologna 2-2 AC Milan, Cagliari 0-0 Parma, Udinese 2-1 Chievo, Novara 1-1 Napoli, Inter Milan 2-0 Fiorentina, Lecce 2-Lazio 3, Palermo 0-1 Cesena 1, Siena 0-2 Genoa.
Spain: Rayo Vallecano 1-3 Sporting Gijon 3, Villarreal 1-1 Real Sociedad 1, Getafe 1-0 Granada, Malaga 1-1 Osasuna, Real Zaragoza 0-1 Real Mallorca, Athletic Bilbao 1-1 Racing Santander, Espanyol 4-2 Atletico Madrid, Levante 1-0 Sevilla, Real Betis 2-1 Valencia, Real Madrid 1-3 Barcelona.
Germany: Borussia Dortmund 1-1 Kaiserslautern, Stuttgart 1-2 Bayern Munich, Werder Bremen 4-1 VfL Wolfsburg 1, Mainz 0-0 Hamburg, Nuremberg 0-2 Hoffenheim 2, Cologne 4-0 Freiburg, Augsburg 1-0 Borussia Moenchengladbach, Hanover 0-0 Bayer Leverkusen, Hertha Berlin 1-2 Schalke.
France: Auxerre 2-1 Nice, Lille 2-0 Dijon, Lorient 0-1 Lyon, Saint-Etienne 2-0 Caen, Rennes 1-1 Brest 1, Nancy 2-2 Ajaccio, Sochaux 0-1 Paris Saint Germain, Toulouse 2 Evian 1, Valenciennes 1-0 Montpellier, Marseille 0-0 Bordeaux.
Netherlands: VVV Venlo 2-0 Roda JC, FC Utrecht 2-2 Feyenoord, RKC Waalwijk 0-1 Ajax, Vitesse Arnhem 0-0 FC Groningen Den Haag 2-0 Heracles, FC Twente 2-0 NEC Nijmegen, Excelsior 0-5 SC Heerenveen, AZ Alkmaar 4-0 De Graafschap, PSV Eindhoven 1-0 NAC Breda.